Eyewear artisans gather in Stuttgart the weekend of 28-29th October to introduce their latest collections in the captivating atmosphere of Motorworld. The annual event is an ideal platform for independent eyewear designers – both known brands and emerging newcomers – to demonstrate their flair and innovation. Top image: Vintage forever with fabulous Retro style Wyld by Lesca Lunetier www.lescalunetier.com
From Adrian Marwitz in Germany to Yuichi Toyana in Japan, plus Götti Switzerland; Coblens; Didier Voirel; Barberini; Blackfin; Lesca Lunetier; Miamai München; Onkel Ferdi; Orgreen; Powder & Heat and more – Die Brillenmesse Stuttgart is an ideal opportunity to experience designs by established companies, and discover intriguing start-ups presenting new and exciting eyewear concepts.
The Think Tank sessions – presented by eyewear professionals – covers informative and timely topics for opticians, including marketing and sales opportunities via social media; 3-D technology; and other creative ideas of specific interest to optical specialists.
In addition to stunning eyewear, visitors can visit the amazing, classic collection of vintage automobiles on display at Motorworld – a nostalgic view of luxury and impeccably crafted motorcars.
Die Brillenmesse Stuttgart looks forward to welcoming you at Motorworld on Saturday 28th October from 11h00 until 18h00, and Sunday 29th October from 10h00 until 16h00. www.diebrillenmesse.dewww.motorworld.deJG
An especially lively atmosphere was enjoyed at the Paris fair this month, as SILMO celebrated 50 years. The event packed in new exhibitors across the halls, as well as a large number of annual attendees and some who have attended the fair through 50 years. The annual party had an extra special line up and took place in Paris’ iconic Grand Palais.
In the creative eyewear segment, emphasis this year was on design and innovation, with continuing developments in the use of materials, combinations of materials, 3d printed collections, artisan excellence and technicalities such as patented hinge designs. Outstanding hinge designs were shown by innovators ROLF SPECTACLES (a SILMO D’Or winner) and Orgreen Optics.
New ideas in colour and styling were also abundant and set an encouragingly dynamic mood. Above: FLEYE Copenhagen’s model Fox, an “artistic” design by the innovative Danish company who launched an exciting eyewear campaign related to Scandinavian food : model Fox was the winner of the Silmo D’Or Premiere Classe Special Prize. www.fleyecopenhagen.com
Luxury is an area that was particularly well represented at the fair, and this specialism is seeing some exciting aspects. Alongside classic brands like Gold & Wood (who have announced a new working relationship with designer Alain Mikli) artisan spectacle-makers Alexanian exhibited their sophisticated handmade jewellery designs and special editions produced in The Netherlands. A particular highlight on their booth were their handmade lorgnettes, produced in 18k white gold and set with sparkling diamonds. www.alexanian.nl
Other noteworthy representatives of the luxury eyewear segment included FALVIN Eyewear who showed new models including Halo, a round fashion-focused semi-rimless frame with precious matte surface details. Halo is an elegant add on to FALVIN´s eyewear concept of two toned signature titanium frames designed by Birgitte Falvin in Denmark and made in Japan. The brand also previewed a new line of eyewear necklaces made in unison with the frames – coming soon to Falvin stockists. www.falvineyewear.com
Award-winning SOL SOL ITO represents a splendid example of design achievements by a small independent European label – and this brand is hugely popular with some of the most creative optical stores this year. Their colour concepts for 2018 retain a fresh individual touch with a mix of stunning acid coloration as well as soft pastels and classically inspired animal print. The customisation aspect of the temples – they can be easily swapped in many different colours is a very attractive addition to the gorgeous designs. www.solsolito.com
Newcomers that caught our eye included the new sunglasses collection by talented optician/designer Joseph Haver and the Belgian brand Komorebi, a youthful trend-oriented design collection inspired by transparency, light and reflection and presented with professionalism and an immediately visible level of quality, attention to detail and craftsmanship. www.komorebi.be
SILMO Paris returns in 2018 on 28th September to 1st October. Eyestylist will share many new insights from this year’s SILMO event in the days and months ahead.www.silmoparis.comCN
Swiss specialities to mention just a few: watches and clocks professionally crafted with luxurious precision; cheese fondue, Raclette and Rösti; panoramic, majestic mountains and crystal clear lakes; and this weekend – la crème de la crème in fine eyewear at Hall of Frames Zurich. The perennial event takes place this year October 15th and 16th – in a fabulous new location – The Umweltarena (Environmental Centre) – in Spreitenbach, approximately thirty minutes from central Zurich. (Top image: Adrian Marwitz presents his stunning sunglass collection at Hall of Frames Zurich)
Established brands and new eyewear entries will present their latest collections, and among those participating are Götti Switzerland; L.G.R; Lunor; Lucas de Staël; Blackfin; Miamai Eyewear; Neubau Eyewear; Ringsum; Adrian Marwitz; Von Arkel; You Mawo; Andy Wolf and many more!
