Karen Walker slippers!

Lockdown attire just got cooler and cosier thanks to collaboration between Karen Walker and Classic New Zealand crocheters.

There has never been a time when loungewear was more relevant and actually worn in the lounge rather than on the street as the latest fashion fad.

Lockdown has had us all wearing our cosiest and most comfortable clothing in the home office, and even Zoom video calls and Instagram feeds have championed this relaxed look. After all, it is authentic.

New Zealand’s queen of cool, Karen Walker, is also known for her collaborations and her latest collaboration has resulted an accessory that imbues comforting nostalgia as well as being the perfect loungewear accessory – a bootie-shaped slipper!

Handcrafted by a team of four artisan crocheters in Hawke’s Bay, the Karen Walker x Classic New Zealand Crochet Slippers are made using Classic’s 100 per cent New Zealand sheepskin and woollen yarn from Napier-based spinners Skeinz. Both the sheepskin and wool are 100 per cent sourced and finished in New Zealand.

These luxurious hand crocheted slippers, in bracken or cream wool, feature a contrasting stripe and bow tie and are completed with a sheepskin upper. The soft leather sole is ideal for cosy indoor activities while the fluffy inner feels like walking on a cloud.

A collaboration of natural locally sourced materials showcasing enduring skills and playful, practical design, these slippers will be cherished for years to come.

Established in 1969, Classic New Zealand is the only sheepskin maker to source and produce 100 per cent of their product entirely in New Zealand, earning them the FernMarkTM certification.

The raw material is strictly sourced from Quality Assured Farms as a by-product of the New Zealand free range meat farming system. From their tannery in Napier, Classic uses only organic compounds in the tanning process ensuring their sheepskin is 100 per cent biodegradable and free from heavy metals and harmful chemicals.

The slippers, $120, are available now from Karen Walker and Classic Sheepskins.

According to Walker, these are the new corporate attire. “We’re calling it the new work shoe.”

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