….the season for leisurely pursuits and pastimes. We entice you with our Summer Accessory Edition this month featuring frames (in REVIEWS), cases, hats, bags, Olympic sunglasses and other beautiful accessories you’ll find throughout the month on Design & Inspiration. Travel to Germany for our Designer of the Month and a superb boutique in Berlin. And check out our guest appearance from Ophelia Horton in brilliant sunnies!

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Eyewear Necessities

La Loop Accessories for Glasses

30th July 2012 Eyewear lovers never like to lose cherished spectacles. Avoid this scenario with fashionable, chic chains and cords from California based La Loop. Designer Elizabeth Faraut has the perfect – and practical – solution to keep track of your specs with her collection of unique creations. For summer, The Clifton (above) is stunning in beautiful white Venetian braided leather, and a silver-plated flat loop to hold the glasses.


Slinky gypsy chain by La Loop

Get into a gypsy mood with this handmade brass chain that is soft and smooth on the skin – a great looking piece and so handy to protect frames. JG


New launch in England

Modern British Design by Fan Optics

26th July 2012 McClintocks – –  in Covent Garden are hosting a launch party for Fan Optics tonight…this is a new Brit eyewear label, headed by graphic designer Sarah Coburn and Guillaume Furminger, product designer, and made, say the duo, exclusively in a boutique workshop in Essex, England. asked designer Guillaume Furminger to comment on the decision to produce the frames by hand in the UK: “We have spent a lot of time sourcing the right manufacturing base for us and we are really proud to be producing and designing in England. We believe that more and more people are looking for quality rather than throw-away fashion and we want to use the vast array of home-grown talent we have in this country to continue to develop and move our brand forward. English craftsmen are some of the best in the world so why make anywhere else!

“Our backgrounds are in fashion, graphic and product design. With Sarah’s eye for fashion and graphic design combined with a product design and development background we believe we have a great combination of skills and talents. Eyewear was the natural direction for us to use our skill base to its potential.”

Vala from Fan Optics, modelled by Lili

The debut collection features six luxe optical and sunglass styles, each offered in 3 acetate colours. The style that caught my eye (sunglass style Vala above) has a quirky, unusual modified triangular shape and a frosted transparent finish. Fan Optics designs are named after old-English regional names. Ailen meaning made of oak, is created from an amber toned acetate. The two slender round frames are called Brock meaning Badger and Osbert meaning Inspired. For more on this inaugural British-made collection, visit Available now at McClintocks in Floral Street – Covent Garden, London. CN


Just for Kids – So Cool!

Zoobug Celebrates London 2012 With Super Sunglasses

July 25th 2012 This youngster may not be competing in the Olympics (yet!) but he’s ready for the occasion with sunglasses that feature 100% UV Category 3 lenses that offer excellent protection and optical quality. Eyewear specialist Zoobug is the official license holder for London 2012 and TeamGB sunglasses for children. The designs are suitable for ages 2-12 years old, with adjustable fit. Decorated with London 2012 and TeamGB flags in spirited colours, these are frames that kids will adore! Available online at JG

Ophelia Horton, teen fashion blogger

on “peeper style and gobsmackingly awesome sunglasses”

21st July 2012 I have been working with Ophelia of ‘Who’s that Girl?’ – – on this feature for a few weeks and she has produced the images you see here herself. Working on this has been very enjoyable, and the results are super and fun; we chatted a bit by email then she sent me loads of material about what she likes and the details she has noticed in the season’s collections – she favours some quality high fashion labels and some seriously quirky things (as we do here!) and she has a lot of interesting things to say on the subject for such a young fashionista. So here is our interview with this cool British schoolgirl who knows more about Prabal Gurung and the allure of the S/S 12 oversized catty shapes than many an adult style blogger….her pictures show off some super chic and perfectly now sunglass styles that you just might want to get your hands on should the sun be about to settle in for the rest of July; looks like it today. Don’t forget to follow Ophelia’s blog here:

What have you seen this season that you like the most?