Also on tap are the innovative and intellectual “Think Tank” sessions, with enlightening topics related to specific needs of independent opticians.
For an intriguing, spirited weekend of stunning eyewear by independent designers, the fascinating environmental centre Umweltarena, the informative “Think Tank”, and optical camaraderie, Hall of Frames Zurich is an exceptional opportunity for new discoveries! www.hallofframes.chJG
This weekend, the aura of Parisian style concentrates on eyewear presented at SILMO. Inspiration, luxury crafting, innovation and creative explorations are ripe for discovery at this perennial event. Here is a sampling of fascinating designs that emphasise the abundant versatility and beauty of eyewear. (Top image: Helen by Kirk & Kirk from the Kaleidoscope acrylic collection in earthy Clay. www.kirkandkirk.com
Delight in the organic, environmentally friendly beauty of SALT. Optics retro-inspired, glamorous sunglasses – Bobbi in sea tone colouration. www.saltoptics.com
Swiss precision, luxurious frames with unparalleled craftsmanship, noble materials, and a signature hinge are all specialities at VON ARKEL. www.vonarkel.com
Featherweight titanium, a sleek double-bridge, sophisticated styling, and four different beautiful colours highlight Moon by FLEYE Copenhagen. www.fleye.dk
Lenses with a difference – dynamic colours by Transitions – nominated for a SILMO d’Or award in the Vision Category with their Signature Style Colours – featured here in a LINDBERG design. www.stylecolours.co.uk
Graceful, melodic flow: designs from the new Line Art SONATA Collection are inspired by delicate musical intonations. www.charmant.com
Dynamic colourations, angular design, artisan layering, and Italian craftsmanship highlight DUBLIN by l.a.Eyeworks – the SILMO d’Or nominated frame in the Design category. www.laeyeworks.com
A SILMO d’Or nomination goes to ROLF Spectacles in the Technological Innovation sector with their beautiful design Deville. Innovation has always been a theme at ROLF spectacles – with natural materials and advanced technology. www.rolf-spectacles.com
Super slim metal frames in fresh and bright colours are among the signature styles that JF Rey will be showcasing at SILMO. www.jfrey.fr
Norwegian design duo Kirsten and Lars Iversen have a stunning new collection of optical and sunglass designs that are a must see! www.karmoie.com JG
In the deepest, mystic Artic landscapes of northern and eastern Greenland, the elite Danish Naval unit known as The Sirius Patrol conducts reconnaissance missions in some of the harshest weather conditions known to mankind. (Top image: Nalu LINDBERG Sirius Titanium)
Several years ago, this amazing team of explorers asked LINDBERG to help them combat one of their most pressing physical issues: how to protect their vision from the blinding glare of sunlight reflected in the snow.
