Lookbook Love: Karen Walker “Visible”

Karen Walker Number One Kenyan Artisan Lookbook

Charleston is literally covered in a sheet of ice right now (#worstwinterever) so let’s focus on something a little more… vibrant.  Inspiring and eye-catching (no pun intended) are just a few words to describe Karen Walker‘s latest and greatest eyewear campaign.  Entitled “Visible,” the lookbook features Kenya-based artisans, including machinists, tailors, production managers, and metal workers–all of which obtained craft skills through the UN’s Ethical Fashion Initiative.  Fostering collaborations between craftspeople and fashion designers, the initiative aims to promote fair and sustainable businesses rather than a reliance on direct aid to impoverished regions (love that).  With images as spirited and dynamic as the shades themselves, the New Zealand designer ceases to amaze.

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Each pair of new season styles comes in a screen-printed pouch made by the very artisan’s featured in the campaign–how cool is that?  The collection will be available in stores February 3rd.

*Photographs by Derek Henderson for Karen Walker

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