Karen Millen founder launches online homewares venture

Karen Millen – the founder of the eponymous fashion chain – has launched a homewares eCommerce business.

Homemonger, which went live on Saturday 14 September, sells a range of home items inspired by Millen’s travels around the world with her partner and business co-founder, Ben Charnaud.

“We have been fortunate enough to have travelled and experienced many parts of the world and all the beautiful things each country has to offer,” Millen explains on the new website.

“It’s our passion now to bring some of those experiences to you so you too can enjoy them.”

Items listed on the site span furniture, lighting, plans and outdoor items, textiles and decorative products.

“We are at the first stage of this journey, in which we hope you will share and take great joy and inspiration from our carefully curated collection of homewares, and lifestyle products, some to be exclusively designed by me,” she comments.

Millen founded the Karen Millen fashion chain alongside ex-partner Kevin Stanford in 1981 before selling it to Baugur Group-owned Oasis in 2004. She is no longer involved in the business which bears her name. 

In the years since, the retailer has struggled to replicate its early success, and last month the digital assets of Karen Millen and sister organisation Coast were acquired by online fashion house Boohoo for £18.2 million in a pre-pack administration deal.

As part of the arrangement, Karen Millen and Coast's high street presence is set to disappear, with 32 stores and 177 concessions in the UK in the process of being closing down by administrators at Deloitte.