WORKING AT KAREN MILLEN
Established in 1981, Karen Millen is a London-based International fashion house with stores in over 61 countries across six continents. Though we’re UK born and bred, over 60% of our sales today come from international markets; through our standalone stores in fashion and cultural capitals, as well as partnerships with iconic retailers such as Selfridges, Harrods, Bloomingdales, Galeries Lafayette and El Corte Ingles.
Through directly owned and franchise partnerships our brand is present in fashion capitals worldwide including London, LA, New York, Paris, Moscow, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Melbourne.
We are a global brand, yet every piece we make is designed by our team of highly talented designers, in our London Atelier. We’re quality obsessed, design driven and have unapologetically high standards, which is why we use couture-inspired techniques to create our collections.
When it comes down to it, KM is simple – it’s all about beautiful clothes and the woman who wears them. Whether it’s a coat, a dress, a shoe or a bag; everything we create is bespoke designed for our kind of woman. Each piece starts and ends, in our London Atelier. Imagined, designed, cut, pinned, tweaked, adjusted, obsessed over, nipped, tucked and painstakingly finished. We cut the patterns here, and create our exclusive prints, trims and finishes. The finest fabrics come from Italy, lace from France. Quality is everything. And every piece is designed to make the woman who wears it feel confident and beautiful, every day.
What seperates us from our competitors? All of our pieces are individually designed in our Atelier in London. It all starts with a sketch…. We employ a team of designers, pattern cutters, technical and product developers who are involved in the development process from the very first sketch to choosing the colour thread on the finished garment. Our expert cloth team work with design to source or develop all our own fabric working with some of Europe’s leading cloth mills including Milior, Bartolini, Lyria, Tiare and Bonnotto. All of the artwork for our prints and embroideries are created in the studio using artisan techniques. Once in production, some of our limited edition embroideries can take up to 24 hours per piece to bead. We have long standing partnerships with our manufactures which allows us to deliver our unique price/quality offer. We care about every single detail. Our Development and Production Teams track each style individually through every stage of its development and production. We also attend Graduate Fashion Week to source design talent and give them the opportunity to develop their unique skills within the Atelier Team.