Darylynn Ayala’s namesake brand, Darylynn, came to be after she decided to switch gears from footwear design to eyewear design. Her family is of Argentinian and Paraguayan descent. Her father, Ramon Ayala, was a shoemaker by trade. As a kindergartener, she watched him cobble shoes with utmost artistry and attention to detail. This planted the seed for her dedication to refined craftsmanship.
Before attending The Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, she was always drawn to the arts. At an early age, Darylynn discovered fashion via Hollywood’s Golden Age of film. She was fascinated by stars like Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich. This curiosity not only exposed her to clothing, music and interior design of an era that flourished with glamorous prestige, but sparked her to collect vintage eyewear and apparel.
The impact of Darylynn’s appreciation of the arts lead her to become a self-taught interior designer and fine arts sculptor. Sculpture continues to be a passion and she savors working with mediums clay and wood. In the early days these natural talents were beneficial as she began her studies at F.I.T, then later to instinctively grasp the technical side of design and product development. The gift of understanding art and design so freely translated into over a decade-long extensive career in footwear design. At the time, Darylynn did not know this journey was creating the foundation for her ultimate leap into entrepreneurship. Eyewear has always been her most cherished fashion accessory as she considers them “Gems for your eyes.”
The concept of launching Darylynn the brand came from her husband, Joseph Macaluso. He witnessed her passion for eyewear and presented her with the idea of starting their company. Together they discussed what their vision was, what they wanted their clients to feel while wearing their frames. The answer was simple: Glamour.
Joseph sold his home on Long Island to generate capital to launch the brand as Darylynn traveled to Italy in search of a factory to produce her designs. This husband and wife team began their venture with devotion to creating eyewear that would leave clients feeling their best on a daily basis. Each frame is handcrafted with love in Northern Italy using only the finest materials.Together this powerhouse duo is on a crusade to share their creative gifts through designs that evoke glamour, quality and individualism.