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Earthly Delights

Earthly Delights

Natural Tones Enhance Eyewear

1st August 2015 Woodlands, brown soil, trees, rocks and sand are inspiration for eyewear designs, and the end result is frames in desirable earth tones. Generous shaping in Abry (above) by Sven Götti at Götti Switzerland, is slightly angular, and combines trends and tradition in this eye-catching frame. Handcrafted in smooth acetate, the design is strong, handsome and nature-friendly. www.gotti.ch

Natural Beauty by Paola Costantini at Pollipo'

Natural Beauty by Paola Costantini at Pollipo’

Designer Paola Costantini at Pollipo’ lives near the sea and says of her new design style 604: “I wanted to include a neutral tone, and found CIPRIA was really perfect for my collection. The special feature is the ‘satin’ matt finishing which makes it so soft in terms of colour appearance on the face, and beautiful on every skin colour, smooth and comfortable to touch. The artisanal technique used to obtain this opaque is by a sandblasted finish. The beach and sand around me are related to this story.” The elegant, distinctive case is Terra-Beige Tuscan leather. www.pollipocchiali.it

Spencer: Sophisticated Eyewear by Kirk & Kirk

Spencer: Sophisticated Eyewear by Kirk & Kirk

Round and retro styling feature in a striking unisex design – Spencer – by Kirk & Kirk. The frames are produced in France in superb quality Italian acrylic, extremely light, and ultra-comfortable to wear.  The tree-bark brown frame is accented with a decorative animal on the temples, in nine-caret gold, handmade in England by artisan jewellers. www.kirkandkirk.com JG

Discover…

Creative, authentic, handcrafted eyewear by master artisans – explore REVIEWS for fabulous new styles. Visit Boutiques and travel to a lovely Danish shop for an inspiring visit. Beautiful, original scarves in luxurious fabrics are the metier of The Designer of the Month; while in CITY GUIDES, go on a world tour of the Fashion Capitals. Happy, sunny summer to all!

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Eyewear Canine Companions

Eyewear Canine Companions

New Team Recruit at Coppe+Sid

29th July 2015 Coppe Gualtiero, co-founder with Sid Fiz at Coppe+Sid, introduces the newest member of the team. 

“Marilu is a new entry at Eye Design Club Italia. She just joined the company a month ago, and she has not yet met Uncle Coppe and Uncle Sid, as they are managing ED Club Europe in London, and ED Club Asia Pacific in Singapore at the moment. Marilu is an Australian Sheppard, and she is seven months old. Her mother Teddy is four years old, and gave birth to nine puppies! All of them have found homes. Marilu is very quite and shy, and definitely a good ‘office dog’ girl, and just needs a little ‘control.’

Marilu tries on Coppe+Sid designs with Anna and Maria Angela

Marilu tries on Coppe+Sid designs with Anna and Maria Angela from the sales team

“Marilu likes to be with somebody all the time, and she welcomes every person coming to the office – not only the customers!  She is the same at the house, only she is not really a watchdog, as you very seldom hear her ‘voice’ or bark.

Mariliu with Coppe+Sid Graphic Designer Nicolo Stramare

Mariliu with Coppe+Sid Graphic Designer Nicolo Stramare

“She is not travelling with me yet, but she has started enjoying little trips by car with local Coppe+Sid sales women. When Marilu is at the office she is curious about any new products. She waits for break times, especially during this hot summer, to have fun with people in the office, like Nicolo, our Graphic Designer. My friend rescued Teddy, Marilu’s mother, and I’m so pleased that I have this good girl Marilu!” www.eyedesignclub.com JG

Eyeglass Cleaning Cloths: Fun and Functional!

Eyeglass Cleaning Cloths: Fun and Functional!

From Utilitarian to Art

25th July 2015 L.a. Eyeworks pose the question: “Who said that cleaning your lenses has to be a mundane task?” The California based brand is celebrating their 35th anniversary this year, and in addition to original frames and cases, they have been creating fun and amusing cleaning cloths. The company commissions innovators – illustrators, artists, and graphic designers – to explore the lens cleaning cloth as a blank canvas for art. Since 2009, the programme has featured works by world-renowned figures from the visual arts, including among others: Jim Isermann; Kori Newkirk; Susan Stilton; Barbara Keruger; Remy Charlip; and contemporary artist Jeffrey Vallance (dog lens cloth above), whose artworks infiltrate the everyday and the overlooked, infusing them with fantasy and spirituality. www.laeyeworks.com

Mandrake by Mondelliani

Mandrake by Mondelliani

Cleaning cloths from Mondelliani in Rome incorporate film and real -life characters, plus beautiful fantasy images of the Four Seasons – perhaps taking a cue from Vivaldi’s musical masterpiece.

