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Karen Walker Eyewear Teams Up With The United Nations

By Jacqui Thompson - 29 Jan 2014

Karen Walker's Visible eyewear collection, which was released globally today, features gorgeous, ethically produced sunglass pouches made by Kenyan artisans and makers, as part of the United Nations' ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative.

Bringing forth her unique style and design ethos, Karen Walker has delivered another stunning collection of frames, featuring playful colourways and exaggerated shapes and scale.

Adding an extra, socially aware dimension to the Visible eyewear collection, Karen Walker teamed up with the United Nations to engage urban and rural Kenyan communities to produce printed pouches for the sunglasses. Part of the Ethical Fashion Initiative, the program brings much-needed income to the craftspeople involved, promoting sustainable business over aid dependency.

These lovely, handmade sunglass accessories will come with every pair of 2014 Summer Karen Walker specs sold globally, throughout the brand's 500 stockists. Embellished, more elaborate versions of the pouches will also be available, created by Kenyan Maasai artisans and sold separately.

The Karen Walker Visible eyewear campaign, shot by renowned Australian photographer Derek Henderson, stars the Kenyan craftspeople themselves, championing the workers as the stars of the collection and highlighting the important work undertaken by the Ethical Fashion Initiative.

Karen Walker's Visible Eyewear collection Summer 2014 will hit stores from the 3rd of February.

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