About Us

Meet Karen Mäxpersonal fashion stylist

  • Owner/Designer
  • Wardrobe Therapist
  • Independent Image Consultant
  • Personal Fashion Stylist
  • Personal Shopper

Armed with 45 years in the world of European & American fashion, Karen Mäx has a natural visual sense and genuinely loves people. She has developed an uncanny sense of what is flattering on different women and has an innovative perspective on styling to match personality and age. Karen also knows exactly how to make clothes fit properly on every body type.

Karen is an independent fashion stylist and wardrobe consultant. This means that she has no commitments to any specific brands or department stores. Unlike the free personal shoppers and fashion “stylists” you may find in stores who try to convince you that a garment looks great on you based on the amount of commissions they’ll earn, Karen will find out what you’re really looking for and recommend appropriate solutions that work for you.

Karen’s lifelong passion for her craft and her tenacious work ethic make her the ideal person to eliminate your wardrobe dilemmas and help you look and feel fabulous. Her professional clothing design & manufacturing background gives her an extraordinary knowledge about fabric quality, garment construction and the fundamentals of fit that many fashion stylists and personal image consultants just don’t have.

You’ll enjoy working closely with Karen! She is engaging, kind, patient and has a great sense of humor. She stays connected to the fashion industry and monitors industry publications and fashion buzz. This allows her to make the most fashion-forward recommendations to you, whether it’s tomorrow’s trends or classic couture. You’ll find Karen’s impeccable taste and the expertise she shares with you both educational and inspiring!


Our Mission

Karen Max and Forty Grand are uniquely qualified to help women get through all phases of life – from 40 to 140 – and still look fabulous. We also excel in designing beautiful clothing and fixing fit problems for women with mobility challenges and post-surgery issues. Our goal is not to make you look like someone else, just a better version of you.

As designers, we create beautiful, softly-tailored garments for all sizes and shapes from the finest silk, cotton, woolen and linen fabrics. Our designs are 100% made in the USA from start to finish! This is one of the features that sets us apart from most of today’s American fashion designers and stylists.

Design, color and fit are always major factors, but so are lifestyle, comfort level and budget. Great style can be achieved on any budget. We’ll provide some wardrobe therapy to help you put together new looks using items you already own, find your true colors & make sure the fit is perfect. If you’ve found something you love but want it in another color or fabric, we can help.

Our mission is to meet each client’s goals in a FUN & RELAXED way. Our 100% quality and fit guarantee ensures that you’ll be thrilled with our work and services. Read more from a few of Forty Grand’s satisfied customers!


The Forty Grand Team

Each person on our staff is a highly-trained expert in his or her craft with many years of experience in the garment industry. Because our custom designs are highly technical and require continuous research to solve fit problems for many of our clients, all of our designs are a collaborative effort involving the efforts of the entire team.



C. Day (Toni)

  • Operations Manager
  • Administration
  • Materials Research


Jackie Salyer

  • Cutter
  • Pattern Maker
  • Production Supervisor


Lilia Arellano

  • Lead Operator
  • Seamstress
  • Finisher


Santos Lopez

  • Lead Presser
  • 2nd Operator
  • Finisher


Independent Sales Reps Welcome

If you are an independent sales representative or freelance sales agent, we welcome you to contact us about our custom-designed, made-in-the-USA fashions. They are exclusively available through us and sell very quickly in boutique shops. For more information please be sure to send us your sales portfolio. Opportunities are available in the USA, Canada and internationally.


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