Flowing elegant contours accent Elizabeth by L.G.R. in Rome. Delicate pink acetate with a lustrous finish is feminine and soft, and the colour is marvelous with a suntan. The gentle upswept temples and handcrafting with artisanal perfection, make Elizabeth the ideal frame for sun-soaked beaches now, and looking ahead to tropical destinations. More details and stunning sunglasses by L.G.R. at www.lgrworld.comJG
ic! berlin’s S42 Wedding is one of the new feather-light optical frames in the German company’s Hybrid Collection – a panto “round” shape with real elegance. Precision-cut acetate is combined here with ic! berlin’s spring stainless steel. Pictured in rosé-gold-caramel, a beautiful soft combination that is on trend for a perfect transition from summer to autumn. If you are updating specs this month, this natural colour palette is the way to go. http://www.ic-berlin.de CN
Colour creativity is a theme at RVS by V. for optical frames and sunglasses. Model Noah is a prime example in purple haze, a dreamy hue with a striated ripple effect. The shape is charismatic – a solid rectangular vintage look with authentic handmade finishing and tiny rivets. Try it! www.rvsbyv.comCN
Acclaimed bridges in famous Italian cities are the inspiration for the latest Coppe+Sid eyewear collection. Acetate in contrasting colours and thickness enhances Verona, and a serial numbered warranty card ensures authenticity. Coppe+Sid further personalize their designs with a little Lapis Lazuli inserted in the end-tips. Discover all the famous bridges by Coppe+Sid at the new website: www.eyedesignclub.comJG
Inspired by the beauty of music, graceful lines highlight Dolce’s feminine shape in ultra-light Titan – an exclusive Charmant material. The frame has the delicate feel of jewellery, and the modern lens shape makes it ideal for progressive lenses. Colours include a robust burgundy (above) plus gold and black. To view the complete LineArt Collection by Charmant, click on www.charmant.comJG
Creative, authentic, handcrafted eyewear by master artisans – explore REVIEWS for fabulous new styles. Visit Boutiques and travel to a lovely Danish shop for an inspiring visit. Beautiful, original scarves in luxurious fabrics are the metier of The Designer of the Month; while in CITY GUIDES, go on a world tour of the Fashion Capitals. Happy, sunny summer to all!
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29th July 2015 Coppe Gualtiero, co-founder with Sid Fiz at Coppe+Sid, introduces the newest member of the team.
“Marilu is a new entry at Eye Design Club Italia. She just joined the company a month ago, and she has not yet met Uncle Coppe and Uncle Sid, as they are managing ED Club Europe in London, and ED Club Asia Pacific in Singapore at the moment. Marilu is an Australian Sheppard, and she is seven months old. Her mother Teddy is four years old, and gave birth to nine puppies! All of them have found homes. Marilu is very quite and shy, and definitely a good ‘office dog’ girl, and just needs a little ‘control.’
“Marilu likes to be with somebody all the time, and she welcomes every person coming to the office – not only the customers! She is the same at the house, only she is not really a watchdog, as you very seldom hear her ‘voice’ or bark.
“She is not travelling with me yet, but she has started enjoying little trips by car with local Coppe+Sid sales women. When Marilu is at the office she is curious about any new products. She waits for break times, especially during this hot summer, to have fun with people in the office, like Nicolo, our Graphic Designer. My friend rescued Teddy, Marilu’s mother, and I’m so pleased that I have this good girl Marilu!” www.eyedesignclub.comJG
25th July 2015 L.a. Eyeworks pose the question: “Who said that cleaning your lenses has to be a mundane task?” The California based brand is celebrating their 35th anniversary this year, and in addition to original frames and cases, they have been creating fun and amusing cleaning cloths. The company commissions innovators – illustrators, artists, and graphic designers – to explore the lens cleaning cloth as a blank canvas for art. Since 2009, the programme has featured works by world-renowned figures from the visual arts, including among others: Jim Isermann; Kori Newkirk; Susan Stilton; Barbara Keruger; Remy Charlip; and contemporary artist Jeffrey Vallance (dog lens cloth above), whose artworks infiltrate the everyday and the overlooked, infusing them with fantasy and spirituality. www.laeyeworks.com
Cleaning cloths from Mondelliani in Rome incorporate film and real -life characters, plus beautiful fantasy images of the Four Seasons – perhaps taking a cue from Vivaldi’s musical masterpiece.
