World War II history has a role in the latest L.G.R frames – The Mimetic Collection – by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone. Luca discovered material in his grandfather’s old warehouse that was used in uniforms worn by Italian soldiers during the war. Inspired by the original fabric, Luca then found an artisan workshop in Italy that could reproduce the material in 100% cotton, using a stone wash technique for a distinctive effect. The Mimetic Collection features the material used as flaps (above) or wrapped around the frames on the acetate and metal version. Explore the L.G.R eyewear universe at www.lgrworld.com JG
Roadster is a striking design from the JF Rey 1985 Collection that unites past, present and future with its stylish look. The frame is a reedit from a women’s design that Jean-François created in the 1980’s. Faithfully preserving the original concept, Roadster is re-crafted for the 21st century with high tech elements and materials. The vintage shape is highlighted with flat blue mirror lenses. Sophisticated and unique! www.jfrey.fr JG
Dramatic, bold sunglasses by Finest Seven cut a stylish statement in eyewear. Zero 12 is among the dynamic new designs from the British brand. The graceful, sculptural silhouette is enhanced with a voluminous butterfly shape and blue lenses by Carl Zeiss. Elegantly crafted, Zero 12 expresses bespoke individuality and retro chic. www.finestseven.com JG
Interchangeable eyewear systems are not a new thing and personalisation continues to be a highly desirable characteristic for eyewear enthusiasts. NOG frames by French designer Laurent Albouy – launched at the optical fair Silmo in 2016 – take the interchangeable concept up a notch with a modular system offering smart, contemporary shapes that can be put together by their owner, in a host of different modern design-oriented colour combinations.
The frames are made up of four pieces with two lenses (sun lenses are provided and optical ones can be fitted by your optician), and are completely screwless. The ease of assembly means that the wearer can change the pieces as and when they want. The pieces come in a minimal box and are standardised so that the consumer can order new coloured pieces to add to their “nogs eyewear wardrobe”. Find out more about the nogs start-up company from Lille, France, at www.nogs.fr CN
Neubau’s contrasting Material Mix collection possesses character and sleek design. Inspired by the mixed materials used in contemporary architecture and fashion, the frames are streamlined and beautifully crafted. The collection includes Mia in tempting Blackberry, combining a gentle upswing on the temple, and a full shape. Neubau was launched last year, and the designs have already attracted international acclaim. Visit www.neubau-eyewear.com for more information on the Material Mix sunglass and optical collection. JG
Distinctive and beautiful eyewear in glorious colours has been the hallmark of Jason and Karen Kirk’s collections for twenty-five years. To celebrate the occasion, they have launched the Kaleidoscope Quartz Edition – a bold, elegantly bevelled shape in luminous acrylic that glitters and sparkles. Bridget shimmers softly in Onyx, Amber, Ruby and Sapphire. For more on this anniversary edition, visit www.kirkandkirk.com Warmest congratulations to Jason and Karen on this memorable event! JG
Aneka by FLEYE is ready to embrace sunny days with its charming cat-eye silhouette. The sunglasses are crafted in high-density acetate in elegant colours, with beautiful detailing from frame front to end tips. Aneka is available with either semi-mirrored or gradient lenses. FLEYE is presenting their optical and sunglass collections this weekend at OPTI-Munich Hall C1 Booth 437. www.fleye.dk JG
Halo (above) refers to a glowing light effect produced by ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere, often found in ancient art iconography. You might find a hint of it in these streamlined unisex frames by Orgreen. The panto shape features a flat nose bridge, and lovely, subtle monochromatic colours that highlight Orgreen’s latest collection. Shown in Matt Burgundy Red – Halo is also available in tones of Matt Lavender and Matt Chocolate, plus stunning duo-colour combinations. See more of Orgreen’s latest styles at www.orgreenoptics.com JG
David Rose at SALT. Optics launches 2017 with a tantalising collection of refined, superbly crafted eyewear. Nature’s magnificent colourations prevail on timeless shapes for men and women. Tiffany unites tortoiseshell with a fresh spring green. Quality acetate – slim and sleek – assures a design with pure, uncluttered lines. www.saltoptics.com. JG
A tribute to one of the most influential thinkers of the western world, Sigmund by neubau eyewear is a new interpretation of the classical round shape, currently enjoying a significant revival. Inspired by the iconic glasses worn by Sigmund Freud, this version by the young Austrian brand takes a high-tech approach, using a polymer that is super flexible and lightweight. The overall effect is modern and focused on comfort, with temples that are adjustable. The choice of fresh contemporary colours brings a strong character to the design. Bright evergreen (trendsetting this season), sweet honey and clear crystal are among the choices for those seeking a bold new eyewear update for 2017. www.neubau-eyewear.com CN
Millennials! That generation (approximately 1982-2004) – maturing similarly with the enhancement of computers and progressive technology – have enjoyed many opportunities and choices. Theo offers unique possibilities for this inspired group, with contemporary frames and fresh, original colour combinations – which includes Mille + 54 striking in black and turquoise – from the new theo Mille 50+ collection. Crafted in titanium, the designs are durable – yet lightweight. Sleek, modern and beautifully imagined, the new theo 50+ collection will appeal equally to Babyboomers and Generation X as well. www.theo.be JG
An elegantly refined aviator shape – Explorer – in luminous crystal acetate is among the remarkable new designs from Karmoie. The Norwegian brand features exemplary quality Mazzucchelli acetate and Carl Zeiss lenses, with the frames solely handcrafted and polished in Italy. Explorer is also available in Black, Twig, Forest and Havana. Discover more about this environmentally friendly brand at www.karmoie.com JG
The German Collective – a group of innovative optical retail experts and friends with stores around the country – have created a new collaborative frame with German eyewear company, MYKITA. VOLT, a sporty, unisex design, in keeping with the aesthetics and technical concept of Mykita Mylon, is limited to 100 pieces and will only be available through the German Collective members’ stores (from 3rd December 2016). Produced in storm grey with ultra flat lenses, the frame is made using a 3D printing technique called Selective Laser Sintering.
