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.

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 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 – and “Occhiali Sanzi” in Ikebukuro – they are the small cosy family-run places, with specialist niche designs; I am delighted!”

Padma Image - model Shichi-San
Padma Image – model Shichi-San

Model Shichi-San – 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 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

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.

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.

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 JG



‘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.

RVS by V
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 CN

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.

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

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.

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

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! JG

A handmade narrative

Vue dc, made in France

9th June 2015 A lot has been said about the influences of the past in eyewear. At a time when the trends of the earlier decades (1940s, 50s and 60s in particular) are more evident than ever, our eye is drawn to the artisan designs that represent those values as they first appeared, with the same level of original design, and artisan quality – interpreted for today.

Vue dc duo Chris Mascré and Yolande De Clercq revisit the concepts of vintage, with a fresh “chic” proposal for how to wear beautiful handmade gems.

Art Black STF Swarovski, pictured (above) on De Clercq, is one of the charming iconic designs highlighted in their collection – with over 40 Swarovksi stones set on either side of the front.

Inspired by the Art Deco movement, the model expresses the enduring appeal of handmade: “This is typical of our styles,” explains Mascré, “which have a certain unique elegance. Made in France using traditional techniques, these designs are handcrafted for a guarantee of genuine quality appreciated by those who love beautiful, well-made things.”

POP 432 by Vue dc, signed Christian Mascré
POP 432 by Vue dc, signed by ‘Christian Mascré’

This month, Mascré explains a new addition in the collection, previewed at the trade shows in NYC and Milan, earlier in the year: “Model Pop 432 is one of our new “retro” styles, playing with the thickness and volume and the choice of material with a very intense colouration. This design comes in six colours, including black, ivory, crystal, yellow marble and red. A one-off creation, the frame is signed on the inside, ‘Christian Mascré’.” For more on Vue dc eyewear, visit CN


Leisure time and the holidays are enhanced with superb optical and sunglass designs by independent artisans. In Reviews, authentic international creators are highlighted who produce genuine handmade eyewear in natural materials including horn, wood and leather. An enthusiastic optician ignites the Boutique scene in Dijon, France, and our Designer of the Month hails from Rome. Discover the cultural significance of shoes in CITY GUIDES with a fascinating exhibition in London. Click and stay with Eyestylist for continual eyewear and accessory style alerts.

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Eyewear Canine Companions

Meet Sven Götti and Lucky

5th June 2015 Eyestylist continues the series on Eyewear Canine Companions – dogs who bring inspiration and joy to designers and opticians.

“Lucky will be six years old at the end of August. When he is with me in the company, he brings all the frames he can possibly find to his place in my office. Lucky has a 50% part-time job. He likes driving in the car to the office (I guess). He definitely likes to be with all the people, and he likes to have a big walk with me at lunchtime. Lucky is a gourmet dog. His food (it can be the best dog food you can buy) does not interest him at all. He speculates that I buy a ham sandwich for myself, and be so kind to let him have part of the ham.

Lucky is a very sportive dog!
Lucky is a very sportive dog!

“I love to do the walks with Lucky at lunch. It helps me to get fresh air and get ready for the afternoon. Lucky hasn’t inspired me for a design, but he gives me a lot of inspiration on how to be happy and enjoy life. So far, Lucky has only travelled around Switzerland. When we travel abroad, we bring him to a group of dogs, where his parents and fifteen other dogs of his breed are living. We know that he will have a good time there. It is just nice to have Lucky in the company. It makes people more relaxed, and we can all have little breaks, play and cuddle him…” JG

Major 93

Rolf Spectacles

Major is a Rolf classic, a premium design from the Evolved Collection, handcrafted from the finest natural materials, bog oak and walnut. The different layers of wood are perfectly showcased in the design. High quality processing and finishing are all part of the mix as is always the case with the Austrian label. Find this frame and the full collection at the new Rolf boutique in Vienna. CN

Optical Options

Designs with Finesse and Panache

1st June 2015 The latest optical frames from independent designers possess uncluttered, modern symmetry in a variety of desirable materials, in colours that range from classic to contrasting. Linear, lightweight designs are the result of amazing technology and creativity. The Rim Range from LINDBERG in Denmark is a marvel of Titanium with a unique bridge. Included in the collection is Frank (above), a timeless shape with aristocratic elegance.

3D Frames by Tom Stevens handcrafted in The Netherlands
3D Frames by Tom Stevens handcrafted in The Netherlands

Tom Stevens 3D collection is handcrafted in their Netherlands atelier with precision laser techniques. Model DO1 in black polyamide is ultra-light – weighing only eight grams – delicate and super streamlined. Also available in other colours – discover more at

Stainless Steel Collection by Canadian Design House Spectacle Eyeworks

The Canadian design house Spectacle Eyeworks has launched versatile stainless steel frames that are made in Germany. The frames feature distinct cut outs along the outside, and strategically placed lines around the frames. The result is a subtle angular form and illusion of mystique in each style, in lovely colours. Above left is Bret, and right, Otto.

