"Over the past 20 years, my role as creative director has been, and continues to be, to push the perception of shearling, leather and fur within fashion, crafting a new sensitivity and awareness towards luxury outerwear and accessory design. I strive to explore and develop new and exciting concepts where my focus is to lead the way in luxury design, not follow".
Karl Donoghue, Creative Director
A brand conceived in London, the city continues to provide a culturally influential aspect to each Karl Donoghue collection whilst travelling the world remains a source of inspiration.
The beauty of the skins we use and their unique intrinsic qualities are the beginning of each creative journey.
From colour to texture, it is a natural material that brings the most luxurious element to fashion, inspiring silhouettes and intricate details including innovative finishes and sophisticated palettes.
Working closely with tanneries and factories, the finest quality skins are hand selected and expertly cut before being handcrafted by skilled craftsmen. Each collection is finished in England to the highest standard ensuring a truly luxurious product.
Each style demonstrates a fusion of both modern ideas and traditional processes to present vibrancy, energy and beauty through contemporary pieces.
Karl Donoghue prides itself in working with the finest skins from European tanneries and suppliers who adhere to the highest standards. While we accept not everyone wishes to wear products created from real skins, we truly believe with the correct controls and regulations of animal welfare, using real skin is a far more sustainable approach to fashion than fake leathers and faux furs.
There is great longevity in real skin allowing the pieces to pass down generations. There is evidence to suggest leather skins degrade in the ground at the same rate as an oak leaf compared to the plastics used in fake furs and leathers which can take decades.
Where possible we avoid plastic trims, instead preferring to work with real buffalo horn. This natural material is sustainable, versatile and even the waste from cutting out buttons and buckles can be ground up and put into the land as fertiliser.
We don’t throw away leftover skins from our collections instead trying to incorporate them into future projects and collections, thus avoiding unnecessary waste. This approach has been part of our brand DNA from the outset.