Karen Millen is a Icelandic owned women’s designer clothing brand, specialising in tailoring, coats and eveningwear. Karen Millen stores are found throughout the United Kingdom, America, Austria, Denmark, the Republic of Ireland and many other European countries.
The company was founded in 1981 when Karen Millen partnered with Kevin Stanford. With a loan of just £100, the pair bought one hundred metres of white cotton and began manufacturing and selling white shirts to their friends. A party plan network followed and in 1983 they opened their first store in Kent, which was followed a few years later by branches in Tunbridge Wells, Brighton, Guildford and London.
The brand continued to expand throughout the Nineties when it was acquired in June 2004 by Mosaic Fashions. In 2009 Mosaic Fashions ceased trading and the brand now operates as part of Aurora Fashions.
Creative Director Gemma Metheringham oversees twelve designers, producing two main collections and two transitional collections each season.
In the United States, Karen Millen has boutiques in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Short Hills, Tysons Corner, Natick, San Diego and Washington, D.C.. In March 2008 the company launched a new flagship store in New York at 114 Prince Street.