"Swedish eyewear designer Anna-Karin Karlsson's name is one to remember, she designs the most exclusive and unique sunglasses available. My No. 1 choice for eyewear couture".
- Martina Bonnier, Fashion Director for DV Magazine
Anna-Karin Karlsson was thrown into the highest end of eyewear fashion at 19 after finishing her acting/art degree when she landed a job in the oldest and one of the most renowned opticians in London. Her fascination for sunglasses started as a child when a friend's mother returned from Florida equipped with 80's glamour. But it wasn't until she tried on a pair of Christian Roth sunglasses that this fascination developed into a true passion.
She quickly advanced in the Old Bond street practise and dispensed and designed eyewear for sultans, princesses, kings, lords, dukes, fashionistas - and mere mortals. The men who had their bespoke suits made up on nearby Saville Row would come to the practice to have matching eyewear custom made. The Anna Molinari girls would shop for sunglasses to fit their new outfit. Karlsson was soon working the trade and fashion shows, setting fashions for the fashion forward and learning from the best. Meanwhile, she grew ever more fascinated with the dark and the grime of the UK underground music scene. Music was a huge part of her life; while signed to independent music labels, Karlsson would write music in the evenings and record whenever she had a free hour. It was from this swirl of music, art, and acting that Anna-Karin's unique vision and style was born, building on her deep admiration for the traditional skills she saw through her work on bespoke eyewear.
Today Karlsson has a handful of clients around the world that she privately styles and designs for. Her debut eyewear collection was released in 2011 and based on Fairytales it made its mark on the fashion world. As one fashion editor recently said: "I love them, I love them and I won't return them". Anna-Karin Karlsson was nominated accessory designer 2011 at the Swedish fashion awards Guldknappen for her 2012 collection "Rose et la Mer". In february 2012 Anna-Karin was put forward as one of the most important designers in Swedish fashion by fashion Magazine DV.
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