Sunglasses wise, well there have been so many new shapes and styles to choose from! Probably Prabal Gurung’s lilac acetate sunglasses S/S 12 from Linda Farrow…

Your favourite shape? 

Cat eyes probably: they’re so chic, sexy, classic, effortless, but still badass and like: “I don’t actually care so go away, your opinion is invalid!”- my older sister looks just smashing in a pair of full-circles from Beyond Retro…and I love anything quirky or crazy!

Favourite crazy styles?

I love round sunnies, square sunnies and extreme cat eyes! Hmm..Jeremy Scott’s sunnies are always crazy and fun (I mean, there’s no point wearing them if they’re not fun or don’t make you look and feel downright awesome) – I love his white winged sunnies and his hand sunnies… Tatty Devine’s eyelash sunnies ( are some I wish WISH WISH I HAD…Prabal Gurung’s lilac acetate sunglasses (review at  are gorgeous and very natural – plus, I love lilac! There were loads of good sunnies in all the runway shows for S/S 12 actually…I usually don’t like diamanté on anything, but if it’s on sunglasses, there’s just something different about it – you can pull it off.

What should the teen and twenty age group be wearing?

No one should be told what they should wear. People should wear whatever they feel like – I love people like Iris Apfel who just wear whatever, even though they’re quite old, you know? No one should have to wear anything they don’t want to, but for me, I’d wear something crazy, stylish and special. I’m always changing what I like and what I don’t, so I have a pair of sunnies which’ll go with anything no matter what…cat eyes are always cool.. Spice it up a bit. You’re young!

What are your must-have accessories for summer? And coming up for autumn/winter?

Sunglasses (DUH)- I also really want a cool hat, or veil type of thing: like Bryan Boy does – that casual beanie with the lace is so cool! Those things you put your hands into when it’s cold…I’m not into accesories really. Hmm, so for me, just the usual, some slick leather gloves and a snuggly little scarf – winter may be the only time I’m practical…

Are you an all-year-round sunglass wearer?

{LIKE} DUH. How could I not be? I absolutely love sunglasses. I wear them when it rains, I wear them when it snows, I wear them when it hails, you get the picture…? Sunglasses make me feel so much more secure – I feel almost incomplete without a pair of peepers resting on my head! Sunglasses aren’t really just for shielding your eyes (hehe) they’re for style, isn’t it obvious? They can disguise your true identity, or seal it, with an exuberant entrance.


Photography by Ophelia Horton, for

Sunglasses featured: Round Key Largo sunnies in black by Tom Herrington at RockOptika,, available at and the Optical Lounge, Hastings. Square sunnies in red, vintage teen style by Zoobug, Cat eye sunglasses in white, new style by Brit label, Heidi London, available at CN





Bronzed and Beautiful

Muldooneys of London at The Museum of Bags and Purses

20th July 2012 We are great fans of the Tassen Museum in Amsterdam (Eyestylist 16th August 2011) and we are delighted to report about a new exhibition opening on 7 August. Old-school glamour merges with a modern twist from Muldooneys of London, with bags and purses that will be on display in the elegant canal side building where the museum is located. Muldooneys founder and creative director Marlene Naicker studies for an executive MBA at The London College of Fashion. Now the business is based in Amsterdam, and all bags are made by hand. The Thera Weekender (above) in rich bronze tones is subtly luxurious, and pairs well with autumn fashions. Naicker finds the classic simplicity of designers Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiapereli, along with the pioneering style adventures of Diana Vreeland and Grace Coddington, to be a continuing source inspiration for her bags.

