I’ve got the scoop on LNA’s new line of sunglasses, debuting in February as part of their Spring 11 collex. These are absolutely going on my must-have list, just as soon as I decide on which color I like best.
Here’s what LNA co-designer April Leight has to say about these cool shades, which were co-designed with her cousin Garrett Leight:
D~ What inspired you to expand the LNA line with sunglasses? How did the collaboration with Garrett Leight come about?
A~ “Garrett Leight’s father started Oliver Peoples… they are huge LNA supporters. LNA is carried in Garrett’s store A.Kinney Court in Venice, CA. He started his own eyewear company and we got to talking about doing a collaboration together. We gave him our ideas on what the frames should look like. Our frames are vintage inspired. We wanted something unisex and not too girly. Our frame muses were 1980s… think Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon. ”
D~ How many colors will be available? How does this complement your existing line?
A~ “Garrett brought us every color lens under the sun, and then we went on to deciding what the frame colors would be and how they would work together. We played a lot with different color combinations. We are a fun California brand and we wanted the glasses to reflect that. With that said, bringing a great selection of colors to this collaboration was key. We have a total of thirteen colors. We have standout colors like pink and more subtle tones of navy blue and tortoise. Both Garrett Leight and LNA embrace their California roots so we even have the Venice zip code  stamped on the inside of each frame.”
D~ Which colors will you be wearing most often?
A~ “Lauren Alexander will be wearing black and I will be wearing wine.”
D~ Will you be expanding the line for fall 11 with additional styles + colors?
A~ “This is our first time working with eyewear so we definitely want to expand on that the next time around. The aviator is such a classic style that we would love to do our take on it. Just like the rest of LNA we always want to keep it basic but with a twist.”
Available in February for just under $200. Pre-order now at A. Kinny Court
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