June 2015

Holiday upgrades

at sabine be.

26th June 2015 French optician Sabine Bégault-Vagner from Orléans turned to eyewear design in 2014, and hasn’t looked back. Her acetate frames and sunnies come in high volume hues, with distinctive graphic shapes – perfect for summer holidays. Colour pairings frequently include tortoise on neon purple, classic shiny crystal or shiny statement red. Flashy split combination colours on the fronts (see models be swag, be pretty and be geek) are a particularly fun option. Above: model be whaouh ! by sabine be. : a round frame shape, a square lens.

be rebel
be rebel / sabine be.

With a strong preference for Mazzucchelli acetate, Sabine has her own frame “signatures” including a round and square end pieces on each model, in matching or contrasting hues; all frames are made in France. To compliment the collection, be accessories include beautifully made summer-toned chains, cases and purses, featuring the same “signature” details to mix and match with eyewear.

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MOREL par Jean Nouvel
be accessories
be accessories / sabine be.

Available at leading optical stores including Studio Optix, USA, Artsee Miami, Ottica Astrologo, Rome, and at sabine be, 21 Rue de la Republique, 45000 Orleans, France www.sabinebe.fr CN

Eyestylist talks to Meiji Hasui

Padma Image, Japan

23rd June 2015 Newcomer Padma Image is growing its notoriety in Japan, as well as having a few fans further afield, including Eyestylist. Stockists have just been set up in Hong Kong and Singapore. More are planned.

Designer Meiji Hasui recently held a collaborative event at Mole & Hosoi, “Shibakawa building”, Osaka, for buyers and the general public. He told Eyestylist: “I studied at an industrial university, but I have learnt about eyewear design on my own. I now have stores taking our collection in Tokyo including “matoi optical”, Shimokitazawa – matoi.main.jp and “Occhiali Sanzi” in Ikebukuro www.sanzi.jp – they are the small cosy family-run places, with specialist niche designs; I am delighted!”

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OGI Eyewear
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Padma Image - model Shichi-San
Padma Image – model Shichisan

Model Shichisan – a unique and elegant design by Hasui, is an ode to the asymmetrical hairdo – translating “7:3”, it’s designed to fit the “not-quite symmetrical human face”. “Hairstyles that are asymmetrical are quite common,” explained Hasui. “I believe the top of these glasses can work on the face in the same way.” For more original designs from Padma Image visit www.padmaimage.com CN

Charismatic Colours

The Latest Influences

19th June 2015 Beautiful, and often unexpected colours enhance the latest eyewear designs from independent creators. Cosmo Duo 17 (above) from Daniel Benner in Germany combines polished gold with a colourful Limited Edition acetate called “Mysterious Madness.” For more colourful, handcrafted designs from Benner, click on www.benner-eyewear.com

8353 in Ocean Blue by Jono Hennessey
8353 in Ocean Blue by Jono Hennessey

Blue in many delightful variations feature in frames this season. Jono Hennessy in Australia has just launched a gorgeous collection of cool ocean blue tones – from luminous water colours to bold turquoise blues, and rock pool shades to shimmering metallics. Among our favourites is style 8353 in stunning sea blue acetate, with a modern classic shape. www.jonohennessy.com

Super Duper Trio by WOOW
Super Duper Trio by WOOW

WOOW, from Face à Face Paris, launches their first sunglasses with a casual, offbeat collection for women and men. The frames are characterized by a uni-colour front, and”sleeved” two-tone temples, with the end tip bearing a little message, certain to make the wearer smile anytime. Super Duper (above) for women is playful and fun, in lively colours, and made in Italy. www.wooweyewear.com

Nara in striking turquoise by Vera Wang
Nara in striking turquoise by Vera Wang

Nara by Vera Wang features exquisite two-tone turquoise acetate. With its generous shape and curves, this frame is sure to enhance summer fashions and beach attire. Find more luxurious Vera Wang designs at www.kenmarkoptical.com JG

MOREL par Jean Nouvel
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‘Bijoux’ vintage shapes updated

RVS by V Handmade Eyewear

16th June 2015 Elegant “bijoux” eyewear shapes, reminiscent of vintage 1930s and 40s make a welcome return this season. New York based designer, Vidal Erkohen says his unisex Palladium 004 is “quickly becoming a bestseller” and suggests this trend for smaller designs is building steadily.

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Palladium 004 by RVS by V

Palladium 004 – a sister frame to the unique RVS Palladium 001, is a handmade titanium design with slightly flattened oval eye shape and curved bridge. The vintage look of the frame gets a super style makeover with brightly coloured lenses in gold, blue and purple mirror and neon end tips. For more information about RVS by V handmade eyewear visit www.rvsbyv.com CN

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OGI Eyewear
Götti Switzerland

Sun Essentials

Stylish Sun Specs to Enhance your Holidays

12th June 2015 Summer holidays are on the horizon, and great looking sunglasses add style and protection. Choices abound – bold and chunky? Lean and linear? Vibrant colours, or sophisticated neutrals? LINDBERG (above) proposes über-sleek streamlined Titanium aviator sunglasses with a double bridge and smart green lenses. Crafted with authentic LINDBERG precision. www.lindberg.com

Butterfly in New Mint by ZOOBUG
Butterfly in New Mint by ZOOBUG

Whether it’s fun by the seaside, or play dates in the park, kids are ready in super sunnies by award-winning British brand Zoobug. Butterfly is handmade in quality, sturdy New Mint acetate with polarized lenses that ensure children’s eyes are fully protected from potentially harmful sunrays. Discover more lively colours at www.zoobug.com

Tom Stevens Sun 4350
Tom Stevens Sun 4350

Glamorous sunglasses in Titanium are among the elegant frame selections created and crafted by Stevens Eyewear in The Netherlands. Tom Stevens Sun 4350 is gracefully refined, and ultra-light. www.stevenseyewear.com

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Playful Polka Dots in Porquerolles by Lafont Paris
Playful Polka Dots in Porquerolles by Lafont Paris

Sunglasses with a chic cat-eye shape are a stylish accessory for summer clothes. Porquerolles by Lafont Paris combines unexpected colours and playful polka dots in smooth, luminous acetate. Find more wonderful, colourful sunglasses by Lafont Paris at www.lafont.com

Summer Style Shades by Silhouette
Summer Style Shades by Silhouette

Sail the seas in Silhouette’s Summer Style Shades – clip-on sunshades that transform any Silhouette rimless glasses into smart sunglasses. The lightweight Style Shades effortlessly clip onto the nose bridge, and your ready for the sea and sun. Smooth sailing! www.silhouette.com JG