Cat Eye Chic – Angel No 7 by Francis Klein


Coordinate the lush bronze mood with surperb frames from Francis Klein, in a sensuous cat eye shape, with a two-dimensional effect.  The marvellous versatility of acetate is beautifully expressed in this graceful frame. JG

Beach Beauties

Summer Must-Haves – Sunglasses & Hats by Selima

18th July 2012 The relaxing days of summer are here – beach, boats, barbeques and looking great in beautiful sunglasses from Selima, and chic hats and turbans by Kai –  capture the season’s mood. We’re enamoured with the designs: in the above photo, Elena sunglasses in smooth acetate in a bold retro shape are festive and bright with a sunny yellow Kai turban.


The Spirit of Summmer – Selima and Kai

Red is a favourite colour for the season, and it’s particularly captivating in this duo above – Selima’s Amanda sunglasses in gradations of red acetate, worn with a multi-colour glamour turban. Summer chic at its best! Hats:  Sunglasses: JG

Autumn Preview

Emmanuelle Khanh Launches Accessories

16th July 2012 The iconic French label Emmanuelle Khanh is introducing a chic collection of hats, bags and gloves for Autumn/Winter 2012/13. A natural progression of their fabulous retro frames, the accessories are bold, uncluttered and sleek. The bags are a particular favourite – styled and sculpted in beautiful leather, in natural tones of autumn hues (above EK PEND 17), highlighted with gold tooling.

Marbled acetate by Emmanuelle Khanh – style 6025-006

This coordinates well with the vintage look of EK frames in marbled acetate – the perfect accompaniment to Autumn wardrobes. JG

Summer must-haves

Wait, Paris

13th July 2012 The close-to-cult wood sunglasses brand from France, Waiting for the Sun has launched a line of handmade leather belts, a new addition in the Marais store, Wait, the brand’s first shop, which opened in 2011. While the sunglasses by Waiting for the Sun are made of natural teawood and bamboo, the belts are produced from a high quality leather, in three colours and, according to Julien Tual at the label, are classics with a design that the brand wanted to revisit. Made in Paris by one of the finest belt makers, and offered only in natural tones the belts, says Julien, “are made to be worn.” Belts from 70 euros.

Sunglasses, Waiting for the Sun

Waiting for the Sun, 

Wait, 5 Rue Charlemagne, 75004 Paris CN




Summer Sensations

Superb Accessories from Selima and Kai

11th July 2012 This is so chic – super sunglasses paired with fabulous hats. As a hat wearer and devotee, I love these summer stunners from Selima. In the above photo, the model on the left wears a Kai turban, with graceful twists and knots, teamed with Yasmine, statement sunglasses by Selima with generous shaping in elegant acetate. Right, chocolate straw and turquoise blend harmoniously in a stylish hat, perfect for summer days. Kai designs by Selima hats. Available at Selima boutiques and Sunglasses: JG


Patty Paillette adds to sunglasses range

9th July 2012  With the arrival of the hot weather, Italian eyewear designer, Patrizia Shelabarger, creator of Patty Paillette, has launched a range of accessories including these fun summer shoes (above left). I absolutely adore the traditional Italian “zoccoli” or clogs – in Italy you see absolutely everyone wearing them from children to ’90 year olds  – I think I bought my first pair, in black, in Sicily in 1991 with a friend; they are super comfortable, easy to walk in, perhaps surprisingly, and perfect for the beach.

Shelabarger’s interpretation of this classic design is, like her eyewear, fun, colourful and a nice quality. The chunky studded leather strap at the front comes in a range of colours including natural leather, orange, bright pink (of course, this is the brand’s signature colour) and a chic blue, tones that are designed to pair beautifully with the specs and sunglasses collection. The Patty Paillette accessory range is now available in the Promenade du Port, Porto Cervo, Sardinia (, and there is a suggestion that it is going to be coming available online very soon. Other boutiques we spy at Promenade du Port that look exciting are Gallery Fumi ( and the place to buy a lovingly restored brightly coloured vintage Vespa, Scooter Vintage.  CN

When Paris Meets Los Angeles

Thierry Lasry x Garrett Leight Collaborative Collection, Number 1 launches at Colette

8th July 2012 Just in from eyewear designer Thierry are these great pictures following the launch last week of a collaborative collection by Lasry and designer Garrett Leight. Their new sunglasses edition, ‘Number 1’ was presented at fashion boutique Colette, Paris at the weekend.

