THE LABEL

Accessible and approachable modern fashion designed to empower.  Headquartered in Chicago, a fearless and sophisticated edge remain constants to the brand's aesthetic.

 

Offering a season-less range of casual separates, day-to-night standouts, and bold leather,  the line creates opportunity for multi-functional, sustainable mix and match styling with an unabashedly original point of view. 

 

Creative Director, Christina Karin Monley, designs each collection with the intention of empowering women regardless of background, age, or circumstance. Being a working mother of two, Christina doesn't allow societal standards to define or limit her style choices. 

 

In 2019 the label expanded to its first Retail Flagship location and Design Headquarters in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. The brand plans to continue its growth by expanding to multi-national cities across the globe by 2025.

 

 THE DESIGNER

Christina Karin Monley is the Designer and Creative Director of ready-to-wear label, Christina Karin. After a successful decade-long career on Wall Street, Christina chose to break away from the predictable by pioneering her own vision for what women are seeking in a fashion brand.  After attending Chicago’s School of the Art Institute, she launched Christina Karin in November of 2012.  Since then, the line has become a cult favorite, empowering women to play by their own rules and dress for the life they want. 

 

Born and raised in Boston, Christina was inspired by art, design and entrepreneurship from an early age. She spent summers traveling to Europe with her family of antique collectors, and founded a hand-drawn greeting card company at age 12 that benefited local charities. Continually immersed in art and culture, many of these experiences shape her current design philosophy. 

 

 

Christina is a graduate of Boston University with a double major in economics and art history, and has also attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She served as a 2012 Macy's Designer-in-Residence and continues to be involved in national creative discussions with the CFDA.  Christina lives in Chicago with her husband, Cy, son, Colton Gerard and daughter, Romee Karin. She is an old soul at heart and can often be found listening to jazz while sketching new collection ideas.

 

Designer Christina Karin Monley