September 2013

Selima at Le Bon Marché

Pop-Up Boutique in Iconic Paris ‘Grand Magasin

1st October 2013 Selima Boutique has opened a chic little off-shoot of their charming Marais shop in the Grande Dame of Parisian stores- Le Bon Marché. The pop-up shop – which will be in Le Bon Marché through Christmas – is a cosy, colourful corner with a great selection of Selima eyewear handmade in France. Selima is a vintage-infused paradise – beautifully crafted frames in luxurious materials – with a knowing nod to retro shapes that customers delight in wearing.

Selima Optique at Le Bon Marché Paris
Selima Optique at Le Bon Marché Paris

There is also a lovely selection of designer frames from L.G.R. in Italy, RVS by V. from Turkey, and Vic Switzerland.

www.selimaoptique.com Le Bon Marché 24 rue de Sévres 75007 Paris www.lebonmarche.com JG

406

Conservatoire International de Lunettes, Italy

406 by the Milanese label Conservatoire International de Lunettes features a brave combination of acetate, metal and wood. They have several other shapes using this combination and their work on the frame and the finish is carefully studied and executed – in Italy. 406 is a particularly feminine, and glamorous design, with a curvaceous form in acetate with the wood inserted in the brow piece at the front so you can see the contrast in the materials from afar. I had the good fortune to meet the team behind the label on the train to Parc des Expositions from central Paris….delighted to discover their work for the first time. www.conservatoireinternationaldelunettes.com CN

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Dianthus

W-Eye

Looking for interesting well-made frames featuring wood? Our fifth choice for Autumn in wood is this layered wood/aluminium design by W-Eye that we also spied in Paris. Italian creativity combine with technical accomplishment to create designs that have a unique character and a lovely natural feel. I admired Dianthus in the new W-Eye H collection which is available in three woods and three colours. Strong aesthetics, a new practical closing hinge design (just introduced), and a great shape for those who like a crafted frame in innovative materials. W-Eye has also added mother-of-pearl into its creations. More on this coming soon. www.w-eye.it CN

 

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MOREL par Jean Nouvel

New month, new season…

September heralds new beginnings, and in fashion, this means wonderful collections unveiling internationally in eyewear and accessories. Find five unique glasses in Reviews, and meet the Danish designer who is bringing new adventures to aluminium eyewear. Discover a fabulous new Boutique in London, and cross the Channel for a beautiful fashion exhibition in City Guides. Through the month, we’ll bring you first glimpses of exciting spectacles and sunglasses launches. Click and stay with Eyestylist for an Autumn of amazing frames and accessories.

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Eyewear Adventures in Paris

Originality and Ingenuity Prevail in Paris

28th September 2013  Clodagh and I are twirling around SILMO viewing multiple collections, and marvelling at the creative intensity of eyewear designers. Two impressive standouts are Theo from Belgium and Tarian in Paris. Japanese titanium and horn unite in perfect balance with striking shapes in eye-witness by theo. TV and TX (above) achieve a balancing act between symmetry and asymmetry, and also between a hard material such as titanium, and a ‘soft’ natural element such as horn. The ‘browline’ shape is inspired by the 1950’s optical look that accentuated the eyebrows. Gorgeous colours too — all accented with natural Indian water buffalo horn. www.theo.be

 

Expressive Eyewear by Tarian
Expressive Eyewear by Tarian

Bold, strong statement styles are the hallmark of Jérémy Tarian. His goal is to create unique and original frames in superior materials, while infusing the design with unexpected concepts. The voluminous lines in Shark Tank (above) are beautifully accented with graphic elements, and precise and elegant details. www.jeremytarian.com

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Our explorations at the show continue – so stay tuned for exciting discoveries in eyewear excitement! JG