Winter lens cleaning cloth by Mondelliani

Winter lens cleaning cloth by Mondelliani

Created by Mondelliani graphic designer Felipe Colasanti, the cloth colourations are vibrant and lively. www.mondelliani.it

Natural Beauty - Pebbles cleaning cloth by SALT.

Natural Beauty – Pebbles cleaning cloth by SALT.

Nature is the force and inspiration behind S.A.L.T. Optics, and they carry this theme through to their cleaning cloths, which feature elegant expressions of the sky, sea and mountains. This utilitarian item is not only useful, but is entertaining and stylish! www.saltoptics.com JG

Brighten Your Sun Style

Brighten Your Sun Style

Sunnies to Enhance Your Summer Spirit

22nd July 2015 The holiday season is upon us, and along with swimwear, sandals and suntan cream, the accessory with the maximum impact…is sunglasses. Götti Switzerland has created Limited Edition sunglasses to mark the 68th Festival del Film Locarno 2015. The frames purposely reflect the era of great cinema legends. The contemporarily interpreted butterfly shape of the women’s sunglasses (above) is reminiscent of those made for icons Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn. The men’s design pays tribute to film luminaries Cary Grant and Richard Burton. The sunglasses are available in black with gold mirrored lenses, which discreetly mirror the Pardo in Locarno, the symbol of the film festival. Only fifty pairs have been produced, and each model is numbered and one of a kind. www.gotti.ch

Reunion

Reunion by L.G.R. for Yacht Club de Monaco

L.G.R. the elegant Rome label created by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone, has designed sunglasses in collaboration with the the exclusive Yacht Club de Monaco. Reunion is ideal for for summer pleasures – land and sea – when eye protection is essential. The frames come in a customized box, also designed by Ruscone. www.lgrworld.com

Silhouette Sun Style

Silhouette Sun Style

Austrian brand Silhouette Eyewear recommends that the principle of quality standards sought for sun protection products should be exactly the same for sunglasses. Opt for lenses with UV-400 protection+, as featured in Silhouette’s elegant Allure sunglasses above. Fit is extremely important, and Silhouette suggest checking that the frames fit snugly without pressure on your ears, and that they don’t slip down your nose. You want to look stylish and be comfortable too! www.silhouette.com

Soupcan by Tavat

Soupcan by Tavat

Inspiration comes in many different guises and TAVAT, the American eyewear company has launched an innovative frame “SoupCan.” The idea originated when designer Norman Schureman visited a friend in Arizona, who constructs  and races planes, and Schureman noticed an old poster on a hanger wall. The goggles in the poster reminded Norm of a soup can, and thus started the voyage to create frames in a new concept, while complimenting the current trends of weight and rounded eyes. “SoupCan” is available in round and panto shapes, crafted under the experienced and professional eyes of Italian artisans. www.tavat-eyewear.com JG

For sunny days ahead

For sunny days ahead

Summer’s best brights

20th July 2015 There’s still time to refresh colours for summer holidays. Beyond the beautiful world of classic eyewear tones is a new choice of sunglasses in pinks, blues, greens, and oranges that are upbeat and exotic, and ideal for vacations. Roman brand Mondelliani sets this warming tone with a Limited Edition Ibiza collection: vibrant punchy colours on a quirky version of the circular silhouette. www.mondelliani.it

Lee by Morgenthal Frederics

Lee by Morgenthal Frederics

Dip into shocking pink with Lee by Morgenthal Frederics, a chic vintage Bardot cat-eye updated in a graduated lipstick shade with grey gradient lens. www.morgenthalfrederics.com

 

io ethical eyewear

Io Ethical Italian Eyewear

Or go all out in citrus hues: Io Ethical Italian Eyewear’s unusual handmade metal “wire” designs include this eye-catching round shape (pictured in orange with a gentle smokey lens tint), created by Adriano Lio, and part of the Juta Collection. Io Ethical Italian Eyewear, an independent artisan label by Liò Factory is based in Italy’s Veneto region. More information: www.lio-occhiali.it CN

Cool...and Hot!

Cool…and Hot!

Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation

14th July 2015 Two intrepid spirits, Luca Gnecchi Ruscone – founder and designer at L.G.R. in Rome; and “Ethan Hunt” – played by famous actor Tom Cruise in “Mission Impossible –  Rouge Nation” – relish adventure and excitement as reflected in the extraordinary stunts filmed in this fifth Mission production. L.G.R.’s stunning sunglasses and lenses worn by Cruise, have been specifically developed to create the exceptional quality vision – and durability necessary – to execute the many thrilling scenes in this movie.

Electrifying Sunglasses Comoros by L.G.R.

Electrifying Sunglasses Comoros by L.G.R.

