“I design for those who dare to look powerful at meaningful events.
OnKarri was created for those who want to stand out, be
remembered, and reminisce on these occasions. “
“I have always loved fashion and during my childhood I dreamed of starting my own fashion
business. I wanted to follow my mother's footsteps of owning my own business. My mom was
a seamstress during her twenties. Although she has changed her profession, I still ask for her
advice when I feel stuck. It is in my blood to design and create.”
After high school, Karima Diallo attended University in New York full-time to study finance.
Fashion design came natural to her, but she wanted expertise from a business perspective to
leverage her knowledge about how to run a business efficiently. On the flip side, to expand her
fashion knowledge, Karima propelled her fashion career by working with Lorraine Schwartz.
This was a very pivotal moment for her as Lorraine was a very big name in the luxury jewelry
industry. Working for a well-known businesswoman gave her the confidence to drift off to her
own entrepreneurial path.
“Working with someone as inspirational as Lorraine, who dressed some of the most
influential people in the industry such as Michelle Obama, royalties, and Beyoncé pushed me
to see the possibilities in pursuing my own dreams. Observing the careful craftsmanship
necessary to create beautiful work has been crucial for my career. You have to break the rules
and innovate to stay in this industry and that is exactly what I set out to do.”
After graduating and departing from Lorraine, Karima started her own clothing line while
working in a finance position at Wall street. It was the beginning of a new challenge in her life:
to create a unique brand while competing in a saturated industry. She decided to place
simplicity and quality at the forefront of the brand.
“From day one, the most crucial task was to design clothes that allowed people to be visible. I
wanted to mix colors, patterns, and designs that accentuate the female body. It took me over
a year to design and produce the first collection. I am constantly learning and improving as
the brand grows.”
Karima started out her brand as a secret. Followers had to retrieve a password in order to access the collection, which gave her an opportunity to quickly grow OnKarri and work with many influencers who wanted to wear her designs at special events. The brand is now available
to everyone and is continuously showcasing growth.