Spotted in Begur Optica (Costa Brava, Spain), a specialist boutique offering an interesting mix of quality independent labels, Folc Eyewear is a young label from Barcelona focused on acetate sunglasses – designed in Spain, and made in northern Italy. Model Agari is one of the label’s first styles, and part of the collection launched in April this year. Features include quality Zeiss lenses, Italian acetate and a clean, classic shape that has a small twist in the form of a a coloured block at the temple. Generally, this unpretentious and stylish collection experiments with shapes, colours and textures in a subtle way, combining modern elements with a classic and versatile look, for holidays or every day. Agari is available in several easy-to-wear colours including a matt or shiny exterior finish and pale pink or yellow detail at the temple hinge – priced at 205 euros. For more information on Folc eyewear, visit www.folc-eyewear.com CN
Porsche and Mercedes-Benz draw auto fans from around the world to the historical city of Stuttgart. Acclaimed botanical gardens and a rich cultural legacy are among numerous reasons to visit Germany’s sixth largest city. For eyewear enthusiasts, a visit to Die Brillenmesse – held at prestigious Motor World and chock-a-block with fabulous vintage autos – is postively another reason to be in Stuttgart on October 15th and 16th.
Die Brillenmesse enables visitors to view beautiful eyewear from international, independent labels. Award winning designer Adrian Marwitz will present his refined collection – crafted in titanium – that unites high tech implements with traditional spectacle production. The Loving Strangers collection includes streamlined designs for men and women. In the above photo – he wears Lover 9 in loving grey, and his companion wears Lover 7 in loving Bordeaux. www.adrianmarwitz.com
Danish state-of-the art craftsmanship is expressed in Orgreen’s innovative designs. Among the frames being presented in Stuttgart is Lupita – a striking shape in matt aqua titanium with sandblasted gold sides. Unique and chic! www.orgreenoptics.com
Italian artisan detailing is found in all Blackfin designs, and San Diego for men displays a distinctive personality with its large, angular lenses and bold double bridge. Super sophisticated in a sleek grey/black combo. www.blackfin.eu
The Denali frame by You Mawo derives its inspiration from the seven mountain summits. The North American Mountain was originally called Mount McKinley. However, last year, the name of the mountain was changed as a tribute to the original settlers – and now proudly called – Denali. The ultra light You Mawo frame that pays homage to this natural mountainous wonder is composed with polyamide and weighs only fourteen grams. You Mawo is an innovative German brand and one to watch. www.youmawo.com For more details on the Stuttgart show with the exciting roster of independent labels, visit www.diebrillenmesse.de JG
Delicate flickering Swarovski crystals bring a special radiance to Vera Wang’s luxury optical frames. The latest designs unite Vera’s sophisticated ingenuity with fashion and glamour – resulting in elegant, graceful, and contemporary eyewear shapes. Sarra features a Café au Lait metal front and tortoiseshell acetate temples sprinkled with Swarovski stones – also available in black and plum. See other chic styles from the new Vera Wang Luxe collection at www.kenmarkoptical.com JG
Extraterrestrial technology and fantasy unite as Jeff Goldblum portrays the satellite engineer – David Levinson – in the sequel to the classic film Independence Day, originally released in 1996. In the 20th Century Fox production, Goldblum, reflecting a futuristic and commanding presence in his handsome specs – Mitch by SALT. Optics. – springs into action to save the planet from alien invaders.
The sleek acetate frame in smokey grey features contemporary shaping with distinctive nose details. Handcrafted in Japan, the frame is constructed to exacting standards in luminous high quality acetate.
A distinguished frame for men – whether battling aliens – or other earthly adventures. www.saltoptics.com JG
Throughout history, memorable events have occurred during the month of October. It is the birth month of composers Verdi, and Liszt, and pianist Vladimir Horowitz. Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to St. Helena, Eleanor Roosevelt was born during this month, and the first film “talkie” opened in New York in the 1920’s. For eyewear enthusiasts, October dates to remember for 2016 are Sunday and Monday – 2rd and 3rd October. This year’s Hall of Frames is particularly noteworthy as the event will be held in a new and spacious venue – Stage One Events and Convention Centre in Zurich. Conveniently located near the centre of Zurich, the setting features many amenities – and an inviting, welcoming atmosphere to showcase some of the most exclusive and exciting international eyewear labels.
