Whether you fancy contemporary or exaggerated sunglasses, this summer choices abound for men, women and children. Classical compositions and bold statement designs in varied materials, copious colour selections and wonderful shapes are all on offer. Babies need sun protection too, and the perfect, stylish solution is Super Sunglasses by Zoobug (above). The fun striped handmade acetate design features child-friendly factors with curled temple tips, flex hinges, and 100% UV polarised lenses. The innovative British brand has an extensive range of specialised sunnies for children up to 12 years of age – explore more at www.zoobug.com
Colin Redmond at Niloca in Australia has launched a new collection – Titanium Bigglesworth – that will eventually consist of twenty models. The first series is called Poly Facet and includes shapes with intriguing variations on rectangular, circle and hexagon forms. Teh (misspelling intended!) Fox is to celebrate the charismatic person who is president of Redmond’s sport club and cannot spell! “We decided to embrace the error,” says Redmond, “because it’s a nice analogy – when life isn’t perfect, but we love it anyway. So these glasses aren’t normal, but people love them!” Teh Fox – shown in Ready Red – is available in seven additional radiant colours. www.niloca.com
Free-spirited sunglasses highlight the designs at Parajumpers by Coppe + Sid. Parajumpers specialise in sporty outerwear, and the collaboration with Coppe + Sid unites two companies who are recognised for products with authenticity and style. The sunglass collection in acetate and metal includes Spitfire (above) that is among the finely tuned frames that are crafted in Italy, and feature polarised Base 2 flat lenses. Lightweight yet strong, Spitfire has a smart double bridge and green lenses. www.coppeandsid.itwww.parajumpers.it
TAVAT has a striking new campaign Discover your Destinations-elegant sunglasses with design simplicity, impeccable Italian crafting, and advanced technology. Inspired by the world of luxury travel, the frames incorporate modernity, comfort and ease. The Ex-Cam collection includes Gizmo (on the woman) and Edge 11 worn by the man. Definitely designs for the adventurous spirit in all of us! www.tavat-eyewear.com
American designer Vera Wang prefers pure lines in her iconic fashion designs, and the same principle applies to her chic eyewear. Zyl tortoiseshell and metal join harmoniously in Mierle, with a hint of vintage in this confident, strong shape. Discover more beautiful Vera Wang sunglasses at www.kenmarkoptical.comJG
Summer is a magical season. Soft air, warm sunshine, leisurely days, fragrant flowers, and billowy fashions. Gorgeous sunglasses enhance fine sunny days and personal style, and the latest creations by international artisans offer inspirational variety in designs, colours and materials. Scandinavian excellence, beauty, luxury and technical innovation highlight LINDBERG’S style 8404 (above). The exquisitely crafted sunglasses in two-tone titanium feature slim-line temple details in a finely honed, skilful silhouette. www.lindberg.com
Other ravishing examples include Elkins from SALT. Optics – based in sun-blessed California – that combines pale powder acetate and black sand beta titanium temples, with a sleek titanium brow bar. French optician Emmanuelle Kirsch designed the elegant, luxurious glass case. www.saltoptics.comwww.emmanuellekirsch.com
Unique shapes intrigue eyewear designers, and Bus by French creator Christian Mascré at Vue dc makes a bold impression in finest quality acetate. Fusions of traditional and modern techniques authenticate the individuality of each handcrafted design. www.vuedc.com
Location near the British seaside is an inspiration for sunglasses by Tom Herrington at Rockoptika. Volume and superb shaping in crystal math acetate highlight Reprise. Herrington is a fan of classic eyewear shaping, enhanced with bold, expressive lines. Discover more striking frames by Rockoptika at www.rockoptika.comJG
Eyewear artisan creators Barbara McReynolds and Gai Gherardi at l.a. Eyeworks, and Blake Kuwahara have created a dynamic capsule collection. The Los Angeles based trio have designed a Limited Edition of eight frames that combine luxury, beautiful design, imaginative shapes, and vibrant colours. “We set out to distil and combine the essence of both of our brands as an adventure in optical alchemy,” says Gheradi.
