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Pattern at Paulino

Pattern at Paulino

25th July 2014 Lisbon’s independent heritage label, Paulino Spectacles has launched elegant old-fashioned patterned finishes on some of its iconic shapes such as Filipa, an Eyestylist favourite, and Catarina. The fabric effect brings a new air of Mediterranean nostalgia to the collection, which is produced in Portugal with the highest quality standards and traditional spectacle making techniques, revisited and revitalised by founder, Ramiro Pereira Paulino.

Filipa by Paulino Spectacles

Filipa by Paulino Spectacles

Paulino Spectacles are now available at leading eyewear boutiques including The House of Eyewear (Paris), Sjaou (Reykjavik) and Hall of Frame, Utrecht. The fabric effect designs belong to a limited edition by Paulino Spectacles: more information online at www.paulinospectacles.com CN

Casting His Line...

Casting His Line…

22nd July 2014 Fly fishing and design? It’s not as unconnected as one might imagine. Shane Baum at Leisure Society reflects on his love of fly fishing for Eyestylist.

“I grew up fishing with my pops, grandpa, aunts and uncles. Some of my fondest memories are being a child with a fishing rod in hand, casting and reeling. At some point, I grew a little bored with it all and sat idle for a decade or two, other than open ocean fishing on surf trips. Fast forward to my introduction to fly fishing. The movement of it all seemed so elegant and refined. Something you could only acquire through years of experience. My first cast was pathetically awkward. The entire prospect of it seemed impossible, but over time the technique revealed itself.  Then I went to my first fly shop. I asked the gentleman at the counter how many flys they stocked. He said “about thirteen hundred…”

 

Shane Baum casts his line admist the natural beauty of Wyoming.

Shane Baum casts his line admist the natural beauty of Wyoming.

“I thought about that for a second and asked, ‘how do you know which ones to use’? He replied: “Well, it depends on the hatch. Which bugs are hatching and at what state. It depends on the water temperature, the air temperature, the water depth, the water clarity, the flow rate, the time of day, the barometric pressure, whether the fish are spawning or not. It depends on whether it’s sunny or cloudy or windy, raining……” he went on. I thought about it and said ‘this is for me.’ It’s the opposite of tic tac toe. A game you can pursue for the rest of your life and never master. It’s not unlike design  – you never really master design. You just learn as you go and keep trying, come what may…”

www.leisure-society.com JG

Top photo: Shane wears Trotter sunglasses in black from The Leisure Society Collection

 

 

Mirror Mirror....On Your Eyes.....

Mirror Mirror….On Your Eyes…..

Who is the Shiniest of All?

18th July 2014 Let your light shine this summer with mega-shiny mirrored lenses by ic! berlin. Electrified colours include gold, silver and crimson, available in super-cool shapes and unexpected textures for men and women. Above: Fahrlehrer Klaus with camouflage temples.

 

Mirror Cool by ic! berlin

Mirror Cool by ic! berlin

Summer shimmer for men in Namless 2012 – check out the superb temple detailing.

 

Electrified! Raf S by ic! berlin

Electrified! Raf S by ic! berlin

Raf S gets electrified in green with splendid crimson and silver mirrored lenses. This is definitely the summer to glow!

 

On the scene - Ralph Anderl celebrates the German victory at Santo André Beach in Brazil

On the scene – Ralph Anderl celebrates the German victory at Santo André Beach in Brazil

Bravo to Germany from Eyestylist on their World Cup success! Ralph Anderl popped on a plane to Brazil to track down Team Germany and give each player their own personalized ic! berlin sunglasses. Ralph is wearing die wetterfahne in chrome with glistening silver mirrored lenses. www.ic-berlin.de JG

 

Slim & Stylish Sunnies

Slim & Stylish Sunnies

15th July 2014 Ultra thin, super light frames are among the marvels of modern eyewear. Wizardry techniques allow designers to create frames with featherweight statistics and mega-style. Spin & Stow innovation by Sven Götti at Götti Switzerland enables 360° rotation of the temple. The outer edge of the temple rotates inwards to fit within the inner front of the glasses. Travel+Leisure Magazine awarded the Spin & Stow sunglass collection the Best Travel Fashion and Accessories category for 2013. Above: Kosima – elegant and chic.

