Karen Walker CNZM is one of the most well-known and influential Kiwi fashion designers on the international stage.
Since founding Karen Walker in 1989, her brand can be found in over 30 countries, 200 cities and in 950 stores worldwide. Her collections are shown each season at New York Fashion Week, she has permanent showrooms in London, New York, Tokyo and Sydney, and her products regularly receive editorial coverage in international magazines such as i-D, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Elle, W and Nylon.
Karen was included in The Business of Fashion’s BoF500 as one of the 500 people who shaped the global fashion industry in 2015, 2014 and 2013. Phaidon has also included her in their book Sample, which curates the 100 most influential designers and Taschen included her in their book Fashion Now 2, which highlights the world’s most important 160 designers as selected by i-D magazine.
In 2007, Karen was awarded the Prix de Marie Claire for best creative talent and in 2014, was appointed Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to fashion design.
In 2016, Karen Walker’s ready-to-wear garments were certified Child Labour Free.