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Kenyan Artisans feature in New Zealand Designer Karen Walker’s Eyewear Campaign

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New Zealand Fashion Designer Karen Walker is bringing her ‘quirky’ fashion sense to Africa.

Joining a list of designers like Vivienne Westwood, Vans & more collaborating with African organisations to eliminate poverty through fashion, Karen has collaborated with Kenyan artisans through the United Nation’s ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative to produce a new collection of glasses titled “Karen Walker Visible“.

The collection campaign features Maasai beaders, tailors, machinists, cutters, production managers and metal workers and draws its inspiration from the serene land of Kenya.

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The ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative connects the fashion business with artisans from disadvantaged communities in Africa and Haiti. It works to create empowerment by training and creating work opportunities for marginalized people.

According to Karen Walker on the brand’s Facebook page, “Karen Walker Visible is our new campaign that aims to highlight, celebrate and acknowledge. The campaign captures our innate optimism, our love of maximum-impact in the images themselves and also directs attention to Kenya in a positive way. The images help to bring visibility to how fashion can be a vital vehicle out of poverty.

Check out the collection below.

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The Karen Walker Visible collection will be available in all Karen Walker stores and worldwide by Monday 10th February 2014.

Jennifer is the Beauty Editor & Style Representative of BellaNaija.com. Get in touch - Send an email to: beauty(at)bellanaija.com or style(at)bellanaija.com | Follow us on Instagram: @bellanaijabeauty OR @bellanaijastyle | Follow us on Twitter: @bellanaijastyle

34 Comments

  1. Zeezah

    January 30, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    That’s a good one!

  2. http://samuelohis.blogspot.com

    January 30, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    dnt like d glasses

    samuelohis.blogspot.com

  3. Product of public Education

    January 30, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Lovely concept. Baddoo googles lol

  4. Poison Ivy

    January 30, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Lovely collection(so them artisans have become high fashion models,hope they pay them well)

  5. Dora the explorer

    January 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Someone would soon come up with one angry opinion of how this is undermining Africa and things..
    waiting for the world report on this, starting from this page!! lego!!!
    I like this concept very much btw

  6. asgrl

    January 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    So many hot pieces! I see so many I want!

  7. FifiRose

    January 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    is this a joke or something.
    #useless oyinbo people.
    always making fun of us

  8. SOOZIE

    January 30, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    this is already looking nice o…cant wait for the finished photos

  9. Naijatalk

    January 30, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Not bad, not bad at all!!!!

  10. TrendySturvs Blog

    January 30, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Nice !

    trendysturvs.blogspot.com

  11. Ashanti

    January 30, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    whoever did this to this people e no go better for am

  12. Charis

    January 30, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Creative!

  13. Ndidi Anaeto

    January 30, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    So dope !

  14. SOLO ACT

    January 30, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    white people are culture thieves! i dont know why they like to pretend as if they are admiring other people culture

    • cleobriggs

      February 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Oliriburuku! Go to school and free yourself from mental slavery…..

  15. me2me

    January 31, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Beautiful

  16. Bling

    January 31, 2014 at 4:08 am

    See what Lupita has caused…

    • me2

      January 31, 2014 at 9:07 am

      assin ehn… see wettin she cause

  17. Grown Woman

    January 31, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Nice one miss Karen

  18. Buki

    January 31, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Very edgy. i love ’em.

  19. Ada Nnewi

    January 31, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Very Lovely designs!

  20. tish

    January 31, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I love Keren Walkers thanks to BEE!!! Yay!

  21. lilz

    January 31, 2014 at 9:41 am

    i like

  22. Modella

    January 31, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Never say never..One can still be a model at old age 🙂

  23. chy

    January 31, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Pls let’s be realistic. Ugly is the world.

  24. Chelle

    January 31, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    will these people be paid the same amount as when one oyinbo model is wearing these?

    • hot mama

      January 31, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Dem go tell you say models are professionals, these ones are not plus you might also hear sumin like their culture is being showcased too( pro bono tins).. no?!!

  25. Mrs Nwosu

    January 31, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Made me balk with fright. Not feeling the concept at all

  26. Eve82

    January 31, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    This is so wrong on every level!

  27. rotfl

    January 31, 2014 at 7:52 pm

  28. 'Midé

    February 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    What does Africa offer except green vegetation and human beings closer to animals in nature than the animals in modern life. No skyscraper, na so so bushes , thick lips and window frames adapted for animal use in the wild.

  29. Lanre Adeniji.jones

    February 1, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Black is beautiful anytime anyday,I’m totally in love wit dis shot and dos googles are realli nice.They made a good decision using d kenyans as model!!!Big Ups.

  30. Lanre Adeniji.jones

    February 1, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I’m totally in love wit dis shot and dos googles are realli nice.They made a good decision using d kenyans as model!!!Big Ups.

  31. cleobriggs

    February 1, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I def rock some of these….nice concept!!!! I lloovvee it…. Gosh those women are all sooooooo beautiful….. I LOVE MY AFRICA!!!!
    I just hope they are paying them well and not taking advantage sha……..

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