Handcrafted in Japan, the expressive ophthalmic frames are called “Two Noons” and Two Rays.” Kuwahara noted: “We wanted the frames to exhibit harmony and tension between opposing shapes and ideas, blending the newness of my ‘frame within a frame’ construction techniques, and the history of l.a. Eyeworks’ timeless shapes and colours.”
Behind with an upgrade for summer? Our eye is on the classic sunglasses with a twist where overtones of iconic designs mix with modern details and luxury materials.
From Australia, AM Eyewear proposes instant beach style. The round statement model Chico has a double bridge, a quintessentially flattering round eye shape and milkwhite (pictured) acetate temples. Custom materials including Japanese titanium, leather and handmade acetate are a feature of their Salt on Skin 2016 Spring/Summer line. www.ameyewear.com
French label Vue DC unites French expertise in artisan production with creative excellence. Model Neo offers effortless elegance with a polished refinement that eyewear aficionados will appreciate. The honey shade is soft on pale complexions and very pretty with the subtle green vintage-feel lens. www.vuedc.com
Shapes are diverse this season – for men and women. Norwegian brand Karmoie has released the fine unisex silhouette – model Star – where the balance of old-school charm, a modern colour palette and a pale lens tint brings an up-to-the-minute finish to the design. Karmoie is a buy one give one company: they donate a pair of eyejusters for every pair of sunglasses sold. www.karmoie.com
For those who are passionate about a classical shape, Super Man 1 by Woow is a lovely modified option – fantastic colour ways give a fresh dynamic style that is attractive and easy to wear. www.wooweyewear.com CN
Sunglasses can manifest a unique mystique. They can be contemporary, cool, mysterious, luxurious, elegant, fun – and quite alluring. As you plan your holiday destinations to sunny climes, Eyestylist presents smart selections to wear with stylish splendour, and provide sun protection for your eyes. Cream and white acetate fashioned into a glamorous design – Rêveur – by Matali Crasset (above) for theo triggers thoughts of sand and sea. The bold shape and beautifully classic colouration is certain to make a memorable impression. Discover more of the exciting theo plus Matali Crasset collection at www.theo.be
Tortoiseshell is a perennial, much-loved favourite for sunglasses, and Pollipo’ from Rome has a lovely interpretation. Style 605 is handcrafted in Italy in sandblasted tortoiseshell and Dalmazia grey acetate. Classically streamlined and chic. www.pollipocchiali.it
The latest, fabulous RIGARDS sun frame – RG0077 – derives much of its inspiration from happy childhood memories of manga, monsters and giant robots. Seductively curvy, artistic finesse is evident with the craftsmanship, detailing and smooth bevels. www.rigards.com
Leopard sunglasses created with fabric designed by Aboriginal artists results in a striking design from a special Limited Edition – only 150 pieces – by Jono Hennessy. The frames are constructed using a technique Jono Hennessy developed with Dr. Regina Rossi at Mazzucchelli over thirty years ago. Dynamic and dramatic! www.jonohennessy.comJG
Sunglasses have all the attributes of an “it” accessory – style, design and unique details. For this spring and summer the sunglass options are abundant. Luxury and glamour are keynote at Anna-Karin Karlsson. The Swedish designer chooses soft aqua acetate and stones for her dramatic, romantic design – Decadence. www.annakarinkarlsson.com
Two-tone styling highlights classy, slim wooden sunglasses by ROLF. Handcrafted in Austria, Zephyr is from the ROLF excellence collection, and features an elaborate, distinctive finish, accentuating the beauty of two woods. www.rolf-spectacles.com
The trending Panto shape captures the imagination of Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei. Leone – with a chic double bridge – is available in a range of beautiful colourations, including Tortoiseshell and white, and a tri-colour mix of royal blue, turquoise and orchid. www.resrei.com
Luminous Jade green acetate with subtle detailing compliments this lovely sunglass design – Movie 2 – by Face à Face Paris. The voluminous, sculpted shape is a confident sun style statement. www.faceaface.comJG
Exquisite craftsmanship, flawless materials, and timeless design characterise Silhouette Atelier – the company’s outstanding new luxury collection. Designs include wonderfully crafted frames for men – in titanium and gold – and for women in 18k solid yellow, rose gold or white. Hand-selected diamonds and cabochon-cut gemstones add noble elegance. The frames are a fusion of art and life, and the philosophy of Austrian art nouveau, The Judgendstil. Flowing, graceful lines, impeccable details and traditional goldsmith and stone-setters’ techniques result in luxurious frames with uncompromising quality. (Top image: models wearing Silhouette Atelier at the Milan launch).
