Me and my glasses

“I cannot live without my sunglasses”

Sara Shakeel, contemporary collage and crystal artist and famed Instagram presence, tells OT  about her love for sunglasses and her collaboration with Linda Farrow


How many pairs of spectacles and/or sunglasses do you own?

I have never counted, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is more than 100.

What frame shapes, colours or styles do you usually go for?

Chunky and wide from the sides. It should be a blend of chic and drama and have a sense of friendliness.

Can you describe your favourite pair?

All are my favourite, whatever I own becomes a part of me.

Who would you pick as your style icon of glasses wearers and why?

Rihanna and The Weeknd are my style icons when it comes to glasses. For some reason, whatever these two bring to the table, it resonates with my creative soul like no other.

Whatever makes you smile is the right kind of pair


Do you wear contact lenses?

I used to, back in the day. It has been a while since I stopped wearing them.

How important is eyewear to reflecting your personality?

I cannot live without my sunglasses. They are an integral part of me and my everyday life. I would rather wear simple plain clothes, with a statement sunglass.

How did the collaboration with Linda Farrow come about and what did it mean for you to bring your art to this format?

I am so proud of this collaboration and grateful for how the team approached me and made the whole process so comfortable for me as an artist. Collaborations are supposed to be fun and innovative, and working with the team has been nothing less than that.

A criss-cross design created by Sara Shakeel for Linda Farrow

What inspired the designs for the frames in the capsule collection?

One of the models with a criss-cross pattern was a remake of one of my old designs that I had envisioned on my sunglasses. Little did I know one day that dream would come true.

What are your top tips for selecting the right pair of frames?

Wear them and vibe with them. The second you see yourself in the mirror, you should feel good about yourself. I don’t go for face shapes. Whatever makes you smile is the right kind of pair.