Cult Label Karen Walker is Tapped by Madewell for Retrospective Collection

Madewell has collaborated with cult label Karen Walker on a new collection that spans the New Zeland brand’s decades-long history, using pieces from the past 20 years for inspiration.

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“[They] had free reign on our archives and they pulled out many of the garments that we consider to be the best-known and best-loved,” Walker said in a statement. “For us, it was totally intriguing to see our classic designs rediscovered and reimagined by fresh eyes.”

Walker is known for eclectic collections that often mix wildly different references (past themes have included Westerns, pirates, and Marie Antoinette). In that sense, it’s the perfect brand for Madewell. The denim company usually keeps it pretty it pretty casual, so collaboration with Walker adds a bit of quirky flair.

“Our collaborations start with what our team is wearing and loving. We’re long-time fans of Karen Walker and her brand,” Joyce Lee, Madewell’s head designer, said. “We love the energy they bring to their designs through their use of color and prints and the way they reimagine denim with a novelty twist.”

Fans don’t have to wait to get in on the action — the Madewell x Karen Walker collection is available now.

Angela Watts