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ebk eyeware

Kajal Sanghrajka ’12BUS launched EbK Eyewear while a student at Columbia Business School.  EbK Eyewear is a vintage eyeware collection of unworn, pristine frames from the 1970s through 1990s.

Based in London and New York, EbK Eyewear houses a collection of some of the rarest and finest unworn vintage frames and sunglasses on the market. Using inspiration vintage eyewear designers from the 70’s to the 90’s, the company is also developing their own brands.

“Every vintage design stands out and transforms your look whether it’s a luxury Christian Dior or a handmade Italian Maga frame.”

Their products are part of a 30 year old collection carefully handpicked from around Europe – the sunglasses and frames are 100% original, unworn and truly one of a kind. They have a diverse selection of brands ranging from the luxury of Gucci and Christian Dior to the niche chic of smaller independent European designers such as Laura Biagotti.

Kajal Sanghrajka, founder, CEO, designer, marketer and sales woman, who was born and raised in London, grew up in the eyeware business.  For more than 20 years she has visited tradeshows around the world with her family and acquired a taste for the uncommon and uniquely designed frames from the vintage era. She decided to bring across the pond a small selection of frames they had sourced from Europe over the years. She collaborated with Selima Optique to curate the first vintage collection while completing her MBA in New York. During her time on campus, she somehow found time to also co-found Columbia Business Labs, a coworking space on Varick street for recent Columbia graduates.

Kajal, pronounced Kaa-jal is Hindi for Kohl, a product traditionally used by women in India as a cosmetic to define and allow their eyes to stand out. She wears a vintage Ferre frames from the early 80s and amazed at how many people notice.

“Frames allow you to completely transform your look.  You can project different sides of your personality, or use it as a disguise. One day you are Clark Kent, and the next you are Superman.”