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Karu

Karu is a line of artisanal home textiles and apparel founded on the connection between thoughtful design and living well. Balancing style, simplicity, and craftsmanship with ease, each versatile piece is designed to convey the softness of feeling at home. Their pieces are, however, timeless.

Lifelong friends, Alexis Barrell and Fiona Mackay, conceived Karu during a summer afternoon conversation on the meaning of home. Drawing inspiration from their home country, the brand’s name (and spirit) refers to the Karoo: an evocative semi-desert region in South Africa. Karu references the colors, textures, flora, the closeness to nature, and the gentle lifestyle of this remote region. This channels into each home furnishing, sleepwear, and seasonless apparel collection.

Whether in the carved wooden block prints or hand quilting, dyeing, and stitching, each product has a handprint, making it subtly unique. They unite traditional and sustainable processes with contemporary aesthetics.