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Behind the label: Anna-Karin Karlsson

Pavan Shamdasani

 

Who started it? Swedish designer Anna-Karin Karlsson, who went straight from art school to working for one of the oldest opticians on London's Old Bond Street. In 2011, she launched her own eyewear label, mixing the traditions of Savile Row with influences from the city's underground music scene.

Why we love it: the world of sunglasses offers few variations in terms of style, and Karlsson's designs don't break the mould - instead, inspired touches make her pieces stand out. Wayfarer-like shapes with a 1970s vibe, oversized frames with ornate additions and her striking use of colour are all examples.

What we'd recommend: Karlsson is a traditionalist at heart, making her pieces limited and exclusive, to offer buyers something unusual. Current collection favourites include: Rose et la Mer (above; HK$5,600), a classic 1960s shape given its own signature: a leopard sitting above one eye; and When Trouble Came to Town (top left and right), a cat-like pair available with leopard print on either the outside or inside.

Where can you get it? Anna-Karin Karlsson is available at On Pedder, 16 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2118 3489.

 

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