Karen Walker Visible: Spring 2014

Karen Walker 2Remember Karen Walker’s fabulous 2013 ad campaign with the women from Advanced Style? Well the New Zealand fashion and accessory brand have only gone and done something equally amazing for Spring 14.

Calling the new range of sunglasses KarenWalker Visible, the aim of the campaign is to highlight, celebrate and acknowledge. The brand worked with United Nations’ ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative to create work in community groups of micro-artisans located in urban slums and disadvantaged rural areas of Kenya. The Ethical Fashion Initiative’s motto is NOT CHARITY, JUST WORK and their task is to promote sustainable business over aid dependency. The Initiative enables marginalized artisans to increase their skills, to enter the international fashion chain in a fair way and to produce directly for brands that distribute products worldwide.

Karen Walker and the artisans of the Ethical Fashion Initiative worked together to produce pouches for the latest Karen Walker Eyewear collection. The simple, screen-printed pouches will come with every pair of Karen Walker glasses or sunglasses from the new collection and there will be more elaborate and embellished versions, also made by Kenyan artisan groups, available to buy separately.

Karen Walker VisibleThe artisans are also the stars of the campaign and include machinists, cutters, tailors, production managers and metal workers who have acquired or refined craft and management skills through the Ethical Fashion Initiative. For the Maasai artisans, to whom intricate beading is a tradition, connecting to the fashion world through the Initiative brings a vital source of income.

Photographed by Derek Henderson, the campaign captures the brands innate optimism, directs attention to Kenya in a positive way and helps to bring visibility as to how fashion can be a vital vehicle out of poverty.

The Karen Walker Visible collection will be available around February 10th and I have to have those orange sunnies in my life!

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  • Michelle says:

    Hi ladies,

    love your website and check in with it everyday. Not happy with a significant detail in this post. Karen Walker is a NEW ZEALANDER, and her company is a NEW ZEALAND brand. Ozzies steal enough of our ideas/people/bands etc without being helped along by misinformation.


  • Mary says:

    Great piece about Karen, but please, please, don’t call New Zealand designers Australian! Karen Walker is a proud New Zealander, as am I. We really don’t like being lumped in with Oz.

  • Jane says:

    apologies Mary and Michelle, amended now
    J x

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