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Walk of Fame star for founding King Street shop

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Karen Wertheimer founded Orphans, a punk rock retail outlet in 1983. At the time, people thought she was crazy for opening a shop in King Street, because it was so far away from the city, and was just full of wholesalers - there weren\'t any other retailers there. Orphans soon became one of the most popular and well known shops in Perth, and it led the way for the many other retailers (including Gucci, Lois Vitton, Kookai, Varga Girl and Zomp) on now fashionable \"King Street\". Karen also brought label such as Vivien Westwood into Australia from London, and gave many designers their first chance at international sales. Orphans was the first shop to show music videos (mainly punk/rock bands such as The Clash and Sex Pistols) and it was seen as the place to hang out at. Support us by getting this important cultural icon recognised by petitioning the City of Perth to add a star for Orphans in the King Street Walk of Fame!

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This petition has been set up by Tiffany Wertheimer and Vicki Sheppard, of Elroy Clothing and YoYo Buffalo.

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  • Vanessa Cook
    Vanessa Cook Australia, Perth
    Nov 17, 2016
    Nov 17, 2016
    Great petition Tif and Vicki... as you know I had the complete honour to work for and with Karen from '83 to '90 something! Orphans and Karen moulded me and all of my careers since those amazing days. A wonderful mentor.The people the product and the culture second still to none. I always look back at this time and to Karen with fabulous memories.I was just 16 when I met Karen and was given a job at Orphans... not even sure if she was looking for any help... so glad she gave me chance... loved it.Karen is amazing,totally deserves this recognition. Good luck,Nes.xx
  • Leanne Slater
    Leanne Slater Australia, East Perth
    Jul 09, 2016
    Jul 09, 2016
    Orphans was the coolest shop in Perth - it deserves to be remembered always.
  • Justin rogan
    Justin rogan Australia
    Jun 15, 2016
    Jun 15, 2016
    I wagged school to sit on the car sofa and watch new music
  • Kim West
    Kim West Australia, Perth
    May 29, 2016
    May 29, 2016
    I loved this shop! I ran into Karen last year took me back!
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