Autumn Influences…

A harvest of beautiful eyewear from independent designers is featured this month at international events. Handcrafted glasses and sunglasses in luxurious materials, stylish shapes and amazing colours confirms the beauty and unlimited possibilities for creative eyewear. Continue to follow Eyestylist and experience the latest eyewear collections. Check out all the Eyestylist sections for frames, fashion, boutiques, creative spirits, and cultural icons.

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Autumn Eyewear Highlights

Autumn Eyewear Highlights

September and SILMO in Paris

1st September 2015 An exhilarating colour palette is just one of the numerous highlights that awaits visitors at SILMO in Paris from 25th to 28th September. International eyewear creators will present their latest collections, and the previews we have seen, indicate that the forthcoming season promises to be a beautiful symphony of colour, appealing shapes, and superb materials.

Ultra-slim acetate designs by Sven Götti at Götti Switzerland (above) possess a swashbuckling urban look with retro contours. Randy (forefront) features the symbolic Götti shine, in an autumn hue of shining russet. Wlady is a powerful shape with a velvety, soft matte finish in smooth Mocha. Randy and WLady are genuine modern classics luxuriously crafted. www.gotti.ch

 

Carey in Ocean by Kirk & Kirk

Carey in Ocean by Kirk & Kirk

The Greek god of beauty – Kalos – has inspired the vibrant colours in Kirk & Kirk’s new Kaleidoscope collection. Jason and Karen Kirk have crafted their signature Italian acrylic material into distinctive frames that radiate brilliant colour with a polished glass effect. Carey in Ocean features contemporary styling with strong, sophisticated contours. www.kirkandkirk.com

SOHO in Lilac by Lafont Paris

SOHO in Lilac by Lafont Paris

Lafont Paris unveils their superb 2015 sunglass collection at SILMO. Amongst the newest designs is SOHO, with beautiful Liberty Art Fabric inserted between the acetate. The colourful floral variations are reminiscent of an English Country Garden, bursting with abundant blossoms. And just like a flourishing oasis, the colours are wonderful – including lilac (above); the frame is also available in a medley of red, blue, yellow and green florals; plus a predominately “white” garden scattered with tiny multi-colour buds; and three other variations. Lafont also promises additional eyewear surprises at SILMO this year – more info at www.lafont.com

Bungle Bungle by Jono Hennessy

Bungle Bungle by Jono Hennessy

Jono Hennessy reflects on his Australian heritage, and incorporates the colours and prints of his native land in the new eyewear collection. Bungle Bungle is inspired by the outback town of Coober Pedy, and its rare black opals. The expressive cat-eye shape is the perfect concept for these colourful and exotic frames. Jono Hennessy will also be launching a new brand at SILMO – Zepher Modern Alchemy – uniting Titanium and HDCA (hard density cellulose acetate). www.jonohennessy.com Additional SILMO information at www.silmoparis.com JG

 

Eyewear Excellence…

By independent master artisans who create innovative optical frames and sunglasses are in the spotlight throughout the month. Click on all Eyestylist sections and explore and discover artful eyewear, boutique legends, vivacious designers, and fashion icons. For the latest in original authentic eyewear and accessories, find it at Eyestylist.com.

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Eyewear Canine Companions

Eyewear Canine Companions

Lapin – The Bilingual Pooch

27th August 2015 Eyestylist’s continuing series on Eyewear Canine Companions visits with Lapin – who is bilingual, but reportedly all paws when it comes to computer keyboards. So Lapin had a little assistance from her owners Jason and Karen Kirk, of Kirk & Kirk Eyewear.

Have you had Lapin since she was a puppy? “Lapin joined the Kirk family when she was eight weeks old. She is now twelve. Her parents were working dogs, and we met her at a farm in the Pyrenees, France. She is a Pyreneen Shepherd. As a puppy, she would herd Eden and Ezra (her parents) as if they were sheep, and nip their ankles.”

Is Lapin an “office dog?” “Lapin spends her day in our design studio making sure we are not barking up the wrong tree.”

Lapin The Pyreneen Shepherd

Lapin The Pyreneen Shepherd

What are some of her special characteristics? “Lapin has a fear of flies. She has lived in Brighton for three years now, so she is completely bilingual. Her favourite artist is Celine Dion, which really annoys the rest of the family, as nobody else in the house enjoys listening.”

Has walking with Lapin ever triggered a design idea? “Taking Lapin for a walk offers a brief moment of calm…often the moment when ideas are formed.”

Does Lapin travel with you? “Lapin rarely travels with us although she did make the move from Bordeaux to Brighton. When we go on holiday she often prefers to stay with friends rather than come with us. As a mature lady, we allow her to make her own decisions. Lapin was nine when she moved to England, the perfect age for learning a new language. She took the cultural change in her stride, but developed a nervous twitch. And now whenever she meets a French person she whistles “She” by Charles Aznavour. It was alright the first few times…” www.kirkandkirk.com JG

 

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October Destination: Zurich

Hall of Frames in Switzerland

24th August 2015 Independent, exclusive eyewear brands headline the Hall of Frames exhibition in Zurich 4th and 5th October. The event is a celebration of eyewear creators, and includes among others: ROLF Spectacles; Adrian Marwitz; Götti; Suzy Glam; Kirk & Kirk; Orgreen; Face à Face; Hapter; Lafont; and Coblens.

