Karl Kani (born Carl Williams from Brooklyn, New York City) is the fashion designer, founder and CEO of the Hip Hop fashion brand Karl Kani. Karl Kani launched his line in 1989 as a fashion forward and Hip Hop influenced clothing line. His clothing was inspired by his passion for Hip hop music and fashion, Karl designed clothes that appealed to a large public, including celebrities such as 2Pac, Biggie, Aaliyah and many more.