Karen Walker led the charge. Kate Sylvester and Zambesi have also been producing covetable frames for many years.
Now two more New Zealand designers have joined the fray â€“ Andrea Moore, and I Love Ugly.
Moore’s range hits stores on December 1. Manufactured from Italian-made acetate, the frames have incredible depth of shine because each pair is tumbled in olive oil for two weeks. The frames also have 24 carat gold-coated hinges.
In keeping with Moore’s style the range is classic in tones of nude, black, tortoiseshell and crystal. Frames include 70s-inspired ‘Jet Set’.
Meanwhile Kate Sylvester has just released her latest sunglasses collection. A standout style in the collection is ‘Camille’ which mixes metal and plastic. A modern use of colour is also prominent throughout the range. Each frame is also named after a literary character. Camille comes from the Alexandre Dumas book of the same name, and Anna from Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries. The campaign features model Holly-Rose Emery, who is one of MiNDFOOD Style’s cover stories (check out the new magazine on sale now).
Menswear label I Love Ugly has also chosen eyewear as the next extension of their range with three styles â€“ ‘Obi’, ‘Alistair’ and ‘Oliver’. The custom-made sunglasses feature I Love Ugly quotes, and are available now.