Look no further for the latest of Carmel’s wardrobe staples in the label’s signature blend of relaxed silhouettes, an unflinching way with an off-beat colour palette, heritage fabrics, attention to detail and the brand’s predilection for bold graphic prints. Read more
Says Eva Karayaiannis: “I began designing with the aim to change people’s minds about childrenswear. It seemed to me children either had to wear mass-produced clothes, or expensive glitzy items which were often impractical or anachronistic or both—none of which is what childhood is really about.
I trained as a lawyer, so nothing really prepared me for starting Caramel.I spent two years tracking down handcrafted knitwear from Peru or artisan clothes from small designers in London or the Cotswolds before opening a little shop at Brompton Cross. That was back in 1999. “
From the outset, Karayiannis wanted to find a modern, distinctive style which could be individual, yet at the same time luxurious and understated. “ That, it seems to me, is the essence of caramel. Why shouldn’t clothes be beautiful and tough-wearing? Why shouldn’t they be luxurious, but also with a refined simplicity?
“That’s why we often reference the charm of vintage pieces, bringing them right up to date in the development stages of our collections. We aim to push the boundaries of the colour palette, creating a playful rhythm of layered colours and textures. Along with our confident, bold prints, we enjoy an attention to detail – a distinctive collar or garment silhouette, cut from exquisite cloths. “ Caramel today includes a recently launched womenswear collection and a homewares line. Read less