 

Xandro by Götti Switzerland with Spin & Stow innovation

Xandro by Götti Switzerland with Spin & Stow innovation

A glamorous, voluminous shape characterizes Xandro, also by Götti Switzerland, and features the easy to fold-and-tuck-in-your-pocket Spin & Stow temples. www.gotti.ch In the UK, Götti is available at Alderley Eyecare in Alderly Edge – www.alderleyeyecare.co.uk – and in Northampton at TK&S Optometrist – www.tks-optometrists.co.uk

 

Streamlined Centre Court by Silhouette

Streamlined Centre Court by Silhouette

Silhouette’s main message for eyewear has always been to create frames that are extremely lightweight, beautifully crafted and streamlined. That philosophy continues today for the Austrian-based company, that is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. Silhouette frames have even been in outer space with astronauts! Centre Court will gather admiring glances with its slick, sophisticated styling in luxurious sand. www.silhouette.com JG

Personal Eyewear Choices

Personal Eyewear Choices

Eyewear Guru Julia Gogosha Selects Her Favourites

11th July 2014 “It’s pretty impossible to choose, but here goes – these are a few of my favourite frames. I’ve worn the RVS Palladium (above) for years. I feel like I’m in “Spy vs Spy”  hheeee hheee!”

 

"A favourite" - Thierry Lasry x Miroslava Duma Limited Edition

“A favourite” – Thierry Lasry x Miroslava Duma Limited Edition

Thierry Lasry x Miroslava Duma Limited Edition has been a favourite from the moment it came out. Two hundred forty-seven pieces were made from this vintage mosaic acetate. It manages to be neutral and special at the same time.”

 

Julia Gogosha in Mykita

Julia Gogosha in Mykita

“I find it very difficult to wear metal frames. They either don’t make enough of a statement or too much for my features. I found the newly released Mykita Sigur strikes the perfect chord of unique and subtle.” www.gogosha.com JG

 

VAVA Eyewear, Berlin

VAVA Eyewear, Berlin

‘Post-industrial’ eyewear newcomer

8th July 2014 The independent eyewear segment is literally bursting with new names – and we are seeing these on a daily basis; at Eyestylist.com, we continue to search out and report on the ones showing a special direction in design, unique aesthetic or authentic artisan approach.

Launched this year in May, Vava Eyewear is a Berlin based label with Portuguese roots, founded by Pedro da Silva. “I’ve been in the Fashion Industry since graduating as a Textile Engineer,” said Silva in an interview with Eyestylist following the brand’s first successful launch at Tranoi last week. “I have worked as a senior manager in companies such as Mephisto, Inditex (Zara), Hugo Boss and more recently VF Corporation. Last year I was living between Lugano and Milan when I decided to move to Berlin to launch my own company.”

VAVA Eyewear

VAVA Eyewear

“My goal was to create a label in which I try to express my vision of the world and the future. The concept is closely linked to the “post-industrial” society in which we live, and the growing belief of belonging to a “post-human” age.”

A music and art lover and vintage eyewear enthusiast, da Silva is also hooked on the 80s.”80s design always fascinated me. The square, simple aesthetics of computers, the first drum machines and design in general. My idea was to start from there and still create something new.”

Vava Eyewear

VAVA Eyewear

I’m also interested in Bauhaus and minimalism. I always liked basic shapes, and admire artists like Sol Lewitt, Kazimir Malevich or Josef Albers.  VAVA designs have the same minimalistic and architectural approach. I like to see eyewear as an architectural piece.”

While the intense use of colour is what first drew our attention to this collection, Silva is also very specific on detail such as quality and production. “The brand is driven by attention to detail and outstanding quality,” he explains emphatically. ” We work with very professional and experienced eyewear technicians and designers, who share the same philosophy, what gives great consistency to the project.  The collection is handmade at a small family-owned Italian factory, and we pride ourselves in avoiding mass production.” www.vavaeyewear.com CN

Stylish Sunnies for Youngsters

Stylish Sunnies for Youngsters

4th July 2014 Fun in the sun begins with sunglasses that provide protection for young, vulnerable eyes, and great style too! The lads above are enjoying a day at the beach wearing Zoobug sunnies. Left – AV Yellow – a smart aviator in lightweight, nickel-free stainless steel. Right – Sunny Black, voluminous vintage shaping in acetate – also available in a range of glorious colours. www.zoobug.com

Stylish Mini-Icons by Oliver Goldsmith

Stylish Mini-Icons by Oliver Goldsmith

 

Bold, bright and trendy colours highlight acetate favourites for budding fashionistas in the Kids Mini Icons Collection by Oliver Goldsmith. Memorable Vintage OG designs are replicated in Mini (above) Mini Sophia in Snozberry; Mini Lord in tangy Orange Squash; Mini Gyln Sherbert Dip; and Mini Manhattan in delicious Very Cherry.  Super sunnies that will capture the fancy of the young set!  www.olivergoldsmith.com JG

Independent Innovators

Independent Innovators

L.G.R. Sunglasses Rome, Italy

1st July 2014 Beautiful shapes, superior craftsmanship, and exquisite details keynote the L.G.R. collection. Luca Gnecchi Ruscone’s instinct for original eyewear is inherited from his beloved grandfather, and his fascination with Africa. The Rome based designer expresses flair, individuality and style in his creative collections. This summer, mirrored lenses are making a big splash in sunglasses, as the models in the top photo show as they enjoy outdoor adventures.  Left, Keren -  with green mirrored polarized lenses, and right – Aswan -  with stunning red mirrored polarized lenses.

