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Stylish Summer Accessories...

Stylish Summer Accessories…

…Don’t Leave Home Without Them!

1st July 2015 Summertime…and the living is easy – and so are beautiful accessories. Holiday time is a wonderful opportunity to wear fun, spirited designs – relaxed, yet with a touch of fantasy. The Parisians have a special flair for accessories, and in the photo above, we feature three Parisian designers with exciting summer inspirations. Johanna Braitbart has the perfect solutions to enhance fashions with a must-have collection of hair ornaments and turbans. The model on the left wears a charming hair clip with feathers, beads and Swarovski crystals, which coordinates harmoniously with Oregon sunglasses, an elegant modern classic by Lafont Paris. On the right, sunny yellow brightens your style and your day in splendid Bocca Lova sunglasses by Face à Face Paris, and a sleek turban by Johanna Braitbart. All Johanna’s hats are handcrafted in her Paris atelier located in the Marais. Visit her delightful boutique where you can experience her beautiful hats and accessories to your hearts content. www.johannabaitbart.com  www.lafont.com www.faceaface-paris.com

Summer Sandal by Zoe Lee

Summer Sandal by Zoe Lee

Summer sandals by Zoe Lee makes everything you wear feel – and look – great. Her stunning, slick wedge shoe is ideal with floaty dresses and trousers. If in Paris, visit Zoe’s imporessive boutique in Le Marais where the entire shoe collection can be viewed. For more information click on www.zoelee.co.uk

Turban by Johanna Braitbart; Poppy sunglasses by Face à Face  Paris

Turban by Johanna Braitbart; Poppy sunglasses by Face à Face Paris

Vintage rises in the summer air with this elegant, wrapped turban by Johanna Braitbart, complimented with smart retro sunglasses in lustrous black acetate by Face à Face Paris.

Chic Summer Clutch Benedetta Bruzziches

Chic Summer Clutch / Benedetta Bruzziches

Italian designer Benedetta Bruzziches creates lovely, memorable bags, and this stylish clutch is practical for holding necessities, and also a unique conversation piece. www.benedettabruzziches.com JG

 

Eyestylist talks to Yuuki Hasui

Eyestylist talks to Yuuki Hasui

Padma Image, Japan

23rd June 2015 Newcomer Padma Image is growing its notoriety in Japan, as well as having a few fans further afield, including Eyestylist. Stockists have just been set up in Hong Kong and Singapore. More are planned.

Designer Yuuki Hasui recently held a collaborative event at Mole & Hosoi, “Shibakawa building”, Osaka, for buyers and the general public. He told Eyestylist: “I studied at an industrial university, but I have learnt about eyewear design on my own. I now have stores taking our collection in Tokyo including “matoi optical”, Shimokitazawa – matoi.main.jp and “Occhiali Sanzi” in Ikebukuro www.sanzi.jp – they are the small cosy family-run places, with specialist niche designs; I am delighted!”

Padma Image - model Shichi-San

Padma Image – model Shichi-San

Model Shichi-San – a unique and elegant design by Hasui, is an ode to the asymmetrical hairdo – translating “7:3″, it’s designed to fit the “not-quite symmetrical human face”. “Hairstyles that are asymmetrical are quite common,” explained Hasui. “I believe the top of these glasses can work on the face in the same way.” For more original designs from Padma Image visit http://padma-image.petit.cc/ CN

Charismatic Colours

Charismatic Colours

The Latest Influences

19th June 2015 Beautiful, and often unexpected colours enhance the latest eyewear designs from independent creators. Cosmo Duo 17 (above) from Daniel Benner in Germany combines polished gold with a colourful Limited Edition acetate called “Mysterious Madness.” For more colourful, handcrafted designs from Benner, click on www.benner-eyewear.com

8353 in Ocean Blue by Jono Hennessey

8353 in Ocean Blue by Jono Hennessey

Blue in many delightful variations feature in frames this season. Jono Hennessy in Australia has just launched a gorgeous collection of cool ocean blue tones – from luminous water colours to bold turquoise blues, and rock pool shades to shimmering metallics. Among our favourites is style 8353 in stunning sea blue acetate, with a modern classic shape. www.jonohennessy.com

