Introducing the United Nations’ ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative- NOT CHARITY JUST WORK.

By connecting top designers from around the globe with the world’s most marginalised artisans, the Ethical Fashion Initiative creates work for communities in countries like Kenya and Haiti.

Alongside the work produced for brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Karen Walker and Marni, the Ethical Fashion Initiative has created its own bag line, handmade in Kenya and available now at Playpark.

Find out more about the Ethical Fashion Initiative at www.ethical-fashion.org.

Chain EFI Deluxe Shopper- $40

WOW Zip Pouch- $35

Chain Folded Clutch- $40

Chain Evening Clutch- $30

Rainer Zip Mini Pouch- $40

WOW Chain Mini Classic Tote- $35

WOW Chain Maxi Classic Tote- $40

Karen Walker statement clutches are available now!

The clutches are an early delivery of next season’s collection ‘The League’,  a celebration of the suffragette and the way in which she subverted everything at her disposal, bags, dresses, even one pence coins, in order to convey her message.

To the suffragette, anything could be turned into a placard and the messages were un-missable. Tying together the collection, Karen Walker introduces limited edition statement bags as metaphors for the attitude of the modern woman: “Young, Willing and Eager”, “Hello and Goodbye”, “Faster, Better and Stronger” and “Liberal, Miserable and Cynical.”

Fashion editor, artist and photographer Michael Roberts has translated the personalities of his fashion icon friends in graphic cartoon form and these super cute prints are now available on T-shirts.

Numbers are very limited so be quick!

 

Pop in store to see the range or shop online here.

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 

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..