Created by Mondelliani graphic designer Felipe Colasanti, the cloth colourations are vibrant and lively. www.mondelliani.it
Nature is the force and inspiration behind S.A.L.T. Optics, and they carry this theme through to their cleaning cloths, which feature elegant expressions of the sky, sea and mountains. This utilitarian item is not only useful, but is entertaining and stylish! www.saltoptics.comJG
22nd July 2015 The holiday season is upon us, and along with swimwear, sandals and suntan cream, the accessory with the maximum impact…is sunglasses. Götti Switzerland has created Limited Edition sunglasses to mark the 68th Festival del Film Locarno 2015. The frames purposely reflect the era of great cinema legends. The contemporarily interpreted butterfly shape of the women’s sunglasses (above) is reminiscent of those made for icons Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn. The men’s design pays tribute to film luminaries Cary Grant and Richard Burton. The sunglasses are available in black with gold mirrored lenses, which discreetly mirror the Pardo in Locarno, the symbol of the film festival. Only fifty pairs have been produced, and each model is numbered and one of a kind. www.gotti.ch
L.G.R. the elegant Rome label created by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone, has designed sunglasses in collaboration with the the exclusive Yacht Club de Monaco. Reunion is ideal for for summer pleasures – land and sea – when eye protection is essential. The frames come in a customized box, also designed by Ruscone. www.lgrworld.com
Austrian brand Silhouette Eyewear recommends that the principle of quality standards sought for sun protection products should be exactly the same for sunglasses. Opt for lenses with UV-400 protection+, as featured in Silhouette’s elegant Allure sunglasses above. Fit is extremely important, and Silhouette suggest checking that the frames fit snugly without pressure on your ears, and that they don’t slip down your nose. You want to look stylish and be comfortable too! www.silhouette.com
Inspiration comes in many different guises and TAVAT, the American eyewear company has launched an innovative frame “SoupCan.” The idea originated when designer Norman Schureman visited a friend in Arizona, who constructs and races planes, and Schureman noticed an old poster on a hanger wall. The goggles in the poster reminded Norm of a soup can, and thus started the voyage to create frames in a new concept, while complimenting the current trends of weight and rounded eyes. “SoupCan” is available in round and panto shapes, crafted under the experienced and professional eyes of Italian artisans. www.tavat-eyewear.comJG
20th July 2015 There’s still time to refresh colours for summer holidays. Beyond the beautiful world of classic eyewear tones is a new choice of sunglasses in pinks, blues, greens, and oranges that are upbeat and exotic, and ideal for vacations. Roman brand Mondelliani sets this warming tone with a Limited Edition Ibiza collection: vibrant punchy colours on a quirky version of the circular silhouette. www.mondelliani.it
Dip into shocking pink with Lee by Morgenthal Frederics, a chic vintage Bardot cat-eye updated in a graduated lipstick shade with grey gradient lens. www.morgenthalfrederics.com
Or go all out in citrus hues: Io Ethical Italian Eyewear’s unusual handmade metal “wire” designs include this eye-catching round shape (pictured in orange with a gentle smokey lens tint), created by Adriano Lio, and part of the Juta Collection. Io Ethical Italian Eyewear, an independent artisan label by Liò Factory is based in Italy’s Veneto region. More information: www.lio-occhiali.itCN
16th July 2015 Created in 2008 by husband and wife team Jean-Paul and Catherine Sanchez, reVOLVERhas become a reference point for cutting-edge fashion and style on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza with a brand mix that includes McQ Alexander McQueen, 8PM and Silent Damir Doma. Now the owners have created their own separate reVOLVER Sunglasses boutique, dedicated to a selection of high-fashion, cult and artisan sunglass labels.
20 meters from reVOLVER fashion store, the shop is more like a gallery than a traditional sunglasses shop; original stonework walls contrast with custom-made raw metal fittings, polished concrete flooring and glass displays.