 

Tripoli by LGR

Tripoli by L.G.R. Sunglasses

L.G.R. sunglasses for men feature strong, bold shapes  that include Tripoli with polarized vermillion lenses.

LGR - Sun Specialists

L.G.R. – Sun Specialists

Song (above) is a dramatic design in Havana 02 with Zeiss Organic lenses. Unique metal detailing on the brow line and nose piece accents the elegant acetate. www.lgr-sunglasses.com JG

Photo: Top photo by vera Colombo  Centre image by Fay Baldwin Bottom photo by Daniele Ratti, taken in Asmara, Eritrea

 

 

 

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Bruno Chaussignand

Bruno Chaussignand

returns to Showroom Next Door, PFW

28th June 2014 Bruno Chaussignand is a trained optician, owner of O Mil’Yeux – www.omilyeux.com, an independent optical store in Montpellier, France and designer of the eponymous eyewear collection, produced in France in the traditional spectacle making region of the Jura. Already available in NYC, L.A. (Gogosha Optique / www.gogosha.com) Japan and across Europe, at leading optical stores and concept stores, Chaussignand says his label is growing fast – he has a team of reps in France and an agent in New York – but he is clear about his personal desires when it comes to style and design, and his love for well crafted hand finished frames.

Bruno Chaussignand

Imperial / Bruno Chaussignand

Bruno Chaussignand

Jet / Bruno Chaussignand

“The collection is moving forward. At first, I was more geared towards men,” he explained to Eyestylist.com this week, on the eve of PFW, “but now I am bringing in more women’s designs and we have at least 7 or 8 new styles to show in Paris in September too (www.silmo.fr). My focus is on the balance of each design, originality, so that people have something different to wear, but also the pleasure, comfort and genuine quality of the frames we make in the Jura.”

Details such as the density, the bold sculptural bevelling or “carving out” of the frame, created through use of deep acetate sheets, and work on the temples have become a part of Chaussignand’s signature, as have his paired down metal shapes that reinvent classic aesthetics, with touches of luxurious comfort and subtle refinement.

Bruno Chaussignand shows this week at the Showroom Next Door, Paris Fashion Week (until Thursday 3rd July 2014) and in September at Silmo, Paris. The Showroom Next Door, 108 Rue Vieille du Temple, Paris 3emewww.brunochaussignand.com CN

Personal Eyewear Choices

Personal Eyewear Choices

Miet Vaes at Theo and Her Favourite Frames

27th June 2014 “The frame I’m wearing in the photo is Model Shadow 1. In fact, it’s a pair of sunglasses and I put in optical lenses. It’s from our Limited Edition Shadows – theo by Tim Van Steenbergen. It’s not a frame for everyday because your outfit really has to match.”

 

Theo style and class: eye-witness TB

Theo style and class: eye-witness TB

“My absolute favourite frame is eye-witness model TB in colour 106. I simply love this frame! It’s asymmetrical, just like the human face. And the houndstooth pattern just gives it that little bit of extra. Very classy and stylish.”

 

Radiant Red: Cinquante+Six Theo VinGtage Collection

Radiant Red: Cinquante+Six Theo VinGtage Collection

“The other favourite is my Cinquante+Six (VinGtage Collection), in colour 179. I’m a sucker for red, what can I say? It’s just an easy frame, it goes with everything. And the braille dots (it forms the letter H, the other models have the T, E and O) on the front, and side in black gives a whole new dimension to the frame. A dash of colour doesn’t hurt, right?!” www.theo.be JG

Photo of Miet Vaes exclusively for Eyestylist by Luca Santocono.  All Rights Reserved

Coco & Breezy

Coco & Breezy

On tour for summer pop-up

25th June 2014 Corianna “Coco” and Brianna “Breezy” Dotson, the 23 year old twin sisters of the New York eyewear scene, embark on an eyewear adventure this week, taking in Atlanta Georgia, Florida, New York and finally, on 15th August, Toronto. The girls who have risen to fame in the U.S. with their own sunglasses label and unique fashion direction are showing their SS14 apparel and sunglasses designs in the new Translucent Creatures eyewear collection.

??? by Coco & Breezy

Mosi, Coco & Breezy

 

Coco & Breezy

Rainy Day, Coco & Breezy

Styles we’ve come to know at Eyestylist.com this year as the label starts to reach Europe include Mosi and Rainy Days (above), based on and inspired by an umbrella and the architecture and building structures around the streets of NYC. Unconventional and decadent, they brim with quirky details, fashionista desirability, and a promising direction in quality and finish. www.cocoandbreezy.com CN