Junior Meets: Eva, founder of Caramel Baby & Child

We chat to Caramel founder Eva Karayiannis about her childhood with a twin brother, how she started working in childrenswear and her trampolining adventures...

Junior Meets: Eva, founder of Caramel Baby & Child

Founded in 1999, Caramel creates childrenswear, womenswear and homewares. Founder and director Eva Karayiannis has always had a penchant for design and her understated sophistication, refined simplicity, functionality and an extraordinary attention to detail have ensured the everlasting success of this luxury brand.

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Hello Eva. Where were you born and brought up?

I was born in Cyprus, but brought up in Athens.

Do you have brothers and sisters? If so, can you tell me a bit about them?

I have a twin brother, we are very close but have very different personalities!

What were your favourite pastimes as a child?

I loved to dance! I used to lock myself in my room, turn the music up and dance for hours on end.  Also, as a family we used to gather on the beach at dusk and play hide and seek as the sun set.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A doctor.

Junior Meets: Eva, founder of Caramel Baby & Child
Eva and her family

Do you have any particularly funny childhood memories?

I never had a trampoline as a child so would use my parents bed. I managed to go through several mattresses! My brother and I where always playing truth or dare, which often got us into sticky situations!

What was your favourite thing to wear as a child?

I loved to dress up and every year I would get an wonderful dress to wear for carnival celebrations.

Do you have children? If so, how do you like to dress them? Or do they dress themselves?

I have two teenage daughters, Kiki and Chloe, and a son Ari who is two. The girls obviously would never let me choose what they wear, and have very different styles.  I like Ari to be comfortable and casual, I dress him in relaxed over sized jumpers so he can run about and play.

What’s your family life like?

Wonderful.

How did you get into what you do?

I have always loved childrenswear, the pieces are so intricate and beautiful, but really I just began to explore my ideas sat at my kitchen table, sourcing artisan knitwear and garments from independent craftsmen.  This helped me realise my aesthetic and from there I began designing myself and Caramel slowly evolved into what it is today.

Junior Meets: Eva, founder of Caramel Baby & Child

What do you do in your spare time?

I love to relax at home and build puzzles with my son.

Can you tell me three interesting facts about yourself

  • I trained as a lawyer.
  • I love to watch basketball.
  • I love to people watch and absorb my surroundings.

Do you have any unfulfilled dreams?

I would love to revisit India, the last time I was there was 22 years ago and I would love to see how it has changed. Thank you, Eva!

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