Yorkshire born designer, Karl Donoghue moved to London in 1991 to study fashion at Ravensbourne College of Design. Following the success of his graduation collection, a shearling accessory range was launched under his own label 'Karl Donoghue' in 1995 followed by the introduction of women's ready-to-wear for Winter 2000.
Since then, Karl's passion and knowledge of skins has resulted in a number of collaborations with British designers including Katherine Hamnett and Joseph. 2007 saw the Karl by Karl Donoghue diffusion range launched in Japan with a European launch in 2010 with theOutnet.com. The following year saw the debut menswear collection focusing on the same principals as those held for the womens wear.
Karl was awarded the 2001 Export Award for Womenswear by HRH the Princess Royal. In 2011 Karl was proud to receive a second export award "Great Brit" again presented by HRH the Princess Royal for achievements in export.
Attention to detail is paramount. Karl is inspired by the beauty of natural skins and their unique intrinsic qualities. Working closely with a number of tanneries, he develops ideas, colours and finishes for each collection - constantly hunting and sourcing new skins and trims.
Working in London and travelling the world has a huge influence on the styling and detailing of Karl's work. A pocket, seam or silhouette can all be inspired by the people and places he interacts with.
Unlike mass production techniques, individual panels are cut by hand using special knives before the garment is constructed by a single machinist and then hand finished. Only the highest quality skins are sourced from tanneries and suppliers in Europe and many of our factories are based in London, which allows our team to closely monitor the production process and quality control.