“There’s nothing else quite like it in Ibiza,” explain the owners. “People are tired of the same old brands you can buy in most airports; they want a more personal service where they can spend time finding the perfect pair of shades,” says Jean-Paul.
reVOLVER Sunglasses prides itself in offering a carefully curated edit of brands and styles. “We’re passionate about what we do. We spend a lot of time researching and selecting the very best from what are sometimes quite large collections. We mix well-known luxury brands like Linda Farrow and Dita with some amazing artisan brands – Hapter from Italy, Vava from Berlin, and Valley from Australia. At the end of the day, it comes down to taste, and over the years I think people here have come to trust us to do the hard work for them!” reVOLVER Sunglasses, Calle Bisbe Cardona 6, Ibiza 07800, Spain www.revolveribiza.com. Photographyby Sofia Gomez Fonzo (www.sofiagomezfonzo.wordpress.com/)CN
14th July 2015 Two intrepid spirits, Luca Gnecchi Ruscone – founder and designer at L.G.R. in Rome; and “Ethan Hunt” – played by famous actor Tom Cruise in “Mission Impossible – Rouge Nation” – relish adventure and excitement as reflected in the extraordinary stunts filmed in this fifth Mission production. L.G.R.’s stunning sunglasses and lenses worn by Cruise, have been specifically developed to create the exceptional quality vision – and durability necessary – to execute the many thrilling scenes in this movie.
Cruise’s electrifying motorcycle chase – perhaps energized and empowered by the unique design of L.G.R. Comoros Sunglasses (two photos above) in ultra-thin, laser cut stainless steel – allows him to successfully complete his many challenges/stunts in this movie.
In other scenes, our hero Hunt/Cruise wears Tangeri by L.G.R., with contemporary lines echoing by-gone times – a true modern classic. The sleek, sporty design of the sunglasses is a perfect fit for this adrenaline-rushing action-packed movie by Paramount. L.G.R. frames are handcrafted in Italy, and both Comoros and Tangeri models are available in selected boutiques and at www.lgrworld.comJG
10th July 2015Two premium brands – SALT. Eyewear and AETHER technical outerwear, both based in California – have combined their expertise for a Limited Edition of superb sunglasses. Both companies share an intense passion for nature and the outdoors, and the result is a collaboration on two frame styles – the Scout (above) and the Explorer. The sunglasses are designed for both men and women drawn to adventure and outdoor pursuits.
Lightweight, beta-titanium insures that the frames are nearly unbreakable and extremely flexible. Scout and Explorer also feature windshields and an extended frame-top, and the lenses are available in four colour options. SALT. + AETHER eyewear has been constructed specifically to solve the optical challenges that matter most when engaging in activities that may require speed, yet where comfort and optical clarity are a must for safety and style.
These sunglasses are also ideal for the outdoor life where wind and sun are factors. Whether your pleasure leans to motorcycles or motoring in a convertible; bike riding; boating; skiing; or other fun-filled outdoor activities, the new designs by SALT. + AETHER offer sophisticated sunglass styles, protection, and superb craftsmanship. www.saltoptics.comwww.aetherapparel.com JG
8th July 2015 In need of totally new eyewear styling? Independent label Niloca from Australia have created this sister shape to the classic cat’s eye, with a dramatic, dragonlike upswept design. The frame is part of the Shear Scallop 2015 collection, produced in archived acetate from Mazzucchelli, and is one of several models in the range, inspired by surfing: “I surfed as a teenager growing up along the south Australia wine coast,” explains Colin Redmond aka ‘Mr Niloca’. “I was always amazed by the physics of how a wave was formed and how light shone through a wave when you’re in the ‘green room’. A wave is partly formed by the wind direction above and partly by the profile of the beach, plus a few other factors like current and temperature. The thing that got me was the curling of the wave, as it rose up out of a flat vast nothing. Similarly, eyewear is traditionally very flat as frames are cut from a flat slab of acetate. It’s a feature of my work to explore depth and the 3rd dimension in eyewear, but also the acetate.
“An extra element of depth makes a frame infinitely more dynamic. With the Shear Scallop, we had a special shell cutter made to give a nice concave curve profile, much like a wave at its peak. Cutting this way does a few things to the acetate: it gives a richer depth experience, as light reflects through the different thicknesses, bouncing off in different directions. It’s a relatively simple technique that gives endless ‘play’ on the shape, silhouette and profile of the frame.”