The collaboration consists of two styles produced by each designer and inspired by their love for each other’s homes of L.A. and Paris. Its amazing achievement is that the DNA of both brands is clearly identifiable in the collection but, as Lasry explains, they have been cleverly combined into one. Elements such as Leight’s thin classic retro designs with clip-ons and Lasry’s exceptional decorative coloured plastics and signature shapes – such as the chunky front paired with super slim temples – are  brought together to achieve an exciting, totally unique cutting-edge style, produced to amazing quality standards in terms of craftsmanship and detailed finishing.


Number 1, Lasry x Leight
Number 1, Lasry x Leight

Available exclusively at Colette Paris for the summer, and launching soon at Opening Ceremony and selected stores worldwide from September. CN 

100 Interiors around the World

Inspiration for living

7th July 2012 Taschen’s latest 25 Edition, 100 Interiors around the World, rounds up some inspiring contemporary interiors on all sides of the globe. Featuring a detailed selection of 100 colourful homes, showing a wide range of decor trends from traditional to avantgarde, the book is published in 2 volumes. For those of you who love a bit of home inspiration – whether for a new renovation project or a quick make-over in one room -, it’s a must-have coffee table edition for 2012.

100 Interiors Around the World. 2 Vols. Hardcover, £34.99. Published by Taschen. For more details visit CN


Summer must-haves

A touch of turquoise

6th July 2012 I  have been wondering about summer colour and the accessories I would choose for a hot Mediterranean vacation and this turquoise leapt out…fashion is inviting us to do bold colour blocking and I can’t think of a colour other than pink that I would rather be wearing. Face à Face, the exclusive Parisian spectacles label has two models that use this colour to great effect – pictured, the Sabba 1, a sweet feminine design with Parisian elegance, and the Sabba 3, a squarish vintage eye shape that catches the quirkiness of the season. Both offer top-class UV protection with their chic sun lenses in contrasting soft brown tones.

Jackie Tote, Chameleon Collection, Smythson

Pair this with a Smythson tote – this is the elegant Jackie – in clear-cut colour such as this fresh turquoise with navy, and you’ll start to feel the sunny mood of the season’s fashions. Smythson is known for its luxury stationary collections but more recently, it has been their exquisite leather goods that have attracted great excitement, with their combination of easy practicality, luxury finish and fresh colour. The Smythson iPad cases also comes highly recommended. Shop the full Smythson collection at CN

Accessory special

Jewelled Sunglasses

4th July 2012 The Italian label Raffaella di Motalban has created a design concept for sunglasses combined with jewellery to create a special work of art that you can wear on your face! I was intrigued when I first read about this idea, and I am told that they are comfortable and easy to wear as well as being beautiful and decorative, the ideal balance between sunglasses and precious jewellery. A sunglass front is combined with a decorated thread of pearls and natural stones, such as coral, topaz or amber, on either side instead of the usual temples, giving the effect of drop earrings. Retail price from approx. 550 euros. Handmade in Italy, and available at Boudoir Galleria Ottica, Venice, Italy –, a Venetian optical and accessories boutique, and Florence’s Luisa Via Roma, online at CN



A-Morir by Kerin Rose

A-Morir has had some fantastic press for S/S 2012, as the decorative elements of the sunglasses look exquisite with details in fabrics, appliques and the season’s florals. This style, Ellington, is not one that has been seen as much as some of Kerin Rose’s other creations, but it’s one that I adore. The ultimate in jewellery embellishment on sunwear with a couture approach, the design is perfectly in tune with trends in jewellery that for now continue to shout loudly, promoting sparkle and statement. A look with gems that should have its entry in eyewear history. CN