Super Duper Trio by WOOW

Super Duper Trio by WOOW

WOOW, from Face à Face Paris, launches their first sunglasses with a casual, offbeat collection for women and men. The frames are characterized by a uni-colour front, and”sleeved” two-tone temples, with the end tip bearing a little message, certain to make the wearer smile anytime. Super Duper (above) for women is playful and fun, in lively colours, and made in Italy. www.wooweyewear.com

Nara in striking turquoise by Vera Wang

Nara in striking turquoise by Vera Wang

Nara by Vera Wang features exquisite two-tone turquoise acetate. With its generous shape and curves, this frame is sure to enhance summer fashions and beach attire. Find more luxurious Vera Wang designs at www.kenmarkoptical.com JG

 

 

'Bijoux' vintage shapes updated

‘Bijoux’ vintage shapes updated

RVS by V Handmade Eyewear

16th June 2015 Elegant “bijoux” eyewear shapes, reminiscent of vintage 1930s and 40s make a welcome return this season. New York based designer, Vidal Erkohen says his unisex Palladium 004 is “quickly becoming a bestseller” and suggests this trend for smaller designs is building steadily.

RVS by V

Palladium 004 by RVS by V

Palladium 004 – a sister frame to the unique RVS Palladium 001, is a handmade titanium design with slightly flattened oval eye shape and curved bridge. The vintage look of the frame gets a super style makeover with brightly coloured lenses in gold, blue and purple mirror and neon end tips. For more information about RVS by V handmade eyewear visit www.rvsbyv.com CN

Sun Essentials

Sun Essentials

Stylish Sun Specs to Enhance your Holidays

12th June 2015 Summer holidays are on the horizon, and great looking sunglasses add style and protection. Choices abound – bold and chunky? Lean and linear? Vibrant colours, or sophisticated neutrals? LINDBERG (above) proposes über-sleek streamlined Titanium aviator sunglasses with a double bridge and smart green lenses. Crafted with authentic LINDBERG precision. www.lindberg.com

Butterfly in New Mint by ZOOBUG

Butterfly in New Mint by ZOOBUG

Whether it’s fun by the seaside, or play dates in the park, kids are ready in super sunnies by award-winning British brand Zoobug. Butterfly is handmade in quality, sturdy New Mint acetate with polarized lenses that ensure children’s eyes are fully protected from potentially harmful sunrays. Discover more lively colours at www.zoobug.com

Tom Stevens Sun 4350

Tom Stevens Sun 4350

Glamorous sunglasses in Titanium are among the elegant frame selections created and crafted by Stevens Eyewear in The Netherlands. Tom Stevens Sun 4350 is gracefully refined, and ultra-light. www.stevenseyewear.com

Playful Polka Dots in Porquerolles by Lafont Paris

Playful Polka Dots in Porquerolles by Lafont Paris

Sunglasses with a chic cat-eye shape are a stylish accessory for summer clothes. Porquerolles by Lafont Paris combines unexpected colours and playful polka dots in smooth, luminous acetate. Find more wonderful, colourful sunglasses by Lafont Paris at www.lafont.com

Summer Style Shades by Silhouette

Summer Style Shades by Silhouette

Sail the seas in Silhouette’s Summer Style Shades – clip-on sunshades that transform any Silhouette rimless glasses into smart sunglasses. The lightweight Style Shades effortlessly clip onto the nose bridge, and your ready for the sea and sun. Smooth sailing! www.silhouette.com JG

Eyewear Canine Companions

Eyewear Canine Companions

Meet Sven Götti and Lucky

5th June 2015 Eyestylist continues the series on Eyewear Canine Companions – dogs who bring inspiration and joy to designers and opticians.

“Lucky will be six years old at the end of August. When he is with me in the company, he brings all the frames he can possibly find to his place in my office. Lucky has a 50% part-time job. He likes driving in the car to the office (I guess). He definitely likes to be with all the people, and he likes to have a big walk with me at lunchtime. Lucky is a gourmet dog. His food (it can be the best dog food you can buy) does not interest him at all. He speculates that I buy a ham sandwich for myself, and be so kind to let him have part of the ham.

Lucky is a very sportive dog!

Lucky is a very sportive dog!

