Made in Malaysia eyewear brand Kaca-Kaca offers a range of affordable quality eyewear and soon, even contact lenses, writes Nadia Badarudin
WHEN it comes to fashion, adding a pair of sassy and stylish sunglasses to accessorise will amp up your style.
While some may vow to stay faithful to sunglasses of established and designer brands, there is a growing number of local fashion enthusiasts who take pride in wearing homegrown shades to make their fashion statement.
Kaca-Kaca (which means glasses in Malay) is a made-in-Malaysia eyewear brand which has managed to build a cult following here and abroad with its quality sunglasses that score well in both protecting the eyes and making the wearer look chic.
From standard prescription glasses to retro and trendy-looking pieces, the online retailer dispels the idea that covetable eyewear is pricey.
FUN, FINE EYEWEAR
Born in 2015 out of a rebellious spirit and a simple idea, Kaca-Kaca is a class of its own in offering huge selections of sunglasses and prescription eyewear online in the country.
With more than 20,000 followers on Instagram, the label’s customer base includes those from Singapore, Taiwan and Australia.
Alongside the online store, Kaca-Kaca is available at select Aeon Departmental Stores in Malaysia and online fashion retailer, Fashion Valet.
Kaca-Kaca was founded by entrepreneur Charlotte Chua. She loves fashion and sunglasses are among her must-have items when she accessorises her outfit. Her passion and thoughts of a career change led her to create her own label.
“After years of working in the beauty products manufacturing industry, I thought of a career change. I love sunglasses. But many designs that I like come with a high price tag. That was how I came up with Kaca-Kaca. The idea is for everyone to own quality and fashionable eyewear which is affordable,” she says, adding customer conveniences is the main reason why she sells the products online.
The brand offers a generous collection of fashionable sunglasses and optical frames in unique designs and materials for men, women and children. Among its bestsellers are Sacha and Jules — quirky yet sexy frames with in-your-face pink lenses.
“Our partner manufacturers are from China. We introduce a new collection every month and all of our eyewear selections are carefully picked by our stylist team who are well-versed in trends,” says Chua.
“For prescription eye glasses, we will make the best recommendations based on eye test results,” she adds.
Each customer is offered a seven-day hassle-free return policy.
BEAUTY AND SAFETY
Kaca-Kaca sunglasses retail between RM49 and RM138, while the price range for prescription eyeglasses is between RM60 and RM290.
Apart from beautiful designs and customer-friendly price tags, the brand does not compromise on quality and safe eyewear. “Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect the eyes from ultraviolet rays.
“All our sunglasses come with 100 per cent UV protection (UV400 Protection). We also carry a range of sunglasses with polarised lenses which help reduce sun glare,” says Chua.
The brand features two types of optical lenses: Anti-Reflective Lens and Blue Coat Lens. “Each and every purchase order is reviewed by a lens specialist to ensure that the lenses are perfect for their intended use. For the high-end range, we offer frames manufactured using TR90, a superior thermoplastic material which is incredibly durable, flexible and lightweight. These frames can bend under pressure, which makes them more resilient to damage,” she adds.
Are darker coloured lenses always the best to protect the eyes from the UV rays?
Chua says: “A clear lens with no tint and 100 per cent UV protection is better for your eyes than dark, heavily tinted sunglasses without UV protection. In fact, dark lenses without adequate UV protection are actually worse for your eyes than not wearing glasses at all because the dark tint causes your pupils to become dilated, thus exposing your eyes to more harmful UV lights.
“And in terms of size, larger frames, wraparound and close-fitting styles provide better protection from stray lights.”
Those wearing contact lenses may still need to wear sunglasses.
“If the contact lenses are not able to block UV 100 per cent, you may need sunglasses to protect your eyes. UV rays are just as potent on a cloudy day as they are on a clear day, and proper eye protection is always needed. And just like adults, children should wear sunglasses too,” says the young entrepreneur.
Kaca-Kaca is adding coloured contact lenses to its new product range this year. “Contact lenses are getting increasingly popular, but there is not much awareness of the importance of buying lenses which are properly registered and made by certified manufacturers,” says Chua.
“At Kaca-Kaca, we prioritise customers’ safety and satisfaction. It is important for us to know that we are doing the right thing for customers and they will benefit the most from our products. “Our contact lenses are made by a certified manufacturer.
“We will also highlight the importance of proper care to customers when they purchase.
“Staying true to our spirit and design ideals, the contact lenses will be subtle (in colour) but beautiful,” she says.
Sunglasses’ dos and don’ts
ARE you clueless on how to care for your sunglasses? Below are tips from the expert Charlotte Chua.
- Use a hard-shell case that suits the size of your sunglasses.
- Place the sunglasses with their lenses facing upward to prevent scratches.
- Use both hands when putting the sunglasses on or taking them off. Let the sunglasses stay firmly on the nose and not on your head. Otherwise, frames can become misaligned.
- Do clean lenses regularly with warm water and a drop of dish detergent, then dry with a clean, soft cotton cloth or a microfibre cloth.
- Don't wipe lenses when they are dry. Any debris on the surface or dust from the cleaning cloth could cause scratches.
- Don't wipe lenses with a tissue, paper towel, or paper napkin because they have rough surface that could scratch the lenses.
- Don't put unprotected sunglasses in a purse, pocket or bag.
- Don't regularly place sunglasses on a sink or vanity top. Sprays and cosmetics can soil lenses, while hair sprays or perfumes can damage anti-reflective coating.
- Don’t leave sunglasses in the car. A high temperature can ruin your lenses, and can cause the frames to lose their shape and become loose around the ears.