French General began in a barn along the Hudson River in upstate New York. Open once a month, the barn was filled with all of Kaari Meng's favorite things – old French linen sheets, 19th century floral textiles and tickings, French buttons, beads and ribbon. Eventually the shop moved to New York City, and then to Los Angeles – where French General continued to grow into what it is now. It is a shop, a workshop offering classes on every manner of stitching, block printing and natural dyeing, and a design studio for Kaari and her husband, JZ.
French General began designing fabric and quilt patterns for Moda Fabrics. Filled with old French florals, petite prints, stripes and borders, the French General fabric collections are inspired by historical document fabrics but colored in a fresh new way. Each collection features a shade of red, which has become synonymous with the French General brand.