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Born in New Zealand, Karen Walker launched her brand in 1989, moving it to show at New York Fashion Week in 2006. The brand is known for its original, effortless and unpretentious style that often mixes the masculine with the feminine, the tailored with the street and the luxury with the non-luxury. The collections are inspired by the anti-'it-girl' characters and have attracted a range of celebrity customers such as Bjork, Sienna Miller, Alexa Chung, Drew Barrymore and M.I.A. In 2007. Karen Walker was awarded the Prix de Marie Claire award for best creative talent. She now stocks in more than 350 stores around the world including London, Paris, New York, Tokyo and her 5 flagship stores in New Zealand.