Napoli from The Bridge Concept by Coppe+Sid
Napoli from The Bridge Concept by Coppe+Sid

Bridges are a vital part of many world-famous cities, and they have inspired Coppe+Sid’s latest optical collection. Napoli is a new concept from the designers of Cosmoplitan Eyewear that features a full metal rim inserted into the eye shape. It is partially visible on the frame front, providing a contrast of materials, thickness and colours. JG


Anni Shades

Made in a small workshop in Ohio, Harvey is a classy little number, beautifully crafted with intriguing colour effect. Anni Shades dedicates lots of effort to finely-tuning their techniques for producing handmade frames, and the results are impressive. Currently available at Artsee Eyewear, Miami. CN

Homa 2

Spectacle Eyeworks

From Canada, Homa by Spectacle Eyeworks is typical of the natural eyewear styles from the Canadian brand, who have been producing handmade wood and horn products since 2008. Lenses are secured with screws to ensure easy alignment and acetate temple tips are added for easy adjustments. If you so desire, the Homa can be created with handfinished temple engravings adding a touch of the exotic. CN

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

Shoes to Dazzle and Delight at V&A

1st June 2015 “Shoes are one of the most telling aspects of dress. Beautiful, sculptural objects, they are also powerful indicators of gender, status, identity, taste and even sexual preference. Our choice in shoes can help project an image of who we want to be,” says Helen Persson, Exhibition Curator for Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. 

Roger Vivier for Christian Dior Evening shoe beaded silk and leather France 1958-60
Roger Vivier for Christian Dior Evening shoe beaded silk and leather, France 1958-60

Included in this splendid show are shoes from the unrivalled collection at the V& A, plus international collections, and wardrobes of private individuals. Shoes worn by or associated with high profile figures including Queen Victoria, Marilyn Monroe, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Beckham and the Hon Daphne Guinness, among others, are featured. The famous ballet slippers designed for Moira Shearer in the 1948 film The Red Shoes are on display. Footwear for men and women by seventy designers including Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Vivienne Westwood and Jimmy Choo will also feature in the more than two-hundred pairs of shoes included in the exhibition.

Chopines, punched kid leather over carved pine, Venice, Italy c.1600
Chopines, punched kid leather over carved pine, Venice, Italy c.1600

Shoes from ancient Egypt, men’s shoes from India, shoe fashions from the European royal courts, and today’s trend-setting designers provide amazing examples of footwear through the centuries. Shoes: Pleasure and Pain is the latest in a continuing series of fascinating fashion presentations at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The exhibition opens on 13 June and continues until 31st January 2016. JG

Caroline Groves 'Parakeet' shoes, leather silk satin, solid silver talons and heel tips, with feathers.  2014 England
Caroline Groves ‘Parakeet’ shoes, leather silk satin, solid silver talons and heel tips, with feathers. 2014 England

Photos: Top image: Freed of London red ballet shoes made for Moira Shearer in The Red Shoes (1948) silk satin, braid and leather, England 1948. Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Northampton Museums and Art Gallery; Roger Vivier for Christian Dior image Copyrighted Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Chopines: image copyrighted Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Parakeet Shoes: Photography by Dan Lowe 


Gotti Switzerland

Bano should be at the top of your list if you love Genuine Horn eyewear. A classic retro look, the frame is elegant for men or women. Gotti uses the highest quality buffalo horn and hand polishing techniques that provide a luxurious lustre on the natural material. An eyewear experience to remember. CN

Rigards RG0061

Rigards x Ziggy Chen

Influenced by East Asian calligraphy and the Lunar calendar, Rigards RG0061 is a collaborative design with Shanghai-based designer Ziggy Chen. Hand-carved bevels, typical of this artisan horn label, give a graceful three-dimensional handmade finish, referencing the fluid brushtrokes of Oriental penmanship. Parts of the frame are also hand-polished for a silky smooth effect similar to the surface of a writer’s inkstones. As always, Rigards focuses on unique artisan style and quality in eyewear produced out of solid genuine horn pieces. Choose from bespoke European or Asian fit for maximum comfort. Rigards optical and sunglass designs are now available in London at Specstacular Opticians, CN


Lucas de Stael

Leather is combined seamlessly with stainless steel in Minotaure, a collection created by young Paris designer Lucas de Stael. Leather has been on the rise in the last months in eyewear. Look out for well handled finishing and high-end leather materials that will preserve their aesthetic elegance and finish with wear. De Stael is one of the first we have seen using coloured leathers. The Minotaure Collection includes 12 possible frame shapes each available in three to eight colours. CN

Paola Costantini – Pollipo’ Occhiali – Rome

“I started working in the optical/ophthalmic field in 1993, and then also started to work in fashion. Passionate about accessories since  childhood, the spark snapped during a trip to Caracas, after my studies, when I was hit by a pair of sunglasses worn by a young tourist. A glance is able to lead us into new worlds and fantasies just watching what is around us, and through the glance we experience and learn. Glances are the protagonists of memories, sensations, emotions, and make eyewear the King of accessories.

