Karen Millen & Kevin Stanford
Karen Millen is an Icelandic owned womenï¿½s 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 ï¿½100, the pair bought one thousand 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.
In March 2011 it was announced that Karen Millen would be established as an independent company, with Derek Lovelock as Executive Chairman, working with Joint Managing Directors Gemma Metheringham and Steve Price.
Karen Millen is a truly international business, trading from over 199 Karen Millen stores in 35 countries from Europe to the US, Russia, Asia and the Middle East. International retail sales now account for over 48% of the brand's turnover and the brand will
continue to build on its international success with further openings confirmed in the US and Europe.
In the United States, Karen Millen has boutiques in Atlanta, Boston, Bellevue, Washington, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Short Hills, Tysons Corner, Natick, San Diego and Washington, D.C..