Adhering to Caramel’s design template offering understated, effortless shapes, boy’s trousers and dungarees are typically loose: drawstring styles or relaxed straight leg cuts. They make for practical, every day wardrobe staples in the softest of fabrics including washed linen,… Read more
stiffer cotton twills or fine, stripe jersey rompers in the label’s signature palette of muted tones and off-beat colours.
Caramel believes in understated luxury, employing only the finest quality materials and an enormous attention to detail. Each season Eva Karayiannis produces a collection of modern classics, creating an easily identifiable brand aesthetic from a combination of heritage fabrics, an unflinching way with colour and finely honed silhouettes.
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. I started this from my kitchen table and 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 had a modern, distinctive style vision which was individual yet at the same time luxurious and understated. Signature characteristics are an unflinching way of colour and vintage inspired, retro-looking prints.
“ That, it seems to me, is the essence of caramel. Why shouldn’t children’s clothes be beautiful and tough-wearing? Why shouldn’t they be luxurious, but also with a refined simplicity? Read less