“We started our collaboration with Garrett Leight, and this is our latest project,” explains Akram Husseini from Klar Augenoptik. “We love great design and good friendship and we think that by doing a limited edition together it makes our stores especially interesting. The next edition will come in Spring 2017.”
The German Collective includes five optical stores: 6MillionGlasses, Specs Berlin, Steingasse 14, Leidmann and Klar. The stores specialise in independent collections and artisan eyewear and they share a passion for design and quality. CN
Art deco overtones have long been a popular theme in eyewear design. Vue dc, the French artisan label, has particular expertise in translating deco motifs in frames that offer character and design flair. A new addition in their refined acetate collection for the coming year, model Bel boasts the classic Vue dc colour palette – the red and black is always stunning for the festive season – combined with a cat’s eye shape that’s classical and instantly glamorous. The four colour choices are black, red/black, tortoise and white with a pearlised effect. More artisan frames by Vue dc including their outstanding Swarovski pieces at www.vuedc.fr CN
With its ravishing round shape and vintage echoes, Round 2.0 from the Tavat Soupcan collection is a harmonious mix of style and technology. Alpacca – a copper alloy – unites with printed acetate on the eye rims and temples. Crafted in Italy, Round 2.0 excels in fabulous fundamentals, superior performance, and customised individuality. More on Soupcan styles from Tavat at www.tavat-eyewear.com JG
Paola Costantini’s Roman heritage underlies her achievement for exquisite craftsmanship, and embodiment of expressive colours. Her latest designs include elegant style 609 in brushed beige cubanite – with colour and texture midway between leather and fabric, played on neutral tones. The contemporary cat eye silhouette highlights the sophistication and refinement of the design. Natural Tuscan leather in brilliant orange with a saffiano finish is the ideal way to store and protect your glasses. Discover more of Polippo’s chic eyewear at www.pollipocchiali.it JG
The ideal solution to keep your spectacles safe for outdoor adventures is a chic, multi-functional case featuring SALT. + Briefing. The California eyewear brand has collaborated with the Japanese luggage company Briefing, and both companies design their innovative products to be strong, study and stylish. The SALT. frames featured with the case are Fairwind – which means “safe journey and good fortune”, crafted in acetate with CR39 flash mirror lenses that are 100% scratch resistant. The practical, multi-use case – which can also carry your mobile phone – is made from Ballistic nylon and YKK zippers for durability and strength. The ideal accessory – and holiday gift – for happy outdoor adventures! www.saltoptics.com JG
The curiously named Dis Donc (a French expression which, quite aptly, translates roughly “wow” “hey” or goodness”!) comes for the bold and creative French label, BOZ. Spring-like in mood, its graceful shape highlights the trend for designs with an “open” framework – something quite different that plays with a mix of shapes, here, the round lens with the dynamic structure of a cats eye. On the face, the contrasts in colour, shape and material thickness are delicate and feminine, with a charismatic elegance that highlights the eyes, without overpowering them. Find more creative BOZ designs at www.boz-eyewear.fr CN
Jen, from the French artisan label Vue dc, is one of the prettiest shapes I have seen for women this season. Not only does it represent a modern take on beautiful classic eyewear by proposing a very feminine version of a multi-sided shape, it also comes in an elegant colour palette, flattering (the red is soft and translucent) but not flashy. For Vue dc fans, this frame will represent an ideal balance of gorgeous artisan design and ease of wear with the narrow acetate frame. The hint of a glamorous gothic mood in the collection is also quite irresistible. All Vue dc frames are designed by Chris Mascré and handmade exclusively in France. CN
The wonders of nature are frequently inspiration for eyewear designers. Theo tapped into amazing global nature reserves, and the result is the striking ‘Rock Formations’ collection. The distinctive jagged edge on the frames is reference to the rock formations. Another unique detail is that only the upper edge of the serrations is given a contrasting colour. Crafted in pure titanium with a multitude of handcrafting, there are five different models…featured here are Waimea – influenced by Waimea Canyon State Park, in Kauai Hawaii (forefront), and Bryce, inspired by Bryce National Park in Utah, in America. Theo’s devotion to detail extends to the end tips that also have a slightly jagged edge, and forms an integral part of each design. www.theo.be JG