Cruise’s electrifying motorcycle chase – perhaps energized and empowered by the unique design of L.G.R. Comoros Sunglasses (two photos above) in ultra-thin, laser cut stainless steel – allows him to successfully complete his many challenges/stunts in this movie.

Tom Cruise in "Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation" wearing L.R.G.  Tangeri

Tom Cruise in “Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation” wearing Tangeri by L.G.R.

In other scenes, our hero Hunt/Cruise wears Tangeri by L.G.R., with contemporary lines echoing by-gone times – a true modern classic. The sleek, sporty design of the sunglasses is a perfect fit for this adrenaline-rushing action-packed movie by Paramount. L.G.R. frames are handcrafted in Italy, and both Comoros and Tangeri models are available in selected boutiques and at www.lgrworld.com JG

For Him, for Her

For Him, for Her

Salt. + Aether

10th July 2015 Two premium brands – SALT. Eyewear and AETHER technical outerwear, both based in California – have combined their expertise for a Limited Edition of superb sunglasses. Both companies share an intense passion for nature and the outdoors, and the result is a collaboration on two frame styles – the Scout (above) and the Explorer. The sunglasses are designed for both men and women drawn to adventure and outdoor pursuits.

EXplorer by SALT. + AETHER

EXplorer by SALT. + AETHER

Lightweight, beta-titanium insures that the frames are nearly unbreakable and extremely flexible. Scout and Explorer also feature windshields and an extended frame-top, and the lenses are available in four colour options. SALT. + AETHER eyewear has been constructed specifically to solve the optical challenges that matter most when engaging in activities that may require speed, yet where comfort and optical clarity are a must for safety and style.

These sunglasses are also ideal for the outdoor life where wind and sun are factors. Whether your pleasure leans to motorcycles or motoring in a convertible; bike riding; boating; skiing; or other fun-filled outdoor activities, the new designs by SALT. + AETHER offer sophisticated sunglass styles, protection, and superb craftsmanship. www.saltoptics.com www.aetherapparel.com JG

Style innovation: the Dragon's Eye

Style innovation: the Dragon’s Eye

Niloca Eyewear, Australia

8th July 2015 In need of totally new eyewear styling? Independent label Niloca from Australia have created this sister shape to the classic cat’s eye, with a dramatic, dragonlike upswept design. The frame is part of the Shear Scallop 2015 collection, produced in archived acetate from Mazzucchelli, and is one of several models in the range, inspired by surfing: “I surfed as a teenager growing up along the south Australia wine coast,” explains Colin Redmond aka ‘Mr Niloca’. “I was always amazed by the physics of how a wave was formed and how light shone through a wave when you’re in the ‘green room’. A wave is partly formed by the wind direction above and partly by the profile of the beach, plus a few other factors like current and temperature. The thing that got me was the curling of the wave, as it rose up out of a flat vast nothing. Similarly, eyewear is traditionally very flat as frames are cut from a flat slab of acetate. It’s a feature of my work to explore depth and the 3rd dimension in eyewear, but also the acetate.

 

Kana by Niloca Eyewear

Kana by Niloca Eyewear

“An extra element of depth makes a frame infinitely more dynamic. With the Shear Scallop, we had a special shell cutter made to give a nice concave curve profile, much like a wave at its peak. Cutting this way does a few things to the acetate: it gives a richer depth experience, as light reflects through the different thicknesses, bouncing off in different directions. It’s a relatively simple technique that gives endless ‘play’ on the shape, silhouette and profile of the frame.”

The spirited dragon’s eye Kana is part of Niloca’s Limited Edition Shear Scallop collection, designed for spectacle wearers looking for “a bit of drama in their life.” For more on Niloca, visit www.niloca.com CN

Cazal Legends

Cazal Legends

Launches Campaign to Win Classic Frames

6th July 2015 Since Cazal Sunglasses was launched in the 1970’s, the frames have become a style and cultural phenomenon. Founded by Austrian designer Cari Zalloni, the iconic designs are sought after by eyewear enthusiasts and connoisseurs. Here is a great opportunity to win four Cazal Classics in a special promotion in conjunction with the German magazine – Eyewear.

Take a picture with someone wearing glasses via Instagram and tag it with #myframeshot – or just tag an already existing picture. Also tag the picture with your #city and worn #label. You can also tag more than one picture. Be certain that your Instagram account is not set on ‘private.’

Make sure your quality uploads are submitted no later than 15th July, when the campaign ends. You may have the chance to be a visual part of the campaign in the next issue of Eyewear Magazine. The #myframeshot winner will be the selection with the best quality, style, and creativity. Join in the fun and you could be framed by Cazal Classics! www.cazal-eyewear.com www.eyewear-magazine.com JG

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