Karen Zambos with her extensive line of Vintage Couture has taken the idea of bohemian luxury to new levels of comfort, ease and sophistication.
The Chicago native embodies the spirit of her customers: confident, sexy, and intelligent. These are women who adore fashion but want pieces that let their own independent personalities shine through. Karen Zambos designs do just that.
Karen Zambos relocated to Los Angeles ten years ago, where she made her mark at L.A.s eponymous boutique, Tracey Ross. She assisted with buying and was hands-on in dressing the store's very discerning and glamorous patrons. It became apparent to Karen very quickly that what women wanted to wear was very similar to Zambos no-fuss, slip-it-on style.
Her humble design beginnings were experiments in reconstruction. She gathered vintage pieces and re-worked them till they were more wearable and modern. This evolved into the start of a fabulous hands-on vintage couture line that quickly filled a gaping hole in the market with 70s inspired dresses, one-size-fits-all shrugs and much more. Karen Zambos Vintage Couture was launched and hasnt slowed down since.
Her original creations made from vintage, rare and eclectic fabrics now include kimono dresses, corseted leather belts, lace-trimmed tunics, gorgeous cocktail dresses and swinging, backless jumpsuits. Her expansive collection keeps growing and so does her appreciative clientele. Karen Zambos includes Gwen Stefani, Mariska Hargitay, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Lindsay Lohan, Eve Jeffers, Jessica and Ashley Simpson and Nicole Richie as just a few of her stylish and loyal clients.
Though Karen Zambos may openly draw inspiration from the past, her designs are very much rooted in what modern women of today are wearing. As her line is now carried throughout the country, this year took Karen Zambos Vintage Couture overseas into Japan. And as women all over are slipping into a Vintage Couture piece before they start their busy days, one thing is clear: the future of this designer is very bright indeed.