As an Asian, one of the biggest fashion related problems I come across–you know, aside from finding clothes for the vertically-challenged–is finding eyewear that doesn’t clash with my face. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve learned to love my face and all of its oddities (petite nose and high-set wide cheekbones included) but I’m not exactly the ideal mannequin for most sunglasses, am I?
It always frustrated me that certain styles of sunglasses never fit correctly because of my petite face and barely existent nose bridge. As a result, aviators, classic wayfarers and what seems like 60% of glasses I try on don’t work on me because they either a) slide down my nose b) sit on my cheekbones, thus disabling the function to smile or c) are so large they obscure a good part of my face! Oh, and if the glasses do fit, they clash with my eyebrows. Do you see how I just can’t win?! I figured I’d end up miserable-looking in some chic-yet-smile-restraining pair of Pradas/Celines/Tom Fords somewhere down the road/for the rest of my life and that would be the end of that…oh, the agony!
Fortunately, there’s hope yet, thanks to business school grad-slash-chic genius, Kathy Tran. Her eponymous brand, KayTran Eyewear, promises a better fit for smaller faces. Designed in Canada and handcrafted in Italy, the KayTran Fit gives you a narrower nose bridge, elevated nose pads, and a widened temple angle–which gives you glasses that won’t slip down or touch your cheekbones, ultimately banishing those embarrassing marks on your face. Hooray!
I actually had the opportunity to meet and chat with the talented designer when she was in Winnipeg a few weeks ago and she was just as chic, cool and down-to-earth as you’d imagine a homegrown entrepreneur would be. Yep, our gal is Toronto born and bred, and moving on up–I can’t wait to watch her brand expand and flourish!
Cinemagraphs by Denny Atienza. Wearing a thrifted top, DIY necklaces, casio watch and Aiden sunglasses c/o KayTran