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MEET THE DESIGNER: KARU

A summer hang led Alexis Barrell and Fiona Mackay, BFFs since their childhoods in South Africa, to realize what they—and probably plenty of other people—were missing was an accessible, cool collection of soft loungewear and textiles. Luckily, the pair was particularly well-suited to filling this void; Alexis studied architecture and fashion before founding her own buzzy London clothing line in the early aughts, while Fiona has an MBA from Columbia and experience working with fancy-pants lines... READ MORE

A summer hang led Alexis Barrell and Fiona Mackay, BFFs since their childhoods in South Africa, to realize what they—and probably plenty of other people—were missing was an accessible, cool collection of soft loungewear and textiles. Luckily, the pair was particularly well-suited to filling this void; Alexis studied architecture and fashion before founding her own buzzy London clothing line in the early aughts, while Fiona has an MBA from Columbia and experience working with fancy-pants lines like Altuzarra. That first conversation happened in 2016, and by 2017, the duo had launched Karu, a company formed around the idea of coziness. Think striped cotton voile robes, crisp PJ sets, and hand-stitched quilts sourced from artisans around the world—but specifically created to make you feel right at home.

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