Morganne Leigh, Tyche + Iset, Los Angeles

Tyche + Iset is a Los Angeles based brand named after the Greek goddess of fate, fortune and luck and the Egyptian goddess of life, magic and wisdom. Brand founder Morganne Leigh is a talented creative with a passion for art and design as well as a strong connection with spirituality and adventure, inspiration which is apparent throughout the brand and in each pair of frames produced.

I understand you have trained as a painter and a graphic designer – were you always a creative person at heart?  Yes, I think I have been imaginative since I was a toddler. Then, I began traditional art classes when I was six years old, which was the foundation for my artistic exploration. My creative abilities have never been limited to one area of art or design.

Tyche + Iset is marketed towards ‘searchers, thinkers, stargazers …’ How would you illustrate the typical Tyche + Iset customer?  I have been so lucky to have met the majority of my customers in person! This has been a grassroots brand, and it has been awesome to get to know them. They come from all walks of life and are of all ages, they aren’t afraid of colorful styles, they love to stand out from the crowd, they’re funny and kind but most important of all – they enjoy life. Above: Morganne Leigh, founder of  Tyche + Iset Eyewear

Tyche + Iset – model wears Oceana

I have learned that the origin of Tyche was the name of a Greek Goddess and Iset was the name of an Egyptian Goddess… Where did you find the inspiration to delve into history and why did you choose the names of these specific ancient heroines? History is among my favorite subjects and I’ve always enjoyed mythological stories because they are filled with adventures and lessons about life.

I am not traditionally from the eyewear or – more broadly speaking – the fashion industry. When I first started the brand, I had no network to open doors, zero guidance and no financial help. I had no idea what I was doing, but I needed to find a way to survive and take care of myself. It was also a necessity for me to find success in something I was passionate about; so I turned to my love of art and design. Each of the Goddesses represents my willingness and determination to find my destiny using my own creativity – they guide me, in a sense. It is all about taking a risk and perhaps being rewarded by being prepared when opportunity arrives. Plus, a little luck along the way (or bad luck in the form of a lesson learned). I am always learning, even when the process is difficult. The origin stories and histories of each Goddess are linked to me in serendipitous and very personal manners, further strengthening my belief that they also chose me.

Colorful soft cases at Tyche + Iset – upcycled fabric – handmade in Los Angeles

Tyche + Iset encourages their wearers to ‘follow their cosmic intuition’ – where did you first find a connection with your own spirituality? We would love to hear a bit more about what following ‘cosmic intuition’ means to you, and to the brand as a whole… Throughout my whole life I have had spiritual experiences and received ‘messages’ through dreams as well as in the physical world. My intuitive and semi-psychic sensibilities are very strong. Our minds are magnets and we attract what we consistently think about. To me, following your cosmic intuition is allowing the Universe to connect with you, to guide you, and to teach you so that you can move forward through life in a positive manner. Internal journeys require patience and there will be difficulties. But, if you trust in the Universe, it will always take you to where you need to be to find your happiness.

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People are paying more attention to their zodiac signs than ever before. Having founded such a spiritually driven brand – what are your views on astrology?  I have been a fan of astrology (birth charts) and tarot since I was a teenager. I also believe in Numerology, which reflect our life cycle journeys and challenges. I often make decisions for the brand using tarot cards – I trust in the answers I receive!

What do you think makes Tyche + Iset designs unique? Our eyewear tells a vivid story through design, color, and details. As an artist, I create work in order to connect with someone and share my vision. My goal is to design products that people have an emotional connection to.

Tyche + Iset has just launched some gorgeous new sustainable packaging – how important is sustainability to you? What do you see for the future of fashion and sustainability?  Sustainability and environmental protection has been of lifelong importance to me. These goals are also within the brand and my plans for its future. We only produce products with integrity. We do not want to be a part of the problem.

Made in USA: the new packaging design at Tyche + Iset

There is a lot of “green-washing” within the fashion industry. Many brands also want fast, easy money for the cheapest investment. But, the price we pay is environmental damage with communities suffering. I hope that companies will become more responsible in how much they produce each year as well as their own carbon footprint. Slow-fashion and small-batch production is what the industry needs to focus on. For the past several years, I have been experimenting with recycled materials for new products or eyewear. I want to create things that people cherish and do not want to throw away. It is unfortunate that producing new plastics is much cheaper than cleaning and re-using excess waste that is destroying our world. Many recycling centers have closed down and manufacturers do not want to deal with the difficulty of using recycled materials. But, I will never give up hope on my ideas. I’d love to inspire more designers/brands to participate in innovative practices. Let’s find solutions to problems we all face. If more people ask for these things, we can be effective in modifying consumer culture into a more positive future.

