designer, maker and purveyor of distinctive hats

Find out about the designer behind the elegant tailored hats for men & women. As worn by Carey Mulligan and David Tennant. Read Karen’s profile here.

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

Karen Henriksen established her millinery label in 2003, after graduating from the Royal College of Art, and has been located at Cockpit Arts in Central London since 2005.

Presenting both men’s and women’s collections each season, her hats are instantly recognisable, striking a carefully considered balance between innovation and accessibility, and combining style with functionality.


With a background in model millinery, Karen brings a milliner's aesthetic to everyday headwear, alongside a singular approach to pattern-cutting and a passion for beautiful and practical fabrics. The results challenge our ideas of classic hat styles, yet remain reassuringly familiar. 

Gaining recognition in the UK and internationally

Not surprisingly, it is these qualities that have led to Karen Henriksen hats being stocked at some of the finest fashion stores and specialist boutiques around the world. They have also caught the attention of some of the fashion world's leading editors and stylists, ensuring regular coverage in the UK and international fashion press. 

Since 2007, Karen has presented her new collections each season at Premiere Classe – the leading fashion accessories trade show for international buyers and press, located in the heart of Paris during Fashion Week.

She also regularly presents the collections at public fairs and shows, including Made London in Marylebone and Canary Wharf, and Handmade at Kew, and of course Cockpit Arts Open Studios.

In 2009 Karen's book 'Design & Make Fashion Hats' (A&C Black London) was published. A practical, detailed and inspiring guide to millinery, it has become a must-have item for every student milliner. Signed copies are available to buy online.

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