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. Read more
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," says Karayiannis. "Why shouldn’t children’s 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 you are supposed to use for children, 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. “ Read less