“When I came into this business I was very much the outsider and in many ways I still am.” — Karen Walker.
Walker has come a long way since she first sat down at her grandmother’s sewing machine making circle skirts for her Barbie doll at the age of five. She admits to being a rebel, but thinking outside of the box has helped to drive her eponymous label and shift it constantly in new directions. “Being based in NZ [means] that we’re on the outside, but I’ve never been one to go with the flow,” says designer Karen Walker from the boardroom of her Auckland headquarters.
In this episode of podcast series My Heels Are Killing Me Karen Walker talks to Sonia Sly about being part of a machine that has no off-switch, adapting to rapid changes in the digital marketplace and why having a rebellious streak has helped her to carve out a path in the competitive world of fashion.