10 Things You Don’t Know About…Karen Walker

by Sydney Sadick

How much do you know about designer Karen Walker? From the board game she’s obsessed with to her favorite TV show to her sacred left cheek (you’ll find out why), the New Zealand creative writes in for the latest installment of “10 Things You Don’t Know About…” 

  1. I’ve recently started playing piano: Siri taught me the basics and I now have a real human teacher! After six months I’m not too bad, though I’m rather slow. I pretty much only play Bach with just a little bit of Chopin and Mozart sprinkled in there for variety.
  2. I’ve been an obsessive Scrabble player since I was about 7: ..but because playing a physical game isn’t often convenient, I always have six or seven games going on Words with Friends. Highest scoring word: autistics, 138 points.
  3. My favorite TV show is Doctor Who: I’ve been a huge Doctor Who fan since I was a child and would watch it while hiding behind the couch. I’ve recently started watching it with my daughter starting from S1E1 of the modern incarnation. She loves it just as much as I do but I’d re-watch it all without her quite happily. The best Doctor to date: hard to beat Matt Smith, but I do also have a thing for David Tennant.
  4. I was once kissed by President Clinton: It was on my left cheek. Nothing more to report.
  5. I’m a vego but I hate couscous: I’ve been a vegetarian for over 25 years but have yet to meet a couscous I like. Same applies to you, polenta.
  6. I met my husband when I was 18: It was the same year I started the Karen Walker label, and we’ve been inseparable ever since. I just got lucky and found the right person very early.
  7. You’ll find me upside down for 10 minutes a day: I love inversions in yoga, especially a nice long shoulder stand or a good strong forearm-or hand-stand.
  8. I have over 10,000 pets: All very small and buzzy. They live in a hive and supply me with all the honey I need.
  9. I live in Auckland, New Zealand: But you’ll find me on airplanes every other week—I fly about 155,000 miles a year.
  10. I’ve been a huge Connan Mockasin fan since I saw him playing percussion on a pair of clogs in a video for “Megumi The Milkway Above”: The concept for the images for our new Monumental men’s eyewear collection was created with Connan in mind. If it hadn’t been Connan in the campaign, it would have been a completely different idea.

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