Karen co-founded Stewart + Brown, along with her husband Howard Brown, in 2002 and oversees all design and production activities. Prior to Stewart + Brown, Karen was Sr. Designer at Patagonia and J.Crew. She began her design career at Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, designing their most popular collections. Karen holds a B.F.A. in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has no formal training in fashion design.
Karen and Stewart + Brown have won many honors and accolades including "Coolest People Now" by Outside Magazine, "Ones to Watch" by Wired, "Conscientious Choice" winner by Natural Health, "Best of Green" by Treehugger, "World's Most Stylish Ethic Fashion Brand" by Body + Soul, Elle's "Best Green Fashion Brand" and was voted one of the "World's Top Fashionistas" by Grist.
Karen makes her home in Ventura, CA along with her husband Howard, daughter Hazel (7) and son Huxley (2) and likes to spend as much time as possible at her family retreat in the Rocky Mountains of Montana.