No. 506 double layer blue acetate with leather case in Energy Green Crocodile Pattern by Pollipo'
No. 506 double layer blue acetate with leather case in Energy Green Crocodile Pattern by Pollipo’

“As a self-taught designer, I decided to form my own eyewear label “Pollipo’ Occhiali” in 2000, inspired by my passion for acetate glasses. Acetate is just my favourite material for eyewear. My love for accessories – and pearls in particular – led me to create my collection of jewels, and the unique, creative line of jewel clutches…which are not only for glasses. The collections are fully handmade in Italy, and I’m always focusing on the combination between colours of the acetates, with the colours of the gemstones and leathers. The leathers are from Tuscany, and I choose the gemstones during my world travels, discovering special gems such as the Rhodochrosite from Argentina, a beautiful pink to red-rose stone. I’m also passionate about Red Coral which I select from Torre del Greco in Italy.

N. 594 in Umbria Green acetate with Saffiano clutch in natural Tuscan leather bu Pollipo'
N. 594 in Umbria Green acetate with Saffiano clutch in natural Tuscan leather bu Pollipo’

“Another stone I use is the enchanting Pietra Paesina from Tuscany, a stone that hides inside designs that look like the work of a painter, but really are absolutely natural and stimulating. So sometimes there is a surprising landscape. Turquoise from Arizona I use, but always and above all I am fascinated by selecting and researching pearls!

Handmade chain in rhodium-plated 925 sterling silver, natural pearls and black spinel. Tilda clutch in Tuscan leather with natural pearls and rhodium-lated sterling silver.
Handmade chain in rhodium-plated 925 sterling silver, natural pearls and black spinel. Tilda clutch in Tuscan leather with natural pearls and rhodium-plated sterling silver.

“I get intuition to create eyewear and jewels by the sea, basically it is my homeland of inspiration. I live in this atmosphere, and the sea is around me everyday, as my home is located in the seaside of beautiful Roma. ” JG

Pollipo studio
Tools of the Trade in Pollipo’ Studio


Fritz Frames

Handmade in Australia, Lorekeet by Fritz Frames has been nominated for the ODMA 2015 Awards in the Best Sunglasses Category.

This artisan frame combines locally sourced Victoria Ash timber veneer and Rainbow Lorikeet feathers collected from along the Maroochy River. These organic materials make a wonderful combination, for a design that is quite unique and handcrafted by a passionate team. CN


Bruno Curtil Opticien – Dijon, France

1st June 2015 Like many renowned cities in France, Dijon has a long and noble history. The home of the Dukes of Burgundy from the 11th century until the late 15th century, Dijon was the European centre of art, science and learning. The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon is part of the Ducal palace, which includes kitchens that date back to the 15th century. This is also the region for acclaimed Burgundy wine; aromatic Dijon mustard that was created in 1856;  and an amazingly beautiful countryside. In this heady atmosphere, is an innovative optician who is an oasis for independent eyewear designers – Bruno Curtil Opticien.

Spacious and Inviting - Bruno Curtil Opticien Dijon France
Spacious and Inviting – Bruno Curtil Opticien Dijon France

Curtil was an early champion of l.a. Eyeworks and Alain Mikli. “For thirty years, I’ve been buying l.a. Eyeworks and Mikli – I’m very loyal to my suppliers. I have confidence in their creativity,”  he says. Other brands to be found at Curtil include ROLF, ic!berlin, theo, Hoet, Oliver Goldsmith, Anne & Valentine, and Thierry Lasry among others. Prior to being involved in optics, Curtil was in the theatre, and his sense of performance and staging he brings to his optical practice, with events that involve his clients and the community. “We have fashion shows in the shop featuring sunglasses and swimwear;  we serve delicious fresh snacks, along with fruit juices made in the Bourgogne, and we have live music. These events are by invitation only and the evenings are great,” says Curtil.

Fun and Creative Window Display at Bruno Curtil Opticien
Fun and Creative Window Display at Bruno Curtil Opticien

The shop decor is fresh, modern and inviting, with high ceilings, Italian wood and the versatile Dupont material Corian in white is used on the walls, providing aesthetics that are clean and functional. Throughout the year, Curtil hosts trunk shows, and customers are invited to see the entire collections of various eyewear designers. Thirty years in optics has only re-invigorated Curtil’s enthusiasm and passion for eyewear. He also understands that superior frames and service, plus a very personal approach to clients is a recipe for success. JG