Eyewear designer and owner of Caron Eyewear, Caron Kraitt, tells OT about her style influences and launching during the pandemic
How many pairs of spectacles and sunglasses do you own?Not including my stock, I would say between 15 and 20 pairs. But like everyone, my favourites change and evolve over time and with fashion.
As a designer of eyewear, I would tend to choose frames with a beautiful shape and structure. I am a fan of bright colours or, better still, bright hints or accents against a dark frame. This makes for a versatile piece, but with that oh-so important personality.
What frame shapes, colours or styles do you usually go for?
Can you describe your favourite pair?Currently my favourite piece is ‘Stay Wild’ from the Caron Eyewear collection, in black with bright pink accents. This model is a gorgeous oversized rounded shape. It is beautifully light and feels like magic on your face.
Who would you pick as your style icon of glasses wearers and why?Oliver Goldsmith is a super-cool, old-school dapper gent who knows exactly how to rock classic retro styling. Marilyn Monroe is another inspiration, with beautiful symmetry and colouring in her heart-shaped face, perfect in every way for eye wear. Another is Oprah Winfrey: she’s not afraid to wear brave and daring designs, but is always stylish and never garish.
How long have you worn spectacles for, and what prompted you to go for your first sight test?I’ve worn spectacles since I was maybe five or six years old.
How important is eyewear to reflecting your personality?Eyewear is the perfect accessory. It reflects your mood, it describes your style, it can be tailored to an occasion. Most importantly it is an accessory for your face. It surrounds your eyes, which are the focus of your interactions and communication with the world and other people. I have never understood the attitude of those who are willing to spend thousands on their wardrobe but neglect their eyewear. People wear a different outfit every day, so why not have different eyewear? A quality frame can set off an outfit and is the finishing touch to a stylish look.
Can you tell us about the launch of your eyewear brand?Each piece in the collection exudes the trademark Caron Eyewear dynamic through a carefully crafted combination of high-grade materials and considered design.
I have over 20 years of experience in optical design and a background in optical dispensing, so my understanding of balance, proportion and fit ensures that everything I create is not just uniquely beautiful, but also wearable.
I felt that now was the time to bring my unique skills to my own brand, inspired by modern women who are not afraid to celebrate their natural femininity and beauty alongside their personal strength and independence.
What are your top three tips for selecting the right pair of frames?1. Understand what shapes, proportions, and colouring work for your face
2. Ensure absolute comfort and a perfect fit
3. Choose a style that reflects your personality.