LINDBERG loves a challenge. The result was a curved-front frame design that featured side-shields for maximum sun protection, and the titanium frame offered both lightness and durability, even in sub-zero temperatures.
Now LINDBERG has reinvented the original design for everyday wear, with patent-pending interchangeable lenses and an inner-rim system. The system is a simple snap-in/snap-out process, so that wearers can instantly adapt their frames to their specific needs. Users are able to seamlessly transition between working at a computer; reading and driving; or participating in active outdoor activities like sailing, skiing and hiking.
The new LINDBERG Sirius Titanium collection promises to simplify the eyewear experience, unifying multiple products into one elegant, luxuriously crafted, and innovative design. Experience for yourself at SILMO! LINDBERG’S stunning Sirius Collection can be seen in Hall 5 Stand PO82. www.lindberg.comJG
As SILMO approaches next week, eyewear and optical accessory companies are preparing themselves for the 50th anniversary event, expected to showcase new trends, intriguing technical innovations and fabulous designs in eyewear and sunglasses. The exhibitor list has continued to expand in recent months, and creative eyewear designers from around the world are set to showcase forward-thinking styling and, in several cases, groundbreaking eyewear creations.
The line-up of young independent brands includes KARMOIE, a Norwegian label that has managed to secure endorsement by Positive Luxury through its commitment to sustainable efforts and achievements – a key focus for a growing number of collections at this time. KARMOIE returns to SILMO with new models Origami and Totem, as well as classics such as Star, produced in M49, the sustainable acetate by Italian producers Mazzucchelli. Pictured above: model Star. www.karmoie.com
Ørgreen has already announced a new hinge concept in the new line Quantum, described by the Ørgreen team as a “milestone innovation”. The mechanism features a sphere, visible on the frame front and secured by a “secret” patent pending component part. The frames in the collection are made from Polyamide, also a new departure for the brand, which is most famous for its quality titanium designs, designed in Denmark and made in Japan. www.orgreenoptics.com
The French label Plein Les Mirettes has gained notoriety this year with its creative acetate collections for women – and bubbly personality. For the Paris fair, the brand launches six new shapes in a charming Limited Colour Edition with spectacular individuality if you love chic acetate. More information is available at www.plein-les-mirettes.fr
Hapter announces their exclusive collaborative concept with the brilliant indie label, Pawaka – for launch next week. This new angular sports goggle design combines Hapter’s trademark materials with Pawaka’s sense of primitive aesthetic. Hapter has used its lightweight avant-garde surgical stainless steel submerged by textured high-quality rubber, inspired by the asphalt road surfaces in their native Dolomite Mountains. A must-see! www.hapter.it
FRAME CHAIN from the UK has quickly expanded its range of trendy glasses chains which double up as a necklace – ideal for gifts and an elegant addition in the optical store. The contemporary designs, which range from luxurious to uber chic – are already stocked at leading department stores including Liberty London and Browns. www.framechain.co.uk
Eyeshaker is a new product on the market with a super concept for cleaning glasses easily; it is particularly effective on substances that can be hard to remove such as sun cream, sand, and make-up. The set includes a “shaker”, a cleaning agent and a micro-fibre cloth and the result is fast, simple and immediate! The Eyeshaker team will be present at the fair for the first time, as their product launch goes live across Europe. Find out further details about this young startup at https://eyeshaker.at
The majestic Dolomite Mountains are rooted in all that HAPTER creates. The discovery of vintage frames in the mountains by Italian artisans Eric Balzan and Mirko Forti led to their radical design attitudes in eyewear. Now for the latest chapter in the brand’s development, HAPTER has two amazing new additions to the ICONS LINE – collection RBBR001 – and a stunning introduction in Collection TXTL001 – protective goggles.
A wide and dominant bridge in collection RBBR001 on models WO1M the sunglass design, and the optical version WO2M, (top image) highlights the power of the rubber material in the frame. The unique surface is characterised by a microscopic and irregular stone-like texture emphasised by pigmentation. This special process is treated with ancient forging techniques developed in HAPTER’S workshop – Hapteria.
