We present a classifier unifying local features based representation and subspace based learning. We also propose a novel method to merge kernel eigen spaces (KES) in feature space. Subspace methods have traditionally been used with the full appearance of the image. Recently local features based bag-of-features (BoF) representation has performed impressively on classification tasks. We use KES with BoF vectors to construct class specific subspaces and use the distance of a query vector from the database KESs as the classification criteria. The use of local features makes our approach invariant to illumination, rotation, scale, small affine transformation and partial occlusions. The system allows hierarchy by merging the KES in the feature space. The classifier performs competitively on the challenging Caltech-101 dataset under normal and simulated occlusion conditions. We show hierarchy on a dataset of videos collected over the internet. © 2008 IEEE.