Can we expect anything new and /or exciting that may be on the horizon for Tyche + Iset? Yes! We are working on our next collection and some exciting new projects. I am superstitious, so I’m not able to share too much information before launch. However, we are thankful to continue our creative energies in design and innovation. We appreciate those who support Tyche + Iset – we are a small brand with a big heart! Find our more about the brand at www.tycheandiset.com  Interview by Victoria G. L. Brunton for Eyestylist.com

Women’s glasses: Diamonds Collection by RES/REI

An exclusive world of sparkle in acetate, inspired by precious stones

The creative designers at RES/REI – the Italian artisan label, have taken the sparkling effect of precious stones as the central inspiration to their new line of women’s glasses – with the aim of adding a little touch of magic to our everyday. The Diamonds collection features four new models with fronts which bond together three multi-colored acetates. The brand approaches the series with constant experimentation and discovery, unveiling new design details along the way at different points of the frame. Above: model Marquise in green/slate blue/pink

‘Diamonds are forever’: these women’s glasses come in elegant soft pastel hues – pictured, model Princess in grey/orange/pink (left) and grey/green/pink (right)

Attention to detail is a consistent focus of these chic, harmonious styles. An acetate triangle, produced in the same colour as the material used in the central part of the frame front is set into the end of the lens.

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Close-up view of the two different colored acetates bonded diagonally on the temple – pictured, model Carat in pink/pink tortoise/slate blue

All the frames have a soft, glistening finish typical of the highest quality Mazzucchelli acetate colours, influenced by the beauty of natural diamonds, with edges and details finished by hand. To find out more visit the RES/REI website at www.resrei.com

Crystal eyewear classic: Erker’s 1879

Erker’s have applied their unique craftsmanship in the creation of a first collaboration with Ohio independent

An out of the ordinary crystal acetate, absolute attention to detail in every piece of hardware and a quirky ‘turntable’ icon: a new and very limited edition from the US handcrafted collection Erker’s represents the first time the label has teamed with an independent store.

The limited design series, known as the Living Legends, are the result of a close collaboration between the co-owners of the historic eyewear company Jack Erker III and Tony Erker, and independent boutique owner, Kevin Kretch of Eyes on Chagrin (Cleveland, Ohio).

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Erker’s have worked with Kevin Kretch, owner of Eyes on Chagrin, on a handcrafted edition called “Dawg Pound” – referencing the Cleveland Browns

The distinctive, handmade individuality of the frame and bold chunky dimensions are characteristics that pay homage to iconic eyewear design and the heritage approach of the family eyewear producer, while the special icon on these frames – the turntable – is a reference to the ‘Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’ – Cleveland’s museum and hall of fame on the shore of Lake Erie. To find out more about the ‘Dawg Pound’ artisan frames and independent eyewear collection Erker’s, visit www.erkers1879.com. /  https://eyesonchagrin.com

3D printed glasses: special preview – Jean-François Rey

The French designer is releasing a new experimental 3D SLS printed collection incorporating an innovative material combination of nylon, stainless steel and acetate

A taste of the future characterised by rule-breaking shapes dominates the new 3D printed glasses series from Jean-François Rey. The frames use combinations of nylon, stainless steel and acetate and have  airy volumes, open work structures, and quite unusual shapes and dimensions.

Produced in a range of very different looks from minimal to exotic, the collection is created using 3D SLS (selective laser sintering) technology, which offers very wide scope for exploring an unexpected world of shape. Above: model wears a dramatic showpiece in this collection – the JF2947, with a 3D front that has multiple layers

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3D model JF2945 – a classic round shape takes on a new dimension
JF2944 – a 3D printed rim with a textured surface which changes the look and feel of a classic round

The JF 2945 model takes the classic round eye shape, and adds a further rim to either side, a construction that is both surprising and eye-catching, while the clean simplicity of the JF2944 (above) takes on its slightly more outgoing personality with the addition of a twisted 3D printed surface following the eye rims. To find out more about this exciting release at JF Rey this week, visit www.jfrey.fran exclusive preview by Eyestylist.com.

SALT. Optics: beach chic

The Californian label’s C1-21 sunglass collection includes chic, slim styles for women with a relaxed, every day style

Snug-fitting, in amazingly balanced colorations that enhance and flatter our natural skin tones, the new styles at SALT. Optics are modern and yet timeless, fitting for our current slower paced lifestyles, and ideal through the seasons, and for every day wear. The brand continues to put all focus on their successful Japanese manufacture, where artisan techniques such as hand polishing are carefully administered, and the tiniest details – from core wires to real rivets are precisely considered. Even the thickness of the mono block acetate pieces and the placement of bevels are carefully thought through to avoid stress being transferred from the frame to the lens. Above: The slim, sophisticated model Walker is available in black, coffee black, smoke grey or taupe. These rich natural tones combine with subtle on point lens hues with exotic names such as Lovers Soul and Glass Denim. Walker is also a successful optical shape at SALT. Optics

SALT. Optics – the small hand brushed titanium model Torres in antique gold

SALT. Optics is well known for its acetate collections, but titanium is also featured. Inspired by the classic P3, the small delicate feminine shape Torres is characterised by an eye-catching two-tone effect and colour variations, achieved using a durable cloisonne application. The frame has three unique colour choices of antique silver, brushed honey gold and antique gold, with nature-inspired lens tones of denim gradient, green or crimson gradient.

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SALT. Optics: model Walker
SALT. Optics: model Walker

SALT. Optics use proprietary lenses which have advanced coatings, filters and materials as well as offering a beautiful colour palette that balances colour intensity, contrast, and light transmission. To see the full collection of men’s and women’s styles and to find out more about the brand visit the website at www.saltoptics.com