4th April 2017
Location LOCATION: Paris

My Linda Farrow collaboration was nearly a year in the making from start to finish. We shot the campaign last July and had to wait nearly seven months for it to be released to the world, but it’s a beautiful and bittersweet moment when you’re finally able to share it.

I’ve known Simon and Tracy of Linda Farrow for a few years now. We met through a mutual friend one evening in London, and a few hours later I found myself out to dinner at Chiltern Firehouse with them and Mariano Vivanco, who happened to be the talented photographer who shot this campaign. We kept in contact over the years and Mariano and I would often discuss shooting something together but our schedules, and the fact we lived on opposite sides of the world, always seemed to be a roadblock. I think that’s why I loved shooting this project – it just felt like a few friends coming together to create something fun. It also helped that I already knew the girls in the campaign; Negin, Lena and Leaf, so there was a great energy on set.

My design is fairly simple. I wanted it to be all gold and super refined, with an oversized shape. I think this comes from a personal complex of never being able to find glasses to suit my wide face – the perks of being Asian. The result were these large cateye sunglasses made from 22K gold plated titanium, all handmade and extremely lightweight so they don’t slip off the bridge of your nose. I created them to add some serious glamour to your look, but I do love how wearable they feel styled with an everyday outfit or even a one-piece swimsuit. They’re a statement but not overly intrusive, which is what I think a good pair of sunglasses should do. I don’t like glasses to overpower my look and I always want them to feel classic rather than trend driven.

For everyone that has already emailed, you can buy my sunglasses here.

Photographer: Mariano Vivanco