The spirited dragon’s eye Kana is part of Niloca’s Limited Edition Shear Scallop collection, designed for spectacle wearers looking for “a bit of drama in their life.” For more on Niloca, visit www.niloca.comCN
7th July 2015 Launched this month as part of the celebrations surrounding the V&A’s landmark exhibition, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, is the opulent display of Anna-Karin Karlsson Eyewear at the V&A store, on sale through to September for London Fashion Week.
Anna-Karin Karlsson epitomises the very best of creative couture eyewear design, focusing on avantgarde, high-octane frame creations with intricate, finely crafted decoration. An admirer of McQueen, Karlsson’s Decadence collection is lavish and exciting, and perfectly fitting as a tribute to one of the most innovative couture designers of recent times.
Karlsson has created two dedicated limited edition styles available exclusively at the V&A Shop. ‘The Butterfly’ (above) is dedicated to the designer’s Swedish ancestors who belonged to a tradition of hair jewelry artisans commissioned to create mourning pieces for Queen Victoria; “light and airy” as Karlsson had intended, the design appears laden with pretty, hyperreal butterflies in violet, azure and delicate black and tan.
The second collector’s piece, ‘The Queen’ – is a celebration of Queen Victoria and Alexander McQueen; this complex design references Karlsson’s own reputation as the queen of sunglasses, and features a transparent lace-patterned acetate and tiny metal butterflies on a typically oversized statement front. Both styles are priced at £575 and are limited to just 10 pieces each.
Also in the collection that has gone on sale are showpieces from the Decadence Collection; they include ‘Mourning for Miss Blow’, a tribute to fashion legend Isabella Blow, and Gold Horse or “One Trick Pony”, the extraordinary 24k plated gold design with pony profile. Anna-Karin Karlsson Eyewear is on display at the V&A Shop until 27th September 2015. V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is open until 2nd August 2015; round the clock opening has been planned for 24th and 26th July and the following weekend until the exhibition ends. For more information, visit www.annakarinkarlsson.com / www.vam.ac.uk CN
6th July 2015Since Cazal Sunglasses was launched in the 1970’s, the frames have become a style and cultural phenomenon. Founded by Austrian designer Cari Zalloni, the iconic designs are sought after by eyewear enthusiasts and connoisseurs. Here is a great opportunity to win four Cazal Classics in a special promotion in conjunction with the German magazine – Eyewear.
Take a picture with someone wearing glasses via Instagram and tag it with #myframeshot – or just tag an already existing picture. Also tag the picture with your #city and worn #label. You can also tag more than one picture. Be certain that your Instagram account is not set on ‘private.’
Make sure your quality uploads are submitted no later than 15th July, when the campaign ends. You may have the chance to be a visual part of the campaign in the next issue of Eyewear Magazine. The #myframeshot winner will be the selection with the best quality, style, and creativity. Join in the fun and you could be framed by Cazal Classics! www.cazal-eyewear.comwww.eyewear-magazine.comJG
1st July 2015 Since opening in the heart of Copenhagen in 2011, Ørgreen has grown its reputation across the world. For Danish residents with a taste for home-grown fashion, their flagship store is the first port of call for specs or sunnies, and a range of eyewear that includes Ørgreen, alongside brands like Thom Browne, Reiz (Germany), Hoffman Horn and Barton Perreira.
When you step inside, you know you have entered their ultra modern world of design. An über interesting duplex is designed to echo the sleek and chic lines of their designer eyewear, as well as its colours – in specific details such as the fluo lighting. The testing and consultancy room is in the basement, out of view, but offering full eye examinations, consultancy and lens expertise.
Managed by optometrist Chris Jensen, the team are all qualified opticians: “I have been here four years; I had my own optical store, and then I partnered with Ørgreen to run this store as a flagship. There are few optical boutiques in Copenhagen – really we are one of a kind.”
Like many independent optical boutiques at this level, service is a priority in the store. Jensen explains that he believes in old-fashioned relationship building with customers. “The store is also different from many in that we do a lot of collaborative work with other designers as well as events during the design and fashion weeks in Copenhagen,” he explains. “The Arne Jacobsen Swan Chairs (top image) were produced in a collaboration with Republic of Fritz Hansen. We have also worked with Danish menswear designer Asger Juel Larsen on a Limited Edition Sunglasses Collection of three acetate styles with neon green and orange lenses.”