Advanced technology and artisanal elements unite in the amazingly slim and light structure with floating lenses, that connect the bridge to the thinnest temples ever designed by HAPTER. Two gorgeous colours feature on the Grid Bridge – Lichen Green, reproduced from lichens found on the Dolomite Mountain rocks, and Leaf Orange, relating to the decaying autumn colours in nature; a sadly beautiful vision of change, necessary to protect trees in winter, and create new life in springtime.
HAPTER’S revolutionary approach to design and fabrication is further illustrated in Collection TXTL001 with models MO1L+1, and MO2M+1. Inspired by vintage work-wear, the goggles are inventive and combine modern and ancient crafts. The Naked Swoosh Bar is an architecturally inspired cantilever element that starts from the bridge, and is projected downwards to create a protective bar for the lenses – and those who wear them.
The frame surface is subject to an all-new HAPTER invention influenced by a textile printing technique on wooden blocks. Then HAPTER developed a specific in-house process to selectively remove the fabric colour with acid – known as the Diamond Treatment. The new frames are innovative expressions that combine contemporary technologies with old-world techniques. HAPTER’s avant-garde, revolutionary achievements will be presented at SILMO Paris 6th-9th October. www.hapter.itJG
Stuttgart is a central oasis – a welcoming nucleus of palaces; parks; Porsche and Mercedes-Benz Museums; galleries and theatre. The city has its own unique identity, as does the yearly eyewear event that takes place at Motorworld – an expansive venue for unique frame display, and an opportunity to ogle luxurious vintage cars. Die Brillenmesse creates the stage for a two-day event with independent opticians presenting their latest collections. Co-organisers Nathanaël Wenger and Steffen Keil (above image) have long championed independent creators. Photo for Eyestylist by Patrick Müller/Die Brillenmesse All Rights Reserved
As Nath observes: “Independent designers and opticians belong together like the lid on the pot. They also need each other. I can see a clear division between the mass-market with mass-produced products, and niche opticians with beautiful handcrafted frames. You can see this division in fashion, food and many other domains. The positive thing about the Internet is that it also helps our customers to make mature decisions. The level of information is high, and the consumer IS king.
Nath adds: “Consumers want to know more about a brand; it is all about emotion, connection and good feelings. This is why story telling is a key element in the buying process. Being an optician means working with people, and people love entertainment. Craftsmanship and individuality are also becoming more important than it used to be. It takes courage for an optician to focus only on independent eyewear designs, but the results are often positive, and definitely make working more fun.
“It has always been our aim to strengthen independent eyewear designers, and to create a platform where independent opticians can meet them in a relaxed environment. We have to work together, and build awareness for artisan eyewear, and show the world how exciting eyewear can be. In Stuttgart we have interesting newcomers like Carin Eyewear, Düsseldorf Eyewear, Yuichi Toyama, and well established brands with new innovative lines including Andy Wolf, Götti and Orgreen. The Motorworld location is added value, and has proven itself over the past years.”
The variety of independent creators provides selections that are unique and innovative: Blackfin from Italy will unveil their luxurious titanium designs; Adrian Marwitz and his glamorous sunglass and optical frames; minimalist concepts by Andy Wolf Eyewear; the contemporary charms of eyewear by Miamai München; sculptural beauties by Didier Voirol; meticulously crafted designs by Von Arkel in Switzerland; vintage treasures from Lesca; and more! Note the date in your diary – Die Brillenmesse Stuttgart 28th and 29th October at Motorworld. www.diebrillenmesse.dewww.motorworld.deJG
Influential and progressive designs permeate the latest collection at KBL Eyewear with timeless elegance, graceful silhouettes, and trendy layering. The designs for men and women highlight the frames – crafted in Japan – in beautiful quality materials, and subtle, sophisticated colourations. Echoing modernity and detailing, the newest collection campaign was photographed at the Philharmonie de Paris – the innovative concert hall designed by Jean Nouvel. The unique basket weave design of the building reflects the KBL concept – eyewear with originality and flair. Eiffel – the sleek sun style (top image worn by the male model) unites titanium and acetate in a contemporary shape, with slender temples. Champs-Elysées (on the woman) is luxuriously enhanced with layered acetate on titanium.
