Karen Walker Honors Kenyan Artisans

Leave it to Karen Walker to turn out yet another sunglasses lookbook that makes us want to stop everything we’re doing and just stare — oh, and prep our wallets. Just when we thought this New Zealand designer couldn’t top last season’s adorable kids’ shoot, she hit us with her latest installment, entitled “Visible.” And, once again, we can't take our eyes off the gorgeous shades.
Walker enlisted Kenya-based artisans (machinists, cutters, tailors, production managers, and metal workers who have acquired craft skills through the Ethical Fashion Initiative) to highlight her latest eye-popping designs, built upon her signature strong, exaggerated shapes and vibrant colors. In addition to the sunnies themselves, Walker teamed up with Kenyan artisan groups to produce a collection of pouches that’ll accompany each frame sold. The only downside? We’ll have to wait a few weeks to actually purchase these must-have specs. So, in the meantime, click through to peep this truly empowering lookbook full of captivating images and shop 17 similar Walker styles right now.

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