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Heidi London has launched some cute new designs including this circular sunny shape with yellow dots. The style also comes in other must-have shades of black or white. Much loved by the fashion crowd and a regular at London and Paris fashion weeks, Heidi London creates fresh and glamourous designs in bright, light-hearted colour schemes. I have tried a few on in the last days and I think they are adorable. Just in at Henri Bendel, NY! CN


Moscot Originals

I can’t let Summer 2012 go by without reviewing the Lemtosh, a much spoken about sunglass from New York label, Moscot. The style is hugely popular with celebrities (Johnny Depp famously wears the optical version in tortoise), and is part of the Moscot Originals Collection, based on frames from the company’s archives from 1930 to 1970. The eyewear retains the authenticity of the original frame styles including real glass lenses in the sunglasses, traditional hardware, and lens colours that duplicate the true old school coulors first produced by the Company in the 1940s. The faithfully reproduced Collection is available as ophthalmic eyewear or sunglasses, with or without a prescription, in a variety of frame and lens tint combinations and sizes. Made from gorgeously smooth acetate, this retro frame has a diamond shaped rivet detailing, a key hole bridge and seven barrel hinge. The black is super, it has a shiny finish, but I also recommend the more unusual black/crystal combo which will be a winner in the cool stakes for later in the year – the dual-colour or “split-colour front” – this is what I am calling it, is one trend we expect to grow and grow. CN



For anyone who loves an aviator and hasn’t got a new one for the Summer, here’s a super choice. The refined Windsor-rim Goodwin is from the American label Salt Optics, a brand that we would love to see more of in Europe. Inspired by the 1920s and 30s, this strong shape has been given a lovely interpretation, using gold titanium combined with a white acetate rim. The brown gradient polarized lenses ensure tip-top protection from harmful UV rays. Handmade in Japan. CN


Selima for June Ambrose

The black and white theme is a strong and long-lasting one in fashion. This sunglass design takes that monochrome look and presents it subtly in layers. It is a design from Selima, created in tandem with the celebrity stylist, June Ambrose. I like the classic easy-to-wear design and choice of punchy colour tones, which include this gorgeous black and blue or a spicy red and black. CN


Kaffee Fasset Limited Edition

Jono Hennessy

For decades, textile artist and designer Kaffee Fasset has been creating a colourful world of fabrics, which has inspired a unique eyewear collection by Jono Hennessy. Laminated fabric in joyous colours designed by Fasset is transformed into flattering acetate eye shapes in a special Limited Edition – only 140 pieces available on a worldwide basis.  Truly a collector’s item! JG


Kosby & Son

Ipanema is amongst the delectable new styles created by Kosby & Son based in Lyons, France. The collaboration of two opticians, Guy Azoulay and Francis Kessous, the recent launch includes designs in acetate and metal, which feature an exclusive “strech & flex” hinge that is the result of five years of research and development. Glossy Beaujolais acetate characterizes Ipanema, and the supple “strech & flex” hinge is subtle and refined. JG



So totally Theo – Jordaens is a new release that is part of the Antwerp painter’s eyewear collection created by the Belgium company. Acetate and metal meet in this sculptured, curvy design with an exaggerated temple demonstrating true Theo style. Tortoise and amber colouration highlight the frame shape, and the rust-resistant steel core is enveloped in acetate. Theo’s patented flex system keeps the temples flexible, and insures a great fit. Jordaens is a harmonious blend of retro and modernity.  JG



Each time I see a new Lafont Collection, I am very impressed with their inspired use of colour – always inventive and creative. Idole in turquoise and tortoise acetate blends two lovely shades in a classic frame shape that will enhance autumn wardrobes. The cut-out temple detailing adds an extra distinctive touch. Lafont frames fit so well too — they are always a pleasure to wear! Available in Paris at their chic Lafont Boutiques and JG

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JF Rey

French eyewear company JF Rey has just launched a sleek new collection that creatively unites ultra-light stainless steel and a selection of beautiful woods. The frames are very modern, with classic overtones that will appeal to men who desire a frame with character and strength, as well as style elegance. Wood inspiration from JF Rey provides all these enduring, carefully crafted elements.  JG

Brillenschneiderei, Berlin

1st July 2012 I first heard about Brillenschneiderei a few months ago, and I am really a big fan of their whole boutique concept. They stock superior brands like L.G.R., Vuerich B, and Oscar Magnusson as well as their own label, Brillenschneiderei Yves. They offer a very carefully selected choice of good quality frames that they believe will “bring out the personality of the wearer.”

