ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Masahiro Okafuji, President & CEO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”) has acquired the exclusive rights to import and sell Karen Walker, a New Zealand women’s clothing label, in the Japanese market. ITOCHU will begin selling Karen Walker products through Coronet Corporation (headquartered in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Shigeaki Chiba, President; hereinafter “Coronet”) in the 2016 Spring-Summer season.
The Karen Walker label was established in 1989 by Ms. Karen Walker, a New Zealand-born designer. The label is strikingly characterized by its high-quality casual design, which sophisticatedly combines seemingly conflicting elements such as masculinity/femininity and monotone/appealing colors. After releasing a collection at Hong Kong Fashion Week in 1998, Walker released collections in Sydney and London before being celebrated as the first New Zealander to release a solo collection at New York Fashion Week in the 2007 Spring-Summer season. She continues to release collections at New York Fashion Week every season.
For two years in a row from 2013, the Business of Fashion (BoF) chose Walker as one of the BoF500: The People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry. Today, she is among the designers who receive the most attention in the world.
Retail Sale Price Range for Main Items
Coats 80,000 yen to 150,000 yen
Pants 30,000 yen to 40,000 yen
Jackets 50,000 yen to 70,000 yen
Handbags 40,000 yen to 50,000 yen
Tops 30,000 yen to 50,000 yen
Eyewear 30,000 yen to 50,000 yen
Dresses 40,000 yen to 70,000 yen
Accessories 30,000 yen to 50,000 yen
Skirts 40,000 yen to 60,000 yen
2015 Fall-Winter Collection