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Lucy & Yak x Pala Collaborate

Lucy and Yak collaborate with Pala eyewear on a limited edition collection of eco friendly and sustainable eyewear.

Pala has partnered with our Brighton neighbours, iconic conscious clothing brand Lucy & Yak to launch a limited edition collection of sunglasses.

We’re ecstatic to finally announce the launch of this very special collaboration with Lucy & Yak. We’ve been working closely with our neighbours for the last 6 months or so to bring this iconic collaboration of brands and values together – all helping to fund Pala’s current Sierra Leone project.

“We’re thrilled with this collaboration. Having long admired Lucy & Yak as a brand, its values, and of course, distinctive design aesthetic. You can’t turn a corner in Brighton without bumping into someone wearing their ‘Yaks’!”

John Pritchard – Founder, Pala Eyewear

Close up of Lucy and Yak x Pala 70's Square Haiba frame in Burnt Orange Acetate, surrounded by polaroid's.

The backstory

For anyone that’s not so familiar with Lucy & Yak, they’re an independent, people-focused brand, based here in Brighton, UK.

The team are dedicated to upholding a positive environmental and social impact; showcasing that a business can and should be done differently – just like us!

With their signature dungarees, circular fashion model and transparent approach to community, Lucy & Yak are fast becoming the future of conscious living. So it only made sense to bring our individual approaches to ethical fashion together in this unique and limited edition partnership that sees Lucy & Yak’s first foray into eyewear and Pala’s mission to ‘see the world better’ come to life.

“As well as being our Brighton neighbours, we really connected with Pala’s mission of wanting to see the world better. Lucy & Yak shares the same commitment to ethical practices as Pala, as well as wanting to create this range with a fellow independent brand, so it all felt like the perfect fit.”

Lucy Greenwood, Co-Founder, Lucy & Yak

Technical drawings of the lucy and yak x pala eyewear collaboration with bio-acetate colour samples to match.

The frames

The micro collection is made up of two styles in three colourways each. The collection has been handmade in Italy from the finest bio-acetate with each frame kept beautifully in a custom Lucy & Yak print recycled PET microfibre bag and recycled plastic woven artisan case.

We had a lot of fun working together to bring Lucy & Yak’s promotion of self-expression to an existing best-seller – ‘Lich’, as well as designing an exclusive bold 70’s square frame, ‘Haiba’.

The two silhouettes have been designed to fit every face, keeping to our mutual brand values of designing timelessly to outlast trends. But you can be sure that the vibrant colour palette will give you the chance to express your creative side.

CLose up of the illustrated postcard that comes with every lucy & yak x Pala postcard featuring custom paisley case and and lemon tree.


Learn more about Pala’s materials here.

Young girl standing in front of a blue wall in Sierra Leone, Africa wearing pink prescription sunglasses and smiling

The Social Impact

Like with any other pair of Pala sunglasses, every pair sold helps to make a positive social change.

The Lucy & Yak x Pala collaboration will be helping to directly fund our most ambitious project to date – to build and equip a vision centre in Sierra Leone. This is a country with just 5 optometrists for a population of over 7 million people, and one of the poorest countries in the world.

We know that spectacles are one of the most cost-effective health interventions for alleviating poverty, it enables people to read, learn and work. We’ve already seen incredible transformations in the Chinsali district of Zambia where Pala x Vision Action built a vision centre in 2017 which now serves a community of over 80,000 people. You can learn more about that here.

Pala eyewears impact on eyecare in Africa in numbers.

Attention to detail

Each frame is named with a word from a native African language. Connecting its wearer to the positive change in Africa they have helped create and designed with Lucy & Yak’s sense of joy and need for comfort.

Lich – Phenetic pronunciation ‘leash’, meaning ‘Greatness’ in Dholou

“Lich is our best-selling shape with a classic, round design and and slightly angled brow line to keep things interesting. This shape suits pretty much every face shape and works with a varied sense of style.

Lucy and Yak x Pala Exclusive Lich Sunglasses in Pink, Blue and Natural bio-acetates.

Haiba – Phenetic pronunciation ‘hi-ba’, meaning ‘beauty of character’ in Swahili

A style designed exclusively for Lucy & Yak. Taking the lead from frames that are a personal favourite of co-founder Lucy Greenwood – the team wanted something bold, big and with a touch of 70s chic. These make a statement whilst being extremely wearable – giving effortless retro glam and full coverage in an instant.

Lucy and Yak x Pala collaboration on 70's square sunglasses made from eco-friendly materials and bright colours.

“This range is an exciting ‘first’ for us with it being our first venture into eyewear. As someone who wears sunglasses nearly every day, I know how they’re the perfect accessory to get your personality across. With that in mind, we wanted to create a range of timeless, beautifully made pieces our customers could feel fabulous in and cherish for years to come.’’

Lucy Greenwood, Co-Founder, Lucy & Yak

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Listen to the ‘Trust Yourself’ podcast episode with Lucy & John.