“I love to do the walks with Lucky at lunch. It helps me to get fresh air and get ready for the afternoon. Lucky hasn’t inspired me for a design, but he gives me a lot of inspiration on how to be happy and enjoy life. So far, Lucky has only travelled around Switzerland. When we travel abroad, we bring him to a group of dogs, where his parents and fifteen other dogs of his breed are living. We know that he will have a good time there. It is just nice to have Lucky in the company. It makes people more relaxed, and we can all have little breaks, play and cuddle him…” www.gotti.ch JG

Optical Options

Optical Options

Designs with Finesse and Panache

1st June 2015 The latest optical frames from independent designers possess uncluttered, modern symmetry in a variety of desirable materials, in colours that range from classic to contrasting. Linear, lightweight designs are the result of amazing technology and creativity. The Rim Range from LINDBERG in Denmark is a marvel of Titanium with a unique bridge. Included in the collection is Frank (above), a timeless shape with aristocratic elegance. www.lindberg.com

3D Frames by Tom Stevens handcrafted in The Netherlands

3D Frames by Tom Stevens handcrafted in The Netherlands

Tom Stevens 3D collection is handcrafted in their Netherlands atelier with precision laser techniques. Model DO1 in black polyamide is ultra-light – weighing only eight grams – delicate and super streamlined. Also available in other colours – discover more at www.stevenseyewear.com

Stainless Steel Collection by Canadian Design House Spectacle Eyeworks

The Canadian design house Spectacle Eyeworks has launched versatile stainless steel frames that are made in Germany. The frames feature distinct cut outs along the outside, and strategically placed lines around the frames. The result is a subtle angular form and illusion of mystique in each style, in lovely colours. Above left is Bret, and right, Otto. www.spec-eyeworks.com

Napoli from The Bridge Concept by Coppe+Sid

Napoli from The Bridge Concept by Coppe+Sid

Bridges are a vital part of many world-famous cities, and they have inspired Coppe+Sid’s latest optical collection. Napoli is a new concept from the designers of Cosmoplitan Eyewear that features a full metal rim inserted into the eye shape. It is partially visible on the frame front, providing a contrast of materials, thickness and colours. www.eyedesignclub.com JG

Get Set for Summer!

Get Set for Summer!

Timeless Sunglasses

29th May 2015 Independent designers bring original ideas and concepts to sunglasses – fine materials; shapes that range from classic to cult; and a colour palate that frequently amazes. In addition to his fashion collections, Tim Van Steenbergen also creates memorable eyewear designs for theo in Belgium. In the photo above, Tim wears one of his favourites for summer 2015 – Station Charlie in luxurious thick acetate with elegant bevelling details. www.theo.be

Stranger No. 20 by Adrian Marwitz

Stranger No. 20 by Adrian Marwitz

Titanium is a material that always inspires German designer Adrian Marwitz. Pure, uncluttered shapes are his passion, and Stranger No. 20 is crafted with excellence and fine, precise details. The shimmering bronze finish on the frame is certain to look fabulous with a suntan! www.adrianmarwitz.com Photo by Max Gudczinski exclusively for Eyestylist.com

Elizabeth by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone - LGR

Elizabeth by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone – LGR

Luca Gnecchi Ruscone’s sunglass collection is always a delightful selection of beautifully designed and superbly accomplished frames. Right on trend is Elizabeth, in fashion’s favourite pink. The silky luminous acetate silhouette flows with graceful elegant contours. www.lgrworld.com

EDGE by Mondelliani Rome

EDGE by Mondelliani Rome

Frames with architectural inspiration bring new dimension to designs by Mondelliani in Rome. The Edge sunglasses are literally, “Edgy” and sleek, with an intrinsic shape in polished black acetate. Note the precisely handcrafted details of the frame front, bridge and temples. www.mondelliani.it

Glyn by Oliver Goldsmith Kids

Glyn by Oliver Goldsmith Kids

Children’s eyes need sun protection too, and youngsters will really enjoy wearing Oliver Goldsmith’s Glyn. This frame was created for adults in 1971 – still going strong today – and artfully interpreted for little faces. Kids will feel so grown up with the vintage styling in Black and Candy Floss acetate, with a keyhole bridge. Check out www.olivergoldsmith.com for more details. JG