As a wife, mother, and professional, Karen herself has firsthand knowledge of the many facets of every woman’s life. Her designs are meant for those whose needs include style but go far beyond it. A polished essence that is ideal for the workplace, still easy to maintain and that embodies a classic ease that travels well. One of the most respected names in women's apparel today, Karen Kane has become truly synonymous with style, comfort, and sophistication. That distinction comes from the brand's namesake and chief designer, Karen Kane.
After growing up in the small town of Santa Barbara, Karen moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer. She enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and graduated two years later with a degree in fashion. After meeting her husband Lonnie, the pair launched Karen Kane, Inc. out of their garage in Studio City. With little more than a dream to work off of, they shipped their first collection in December 1979. By the time they were ready to begin production on their next collection, they realized that they would need more space to keep up with demand. Moving to a new space in Downtown LA, Karen and Lonnie continued to do all of their own sewing and manufacturing before finally finding contractors who could support their growing business.
While trends have changed since Karen launched her first collection, her approach and personal philosophy toward fashion has never wavered. She designs with ease, luxury, and longevity in mind. Her inspiration comes from that which is closest to her soul – the California Coast she has long called her home, the city streets she navigates each day, and of course, her family.
As Karen’s company continued to expand, and the company has grown into a 130,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Vernon, California. Karen’s collections are featured in department stores and specialty boutiques nationwide.