Participants include Götti Switzerland who will present their elegant selections, including Titanium designs featuring the patented “Spin & Stow” collection – the unique way to easily fold frames, and then safely tuck in a bag or pocket. Sleek and refined is Tajo (above) in a beautiful panto shape. www.gotti.ch
Nature, forests, woods, and classic cars are inspirations for the ROLF team, creating their artisan frames in the beautiful surroundings of the Austrian Tyrol. The latest addition to the Excellence Collection is a frame with class and luxury – the Minor 205 in walnut and burl impressively crafted to emphasise the retro charm of the shape. The design is inspired by the classic car – The Morris Minor – which was built by the UK company Morris Motors in Britain from 1928 to 1934. www.rolf-spectacles.com
HAPTER in Italy will be in Zurich to present the TXT001 (Icons Line) plus an innovative concept that is to be launched this autumn. The Icons Line includes MO2M (above) a prescription frame in Clear Military Green with a handsome Steel Blue Bridge. A smart colour contrast is available in sunglasses with Steel Blue, and the bridge in clear Military Green. www.hapter.it
Claire Goldsmith has eyewear DNA in her veins, with a heritage that has forged remarkable and memorable designs worn by international clients and celebrities. Claire is creating her own eyewear identity and history with her superb collection of optical frames. Taylor is a chic combo in tortoiseshell and aqua acetate, highlighted with a gold nose piece www.clairegoldsmith.com
With its Austrian heritage and dedication to quality, Neubau beautifully – and proficiently – creates eyewear with impressive results. Linda is an exceptional frame in lightweight polymer in Psychedelic Tortoise, which resonates a stylish respect to the classic cat eye shape. www.neubau-eyewear.com Additional information on Hall of Frames Zurich at www.hallofframes.ch JG
This French label has many iconic shapes – unique to them – and Kis is a highlight. In black the style exudes classical elegance and a touch of extravagance. Handmade in France, the proportions will appeal to those used to statement sunglasses – however, instead of the more typical upswept cat-eye shaping, model Kis explores the extra dynamic of a downward accent on the upper brow. Intriguing to wear, and always made to the highest artisan spec. A super find! www.vuedc.com CN
The British designer and style icon Victoria Beckham who has made her mark at the top of the competitive echelons of international fashion, brings a new line of versatile sunglasses and spectacles for AW16 – designed to fit into the everyday and yet luxurious in terms of craftsmanship and materials. An interesting mix of one-off shapes and colours, some brights but a predominance of classical naturals, dark amber and glossy greens, add to a line that has become known for its timelessly elegant silhouettes that fit perfectly into the VB wardrobe.
The uniting theme amongst the materials used in both the sun and optical ranges this season is texture. Creamy, marble-like surfaces, perforated leather brow bars, and acetate that mimics scales all feature, bringing a tonal and tactile complexity to the collection. Heavily influenced by the interior of the brand’s flagship Dover Street store and its colour palette, multiple layers of rich acetate are combined on fun styles such as the Layered Cat and Layered Kitten, creating vivid slices of contrasting colours.
In response to the popularity of the mirrored lenses, the classic Supra Round style has been given a shot of shimmering colour with a selection of mirrors (by Zeiss) previously seen on the aviators – Desert Rose, Sky, and Dune amongst them.
Unlike many fashion brands, Beckham produces her own collection independently without any licensing agreement, taking control herself of overseeing the designs, and adhering to strict guidelines for quality production and cutting edge technology – producing exclusively in Italy. In a statement for Eyestylist.com, Beckham said:
“During the six years since we launched the eyewear collection, I think we’ve managed to create a very desirable and distinctive brand. In line with this growth, I felt that the natural next step was to bring the manufacturing process in house – working with a number of specialised local workshops in Italy. As of last spring, this move means we now have even more control over all aspects of the development process, and can source our own exclusive materials. Producing the collection in house also means we can take full advantage of the expertise of the studios we work with in the Valdobbiadene region – nurturing the artisanal techniques they use to make the glasses. For me it’s important to keep that connection to craftsmanship alive, and to have a truly handmade product. That’s what makes it special for me.”
Victoria Beckham, 36 Dover Street, London W1 www.victoriabeckham.com CN
With great personal flair and style, plus fashion forward vision – meet David Duralde. Eyestylist speaks with the Chief Creative Officer at Kenmark Optical.
Please tell us about your professional career. “Raised in Southern California, an Orange County boy, I embraced the spirit of optimism, adventure and innovation that is key to the sunshine state. California has a tradition of creating trends that question convention – setting fashion on its ear with things like surf wear, sports and workout clothes to the boardroom, jeans at a formal dinner – nothing was sacred or precious in LA. From a town that lets a person make his own history, this was a fertile brewing ground for my creative start. Then moving to Los Angeles to study at UCLA, I was immersed in the looking good culture. So it was this strange mix living in a place and time when young ideas bucking the establishment were the norm, and people wanting to completely transform themselves through fashion, design and fitness – this became a major driver that convinced me I could make people look and feel better, and pay the rent. As I was fortunate enough to work under Barbara McReynolds and Gai Gherardi from l.a.Eyeworks, I got an early taste of the importance of design reaching out to many disciplines in culture – fashion, architecture, music, photography, food, literature and fine art. In other words, I developed a huge desire to make the world more beautiful by expressing myself through design.”
