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City Quitters

Karen is a trend forecaster and ethnographer exploring shifts in behaviour, attitudes and aesthetics - sounds just up our strada! She’s also written her own book called ‘City Quitters’ following those who have left the city to carve an interesting life away from urban living.

At Caro - Working in the same world as Natalie before she opened Caro, Karen is a likeminded soul. It’s been a pleasure to feature in her book City Quitters, a book that is mind-opening and a treat to turn the page.


 Image by Claudia Rocha

Where do you live? 

I live in a 60s modernist house in South London. The house has been designed by Austin Vernon & Partners. I love the layout and the amount of natural light.

Where’s your dream escape destination?

I’ve recently been on a creative retreat in rural Scotland (thebothyproject.org) staying in a simple bothy in a secluded forest clearing in the Cairngorms National Park. It was an amazing experience to disconnect from modern life for a while. I find myself craving this more and more - remote and wild places that are less about comfort and more about exploring and reconnecting with myself.

What’s your vice?

Spending too much time on Instagram. Not very original, I know...

Whats the most memorable advice you’ve received?

When I was pregnant with my first child a friend of mine said to me ’Don’t worry about what everyone else is saying. You know best’. To me it’s about trusting your intuition, and applies to all areas of your life. 

Who’s your muse?

I don’t have a muse. But currently I find Alexandra Roxo really inspiring.

What’s on your coffee table at the moment?

The exhibition catalogue of ‘Wiltshire Before Christ’, a recent show by Jeremy Deller x Aries, and always a stack of FT Weekend that I never get round to read.

What’s your favourite dish to eat?

Venison Austrian style - cooked by my dad

What are you most curious about?

The future

The weird and wonderful things my kids do and say 

What keeps you up at night?

The state of the planet 

What gives you butterflies?

Cycling across London Bridge - it always reminds what an amazing city London is!


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