Asked who the customers are, Jensen explains it’s quite a cool mix. As well as “hipsters” who know about eyewear, the store attracts the local community, the progressive lens wearer and a trickle of tourists from far afield as China, Japan, and the USA – with a curious eye or interest in contemporary European design.
Is there another store planned? The official line is “at the moment, no, but that is not to say that we will not do so in future”.
1st July 2015 Established fashion capitals – Paris, New York, Milan and London – make headlines each season as models strut the catwalk showing the latest creations by leading designers. These destinations and emerging cities that include among others, Berlin, Istanbul, Seoul, Stockholm, Russia, Mexico, and Sao Paulo – are the theme of an intriguing exhibition, Global Fashion Capitals, at The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in New York City.
The show examines the rise of emerging cities to global prominence, and supports the theory that fashion communicates identity and spreads cultural influence throughout the world. Fashion weeks continue to multiply as cities also realise the economic value of the fashion industry. More than seventy garments and accessories from designers including Coco Chanel, Chrsitian Dior, Prada, Yohji Yamamoto, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Alexandre Herchcovitch from Brazil, and Christian Louboutin’s amazing stilettos, demonstrates the scope and power of the fashion industry.
Global Fashion Capitals is a stylish tribute to the international reach of today’s fashion creators. Certainly an exhibition to visit if in New York City. Continues through 14th November 2015. www.fitnyc.edu Top image: Homo Consommatus Ensembles Spring 2015 St. Petersburg Gift of Homo Consommatus JG
Fun, glamour and lively colours all combine in Bocca Tatoo 1 from Face à Face Paris. A curvy, sensuous cat-eye shape in quality acetate, the Bocca range started as a one-off at Face à Face, and has become among the most successful of their designs. The striking colour mix of orange, navy and cream, with the seductive sides, add to its many charms. www.faceaface-paris.comJG
Brower represents the new wave in old-fashioned vintage. Made in Japan, Salt frames are classic and finely crafted; by majoring on fine quality and well executed details, the brand has carved a niche for itself as one of the specialist independent eyewear leaders in the USA. Salt is increasingly available in Europe. Stockists include The House of Eyewear (Paris), Auerbach & Steele (London) and Augenglanz (Berlin). www.saltoptics.comCN
Colour has always been a hallmark of l.a. Eyeworks frame design. As the California company, with its international following, celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, the colour palette is even more invigorating and expressive. Pond in Fancy Green Blue sports a wonderfully textured frame front and sides, with a slim strip of purple for unexpected accent. Superior detailing on the temples adds further distinction. www.laeyeworks.comJG
Fashion designer Vera Wang brings her highly refined style sense to the luxurious collection of frames she creates. The graceful silhouette of Ottillie, with its full shape and rounded curves, reflects elegance and chic. Water colour tones are soft and easy to wear, and this beautiful shade of silky green acetate harmonizes with many different colours. For more superb frames from Vera Wang click on www.kenmarkoptical.comJG
Unique colour palettes are a hallmark at Lafont. Whether solid colours, bi-colours, or a melodious melange – as seen in Renata – the Lafont colour spectrum stands out in the best possible way. Renata is a colour triptych in a gradient handmade metal-coated frame, with a stylish leopard print trim. Crafted in France. When in Paris, be sure to visit Lafont’s charming boutiques. Check out www.lafont.com for store locations. JG
Norwegian brand Karmoie by Kirsten and Lars Iversen launched their collection with One Small – a classic sunglass shape and colour combo. The temple ends offer a nice twist in a wood look acetate. All Karmoie frames are made in Italy in M49 sustainable acetate from Mazzucchelli, and are fitted with Carl Zeiss sunlenses. With every pair of frames purchased, Karmoie gives a pair of Eyejusters to a person in need. For more on this independent label, visit www.karmoie.comCN
Brand-new colours, brand-new styles from theo – vibrant purple fluo and orange fluo in two exhilarating designs – James 16 and James 19. James 16 has a subtle cat eye design, while James 19 displays hints of vintage with a round shape. Two innovative frames with trendy detailing…totally theo. www.theo.beJG
