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A sustainable story

A sustainable story

Monkey Glasses

27th March 2015 Sustainable fashion trends are more prevalent than ever before and that is increasingly having an influence on accessory design. For frames, recycled materials, when used creatively, can produce interesting designs that are modern, comfortable, wearable – and well-priced.

Created by husband and wife team Mai-britt and optician Morten Seaton, Monkey Glasses from Denmark make frames from a biodegradable material that consists of 90% cotton fibres and wood mass. The result is wood-look frames, with precise attention to detail – model Betty (pictured above) is one of their most accomplished sunglass shapes in 2015. Surplus materials are recycled into accessories and jewellery, and every time a set of frames leaves the shelves the company donates a percentage to the ‘Save the Orangutan’ charity – www.savetheorangutan.org.

Monkey Glasses released its first collection of sustainable glasses in 2010 and now sells worldwide to selected stores and online at www.monkeyglasses.co.uk. CN

Hall of Frames Cologne

Hall of Frames Cologne

Independent Eyewear on The River Rhine

24th March 2015 Hall of Frames has announced a new show for their independent eyewear events – on the banks of the River Rhine in Cologne. Show organisers Nath Wenger and Dirk Geissmann said: “We are very excited to organise our first show in Cologne! The city has a rich tradition in the eyewear industry, and “Die Brillenmesse” will be held on 25th and 26th April in the Dock One Hall, next to the River Rhine.

“Over fifty of the best Eyewear designers will present their spring news in a cool and relaxed setting. The expectations are high because the opticians in and around Cologne are famous for good taste and openness towards fine Eyewear. Only the best opticians can survive and “Die Brillenmesse” is the platform for some of the most beautiful brands in the market.”

Slav Nowosad will make his first appearance at a HOF event and present what he describes as his “atypical frames” (above Sun 5055/00)) Aesthetics, technology and design without limitation are Nowosad’s approach to unusual eyewear. Nowosad Designworks are designed and handmade in Poland. www.slavnowosad.com

 

Suzy Glam Breaks Rules in Nude Matt Acetate

Suzy Glam Breaks Rules in Nude Matt Acetate

Suzy Glam – Gold winner of the Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Award in 2013 will unveil beautiful new designs in Cologne. Suzy Glam Breaks Rules features curvaceous, elegant lines in nude matt acetate. www.suzyglam.com

 

Sahara by L.G.R. with a unique brushed surface on the frame front

Sahara by L.G.R. with a unique brushed surface on the frame front

L.G.R. from Italy will attend with their latest – and fabulous – designs including Sahara, with a distinctive brushed effect on the frame front, and superbly crafted mineral glass lenses. L.G.R. frames are handmade in Italy. www.lgrworld.com

 

Daydream by KBL in Tortoise and Turquoise Acetate

Daydream by KBL in Tortoise and Turquoise Acetate

KBL Eyewear in Germany is synonymous with youth, quality, and performance, and presenting for the first time at HOF.  The initials KBL stand for Kind of Bohemian LIfestyle, and the designs reflect a “bohème” nature – expressed in Italian acetate and Japanese titanium. www.kbleyewear.com For more information on HOF Köln visit www.diebrillenmesse.de JG

 

 

Rigards+Royal Selangor

Rigards+Royal Selangor

History and Tradition with RIGARDS Collaboration

20th March 2015 Innovative RIGARDS has partnered with the world’s largest and most admired pewter maker – Royal Selangor – to create frames with unique individuality and character. Two noble materials – Horn and Pewter – are used to create a design that is beautiful and unique. Royal Selangor has been crafting pewter since 1885, and remains privately owned, with fourth-generation family members safeguarding time-honoured pewter practices. “We are delighted to work with this amazing company,” said designer Ti Kwa (above), “and create a frame that combines the best of Horn and Pewter.”

