Whipstitch tortoiseshell sunglasses

Burberry

This is an unusual frame by Burberry, featuring hand-stitched leather cord through the acetate frame and temples. The design is inspired by the Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2012 ready-to-wear and accessories collections. The whipstitch detail comes in contrasting colours, such as the yellow and brown on tortoise pictured here. A statement piece, the attention to detail and desire to highlight the brand’s heritage is well represented here. The sunglasses are available from www.burberry.com, priced in the UK at £279.00. CN

Zoç Rose

Pierre Eyewear

“It’s fab!” said Clodagh – and it truly is – we love this deliciously flirtatious butterfly shape and the shimmering acetate Rose colour – one of this summer’s fashionable highlights. Experimental and exciting eyewear is the foundation of Pierre Cariven’s designed-and-made-in France creations. The frames are expertly crafted and feel great to wear. Vintage concept – modern interpretation – Zoç Rose is a summer stunner from Pierre Eyewear. www.pierre-eyewear.com JG

Los Santos, model Pilar

Theo by Tim Van Steenbergen

This collaboration never disappoints and always goes on my list of top styles. I love the imaginative use of colour by Tim Van Steenbergen, inspired by the Spanish fiestas. The fronts in acetate contrast with the plastic or metal temples. These amazing sunglasses are fitted with Zeiss sun lenses, a very high quality lens that gives serious protection for the eyes. Polarized lenses are also on offer in the collection. Pilar in pink has the exotic Spanish embroidery design on the upper temple and is fabulously feminine with its sensuous eyebrow curve. An oustanding fashion accessory, all the fun and comfort typical of Theo’s frames, wrapped up in great fashion from TVS! CN

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Derome Brenner

Derome Brenner expresses the language of lines with luxurious refinement in this striking sunglass design. The voluminous shape with gentle curves and a cut out nosepiece in fine quality black acetate is further defined with linear tones of blue and cocoa. This is just one wonderful example of the handmade sun collection that Xavier Derome and Aurelia Brenner have created for 2012. More information at www.deromebrenner.com JG

No. 15 Yacht Woman

Hyde’s Spectacles

I have been meaning to feature one of the Hyde’s sunnies for a while…if you want 100% retro glamour, this is for you. A patterned acetate (also made in a smooth cream turtle which is very attractive too), made using traditional techniques that bounced out at me on Hyde’s Facebook page and I had to feature it. The frame comes with a handmade leather case and lens cloth. I do love the trend for marbled acetates, these are doing well and continue to pop up in many of the niche collections. This sunglass style is available online at 243 euros – go to www.nittygrittystore.com www.ehydes.com CN

Backhausen-Wiener Werkstätte Museum

Prestigious Vienna Textile Museum

1st May 2012  Backhausen is a Viennese cultural treasure, creative oasis and a little jewel of a textile museum. For over 150 years, Backhausen has supplied luxurious and unique fabrics to a great number of distinguished landmark buildings in The Imperial City, including The Vienna Opera, The Town Hall, The Viennese Parliament and the renowned Burgtheater, plus international buildings of historic significance. Backhausen is also connected to the memorable artistic developments at the turn of the 19th century, and is associated with the richness of the Art Nouveau period. The archives are superb – over 3,500 original sketches and sample books of these beautiful fabrics.

 

Backhausen sample book of original fabrics

Nowadays, Backhausen continues to work with artists and international designers to supply reproductions of the original designs and new collections to over 40 countries. A visit to Backhausen is an artistic voyage expressed in exquisite textiles, and brings to life memories of a very fruitful and creative period in Austria’s history. www.backhausen.com JG

JV 779

John Varvatos

Vintage and rock ‘n roll are the perfect partners, and Varvatos captures it so well in this crystal and black acetate frame – with a square shape that is beloved of retro wearers. The award-winning designer is a passionate music lover, so Varvatos has inserted his signature guitar pick hinge on the temple – a unique touch – and a design that merges vintage and current trends most effectively. www.johnvarvatos.com In the UK, go to www.eyerespect.com JG

 

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Gold & Wood

Precious wood is beautifully polished and wedded with ebony in this supremely elegant design. Gold and Wood is acknowledged for their harmoniously balanced volume and sculpture in the creation of a frame. This style features temples that are luxuriously highlighted with inserts of varying coloured woods. Elegance is measured in the finest details — achieved here with Gold and Wood’s exacting standards. More details at www.gold-and-wood.com JG

Schau Schau

Unique Optical Boutique, Jewel in Vienna

1st May 2012 Centuries of history; Imperial families; the home to many famous musicians; fabulous winter balls; Lipizzaner horses; and Art Nouveau architecture are just a few of Vienna’s incredible treasures.  I found another –  just around the corner from the Stephansdom, Austria’s finest Gothic edifice – a gem of an eyewear boutique called Schau Schau. In this superb little shop, customers can select eyewear styles of their choice, which are then crafted by hand, just a few kilometers from the centre of Vienna. The creative force behind Schau Schau (German for Look Look) is owner and designer Peter Kozich, with his knowledge and understanding of colour and shape, and more importantly, translating the design process into a luxurious bespoke product. Schau Schau is the haute couture of eyewear – the acetate is beautiful and the colour selections amazing. Each frame is custom created – every detail from nose bridge size to the width of the temple to the ear is carefully measured – ensuring that each pair of glasses is one of a kind. Customers from all over the globe wear Schau Schau, including artists and entertainers, sporting figures and professionals. For the ultimate in bespoke sunglasses and ophthalmic frames, Schau Schau is a memorable eyewear experience for exquisite frames. www.schau-schau.at JG

My Favourite Sunglasses

Sven Götti Talks About His Favourite Design

1st May 2012 During this month’s series, ‘Trends Under The Sun’, we’ll be chatting with designers about their favourite sunglasses. The series opens with Sven Götti of Götti Switzerland.

 

“My favourite sunglass frame in this collection is Pepe 360° in black pearl. The inspiration was the Cary Grant look from the old Alfred Hitchcock movies. The sunglasses were small and cool at that time. I want to give the wearer the chance to stay out of the crowd among all the big sunglasses that we see at the moment. This frame is in Titanium, and our sunglasses are made with the same manufacturer as the optical frames, so the quality is insured.

“We do only three colours – silver,gold and black, in order to give the frame an authentic look. Of course, we added our foldable Spin & Stow temples, for a new modern feature.”

Pepe 360° from Gotti Switzerland

Götti Switzerland has just received the prestigious iF Product Design Award 2012, for their innovative concepts in sunglass design. www.gotti.ch JG