KBL Offers “Trouble” Worth Courting-------
Husband-and-wife team Adam and Kara Mendelsohn, the designers behind KBL Eyewear, take the slow-and-steady approach to growing their business. After starting with affordable, classically styled sunglasses back in 2009, they branched out into plastics the following season and now—with their business steadier than ever—are trying their hand at optical frames, too. More power to ‘em, we say. The new eyeglass styles debuted this week at Moscot in New York, where they’re offering both metal and plastic frames, like the bookish, two-tone Sheer Trouble specs (top left, $195). Speaking of stepping out, KBL is tiptoeing into collaborations. Two frames they made for Marcia Patmos’ Leroy & Perry Spring ’11 line are available for sale on their Web site, like the well-received Wild Promises style updated in a cool, puttyish camel (bottom left, $150). If you need a better reason than that, there’s this: 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, an initiative of the CFDA.