Through Craig & Karl's Eyes

I am currently looking outside my wind0w to rain and winds and thinking about....sunglasses. That's right, sunglasses.

Queen Marie and I always buy our sunglasses early in the year, preparing for the very ocassional sunny days we might get come spring and summer. There is something very satisfying about a new pair of sunglasses. Perhaps it's the optimism tied up in such a purchase - looking ahead to better weather and happier, longer days. 

I was very excited when I found out that Le Specs were collaborating with graphic designers and illustrators Craig & Karl on a capsule collection of sunglasses.

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The Australian ex-pats Craig Redman & Karl Maier live in different parts of the world, New York and London, but collaborate which each other daily creating their signature pop art inspired design and art infused with humour and observations. 

Craig illustrates everyday life in downtown New York through the eyes of a character called Darcel Disappoints.

Tumblr_mb0v940aA21qznqx7o1_r1_1280 Tumblr_n04pmsC0sq1qznqx7o1_r2_1280The sunglasses collection is delightfully graphic with polkadots, stripes and bright colour combinations of peach, mint and citrus. I snaffled up a pair a couple of weeks ago. I haven't worn them yet but I'm mentally preparing myself to run the gauntlet of stares and abuse from the Glasgow residents when I do wear them. Bring it!

They look like 3d glasses and when I put them on I look slightly deranged. I'm OK with that.

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Craig & Karl have exhibited in Musée de la Publicité and the Louvre and worked on projects for clients like LVMH, Google, Nike, Apple, Vogue and The New York Times. Some of their most recent achievements include a portrait of Barack Obama on the cover of New York Magazine.