Karen Millen is a British women’s clothing retailer specialising in tailoring, coats and evening wear. The business has stores through the entire United Kingdom, USA, Indonesia, Austria, Denmark, Russia, the Republic of Ireland and several other European countries.
Karen Millen at The 4th Asian Awards
Karen Millen studied fashion at the Medway College of Design which is currently referred to as University for the Creative Arts.
The business was founded in 1981 when Millen partnered with Kevin Stanford. With financing of just £100, the pair bought 1000 metres of white cotton and commenced manufacturing and selling white shirts with their friends. A party-plan network followed, and in 1983, they opened their first store in Maidstone, Kent, that was followed a couple of years later by branches in Tunbridge Wells, Brighton, Guildford and London.[non-primary source needed]
The brand continued to expand through the entire 1990s, and was acquired in June 2004 by the Icelandic Mosaic Fashions. In ’09 2009, Mosaic Fashions ceased trading and the brand used in Aurora Fashions. Karen Millen was spun-out from Aurora Fashions in 2011, remaining beneath the ownership of Aurora’s owner, Kaupthing Bank.