Optical designs by KBL flourish with minimalist concepts in titanium and stylish spirit. The Lancaster (above left) is a full titanium frame with a double bridge – both discreet and distinctive. The Grant (above right) also in titanium – sports a Windsor rim, in the tradition of fine heritage eyewear. Discover the entire KBL collection 6th-9th October at SILMO Paris! JG
Photos: Elisa Teichtmeister; Styling: Pur Styl – Jasmin Teichtmeister; Photographed at Philharmonie de Paris
Eyestylist.com begins an engaging new series today – Designer Domiciles – which will feature delightful conversations with international creators about where they reside, and their passion and enchantment for their neighbourhood and region. And what a great way to kick-off this series than with Claire Goldsmith – Director Oliver Goldsmith – London!
City where you were born: I’m a proud Londoner born and bred.
If you could live elsewhere…it would be: I would have to say, somewhere with better weather! Somewhere warmer! The weather is literally the only thing I would change about London if I could. If only it could be 9 months of summer and 3 months of winter. So I think I might want to live in New Zealand as the climate there is just about perfect for me.
What intrigues you most about London: I love London for its layers that have come about through hundreds of years of history. I love the idea that 200-400 years ago the streets I walk everyday were so different. I love the grime and the “secret London” that lies behind the frontage. London is a fascinating city with an incredible history wherever you go in it.
A fascinating London street you love: So…a little known fact – London has some amazing hidden alleyways often housing some of the most traditional and lovely little drinking establishments. These tiny old pubs literally transport you back in time. If you are lucky enough to stumble across one of these alleyways, you will never forget it. Here are a couple not to miss if you come here: – Newman Passage, Fitzrovia – is one of my favourites! – Bull Inn Court, Covent Garden – Lamb’s Conduit Passage, Holborn – Ely Court, Farringdon – Wine Office Court, City of London – Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden.
Your favourite London restaurant – and why? There are so many good restaurants it’s almost impossible to choose one! But I would have to say if I have to choose just one, it would be The River Cafe – a West London classic where you can sit outside on the river. It has a super casual vibe to it, but it’s a Michelin star restaurant. It’s so relaxed and comfortable and always without fail, you eat phenomenal food. It’s a total favourite.
Another city that holds a fascination for you…and why: I think I would have to say Tokyo. I went a couple of times for work but never for pleasure. I would really love to spend some time there just exploring it a bit more. That goes for cities in Japan generally.
Music that inspires you: I used to listen to albums of artists I liked. Now I listen to music I like. Spotify has changed the way we listen to music. I tend to play Spotify playlists on radio and listen to music I would not normally listen to, or even know about. As result I now like quite a broad spectrum of music. Spotify has opened up my music tastes a lot!
A book that influenced you: The Handmaid’s Tale – a story of a future I hope to never see. I studied it at A-Level (18) and never forgot it. And have just finished watching the TV adaptation of it and it was incredible! Dare I say it – possibly even better than the book itself. When does that ever happen…
Your personal style – describe in three items: Trainers. Black tapered trousers. Coats.
The most photogenic location in London: London is photogenic. It’s hard to take a bad picture of her!
Three objects that mean the most to you: The watch my dad gave me on my 21st birthday, but sadly never quite got to give it to me himself. The bracelet my grandmother left to me that I always loved, because she literally never took it off in all the time I knew her. My “Grisly box” where I keep the teeth that have fallen out of my kid’s mouths, because I am a gross mum who loves their grisly little milk teeth!
