Fashion Designer & Founder, Karen Walker
Kiwi fashion designer Karen Walker is calling out the charities behind an ethical clothing report, claiming staff don't even leave their desks when deciding which clothing firms to hang out to dry. Walker's brand was one of 18 New Zealand companies graded in a global ethical clothing report released by Tearfund New Zealand and Baptist World Aid Australia earlier this month.
Karen Walker CNZM was born in Auckland, New Zealand. She launched her eponymous fashion label in the late 1980s and showed at New York Fashion Week for twenty consecutive seasons from 2006 to 2016. Today her work is sold worldwide. Walker is committed to responsible, ethical sourcing, and her company partners with the African production company Artisan. Fashion to produce accessories of social significance. In 2004, she became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and, in 2014, she was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to fashion design.