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Get to know: Karen Walker

KW hero 1 Designer Karen Walker

New Zealand designer Karen Walker talks to JONES about inspiration, Instagram and her personal style.

JONES: The artist Man Ray was your muse for this collection. What is it about him that appeals to you?

KW: His combined simplicity and complexity.

What should we wear your new sunnies with?

They look great with a white t-shirt or shirt but they looks awesome when you turn them up to 11 and put them back with anything metallic, or with lurex.

What gets you inspired to design?

Interesting people.

If you could only follow one person on Instagram, who would it be?

It’s a very tough call between @lookatthisrussian and @blackjaguarwhitetiger. Although, I do also love @biggypop – not prolific but when he does post, it’s gold.

What’s on your bedside table right now? (No cheating!)

Water, clock, a book (Virginia Woolf’s The Waves), a cup of fresh mint tea, and a room service menu.

Backpack or clutch


Your style at home?

Grey marle cashmere and I love navy pyjamas

Heers of flats?

Flats. I love a man-style lace up.

What’s next?

My annual family holiday to Fiji in a week’s time. My head’s already there, it’s just the body has to catch up. 

KW 2 Karen Walker Shades

Shop the Karen Walker collection now.  And don’t forget to check out the Karen Walker Eyewear Candy Bar at our Elizabeth Street Store in Sydney on Lower Ground.