Monday, May 2, 2011

interview with Anna-Karin Karlsson

If you remember from this recent post
you saw beautiful collection photos of AKK
here are three more I saved until I was ready to show you
mini interview w/ Anna-Karin Karlsson :)
her sunglasses are as you can tell very unique & uncommon
if you like to look different from all-dressed-the-same crowds,
these are one of the great options you can take
enjoy reading!

alice goes to cannes black leo

1. My readers already know that I have a huge affection for sunglasses.
Your sunglasses are so stunning and I love how each and every look portrays different style.
Where do you mostly get inspirations from in terms of design?
Do you sometimes get inspired by the songs you listen to?

Firstly, Thank You! I get inspirations from creating stories and events in my head. I visualize all frames before I draw them.

As I write music, I do get inspired by music my own and others. Words as well as notes.

2. I see lots of leopard in your collection. Is that one of your favorite pattern and color to use? Any other favorite colors/patterns?

During all my years as an eyewear stylist/buyer I never found great leopard pattern eyewear and I always said to day...and voila.

I use a unique patented HD plastic that I have searched for after seeing it on a photograph a few years ago. I searched high and low and now I have created my dream, I am well stubborn :-).

I like alot of colours and patterns but will only know if it's right for me when I have it in my hand. I tend to stay away from brown since it's too easy. I have no one to answer too as most brands do and will only create what I think is brilliant.

coco goes to cannes

3. What are three essential items every girl should have in her closet?

I'm an accessory kind of girl so I would say decent sunglasses, shoes and bag but recon a pair of knickers and a dress could be handy too. Lol.

4. Do you have any countries/cities you would like to visit?

I used to fly every week for a year, that did put me off flying for a while but now I would love to travel through most of the world.

Hong Kong and NewYork will be next I recon.

when trouble came to town

5. Do you work on collaboration with other models, celebrities and or brands? Do you have any muses you would like to work with in a nearby project?

I have been asked to work with some major brands/fashion houses but we'll see what happens.
I'm very sure what I want to create and wouldn't do it for anything else but to create magic. What is great for my CV isn't always great for my mind.
Skye Edwards and Grace Jones wears my creations and soon some other celebrities but lets wait until we see them in the press before I speak.

6. How does your day start typically? I start with strong cup of coffee and to check my scheduler to see on and offline duties for instance.

I get up early to get my 5 year old son ready and then do the school run. When the weather allows I try to take an hour long walk to prepare for the day and get me focused. I think the best while walking. English Breakfast tea is my thing after spending most of my adult life in London. AM is usally spent writing and replying emails.

7. What do you think about fashion blogs gaining more attention each and every day? Some say they are part of the fashion industry,
while some argue back that they are just part of new online/social groups.

I've been very stuck in my life and have not paid a lot of attention to blogs until starting my business last year.

What I do enjoy is the openess and welcoming I've received from the bloggers and the fashion industry. I'm opened for change and if someone is happy doing what they want it's great.

special thanks and
all photos credit to Anna-Karin Karlsson

visit  to view more photos
& the optical wardrobe currently sells the full collection online



Angela Alvarez said...

really like this!! :D great post!
i am following you

Unknown said...

Amazing interview. Thanks for sharing!


Stevia said...

Nice interview!


Cafe Fashionista said...

What a fantastic interview; I am so loving her designs! :)

KyandiiCandy said...

Love it! =D i gave you an award at my blog! ^^ xx

Miss Fashion said...

Love the first glasses


Down This Road said...



Cat said...

Interesting! I love sunnies...such a great way to infuse style into your look {plus with the darker lenses you can people watch all the more conspicuously ;) }

xx Cat brideblu

mirjam schuurkamp said...

what a funny sunglasses!
great to see!
love the first one

i have a new outfit post, maybe you can check!?

teresweetstyle said...

wow!! i really love the first ones, amazing !
have a nice day!


Anonymous said...

Nice glasses.

The Fashion Writress said...

Fabolous sunnies, especially the first 2 ! :)

Cute blog by the way!


Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous glasses and interview, darling!


Bonnie said...

I want to replace my boring bifocals with these awesome, kick-ass glasses. It would make my life.
Twitter: @GlamKitten88

Chloe Mia said...

This is a great post i enjoyed reading it! x

Alexandria said...

these glasses are so cool! love them all.

p.s, thanks for your nice words on my blog, and thanks for following. I enjoyed browsing yours too and I am now your follower as well :)

Unknown said...


xoxo from rome

(there's a GIVE-AWAY)

the nyanzi report said...

i collect sunglasses too and i gotta say these are superb!

Gabriele said...

Interesting interview!


Lindsey Turner said...

Hey girl! Thanks so much for following my blog Thrift and Shout and for your kind words too! I really appreciate it! I like your blog a lot! I'm following you too!

Lindsey Turner

Unknown said...

Love those little devil-looking sunnies. Great interview!


noone said...

I agree that it's hard to find a good pair of leopard something!

and last question is a neat question, I think the older generation would not like to consider blogs as a form of fashion communication but regardless you can really ruin a brand's reputation if enough blogs blog about the same thing, to me a reliable and well written blog is on par with a section in a printed magazine

Oh to Be a Muse said...

wow these are so unique and awesome. i think i want to get some!

Don't forget to enter my shimmy fringe necklace giveaway!

Marcia B. said...

wow i love coco goes to cannes!

Chicago Chic said...

I loved reading this, and that first pair of sunglasses - so amazing! :)


Anonymous said...

original glasses and interesting interview, also the place of the bloggers in the fashion industry...
and your black shoes (from older post) are amazing !!

Iubire said...

great post! i love sunnies and thanks for comment my blog also follow you if you like it visit me!
much light in your life

Anne Neville said...

im definitely a knickers+dress kinda girl.. but recently im trying to rebel.. these glasses would be perfect for when i go to Cannes this Summer! xxx

Nathalie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog x

Great post- thanks for sharing x

sorelle in style said...

what cool sunglasses! great interview!

thanks for visiting and following us, your blog is lovely!

-j, your newest follower :)
sorelle in style

Kat said...

great interview!! :)

Anonymous said...

Hey thanks for the follow and the comment, great blog, im following you now as well :)

Unknown said...

great interview!! :) i love the firsdt pair of glasses!!!

Sherry said...

Great interview - thanks for sharing! Thanks so much for your sweet comment and for following my blog - I appreciate it so much!

Cee said...

Great interview! I love her designs, they're so unique but still wearable :)

Meri said...

Love the new blog look! Very cool!

Christina Key said...

Lovely post, again! :> The nails are so freaky cool!

Anonymous said...

Great interview! If her fabulous glasses are so cool I'd luv to hear her music!


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