Yorkshire born designer, Karl Donoghue is known for his unique style, designing for the stars such as Julianne Moore, Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss, and using his life experiences to create versatile pieces, which will leave you breathless.
Karl started his eponymous label in 1995 creating ready -to -wear pieces from the finest shearling and leather.Inspired by natural materials and eclectic British style, with a desire to craft a new sensitivity and awareness towards luxury pieces, he quickly gained the loyalty and recognition he deserved.
The garment creations are beautifully designed using natural skins and unique intrinsic qualities. Karl likes to explore new textures, materials and forms to build on to his design process as-well-as working closely to develop new ideas colours and the touching finishes to each one of his collections.
Attention to detail is the key, and his creations reflect his understanding of working with skin and bringing them to life. Travelling the world has a significant influence on the styling and detailing of Karl’s work this can be from something he interacts with or what he sees around him. Each piece has its very own specialist craftsmanship giving each garment its very own unique story from beginning to end; you can choose from super soft accessories to a vast selection of tailored jackets.
Lucky for me I got to sample two of Karl’s jackets and what a great experience it was seeing the products first hand. The one that stood out for me was the linear dash printed Toscana 100% lambskin double-breasted coat the skin jacket designed to perfection, soft skin that moulds to the shape of your body The skin is screen printed allowing the suede touch to remain. This contrasts against the ironed wool. With a dramatic silhouette and bold graphic print, it is truly a stand out piece. This double-breasted coat fastens using buffalo horn buttons and features lamb leather detailing along the leading edge and pocket frames and let’s not forget the beauty of the stitching – the craftsmanship is undoubtedly of the higher class.
The second garment – exclusivity is the word the Almond pillow merinillo lambskin reversible double-breasted coat would suit perfectly with that little black cocktail dress. 100% lambskin garment the lightweight lambskin has a deep pile pincurl wool. The fur stitched coat is completely reversible with access to the pockets on both sides. This double-breasted coat fastens using buffalo horn buttons and has generous patch pockets with a contrast wool border. With a large collar and reveres, the coat creates a distinguished yet casual look. You can feel and see the passion behind each piece giving you that everyday inspiration, elegance, design and uniqueness to stand out of the crowd.
A piece of this classic and unique design can set you back £1,700 depending on your tailored design and can be found in department stores such as Net-A-Porter.com, Liberty in London, Brown Thomas (Ireland) as well as at luxury overseas retailers like Lane Crawford (China & HK).
By Louise White
The Ultimate Luxury Asset Intelligence Book