Silhouette Atelier G008 (above) expresses contemporary airiness in 18K gold with sixteen diamonds of various sizes – set with superlative precision – adorning the temples.
For men, elegance and luxury are wed with 18K solid gold and titanium. Silhouette Atelier G700 is a distinctive interpretation of timeless design. More on the stunning Silhouette Atelier collection at www.silhouette.comJG
Eyewear with design pedigree, fine craftsmanship and fashion flair prevailed at Die Brillenmesse in Cologne. Coordinators of the event, Nathanael Wenger, Dirk Geissmann and Steffen Keil were pleased with the event. Wenger commented: “The quality of the exhibition was very good; however, the 2nd edition of Köln had fewer visitors than expected. We are still a new show, and we want to make some improvements. We know that visitors like the concept and atmosphere, and we’d like to make little adjustments when we return next year. Perhaps we will change the timing, as we have discovered that the autumn events in Zurich and Stuttgart are so good. We are happy with the organisation and location in Köln.” Top photo: Andreas Ursprung designer Ursprung Swiss, Dirk Geissmann, designer Adrian Marwitz, Nathanael Wenger
Dirk Geissmann added: “The show has a relaxed, cool atmosphere where people can chat, see friends and talk about business. It’s not only a selling show – more like a platform to see the collections, interact and exchange ideas.”
Visitors were introduced to new brands, as well as established favourites. From Götti to Gabe, an emerging wood brand, Tarian to Thomsen Eyewear, the quality and diversity of the exhibitors impressed with their collections. Hall of Frames in Zurich is 2nd and 3rd October www.hallofframes.ch and the autumn edition of Stuttgart is 14th and 15th October. www.diebrillenmesse.deJG
Floral beauty, diversity, and elegance are the inspirations for Oliviero Zanon’s captivating Flower Collection. The designer’s first step in creating the frames was working with beautiful sketches by Karin Kellner (above), before the transformation into lustrous Mazzucchelli acetate in harmonious colour combinations. The frame shapes feature Zanon’s unique ability with unconventional forms that are eminently wearable and stylish.
Loto is a fusion of shimmering orchid and light tortoiseshell acetate with temple details that resemble a flower petal.