As customers continue to crave something different, Vinylize is on the money with their latest release: a clear vinyl collection using vinyl in its purest form. When used for a frame, the effect of the material is a more subtle look than black, with a groove texture that is still evident but slightly less heavy. The six designs in the Limited Edition have been given thinner rims and sculpted temples, explained designer Zachary Tipton in an interview with Eyestylist, who also points out the gold hot foil stamp which was used instead of silver to accentuate the sand crystal hue. A sandblasted wire core brings texture to the temples. Made in a workshop in Budapest, Vinylize frames have all the charm of a contemporary European hand-finished product, as well as being completely unique – “no two Vinylize are ever alike”. Just 480 NVSBLE frames will be available this autumn! www.vinylize.com CN
The lightweight acrylic collection by Kirk & Kirk sees new entries for the Paris show this weekend. The modified cateye glasses ‘Hana’ – a bubbly “out-there” shape for women – is to make an appearance in a new fresh Violet shade, with dual tone crystal effect – light and dazzling on the face. Acrylic remains one of Kirk & Kirk’s hallmark materials, offering incredible comfort and lightness as well as different, daring colour options. All the styles which are made exclusively in France, can be ordered with an Asian bridge fitting as required. See the full selection at www.kirkandkirk.com CN
Eyewear technology harmonises elegantly in the sleek, new collection from Fleye in Denmark. Carbon and coloured wood handsomely fuse in designs to achieve frames with an expressive material mix, superbly crafted. FORUP in supremely light carbon is united with coloured Platan wood in a gorgeous shade of Indigo Blue. Fleye will present their innovative concept, and other distinctive designs at Silmo in Paris 23rd-26th September at Villepinte. Discover the philosophy and beauty of Scandinavian eyewear style by Fleye in Hall 5/E124. www.fleye.dk JG
Vintage overtones with the introduction of painted elements by watercolourist San Siguenza are eye-catching highlights of a new RVS x San Siguenza collaborative sunglasses collection launched in New York this month. Tia, one of two pieces in the special edition is eloquently configured to show the exotic hand-painted colours of a watercolour of Madonna – created as a hologram for a performance during the singer’s 2015 Rebel Heart World Tour.
The link-up between Vidal Erkohen and painter San Siguenza represents the first eyewear edition by RVS produced in Japan. Erkohen, who set up the label in Turkey in 2007, and originally produced hand-finished designs in his own artisan frame company there, is now based in NYC. Passionate about imaginative design and authentic, handcrafted production methods, Erkohen has selected Japanese artisanal expertise to take the collection forward into a new phase for 2017.
An RVS pop-up store is now open, and the big launch night is on 17th September at 312 Bowery, NYC. The collection for those who can’t get there goes online at www.rvseyewear.com on 30th September. CN
French brand JF Rey has launched new designs in the Au Masculin/leather line. The sleek frames include sunglasses in a trio of Italian leather, acetate and metal. Intricate detailing highlights Peter – with its stylish leather bridge and distinctive frame shape. The complete JF Rey Au Masculin collection can be viewed at Silmo 23rd-26th September. www.jfrey.fr www.silmoparis.com JG
Optical designs and sunglasses feature in the beautiful new collection by SALT. Optics to be presented at SILMO. The California brand captures the natural, relaxed ambience of the region, and translates it into designs with universal appeal. Smooth acetates and finely crafted titanium are silhouetted into contemporary styling with unique detailing, demonstrated in Clarence in antique gold. Explore the wonderful world of SALT. at www.saltoptics.com JG
The magnificent landscape of the Australian Outback is keynote in the latest frame selections by Jono Hennessy. Outback Stripes draws on nature’s fabulous colourations, then translated into beautifully crafted Mazzacchelli acetate with flattering stripes. Style 8385 is part of the stunning collection that Jono Hennessy will present at SILMO in Paris. www.jonohennessy.com JG
Orgreen’s optical collection offers a multitude of beautiful frame choices. The Danish label has a glittering array of designs in evocative colours, and streamlined shapes, in ultra-light yet super sturdy Titanium. An elegant, rich blue tone characterises Blush, with a touch of retro in the subtle cat-eye shape. www.orgreenoptics.com JG