 

Rigards+Royal Selangor Horn+Pewter

Rigards+Royal Selangor Horn+Pewter

The rims of the frame front are meticulously hand-polished to a velvety finish, while the rest of the horn structure is rendered, by hand, in a contrasting matte texture. The side pieces feature an artful fusion of horn and pewter, with a hammered satin finish for the arm tips. An elegant custom-crafted leather case is embossed with Royal Selangor’s classic wave motif. An unusual, expressive design with history and spirit. www.rigards.com JG

Photo of Ti Kwa exclusively for Eyestylist by Gilles Stüssi All Rights Reserved

New York Arrivals

New York Arrivals

RVS by V

18th March 2015 If anyone wins at unexpected colour combinations, it’s the Turkish brand RVS by V, who’ve just returned to the Big Apple as permanent residents, along with their new glorious eye-popping eye candy. Launching this week at the New York optical trade show, Vision Expo East, the label created by Vidal Erkohen promises a raft of new optical/sunglass shapes that are jazzy and upbeat as well as delivering on all important quality and finish. Above: Model Chet, a gently angled shape, in cobalt with gold, created as a limited edition in titanium and acetate, with RVS hallmark matt finish and distinctive visible screws.

 

RVS by V

The unique Palladium 001 created by RVS by V

Since the launch of the RVS by V. Palladium 001 first edition, back in 2011 – (http://www.eyestylist.com/2011/07/rvs-by-v-eyewear/) – this inimitable RVS design, worn by Lady Gaga in 2012, is out and about again too, classically styled in gold or black, or daring and exotic in pops of pink, turquoise or orange –  with mirrors that dazzle and stand out in a crowd.

RVS by V. is an authentic handmade collection of eyewear and sunglasses launched in 2006. The Palladium 001 is available from the online store at www.rvsbyv.com and at leading boutiques including www.gogosha.com  CN

Designer Choices

Designer Choices

Sven Götti and Daniel Benner

16th March 2015 How do eyewear designers make their choices when deciding what frames to wear? “Pieper is my personal favourite right now,” says Sven Götti at Götti Switzerland, (top photo) “because I like the strong statement of Pieper and the three-dimensional effect. As the frame is Titanium, it’s very light weight and easy to wear.” www.gotti.ch

 

Daniel Benner wears Cosmo Duo 16

Daniel Benner wears Cosmo Duo 16

“This is my favourite of the moment,” noted Daniel Benner of Benner Eyewear in Germany, “and it’s the ‘cosmo duo 16′ in polished gold and matte aqua. It has a vintage touch with the priority on the eyebrows. It’s one of the most liked styles from our collection – a shape for both men and women.” www.benner-eyewear.com JG

Photos: Exclusively for Eyestylist by Gilles Stüssi All Rights Reserved

Sensational Stripes!

Sensational Stripes!

Stripes: A Spring/Summer Delight

12th March 2015 In 1846, Queen Victoria most likely did not realise that she launched an historical fashion when she dressed her four-year-old son Prince Edward Albert in stripes. Two centuries later, stripes dominate the style scene this season. And not only in fashion – stripes are high on the style radar for eyewear and accessories. Swedish designer Anna-Karin Karlsson goes superbly nautical with her classy navy and white stripe sunglasses Rose et La Mer (above). www.annakarinkarlsson.com

 

Sunny in perky red/white stripes by Zoobug

Sunny in perky red/white stripes by Zoobug

Kids love stripes – and Zoobug’s adorable sunglasses in vibrant red and white stripes are ideal for youngsters. Sunny is equipped with polarized lenses for 100% UV protection – so important for young, vulnerable eyes. www.zoobug.com

 

Daydream Scarf by Alexia Parmigiani

Daydream Scarf by Alexia Parmigiani

Stripes also intrigue scarf designer Alexia Parmigiani, and her elegant black and white stripe design – Daydream – can be worn in many variations. Daydream is from the Spring/Summer 2015 “Dream Beyond the Lens” Alexia collection. Visit www.alexiafashion.co.uk for more luxurious scarves from the British designer.

 

Chic Black/White Stripes by Vuarnet

Chic Black/White Stripes by VuarnetxAmi

Stripy sunglasses are a highlight at Vuarnet in France, with a voluminous frame – Style VL1504 –  and stripes lining the inside of the glasses. The vibrant black/white motif exudes graphic chic. Vuarnet frames are handcrafted in France. www.vuarnet.com

 

 Subtle stripes by Pierre Eyewear

Subtle stripes by Pierre Eyewear

Pierre Eyewear creates stripes with subtlety of style in a sleek optical frame. Claudia RCO9 Matt mixes modern facets with vintage elegance. The result is a design with individuality and distinction. www.pierre-eyewear.com  With so many exciting variations available, this is definitely the time to wear stripes! JG