Karen Walker is a familiar name in New Zealand as a local fashion designer who’s established herself as a great design talent. 

Getting started

Enjoying design from a young age, Karen trained in fashion when she left school, graduating in 1990. In the past she’s said she started with just $100 and used this to buy material which she made into a shirt.

Her talent and dedication served her well, however. In just five years, she had two stores, and by 1998, she was selling pieces at Barney’s New York. 

Gaining momentum

By the time she showcased her designs at her first runway collection in 1998, Karen Walker was already a well-known name and a brand – she was said to be one of the biggest and best design talents in the country.

Now she has five stores in New Zealand – four in Auckland and one in Wellington. Lines such as Young, Willing and Eager, Dough and Dynamite and the more affordable Hi There all offer something different while still maintaining her distinct sense of style. “Fashion is so fluid,” she has said.

On top of that, her clothing, sunglasses, shoes and jewellery are sold all over the world. Celebrities such as Bjork, Sienna Miller, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel have all worn her designs.

In 2009, Karen received a World Class New Zealand Award for her successful creative pursuits.

The creations

Karen Walker jewellery has skyrocketed to popularity in recent years. With simple, quirky and utterly classic pieces that will last the test of time, young women throughout New Zealand, Australia and beyond are accessorising with these pieces.

The rings have been particularly sought after. Dainty silver bands, with silhouettes of a bear, dog, rabbit, skull or bow lend themselves perfectly to stacking and go with anything.