Karen Robinovitz

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Karen claims that she does not have the time to fake anything. She’s serious about quality and the sense of permanence in collecting great pieces, but with an effusive humour that is infectious, like when she talks about her “double red and leopard moment” and that she is a maximalist. With a perpetual grin from ear to ear, Karen says that she loves clothes that are theatrical, reflecting her philosophy of life, “I like to live big, dream big, I think everything should be big.” The more impractical the better, her version of a power meeting outfit is a white sequined jacket with jeans and a fedora and her favorite at home piece for watching TV is her giant Ann Demeulemeester coq feather vest. “When it came out of the box, I screamed,” she says. Karen had chased the piece all around the world in hopes of acquiring it and has been known to go to great lengths when she sees something that inflames the senses, literally turning her skin red. Like a cat that can jump ten feet and land on all fours, Karen climbed the ladder that sits in the middle of her closet in YSL’s chunkiest stiletto, in order to show me a McQueen knuckle duster that made her heart beat at it’s all time peak. In fact, she is so ergonomically adapted to heels in her effort to feel tall that she considers them to be her “armour.” Karen never wears flats and has a collection of fantastical shoes and boots that is of every girl’s wildest dreams. Uncoincidentally, she plans on saving everything she treasures in a Ziploc bag with a Polaroid and a tag commenting on where she wore it and how she felt in it for her future daughters. Everyone here at SLU found themselves wishing that they could be her offspring. Even her husband is okay with how little closet space he gets as a result of her cause. His clothes are third in order of importance to her wardrobe and the clothes held in “purgatory” before they go to eBay.

Karen is the creator of Purple Lab Cosmetics and the co- founder and chief creative officer of Digital Brand Architects.

If you love Karen, you may also like Lori Goldstein, Sophie Conti and Drue Kataoka.

  • blackgirlchic

    Her closet is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What’s her ebay name – would love to see what she has up for grabs! I love seeing women expressing themselves – heart the site!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=590585311 Meagan McConnell

    I love that huge disco ball!!! I have been looking for one… or a set. I want to put them in my bathroom over the tub for some reason…..!!


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1334790366 Stephen Quick


  • http://www.facebook.com/mullettajones Rachel Esterline

    lives it.. loves it… down right gets it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordanlines Jordan Middendorf

    “there’s strength in vulnerability” – love that. definition of a glamazon!

  • http://www.facebook.com/reeniestyle Irene Kim

    can i be your daughter? x

  • http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.vandersteen Rebecca Vandersteen

    um…love those claw earrings..and that alexander mcqueen knuckle clutch.oh my..this lady has great taste.gritty glamour..oh yes please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danibaum23 Dani Baum

    The thing I love most about Karen (even more than her incredible closet and her A-MAZING McQueen bag that makes me quiver!) is how excited she gets when she talks about her pieces and how attached she is to them. On a personal note, I sometimes wish that I wasn’t so attached to my material possessions, but watching Karen’s video reminds me why I do get so attached! She reminds us that our clothes are so much more than just clothes but things that influence our mood and make us feel our best (like Karen’s massive green-tinted feather vest) and things that tell the stories of our lives (like the ring that her husband got for her before they were married “to hold the place” for the engagement ring and how Karen wants to pass down all of her clothes to her future daughter, telling her daughter not only where she got the piece/season they it is from, but where she wore that piece to and what happened to her while she was wearing it.) Because Karen expresses herself so greatly through her clothing, her closet is more than just a closet, but an archive of who she is and the exciting life she leads.

  • Staceyeva

    she is such a maximalist, her self-proclaimed “gritty glamour” label fits her perfectly. and her style is just incredible.. wow.


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8829466 Samantha Lind

    I really appreciate people who see fashion as a work of art. Sometimes its not about the trends, a good piece is something that you can wear and cherish for years to come.


    Rachel ZO’s sister from another family (>.<)!

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