ROLF Spectacles present their award-winning Excellence 92 (above) from the evolved collection. Streamlined and elegant, the frame is available in four different wood combinations – utilising the finest natural materials, innovative technologies, and superb craftsmanship. All ROLF designs are produced by hand in The Tyrol in Austria. www.rolf-spectacles.com

Stranger No. 13 in Titanium by Adrian Marwitz

Stranger No. 13 in Titanium by Adrian Marwitz

Extremely lightweight and comfortable to wear, Adrian Marwitz champions the characteristics of Titanium in his Urban Stranger series. Lucky number Stranger 13 is slim and slender, artfully crafted in Germany, and exudes a sophisticated air in Navy Blue with Turquoise trim. www.adrianmarwitz.com Photo by Max Gudczinski

Suzy Glam Has Left The Building by Susanne Klemm

Suzy Glam Has Left The Building by Susanne Klemm

“Suzy Glam has left the building” is an evocative new design from The Netherlands based designer Susanne Klemm. Smooth acetate is crafted into a voluminous shape that is bold and striking. A varied selection of colours is available including Champagne (above); army, thunder; and turtle in luminous acetate, plus matte versions. Save the dates for Zurich! More information at www.hallofframes.ch www.suzyglam.com JG

School Zone

School Zone

Trendy Opticals

18th August 2015 Reading Writing, ‘rithmatic…and new glasses! Appealing frame designs for the new term will please and excite both youngsters and their parents. Zoobug has a striking, fun collection that includes vintage shapes in modern colours. The above photo features Sunny – a round design in perky red/white stripes: Butterfly is for children from 5-12 years; Kat is perfect for blooming fashionistas; and Square is super trendy in a range of colours created to delight children. For more information on the latest Zoobug collection, visit www.zoobug.com Photo by Wanda Kujacz, www.wandakujacz.book.fr

Cheerful and Bright; Rififi by Lafont Paris

Cheerful and Bright; Rififi by Lafont Paris

Bright, joyful colours and precise fit highlight children’s eyewear at Lafont Paris. A Scottish touch with the inside of the frame accented in Tartan plaid adds zest and zip to Rififi. Discover more fresh statement shapes for children at www.lafont.com

Delicate pastels: Montreal by Red Optical

Delicate pastels: Montreal by Red Optical

Red Optical in The Netherlands has launched a beautiful collection for children in colours that range from soft pastels to sophisticated darker tones. Montreal has a vintage spirit, crafted in smooth acetate, with perfect fit for little faces. www.redoptical.com

School Day Studies in Doyle by Original Penguin Junior

School Day Studies in Doyle by Original Penguin Junior

Eyewear styles that reflect adult designs are a favourite with kids, and Original Penguin Junior has a selection for boys in grown up colours that include black, tortoiseshell and olive geen. www.kenmarkoptical.com JG

Timeless Design and Elegance

Timeless Design and Elegance

LINDBERG Handcrafted Air Titanium Rim

13th August 2015 The Air Titanium Rim was launched in 1993, and today, the frame is an icon in the LINDBERG collections. The lightweight, minimalist design is individually handcrafted, and weighs only three grams. It is both strong and flexible, with a graceful curved bridge, as in Marlene  – above.

LINDBERG Air Titanium Rim - Exceptional Eyewear

LINDBERG Air Titanium Rim – Exceptional Eyewear

Henrik Lindberg says: “If something’s worth doing, we do it exceptionally well. That’s why we insist on the unique LINDBERG blend of iconic handmade Danish design, subtle elegance and exceptional comfort – everything done in-house.”

The LINDBERG Air Titanium Rim frame is representative of elegant, enduring fine design. www.lindberg.com JG

Bright and beautiful

Bright and beautiful

Exclusive: Joseph Haver Sunglasses

8th August 2015 Tel Aviv’s optical boutique owner/optometrist Joseph Haver launches his second sun collection, with five styles for women and men, inspired by 1960s futurism and 40s geometric purity. Vintage proportions, and a hint of the white ‘Lugene’ sunglasses photographed famously by Horst in 1939, come together with evocative colours – classical tortoise, black and white, or up-to-the-minute grey or red.

Joseph Haver

Joseph Haver – Mod 1

In line with the popular direction for bold graphic shapes (squares, circles and octagonals with contrasting lens shapes and flat surfaces), the frames come in Mazzucchelli acetate known for its quality and finish, and are made in a small family factory in Italy. Despite the large, eccentric proportions, the fit is carefully addressed by the optometrist-designer, with temples sculpted through to the end tips for comfort and ease-of-wear. The collection goes online soon at www.joseph-haver.com. Also available at Joseph Haver Optometrist, Tel Aviv, Israel. Photography by Michael Topyol. CN

Here Come The Bold Bond Girls

Here Come The Bold Bond Girls

Better than Ever With theo

6th August 2015 With a new Bond film on the horizon, theo has launched amazingly cool frames that will rock your world. Just like the original “007” women, theo’s “Bond Girls” are young, glamorous and like to make their own statement…as theo says: Bond Girls are ladies with guts!

Eve by theo from the Bond Girl Collection

Eve by theo from the Bond Girl Collection

Four strong, significant designs in seventeen brand-new colours highlight the acetate frames with a 3D effect. Volume is key here, with the front piece lining up perfectly with the volume of the temples.

Iconic Film - Iconic Frame Octopussy by theo

Iconic Film – Iconic Frame Octopussy by theo

However, the frames – and the temples – are not heavy, but distinctive and stylish. Each model has been given the first name of an iconic Bond Girl – Pussy (Galore) Octopussy, Vesper (Lynd) and Eve. Will 007 – that dangerous and famous secret agent – be able to resist their charm? www.theo.be JG

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