FAB Fashion: Big, Bold & Beautiful! Karen Walker Eyewear Collection Partners With Kenya Artisans For “Karen Walker Visible” Collection

African has had a lot of partnerships this year alone in the fashion industry, this is a good sign isn’t it? Karen Walker is known for big, bold, retro-inspired glasses, and this newest collection looks more fun than ever. What is amazing about this new lookbook is that every picture is paired with a beautiful scenery that shows Kenya in a positive light.

Alex (Artist) wears Enlightened in Black with Gold

Alex (Artist) wears Enlightened in Black with Gold

Alex (Artist) wears Joyous in Crazy Tort

Alex (Artist) wears Joyous in Crazy Tort

Alex (Artist) wears Utopia in Gold Glitter

Alex (Artist) wears Utopia in Gold Glitter

Anton (Metal Caster) wears Utopia in Crazy Tort

Anton (Metal Caster) wears Utopia in Crazy Tort

New Zealand designer partnered with the United Nations’s ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative–an organization dedicated to empowering marginalized women in Haiti and Africa by connecting them with the fashion industry–to find artisans in Kenya to craft a collection of pouches for Karen Walker’s newest Karen Walker Eyewear collection called “Karen Walker Visible”.

Beatrice (Craftsperson) wears Orbit Filigree in Black

Beatrice (Craftsperson) wears Orbit Filigree in Black

Beatrice (Craftsperson) wears Super Worship in Orange with Gold

Beatrice (Craftsperson) wears Super Worship in Orange with Gold

Collins (Metal Caster) wears Deep Worship in Black with Gold

Collins (Metal Caster) wears Deep Worship in Black with Gold

Florence (Artist) wears Praise Maker in Turquoise with Gold

Florence (Artist) wears Praise Maker in Turquoise with Gold

Florence (Artist) wears Super Worship in Black with Gold

Florence (Artist) wears Super Worship in Black with Gold

Kappoka (Maasai Beader) wears Enlightened in Black with Gold

Kappoka (Maasai Beader) wears Enlightened in Black with Gold

Every pair of Karen Walker Eyewear sold from this season’s collection will come with a screen-printed pouch crafted by Kenyan artisans, and some more elaborate pouches will be available for separate purchase, as well.

Helping to raise the profile of those who helped make the pouches, Karen Walker chose to have the artisans themselves model the eyewear collection in its campaign. The people photographed include “machinists, cutters, tailors, production managers and metal workers who have acquired or refined craft and management skills through the Ethical Fashion Initiative,” and we have to say the results are pretty outstanding.

Rason (Maasai Beader) wears Orbit Filigree in Gold Glitter

Rason (Maasai Beader) wears Orbit Filigree in Gold Glitter

Rose (Craftsperson) wears Faithful in Turquoise

Rose (Craftsperson) wears Faithful in Turquoise

Velma (Assistant) wears One Worship in Lavender with Gold

Velma (Assistant) wears One Worship in Lavender with Gold

Velma (Assistant) wears Orbit Filigree in Gold Glitter

Velma (Assistant) wears Orbit Filigree in Gold Glitter

Winnifred (Supervisor) wears Faithful in Crazy Tort

Winnifred (Supervisor) wears Faithful in Crazy Tort

Winnifred (Supervisor) wears Joyous in Gold Glitter

Winnifred (Supervisor) wears Joyous in Gold Glitter

Winnifred (Supervisor) wears One Worship in Black with Gold

Winnifred (Supervisor) wears One Worship in Black with Gold

According to Karen Walker on the brand’s Facebook page, KAREN WALKER VISIBLE is our new campaign that aims to highlight, celebrate and acknowledge. The campaign captures our innate optimism, our love of maximum-impact in the images themselves and also directs attention to Kenya in a positive way. The images help to bring visibility to how fashion can be a vital vehicle out of poverty.”

The Karen Walker Visible collection will be available in all Karen Walker stores and worldwide around February 10, 2014.

 

Photo Credit: Facebook/KarenWalker

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