Accessible and approachable modern fashion designed to empower. Headquartered in Chicago, a city edge and sophistication remains constant to the brand's aesthetic, yet is carefully considered for the global consumer.
Launched in 2012, the label is inspired by the refined ease of city living. Offering a season-less range of casual separates, day-to-night standouts, and bold leather, the line creates opportunity for multi-functional, mix and match styling with an unabashedly original point of view.
Creative Director Christina Karin Monley meticulously designs & curates 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.
Due to demand, 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.
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 the Boston area, Christina was fascinated with all aspects of art, design and entrepreneurship from an early age. From starting a handmade greeting card company at age 10 to internships in the magazine industry, she spent her youth immersed in fashion and the arts. Having been raised in a family of antique collectors and dealers, she also traveled the world extensively gathering inspiration for what would one day shape her 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