designer, maker and purveyor of distinctive hats

Find out about the designer behind the elegant tailored hats for men & women.

Karen Henriksen: designer, maker and purveyor of distinctive hats for men & women

Karen Henriksen has built an international reputation for her singularly stylish interpretations of classic hat styles for women and men. She brings a milliner’s aesthetic and craftsmanship to everyday headwear, striking a carefully considered balance between elegance, innovation and practicality.

After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2003, Karen’s experiments with asymmetric pattern-cutting led to her own version of a traditional English icon, the flat cap, which became known as the Windswept Cap (read more about the Windswept Collection here). Since then, she has continued to explore and expand her range, constantly creating and perfecting her own visions of other classic styles such as the peaked cap, the fedora, the cloche and the beret.

Her couture creations are similarly striking, combining traditional and vintage millinery materials and classic techniques with a fresh, contemporary aesthetic. Whilst often evocative of another era, these scultural pieces are distinctly modern. 

Karen designs and makes her men’s, women’s and couture collections entirely in her London studio at Cockpit Arts, where she established the brand in 2005.

Gaining recognition in the UK and internationally

A regular presence at leading fashion accessories trade show Premiere Classe, held during Paris Fashion Week each season, the award-winning brand has been seen in both international and British publications, including Vogue, Harpers, The Times, and The Telegraph.

Karen Henriksen hats can be found in boutiques and department stores across Europe, and in Korea, Japan, New York and Australia. A pioneer in selling headwear online, 2019 marks a 10 year milestone for her own online hat shop.

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