Karen Jessen x

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Karen Jessen of the Benu Berlin label has just won The Ecochic Design Award 2013 for her innovative use of reconstruction techniques.  Created from a mixture of waste and imagination each piece is a discovery – just like her list of ingredients above…


There’s gently rocking inspiration.

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And a big focus on structure: Each piece is lovingly crafted.


There are rules – and then Karen sets about breaking them with confidence.

 The best intentions need that bit of passion – and a bit of support:  For her prize she’ll now design the 2015 ‘Recycled Collection by Esprit’ for Esprit’s global retail in mid 2014 – and I’ll be watching out for what she does..

Laters, Kate x


  1. dievca

    Very cool statement pieces with a Rock and Roll vibe. I would love to try some pieces on.
    When I was a kid, Esprit was the really desired label putting a unique mark on the “preppy” genre. I loved their pieces — but then the quality dropped. The Esprit selection in Europe is different than in the US and recently, I always liked the European options much better. I agree, it will be fun to see what Benu-Berlin does for the label.

  2. Fashion Mayann

    Can’t believe how talented this designer is ! This is totally the kind of inventive and creative fashion I’m in love with ! A new fantastic designer is born … how marvellous ! xxxxx

    • Maison Bentley Style

      I had a feeling you’d like her! Check out her final pieces – these pics made better Blog pics – but there’s one dress – strapless with curved denim that I think you’d love.. xxx

  3. Anny

    Positively love this! Admiring the amazing detail. It will be interesting how the commercial aspect translates. 150 hours! As each of my bags are one-of-a-kind and handmade, I have difficulty setting a price point that is affordable yet rewards my time and talent. So far, this very dilemma has tampered the desire to launch my business further…