Who really inspires you: Usually it’s other women running businesses and managing their families effectively!
Claire will be presenting the new collection of Oliver Goldsmith and Claire Goldsmith at SILMO Paris in October. www.olivergoldsmith.com JG
Eyewear creatives owe much to the international trade fair, SILMO, which takes place every year in Paris. Founded in the Jura, the traditional spectacle-making region of France, today the French show has grown into an international platform for designers and creators in eyewear, with fairs in Sydney, Istanbul and (shortly) Bangkok as well as Paris where the fair also boasts a strong alliance with the fashion industry via Premiere Classe, the Parisian fashion accessories fair.
Taking place in early October, the 50th edition of SILMO promises a large selection of exhibitors as well as celebrations, special events and what promises to be a memorable SILMO d’Or awards ceremony. As the climate of expansion in the independent sector continues, a significant number of newcomers are listed as exhibiting. They include Komorebi (Belgium), Stealer (Korea) and optician, Joseph Haver (Israel) who launches a brilliant eponymous sunglasses edition (image: above, new campaign by Joseph Haver).
Independent eyewear leaders returning to the annual event include: Ørgreen Optics. The Danish brand will showcase seven bold, yet elegant male and female titanium styles – photographed in a campaign by Philip Messmann. The shapes range from round vintage looking styles to contemporary square college inspired silhouettes. The colour combinations include timeless black, varying shades of brown, and stylish tones of blue and red.
Claire Goldsmith (UK) brings the iconic OG Sunglasses collection with new colour proposals and new lens details. “The Introduction of 2-base lenses into the Icons collection is giving some of these classics a completely fresh look. Combined with some luscious new acetate from Mazzuchelli some OG icons got a facelift!” Also showing is the new CG Optical Collection. www.olivergoldsmith.com / www.clairegoldsmith.com
US eyewear producers Kenmark return annually to Paris with their designer eyewear collections, Vera Wang and Zac Posen. Vera Wang’s fashionista sunglasses line will be available to view with the new ophthalmics, designed with superb references to directional trends and bold shapes in captivating acetate colours. www.kenmarkeyewear.com
Designer Ti Kwa of Rigards always delivers innovation and expertise in his exceptional artisan eyewear: the Sterling Silver Collection will be one of the highlights at the Rigards stand at SILMO, an expression of precise, luxurious design that is rare, exotic and always surprising. View more details about Rigards at www.rigards.com
SILMO Paris 2017 takes place from 6th to 9th October at Paris Nord Villepinte. For more information visit: www.silmoparis.comFurther Previews will be available on Eyestylist in the comingweeks.CN
Visitors to the autumn edition of Hall of Frames Zurich have the opportunity to explore new, expressive and exciting visual horizons. The two-day event – 15th and 16th October – will showcase independent designers and brands, with exceptional collections of beautiful frames. (Top image: Dante-S by Götti Switzerland)
Among the designers exhibiting are Götti Switzerland, Adrian Marwitz; Blackfin: Face à Face Paris; Miamai Eyewear; Neubau Eyewear; L.G.R; Didier Voirol; Johann von Coisern, Orgreen, and more! Over fifty brands will introduce their latest styles in a new, remarkable and architecturally impressive location.
The Umweltarena (Environmental Centre) in Spreitenbach – less than thirty minutes from central Zurich, is a fascinating ecological centre – an ideal location when sustainability has become a global challenge. The optics sector is aware of the need to care for resources, and increasingly, frames are being crafted in sustainable materials.
In addition to fabulous frames, visitors are invited to participate in the “Think Tank” sessions, given by experienced professionals, and include short talks on topics relevant to optician’s needs and interests.
Save the dates! 15th and 16th October – and discover innovative eyewear that exudes style and statement design, plus enjoy visiting the fascinating, dynamic Umweltarena ecological centre.