Karen Fleisch has been designing and
styling her world since she was a little girl.
Wanting to soak up as much as possible, she managed a
bridal shoppe & did promotional modeling while going
to school at Traphagen School of Fashion. After a
semester at The Paris Fashion Institute, Karen got an
assist designing job at a moderate dress house in NYC’s
It was a brief run however, as a few years later, in
1986, she met Robi Diana and within 6 months created a
line of dark romantic rock n roll clothing that went on
to change the look of Alternative
Fashion from that
time forward. Originally called “Accomplice”, they
needed to change the name 10 years into “Accomplice”,
and later “Arkivestry” became known for dressing well
known & cutting edge musicians, performers &
amazing people of the night.
Under the Arkivestry license and as a freelance designer
on her own, Karen has designed creative pattern designs
for the iconic company Simplicity Patterns. Simplicity
also hired her to style the photo shoots for their
catalog as well as creating the sets in order to see the
vision of her sketches come to life.
Through the years, Karen has designed and styled for various production
companies to create independent films, webisodes, videos
As well as designing wardrobe for these projects, Karen
also keeps herself inspired by playing tambourine,
shakers & vocals in the NYC based band Gusher as
well as doing other guest performances.
"Good Job, Kid!"
Steven Van Zandt ~
Musician / Actor / Producer / Radio Host
"I've been wearing clothes on
stage designed by
Karen Fleisch Since 2004. I still wear them.
They are made to last with great materials and
workmanship. I recommend her for anyone who
wants cool custom clothes !!!"
~ Carmine Appice ~
"I have been lucky enough to work with
Karen for over two decades. Her creativity,
knowledge and excitement have breathed life into
my films and stage productions, making them look
like they have ten times the budget. She has
dressed me like a Metropolitan Opera diva
for my band performances, inspiring thousands of
fans to dress in the same stunning fashion. The
detail and quality of her work is world-class
and her enthusiasm is infectious.
I think every production needs Karen not only
for her designs, but for her fire and spirit."
~ Lisa Hammer ~
Director / Producer / Writer / Musician
"Karen did a phenomenal job on the wardrobe for
multiple shoots. She has a great sense of the intent
of a project and how the way characters are styled
can help or hinder the final results. She came up
with creative solutions to the challenges
presented in projects and the final results looked
Her work added a lot to the final product."
Sean Mannion ~
Producer / Director / Writer
"Your work, as per usual, has
transformed Mine and helped everyone realize who
what they are, where they come from and where
they are going.
Thank you for being my brilliant designer and for
your powerful, dramatic designs.
They have made all the difference."
~ David Pilot ~
Writer / Director / Producer
(Written to Karen for her work on The Han’s Project
“I have had the pleasure of working
with Karen Fleisch as a fashion stylist and
costume designer for several photoshoots for both
magazine issues and catalog shoots. Karen brings a
finely tuned aesthetic and high energy to every
encounter which is evident in the final results.
Karen has been an asset to my creative arsenal.”
~ Dan Howell ~