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Women Making History: Karen Jane aka KJ


Karen Jane aka KJ aka Not Bad For a Girl is a graphix heavyweight living and working in London, England. The London chapter started when Karen Jane moved up from Brighton whilst in the midst of doing a 2 year MA in Communications at the Royal College of Art. Previously she had been commuting by train, and although that was pretty entertaining at times including random drinking sessions with regulars, ultimately swanning up and down Network South East was too much of a squeeze on her student funds and gave in to a life of city hustling and fast living. After rolling out of the RCA, doing the rounds on the London freelance design circuit including a long spell at Unorthodox Styles (Crooked Tongues / Spine Magazine); working for global brands (Sony, Nike, Coke to name a few); doing smaller project for her friends (Suspect Packages, CliqueNmove); contributing to numerous publications (Untitled Magazine, Tres Logos, 100@360); and doing the odd day at Mr Bongos record emporium (R.I.P) where she met Kam, KJ came to settle at her favorite agency Wieden+Kennedy, where she currently works as a Senior Designer.

Learn more about this prolific lady and her growing brand after the jump!

Somewhere in the middle of all that KJ founded the label Not Bad For a Girl, as a platform for her own ongoing projects. Through setting up NBFG, KJ has created a much loved boutique brand that continues to establish itself as one to watch if you have an eye for design and a love for street culture. In it’s first year KJ produced limited pieces for New Era and became the first female on the artist roster for UK streetwear giant Addict Clothing. The forthcoming year will see the release of the first NBFG x Addict collaborations as well as new steer for the NBFG platform. Hold tight for the new chapter…

‘Goddess of The Daily Grind’ rockin’ the gold foil NBFG logo hoodie.

NBFG x JORDAN 3 photo mandala…meditate on that, Ladies!

NBFG x ADDICT Stickers…

NBFG x ADDICT…ill collabo, down to the tags!

NBFG x ADDICT Hoodies—did we mention they’re giving these away?!

NBFG x ADDICT x Ethelform like VOLTRON!

Typography has a place in female streetwear—the NBFG logo!

There you have it ladies! You’ve read the posts about the brand and now you know a little about the lady behind the name. Drop by one of KJ’s sites and show her and Not Bad For A Girl some love!

Not Bad For a Girl—The Site

Not Bad For a Girl on MySpace

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2 Responses to “Women Making History: Karen Jane aka KJ”

  1. nicacelly says:

    I love this ish:)
    xoxo
    Celly Cel

  2. lozziella says:

    What a booootiful site. I do appreciate a stunning bit of typography, which brought me to you. Fabulous! Go girl. L. xx

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