The wind-swept grace of searing sand dunes; the richly sweet fruit of the stubbornly resilient date palm; the lavish hospitality and colorful dress of the ruggedly enduring Bedouin people – the fascinating paradoxes and intrigue inherent to the deserts of her native Middle East permeate the collection of Karnit Aharoni.
A true citizen of the world, Karnit has taken inspirational cues from her time growing up in Israel and New Zealand, and living in London, New York and Milan, where she worked with and for such icons as Donna Karan and Ermenegildo Zegna. Accordingly, the Karnit Aharoni collection projects a distinctive and thoroughly authentic international élan. The aesthetic, while perceptibly rooted in classical design, is fresh and dynamic – imbued with modern artistic details gleaned from her experiences on four continents.
Karnit’s designs are at once timeless and visionary; informed by elements of menswear, but always decidedly feminine and classically sexy. The purposeful silhouettes wear easily and effortlessly. Everything about the pieces says high-end, yet they are available at a surprisingly accessible price point.
The collection is entirely produced in France, Karnit’s current home, with the great attention to quality and passion for craft and detail one would expect from French-made fashions. The smart, sumptuous, subtly sexy all-day-wear makes extensive use of exclusively designed and developed textiles, exceptionally textural embroidery and luxurious knits.
The date palm tree, cultivated in Karnit’s homeland since the origins of recorded history, is a recurring motif throughout the collection. The dragon – embroidered on each item and the collection’s brand mark – is from a piece of heirloom jewelry once worn by Karnit’s grandmother, who she describes as “a strong and inspiring woman in a long line of equally powerful and active women, who pave their own paths.”