Allow Me to Introduce You To: Karen Young of Hammocks & High Tea

This week’s guest blogger comes from Karen Young, the entreprenuer whose grandmother inspired her collection of vibrant hued, eco friendly, global print textiles in the form of bags, scarves, table linen & more. If that isn’t fab enough, she’s going to be featured in this months Elle Magazine. Keep reading to find out more behind this talented lady…

Name: Karen Young

City: Brooklyn , NY

Profession: textile designer/creative director

Link (to site or blog):

What’s a typical day in the life like for you?


I get up at 7am, check email in bed (so bad I know), breakfast and ready by 9am. Between 9 and 12pm I catch up on orders, pack & ship. If it’s a heavy production time, I’m running around the garment district in the afternoon between my factory, the leather smith, and suppliers, thank goodness they are within block of each other..

If it’s a great day I can fit in some time for yoga, I’m working on how to do that daily. The day is peppered with lots of email responses, lots of time spent on the train and I’m usually drinking my lunch (the juice kind, not the gin kind J) and I attempt to wind down by the end of the night for at least a few hours before I do it all again tomorrow.

What has been your biggest learning lesson both personally & professionally?To take things in stride, breathe and count each day as a lesson. There’s always a lesson in their somewhere. I’ve also found that following my intuition is as essential in business as it is in my personal life.

How have you benefited from social media? And where can we find you?

I’ve found a wonderful support system through twitter (@hammockshightea) that has been so much more than the occasional high five when something great happens. It also allows me to put a personal stamp on my brand.

What would be the ultimate dream project?

doing all the textiles for a modern boutique hotel in a tropical location.

Any design/fashion tips?

 always go with what suits you on your body and in your home. If you don’t know your style walk into a store and see what moves you, what draws you in,


and every time you open either your closet or your front door you’ll get that same feeling. Moved.  

I’m a big list maker. What’s on your TO DO list?

oh my goodness, everything! Here’s what I’m looking at right now: pricing spreadsheet, website updates, update stores, spring 2012 collection. It is also scattered with random sketches and scribbles.  

What are you currently anticipating?-

vacation J I have no idea when but I’d like to pack my bags soon

and go someplace where the colors make you think you’ve landed in paradise.

Fill in the blank. It’s the lil things like good friends and chocolate that brings me joy..

Favorite Luxury to indulge in?

spa day

Favorite indulgences…


Unfortunately…french fries


James Bond or Sex in the City reruns 


Strangely not so much


Very little, mostly au natural except for gloss & mascara.


coconut water

 such an island girl.


any and everywhere!

If $ were no object, what would be your ultimate design indulgence?

A home with an entire wall of glass overlooking the beach.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Kelly Market says:

    Great interview! I love Hammocks and High Tea 🙂 Always fun to get to know the face behind the brand. xxKelly


    1. Thanks, I couldn’t agree more.


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