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Cool is your second name when you're Karen Davidson of Harley-Davidson Motor Clothes

Davidson is the creative head for Harley-Davidson Motor Clothes, and joined the family business in 1989.

, ET Bureau|
Aug 13, 2018, 08.25 AM IST
Harley-Davidson Motor Clothes’ creative head, Karen Davidson is the definition of cool in her black jeans and leather jacket and of course, a motorcycle never too far off. But, we would expect nothing less of the great-granddaughter of Harley-Davidson’s co-founder William A Davidson.

Davidson, who joined the family business of bikes, back in 1989, loves designing clothes for the brand and insists that there was no pressure to join the family business — it was just that the timing was right.

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When asked whether her last name has been a boon or bane in the industry, Davidson insists she’s never got special treatment because of it. “I haven’t ever thought about that because I never used my surname for anything special. But may be for customers they feel good as they could talk to a family member in the industry,” she says.

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