Orchidea combines striking turquoise blue with a tortoiseshell trim on the front, and a vintage echoed shape. Both Loto and Orchidea are available in other exclusive colourations. Handcrafted in Italy, the designs feature uncompromising quality. www.resrei.comJG
New participants and favourite brands will be presenting their latest collections at Die Brillenmesse in Cologne 23rd and 24th April. The venue – Dock One situated on the historic banks of the Rhine – offers visitors an opportunity to see independent designer offerings in spacious surroundings, and a welcoming, pleasant atmosphere. Elegant selections in genuine horn, fine titanium and luminous acetate will be shown by Götti Switzerland, including Quentin (above). Slim titanium – both polished and brushed – and a chic panto shape result in design sophistication and finesse. www.gotti.ch
Style and technology merge in new optical frames that are constantly evolving with beautiful designs for men and women. Kettenanlegeplatz by Coblens (on the female model above) features a voluminous shape; however, it is a featherlight frame and extremely comfortable to wear. Timeless design is reflected in Edward by Danish brand Orgreen (male model) in a contemporary shape expressed in titanium. www.coblens.dewww.orgreenoptics.com
French designer Jérémy Tarian fuses eyewear and art in his gorgeous sunglass creation – Opera. Crafted in lustrous purple acetate with matt metal trim, the glamorous shape is a Limited Edition stunning statement design. View more of Tarian’s art-nspired sunglass and optical frames at www.jeremytarian.com
From classic design to bold interpretations, ic! berlin has unique designs that are part of the Crew Collection. At ic! berlin, everybody gets into the act and art of frames, and the Crew Collection is a testament to the people who work at the company. New optical and sunglass designs range from super slim frames to statement oversized sunglasses – including the bravado design (above) of Harry S with mirrored lenses. www.ic-berlin.de
Making their debut appearance at Die Brillenmesse is Swiss brand einSTOFFen. Django (above) is a remarkable mix of Walnut Burl, white birch and titan. Delicate in appearance, yet strong and sturdy, the design is elegantly relaxed. In the background, Tropenforscher sunglasses – uniting Italian acetate and the beauty of ebony wood. www.einstoffen.ch
Also making a first appearance at Die Brillenmesse is Thomsen Eyewear from Denmark, who will be presenting their elegant ONE collection. Morten Thomson and renowned Danish goldsmith Flemming Bo Hansen worked in partnership to create the incredibly light designs from a single piece of surgical stainless steel. The handcrafted collection includes Copenhagen – an ultra slim frame with a double bridge – a stunning example of simplicity and functionality harmoniously intertwined. www.thomseneyewear.dk
Mark your calendars for a weekend of eyewear discoveries at Die Brillenmesse 23rd and 24th April, in a perfect platform – Dock One in Cologne – to view independent eyewear creators. www.diebrillenmesse.deJG
Optical frames offer a plenitude of choices: luscious colours, superb materials and innovative design. Natural and high tech materials give opticals a unique élan and stylish demeanour. ROLF Spectacles – advocates of vintage cars – created a frame based on the 1980’s Kadett model, which they have handcrafted in natural wild cherry – a beautiful wood favoured during the Biedermeier period. ROLF smoked the wood, and the cherry veneer develops a Cognac-like colour with a silky matte finish. Exceptional! www.rolf-spectacles.com
An ultra-swept brow on Anna-Karin Karlsson’s elegant frame – Lusciousness Divine – superbly compliments the face. Glistening aquamarine acetate is accentuated with a metal trim on the frame front. The design is sensuously sculpted, and available in other welcoming colours. www.annakarinkarlsson.com
Premium materials highlight the latest designs from Coppe & Sid. The frames – that include Bogota (above) – are crafted in Italy in either 24K gold plated, or pure palladium plated. Nostalgia for the 1950’s inspires these sophisticated designs, and the nose pads are Bohemian crystal glass. For more info on the Coppe and Sid Gold Vintage collection, visit www.eyedesignclub.com
The latest frame in the DOLCE series by Charmant Line Art – XL29077 – is a lyrical rimless design, with a lovely colour technique on the temples. The gradient effect is available in both a shiny gradation – and a matt finish. Superb comfort is assured with special ergonomic end tips. Stylish and streamlined. www.charmant.com
Carefully selected Tuscan Italian leathers provide an innovative approach to JF Rey au Masculin Club line. The brand has created a process so that naturally tanned leather is inseparable from the acetate, and the result is a distinctive, elegant, and luxurious look. The Leather Collection is available in both optical designs – above Club JF1348 – and sunglass models. www.jfrey.frJG
Eyewear innovators can see an appetite for bold experimental shapes, eye-catching colour and unusual details and combinations. Enter Flatline by RVS Eyewear – a rare square eye shape that demands attention. The reduced size of the squares – a throwback to retro elegance – and the unusual bridge on top, create a powerful intersection between vintage and futuristic. Colours add to the lasting impression: a graduated black/tortoise or crystal/tortoise produce two very different effects.
Flatline is now available for purchase via the redesigned RVS Eyewear website launched last month at www.rvseyewear.com. Find other “RVS classics” including the not-to-be-missed asymmetrical Annette and “wild cat” design, Paris II. CN