Karine grew up in a little village in Abkhazia, ex USSR, where sewing and knitting was a must and a big competition amongst villagers. Her influence came from aunties, grannies and multiple cousins who taught her various techniques of knitting and sewing.
Karine Bono trained at Saint-Petersburg State University of Technology and Design and graduated with a diploma in Fashion Womenswear. Upon graduating she moved to London where she completed Foundation Degree in Art and Design at Central Saint Martin’s College.
Karine then worked for a London based luxury handbag brand Susannah Hunter, managing and running the production line and training all new machinists in the studio and assisting the creative director at Paris and London Fashion Weeks, Premiere Class and Linea Pelle in Italy.
In 2011 Karine started her own label of handmade womenswear and accessories “Karine Bono” and is currently based in the artistic area of Hackney, London, where each garment is handmade in her small studio. Being a multi-product designer, her specialty is design and production of luxurious womenswear. She exhibited her works at Pure London, NEC and small fashion fairs across London.
Karine is highly skilled in garment construction and couture techniques She also makes samples for other fashion designers as well as creating pieces for private clients. During London Fashion Weeks Karine worked with brands such as MM6 Martin Margiela, Dunhill, Versace Versus and Superdry. She is often commissioned for evening dresses and bridal gowns by private clients.
Karine has been teaching Sewing and Garment Construction Classes at Fashion Antidote since 2012.
At Fashion Antidote she teaches Learn to Sew, Clothesmaking, Professional Sewing Skills, Couture Sewing Skills and 1 to 1 on specialist projects.
Areas of expertise:
• Fashion Design
• Sewing Skills and Garment Making
• Bridalwear and Eveningwear
• Sample making and fitting
• Couture Sewing Skills
• Embroidery and Embellishment design
• Leatherwork and Accessories
Karine’s Students Testimonial
I just wanted to let you know what a huge fan of Karine’s way of teaching I am.She’s simply a dream tutor. She’s always in perfect control of whole group, same time managing to keep careful, individual approach, being always so helpful, and very patient. She makes everything so easy to understand, that I did not only extended my course already and planning to attend more, but I’m beginning to be passionate about sewing my own garments. On top of that, Karine helped me out so much with usage of my unique, sewing machine from 60s, whereas other tutors said they’re not machine engineers. After each Saturday class with Karine I’m leaving in an awesome mood, feeling great satisfaction.
I’m so grateful to be able to learn from such an amazing tutor so big thank you to you and Karine for this whole, great learning experience.
Margot – Beginner’s Learn to Sew course