What sparked your passion in eyewear? “From the minute I started as a product manager, developing eyewear under the tutelage of great spirited eyewear designers, I knew this was for me. It was incredible that I could be part of a team that opens people’s eyes to their own radiance and beauty. I learned so much about the craft and technology of making eyewear. It was incredible to me in the early 90’s that you could take machinery and techniques from other industries, and experiment with them for the first time in our industry. Most importantly I became so passionate about eyewear because it seemed you could do so many things from a design perspective to make eyewer unique, yet everyone thought it was just two circles, or rectangles and a bridge with temples.”
Why and what do you think is the most original, spirited time period in fashion, that influences today’s eyewear industry? “I believe eyewear has the freedom to include many points of inspiration from many time periods. It’s a multitude of influences and influencers. The 70’s and 80’s glam story is timeless and elevating, while the chunky, funky 50’s nerd theme always makes people feel smart and edgy. I particularly like the attention to detail from the 30’s and 40’s that infuses an old English wallflower sexiness to the product.”
Please name three women and three men whom you think have profoundly influenced fashion? “Diana Vreeland; Miuccia Prada; Anna Wintour; Halston; Giorgio Armani and Calvin Klein.”
Nowadays, what and whom do you feel are the most important motivators in fashion? “Looking good and creating a unique persona that communicates who you are is the key motivator to embrace fashion.”
Where are your favourite travel destinations – and why? “Paris – love the 24-hour energy and the fairy tale feeling every time you walk up and down the historical streets. Of course, exquisite chocolate at every corner doesn’t hurt either. Milan – I love the juxtaposition of industrial grit and sheer fashion polish in the DNA of this city. The delicious food is accessible to everyone at every price point, fresh, modern and straightforward. People work to live in this city, rather than live to work like most U.S. cities. Italian culture is a clear reminder that living life to the fullest every single day is the best mantra.” www.kenmarkoptical.com JG
1985 – François Mitterand is President of France; Margaret Thatcher is Britain’s Prime Minister; and in America, Ronald Reagan holds the title as President. There was economic prosperity, creative freedom, daring and crazy chic…not to mention legendary figures with amazing artistic creativity like Serge Gainsbourg, Karl Lagerfeld, David Bowie, Prince, Madonna and many more. “Anything was possible,” says Jean-François Rey of the Marseilles based company bearing his name, “and every eccentricity was allowed. Young people were free, with a certain lightness to their lives. Nightlife and the legendary Parisian clubs…electrified the creative world.”
To celebrate JF Rey’s thirty years of creativity, Rey and his wife Joëlle, Creative Director of the company, (top image) have reissued the most emblematic frames of the 1980’s, faithfully respecting the original designs. Taking risks and daring creative challenges, JF Rey developed into a global success story, with original designs that combine technical innovation with artisan expertise.
The new releases include optical and sunglass designs that exude the vintage spirit of the 1980’s, perfectly balanced with touches of modernism. The retro codes of the frames are preserved, and then updated with current comfort and technical advances.
Congratulations from Eyestylist to JF Rey, Joëlle and the team on this momentous occasion! For more details on the exclusive 1985 Jean-François Rey Limited Edition collection, visit www.jfrey.fr JG
Cat eye shapes remain forever favourites, and what makes them so fresh and appealing are the creative interpretations. Blackfin in Italy has a striking version with Palm Beach – that is feminine, elegant and laden with retro-chic allure. The duo colour combination and graduated tinted lenses add more glamour to the stylish design. More information on Blackfin’s new collection at www.blackfin.eu JG
The joys of summer are celebrated in literature, prose and music. Eyewear designers take part too, with gorgeous sunglasses that reflect beauty and imagination. Whether on the beach, in the countryside or on city streets, brighten your wardrobe and spirits with spectacular sunglasses. Tropical tones of luscious, luminous turquoise acetate with a dab of sunshine yellow accent at the temples, ensure that Twitt (above) by Face à Face is a memorable summer statement. The exaggerated silhouette is glamorous, confident and alluring. www.faceaface-paris.com
Understated chic from Norway is expressed in Karmoie’s elegant design – Star. Streamlined features with contemporary shaping highlight the frame with its subtle two-tone colouration.www.karmoie.com
Free-spirited and timeless, PJS Spitfire 031 is a handsome design with Polarised anti-reflection lenses. The new Parajumpers by Coppe-Sid collection is handcrafted in Japan, and includes contemporary, stylish designs for men and women. www.coppeandsid.it
Ic! berlin’s latest collection is inspired by forces of nature – from the Arctic Ocean to the Mojave Desert. Colour contrasts combine in Janina – tofu stainless steel with mirrored lenses in bronze yellow dust. Click on www.ic-berlin.de for additional innovative sunglasses from the German brand. JG