August 22, 2021
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Madeleine Olivia designs for Pala

Madeleine Olivia designs for Pala

Pala are delighted to announce our  design collaboration with Madeleine Olivia. Sustainability and slow living advocate, author, environmentalist, animal lover, minimalist… we could go on(!).  for Pala,  Madeleine represents the perfect match to the values we champion as a business. For Madeleine, Pala presents her with the opportunity to design her very own frame alongside our design team.

The result? Well, we think it’s rather spectacular…


close up of pink Pala cateye sunglasses

The style pays tribute to the iconic 50s inspired cat eye design. Finished in a pale pink ‘lychee’ bio-acetate, these vintage frames ooze retro styling. This is captured by the sculptured bevelling of the frame front along with the graduated brown lenses. More subtle detailing can be found where the Pala symbol has been switched from its traditional silver to gold.

Handmade by our small family run makers in Italy, our frames are at their sustainable best using plant-based bio-acetate from Mazzucchelli and new eco lenses (39.5% from castor bean origin).

Madeleine Olivia wearing Pala cat eye sunglasses

This new Pala frame has been christened ‘Buonjo’,  the word for ‘smile’ in the dialect of the Luo Tribe, Kenya. This is a limited edition design with Madeleine’s signature authenticating the frame on the inside of the right-hand temple,  we hope you get the chance to wear one of these exclusive frames. The frames are currently available for pre-order here. 

We are huge fans of Madeleine’s work and heartily recommend you hop over to her YouTube channel and Instagram where you can find lots of great advice on how to simplify your life, enjoy plant-based recipes, natural beauty and much more.


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Felicia is our ‘camera ninja’ when it comes to photography for the Pala website. Hailing from Sweden, but now based close to the Pala Brighton HQ. When she’s not exercising her skills of mind control to make models relax on shoots you’ll find her in a cafe enjoying a good cup of coffee, or at home baking cinnamon buns.



Emma is our marketing guru. When Emma isn’t planning, strategizing and creating content, she can be found travelling the world exploring its wonders, or in more recent times – headphones on with a paintbrush in her hand creating an abstract masterpiece!



Mary is the team leader of the Care4basket project in Bolgatanga, Ghana. When Mary is not organising and supporting the work across the communities, you will find her sowing sweet potatoes, ground nut, millet and looking after the animals on the farm.



Izzy is our Sales and Comms mastermind. When Izzy isn’t throwing herself down a mountain on a snowboard, she can normally be found rummaging through vintage shops or pounding the fields with her beloved puppy, Mac. She once mislaid a finger on a night out (eek!) – girl knows how to party!

cameraman and photographer Justin Hunt


Justin is our ‘Film Alchemist’. When he’s not laying on the floor looking for the next shot he’s either exploring the finest bourbons and listening to obscure country music tracks from the 50s and 60s. Normally found planning his next trip abroad or fuelling the pineapple on pizza debate. Just so you know he’s firmly in the Hawaiian camp!