The store was opened in 2010 by the current owner, 37 year old Yves-Jens Leipe. Located in Berlin Mitte, Gormannstraße 8,  the interior is completely enclosed by glass, a point which Yves says helps customers see the colours and shapes of the frames he has quite perfectly. The photos we have show an eye-catching red female statue and a smaller figure in a pink dress in the window, the work of a local artist.


What’s the buzz around Brillenschneiderei? Located in a street nicknamed “FashionWeek Street”, its clientele are local and international and have an interest in great design. Designed by Michael Lange, the prize-winning interior is created from glass, cement and palisander (also known as Brazilian rosewood). CN

Brillenschneiderei`Yves, Gormannstraße 8 | 10119 Berlin-Mitte


Ralph Anderl

ic! berlin – Designer’s Universe

1st July 2012 Ralph Anderl is the creative force behind the international brand ic! berlin. With his unbridled enthusiasm and ‘tour de force’ approach to life, I’ve always found his desire to experiment, explore and push barriers an exciting part of his personality, and his avant-garde designs. Perpetually on the move, Eyestylist was able to track him down, and he shares his concepts on eyewear and design.

“We had an idea for ic! berlin – a vision – and when we started, we had no clue. So we learned, we improved, made mistakes, and learned some more. Finally, we are a company with approximately one hundred employees, a Monday morning choir, and our own production in Berlin. As a company, we are growing, getting bigger and  bigger, better and better. We might lose it all and close the company, if the world was to go under this year.  Who knows? Normally companies also die like human beings. Nothing is forever……how wise……

dr. ihab in piano rough

Your design philosophy? “Our design philosophy is simplicity and function. Fashion is out of fashion. It is about quality and the soul of the product – no cheap stuff. I’d love to work in sheet metal and acetate. I’d also like to work with cookies and ice cream – we tried…but it was very difficult……Also, the fact that human beings have just two eyes is very restrictive when designing eyewear – to be honest…..

What or who inspires your designs? “Jan Kleihues, one of the most important German architects inspires me a lot with his buildings, humour, and lifestyle. And the drawings I make inspire me. Our next collection will include designs from a picture I drew in 1989! Designing eyewear is a day by day challenge. You have to be very fresh and ‘munter’, strong, super intelligent, tall and brave to do that. I feel that responsibility day and night. Also for peace in the world and for animals, plants and the air – yes, I believe in the United States and Italy!”

ic! berlin launched the new rough. collection featuring 5 acetate frames and 3 colours in June 2012. JG


The First Ladies at The Smithsonian

First Ladies Contribute to American Fashion History

1st July 2012 America’s First Ladies – wives of Presidents – have an increasingly active role in the documentation of American fashion. The Smithsonian (National Museum of American History) was founded in 1846, and today is the world’s largest museum and research complex. Their collection of First Ladies gowns originated in 1912, when Helen Taft, who was then first lady, donated the first inaugural gown. Today, there are over 1000 objects in the First Ladies Collection, from inaugural gowns, to state dinner dresses, personal effects and White House ephemera. Dresses worn by Dolly Madison, Mary Todd Lincoln, Frances Cleveland, Jacqueline Kennedy, Laura Bush, and many others are among those on display. First Lady Michelle Obama recently presented her inaugural ball gown to officially launch a new gallery: “A First Lady’s Debut.” It’s a stunning, ongoing exhibition, encompassing history, fashion and the diverse contributions of first ladies to American society.  JG