1st July 2015Summertime…and the living is easy – and so are beautiful accessories. Holiday time is a wonderful opportunity to wear fun, spirited designs – relaxed, yet with a touch of fantasy. The Parisians have a special flair for accessories, and in the photo above, we feature three Parisian designers with exciting summer inspirations. Johanna Braitbart has the perfect solutions to enhance fashions with a must-have collection of hair ornaments and turbans. The model on the left wears a charming hair clip with feathers, beads and Swarovski crystals, which coordinates harmoniously with Oregon sunglasses, an elegant modern classic by Lafont Paris. On the right, sunny yellow brightens your style and your day in splendid Bocca Lova sunglasses by Face à Face Paris, and a sleek turban by Johanna Braitbart. All Johanna’s hats are handcrafted in her Paris atelier located in the Marais. Visit her delightful boutique where you can experience her beautiful hats and accessories to your hearts content. www.johannabaitbart.comwww.lafont.comwww.faceaface-paris.com
Summer sandals by Zoe Lee makes everything you wear feel – and look – great. Her stunning, slick wedge shoe is ideal with floaty dresses and trousers. If in Paris, visit Zoe’s imporessive boutique in Le Marais where the entire shoe collection can be viewed. For more information click on www.zoelee.co.uk
Vintage rises in the summer air with this elegant, wrapped turban by Johanna Braitbart, complimented with smart retro sunglasses in lustrous black acetate by Face à Face Paris.
Italian designer Benedetta Bruzziches creates lovely, memorable bags, and this stylish clutch is practical for holding necessities, and also a unique conversation piece. www.benedettabruzziches.comJG
London Designer Alexia Parmigiani creates luxurious, original scarves that are sold internationally. She discusses with Eyestylist her concepts and intuitions.
How did you decide to create luxury scarves? “I began my journey with scarves in 2005 after a close friend – Indian Summer based in London – suggested I concentrate only on scarves as my designs were selling so well in her shop. At that point, no one had just a scarf collection. It was a very fresh idea and I loved the ‘one size only.’ My brand is about texture and unique pieces. Basically the scarf is a piece of jewellery. I see scarves as part of the personality.”
Are there other products that you would like to design? “I have designed other acccessories and clothing in the past, and each summer collection supports the scarf range with a mini resort wear line. I have just opened a page on my website called “Wanderlust” that will display my one-off designs. I call them ‘One & Only.’ This is a very exciting part of the business for me.”
Do you have particular inspirations for your creations? “Yes, I try to pick a theme, like Venice for my AW15 collection, which I visited with my husband, and fell in love with the absolutely magical and fascinating city that is Venice – it is breathtaking. I was completely inspired by the colours of the buildings, washes of dark and light blended together, a naturally distressed effect…I researched by taking millions of pictures and just taking in the Venetian life. My shapes are extremely important to my designing, and I usually pick a design that I love from my past collections and redevelop. I see where I can push the design further, and during that stage a completely new design can appear too. Mixing all of this with daily life is how I like to design. For years I have thought about a collection for men, and after my husband was stealing my samples that were not complete I thought: ‘this is a sign’ – I’m ready! So I have introduced a menswear collection for AW 15 – a capsule collection of soft cashmere and wool blends, snake tie dye, and dip dyed in different weaves, with shapes that include square and long scarves. Watch out for the menswear capsule collection launching 1st July – exclusively on line.
“I have very exciting news and Eyestylist is the first to hear it. I have decided to concentrate on sales through my website only. Not designing collections, but ‘One & Onlys’ – you can find the beginnings on my Wanderlust page. Fashion has changed, and always will, but now stores are driven by high profile brands more and more. I do believe we all would like a wider choice of well-sourced, new and wonderful designs of any level. I am excited about the freedom that I will have in my designs, and really look forward to this new chapter in my life. Through my website I can release these pieces exclusively for the consumer. This gives me the freedom to create a ‘one of a kind’ place for all shoppers, something new and fresh is what I think people are looking for. This will be an ever changing shop window throughout the year. The Dancers at Dusk AW15 collection will go live by mid-July, and will be sold only though my website store. I hope you will follow me on my new and exciting journey! www.alexiafashion.co.ukJG