Having spent 7 years working both commercially and privately in fashion, multi-award winning designer Karen Monk-Klijnstra launched her label in 2001.
She is a frequent and fiercely passionate contributor to South Africa’s premier shows which include showcasing at SA Fashion Week, AFI Fashion Weeks (Durban, Cape Town and Jo’burg) and Design Indaba several years running (1999 to date).
Karen has subsequently participated in many controversial and exciting platforms including the design of an ensemble for a ground breaking first ever underwater fashion show for the Vodacom Durban July. She was also a finalist for the L’Oreal/Fairlady Catherine award 2002. Design indaba 2006 was a wildly flamboyant and 100% local range, inspired by the mantra “home grown high end” which spelt enormous success for the designer and her collaborators. Not only was it widely photographed in the press; including the first ever, commissioned fashion editorial for Pursuit magazine and front cover, but it was also used to great effect on a national television soapie which lives and breathes quintessentially South African. It also left South African shores to be shown in Denmark’s New Africa exhibition and preceded across Europe.
Karen’s design ethos is a cross pollination of her flamboyant style with a street edge. She designs for special private client commissions and November 2008 saw the hugely exciting and long awaited opening of her first standalone store. It was relocated to her studio in 2011 as part of her business plan and attracts the most Avant garde clients and continues to remain in the press.
Contact: Karen Monk-Klijnstra
T: +27 31 764 3147
C: +2 82 377 3494
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