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Karen Walker

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Founded in 1998
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Karen Walker, the eccentric elegance.

Teenagers, who run away from home, disgraceful schoolgirls and monster fantasies: Karen Walker is fascinated by oddities and outsiders.

Born in New Zealand in 1969, Walker dropped out of school at age 18, disliked the fashion academy and decided instead to learn the art of cutting. With her mother's sewing machine and only $100, Karen creates her first piece, a men's shirt with enormous motives in contrast, in a perfect Liberty style. She sold it, she realized others and in three years she opened her first store in Auckland.

After her debut on the London catwalks in 1999, her look was immediately adopted by casual individualists. Her creations were either not pretentious, or goofy: the simplicity accompanied a refined tailoring, and the luxury details were lost among handmade eccentric motifs.

The designer built real characters for her collections, and each one was the protagonist of a dark story. With her three shops in New Zealand, Walker started to have a strong international presence.

In 2012, she designed an exclusive collection for New Look, the UK's clothing retailer. In 2014, launched Karen Walker Runway, a flash collection of classic pieces at a low price, along with an important jewelery collection, and embarked on other designs including sunglasses, exclusive home paints, and a brand of "boutique" vodka.

Karen Walker's collections give a feeling of genuine exuberance. Prints with strong graphic motifs give a lively, unusual and extravagant way. Despite the graceful and refined look that her creations are made of, Walker turns to a creative and confident woman of her own.

Karen Walker's outsider is bold, strong, and determined, and yet is a clash of conflicting elements.

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Conjunto Benabolá 8 29660 Spain
10-1, Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku 104 0061 Japan
Via Guglielmo Marconi, 19F/R 50131 Italy
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3393 Peachtree Road NE, Space 3005A 30326 United States
30 NW 12th Ave 97209 United States
811 Aliceanna St 21202 United States
28 Bruton St, Mayfair W1J 6QH United Kingdom
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3030 E 1st Ave 80206 United States
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2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy S 78746 United States
Piazza Nazario Sauro, 14R 50124 Italy
7057 Friars Rd 92108 United States
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