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KAREN WALKER VISIBLE is our new campaign that aims to highlight, celebrate and acknowledge.
This season Karen Walker is working with the United Nations’ ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative to create work in community groups of micro-artisans located in urban slums and disadvantaged rural areas of Kenya. The Ethical Fashion Initiative’s motto is NOT CHARITY, JUST WORK and their task is to promote sustainable business over aid dependency. The Initiative enables marginalized artisans to increase their skills, to enter the international fashion chain in a fair way and to produce directly for brands that distribute products worldwide.
Karen Walker and the artisans of the Ethical Fashion Initiative are working together to produce pouches for the latest Karen Walker Eyewear collection. The simple, screen-printed pouches will come with every pair of Karen Walker Eyewear from this new collection. In addition, more elaborate and embellished versions, also made by Kenyan artisan groups, will be available to buy separately.
Taking the project a step further, it is the artisans themselves who are the stars of this season’s campaign. The people photographed here include machinists, cutters, tailors, production managers and metal workers who have acquired or refined craft and management skills through the Ethical Fashion Initiative. For the Maasai artisans, to whom intricate beading is a tradition, connecting to the fashion world through the Initiative brings a vital source of income. Photographed by Derek Henderson, our photos allow a glimpse into the world that the work is coming from.
The campaign captures our innate optimism, our love of maximum-impact in the images themselves and also directs attention to Kenya in a positive way. The images help to bring visibility to how fashion can be a vital vehicle out of poverty.
The Karen Walker Visible collection will be available around February 10, 2014. Stay tuned!
View the full campaign here
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We’re super excited for the Karen Walker AW14 collection ‘Utopia’ to arrive. This season is also the debut of the Benah for Karen Walker handbag line!
Not long to wait now..
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Karen Walker today releases its second summer 2013 collection. It’s the bookend of the collection originally shot by Ari Seth Cohen – a now infamous campaign featuring models aged between 65 and 92. Who better to continue that sense of unbridled optimism and excitement for the future than a bunch of kids?
With four models – Claudia, Tyler, Elise and Alice-Rose – aged between three and five, renowned photographer Derek Henderson set about capturing their untarnished positivity and boundless curiosity. These kids represent a carefree time in all our lives, when things were less complicated and everything lay ahead.
The kids and mature women are worlds apart in age but both groups share a sense of optimism and happiness that excites us.
The collection is available in store now! View all images and styles here
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Karen Walker Eyewear supermodel Linda Rodin, 65, is a stylist turned beauty guru. She is the creator of RODIN olio lusso, a line of luxury oils for face, hair and body.
After several years of modeling in Italy, Linda returned to New York City in the seventies to run a successful directional SoHo boutique, had stints as a stylist at Henri Bendel and then as a fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar. Eventually, she became a freelance stylist working with everyone from Madonna to Halle Berry.
Despite access to ultra-exclusive skincare lines in this heady milieu, Rodin became disillusioned with their anti-aging claims and complicated regimens.
“What I longed for was something far simpler—products for the here-and-now, that caress the skin noticeably and without any delay. Nothing out there did quite that.” So she brought her style smarts, her instinct for beauty, and her demand for perfection to the skincare arena. After experimenting with essential oils in her kitchen for nearly two years, Rodin put the finishing touches on her first dream elixir, the original RODIN olio lusso face oil, in 2007. (The name—which translates as luxury oil —is in honor of the easygoing Italian beauty that has long inspired Linda’s own style).
The models and makeup artists she worked with tried and loved it, and soon RODIN olio lusso was selling to a cult following at a few select stores.
RODIN olio lusso is available now and exclusive to Playpark by Karen Walker