A privately held company based in Los Angeles, California. Burning Torch is a leading fashion brand founded in 1999 by designer Karyn Craven. Its unique philosophy and distinctive designs have propelled the line into a consistent favorite among a diverse fashion-forward clientele both here in the US and internationally.
The company's winged logo features a hand holding aloft a burning torch, symbolically championing the timeless ideals of transformation and freedom. Today as always, with colors drawn from nature and patterns unearthed from the archives of culture, Burning Torch's collections reveal us as global citizens connected to the imaginarium of a better world. Attuned to a universal heartbeat, Burning Torch designs new products that are always exceptional in quality, timeless and imminently wearable.
Craven has shepherded her company from its sparkling debut featuring recycled vintage garments into a progressive fashion brand that produces five collections per year comprised of a wide selection of lifestyle pieces. Expanding organically over the years, Burning Torch offers addictively sensual pieces for women, men and babies, as well as accessories. Ultimately, the designer foresees further growth that encompasses Burning Torch home design, fragrance and lifestyle offerings that appeal to the discerning clients who make up her core audience. Always on the lookout for the extraordinary, Craven looks forward to one day creating a destination Burning Torch resort as a blissful getaway, complete with Burning Torch furnishings and all the signature luxuries of her inimitable style.
Karyn Craven revels in the eclectic mix of the international rhythms that beat at the heart of her home town of Los Angeles. The second eldest of six and always making things, her parents encouraged her creativity and supported her explorations of the business world early on.
Craven draws most of her inspiration from the realm of the organic, including human cultures from all around the world. After earning a BA in Fine Arts from UCLA's prestigious art program, and with occasional breaks for extended travels and her pursuit of fine art photography, Craven has pursued a lifelong love of the human body, wrapping it in beauty in as many different ways as possible.
Combining her love of the environment and the eclectic into a sustainably focused line, Craven pioneered the idea of upcycling vintage items into new fashion, something that was unheard of at the time she founded Burning Torch. The company's winged logo features a hand holding aloft a burning torch, symbolically championing the timeless ideals of transformation and freedom.
Craven's love of play and pattern drives Burning Torch on to ever new territories and inspirations, pioneering eco-fashions and upcycling, and transforming high fashion. Today she travels, explores, communes and creates, living the life she always dreamed of, and sharing her expressive vision with the world.
In addition to beauty on the outside, Craven also encourages beautiful action behind the scenes; she donates to a variety of charity causes close to her heart. She lives in Venice, California.