February 2018

Stylish & sexy: Face à Face Bocca Walk 2

Fun, stylish, distinctive: The Bocca series from Face à Face Paris is always imaginative and engaging. The latest interpretation is Bocca Walk 2 – in vivid Cherry Red with contrasting colourations on the inner temples. A gold metal nose bridge adds a touch of sparkle.

Inspiring: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Photo: Texas Ballet Theatre

Nearly six years ago, Pascal Jaulent at Face à Face had a whimsical idea for frame temples expressed in legs – dancing, prancing, and curvy legs with fashionista shoes to complete the concept. Frame connoisseurs loved them instantly – and now the Bocca models are eagerly anticipated for their unique styling – debonair and dazzling. A collector’s treasure! www.faceaface-paris.com JG

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United Kingdom: Albert Road Opticians

Deepak Oberai is the owner of Albert Road Opticians, a beautiful converted Edwardian house in Wilmslow. Eyestylist asked him about the store, which has an original setting and exquisite mix of eyewear collections.

When did you first open and can you tell me about how you had imagined your store initially? Albert Road Opticians is set in a house that has a lot of character. When we first opened, I was aware of the potential but did not maximise this. However after an impromptu climb of Mt Kilimanjaro, I decided I wanted us to be ‘The House of Spectacles’. So I decided to take it back to the original features (fire places, picture rails) and treat people as if they are coming over to your house, with a lovely cup of tea! This was a game changer for us.

Edwardian style at Albert Road

You are working with very creative brands like theo from Belgium? How is it going, and is there a greater interest for statement design? What have your experiences been so far? Theo is my personal favourite. Initially when we introduced this at Albert Road Opticians we did not know how to approach the bolder design conversation. However, as with anything, practice makes perfect and we are now known for brighter, bolder designs in our local community. Our clients who have bought this eyewear may have been reluctant initially, but as soon as they get a compliment from a stranger (and this happens), they turn into raving fans. It’s incredible to see such joy on people’s faces.

Albert Rd: exclusivity and a design focus

Tell us about the design of the shop and who worked with you on it.
The shop and its unique quirky features lend to the building we are in perfectly. We worked with Sheffield based interior design company 93ft (https://93ft.com) and they really know how to push the boat. The style chosen was reclaimed furniture with a modern twist. The dark colours compliment the handmade cupboards perfectly and the reclaimed flooring brings the design together.

How much do you change your selection of frames – do you stick with old favourites or add newcomers if you find them in the shows? We attend international optical shows regularly to see what is up and coming. When we see something exciting we like to build relationships with that brand and see if they are a good fit for us. Generally we only take one new brand a year if we really like it. However working with innovative brands like Theo or Anne & Valentin, their new collection releases can almost feel like a different brand so that helps keep things fresh.

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You have clearly gone out of your way to provide a really special service. Tell us about this and where your priorities lie. Coming to Albert Road is like visiting a good friend. The atmosphere is relaxed; we want people to feel they are in a non-clinical environment. As the building has several rooms, we have renamed the front room, and we call it our ‘Tea Room’. This is where we offer drinks, a bit like a hotel. It the scene for the rest of the show.

Albert Rd interior

Our eye examinations are longer than the average 45 minutes. This allows us to get to know our clients better from a personal perspective. This slow, personal approach means we can highlight opportunities for multiple pair purchases, in the future, where necessary. The eyewear is presented in the ‘Eyewear Gallery’ with a few frames on show, and others hidden in drawers. We like to style people, and this subtle approach of introducing quirky eyewear works very well. Most of all we want our clients to be happy. We always say ‘Our reputation walks around on your face’ and we want this to be spectacular. This friendly relaxed approach has won us many fans.

This January, a second shop – Station Road Optician – has opened in Cheadle Hulme. 18 Albert Road, Wilmslowplan your visit at www.wilmslowopticians.co.uk CN

Cinematiq, Budapest: model Arthur

Collectible, chic, and a perfectly charming design piece to wear on the face. Cinematiq is a new collection created by Tipton Eyeworks in Budapest, which brings a completely ingenious twist to eyewear. The temples ‘frame’ 16 or 35 mm ‘vintage’ film, using a special process of lamination that designer Zachary Tipton has spent years perfecting. The very first experiments with the original footage led to an introductory small limited edition collection, which premiered in 2006, and is known for having caught the eye of Elton John.

Arthur: handcrafted glasses, inspired by Mastroianni’s character in The Stranger

Today, the new Cinematiq Eyewear collection highlights the original 16 mm footage of two Asian action movies, Shogun’s Shadow (1989) and Fists of the Double K (1973). Both films have an abundance of outdoor scenes with natural lighting making them a perfectly visible focal point with the naked eye.

Real film footage is used in hand finished temples

The selected scenes that appear in the eyewear are different for each pair of glasses, increasing the unique aspect of every style. The glasses come with their own ‘movie ticket’ so you can view the curated movies featured in your design, and each frame shape is inspired by characters in iconic films.

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Cinematiq is produced by Tipton Eyeworks, makers of Vinylize, artisan producers of eyewear made from vinyl records in Hungary. Stockists of Cinematiq include Special Eyes Optical (Australia), Santa Fe Optical (USA) and Optik Birmingham (USA). For the latest information on the collection visit www.cinematiqeyewear.com / www.vinylize.com CN

Welcome Spring with winning eyewear style

Spring is on the horizon – a time of renewal, hope and awareness. For fashion enthusiasts it’s also time to update wardrobes and awaken to the prospect of emerging trends in clothing, accessories, and of course, eyewear! This coming weekend all eyes will be focused on Milan, which includes the unveiling of glamorous, refreshing eyewear. Here are stunning, dynamic designs that warrant inclusion in your spring outlook. Oliver Goldsmith presents The Decades Collection – a beautiful, contemporary rendition of influential styles that symbolise the history of Oliver Goldsmith during the past ninety years. www.olivergoldsmith.com (Top image: 1970 from The Decades Collection)

Corgi by l.a. Eyeworks

Buoyant colour is on display at l.a. Eyeworks as the California brand debuts their Spring 2018 collection, which includes Corgi in aluminium and titanium in burnt orange and brown velvet. www.laeyeworks.com

Polly by Kirk & Kirk

The stunning SPECTRUM collection by Kirk & Kirk features shapes with a touch of retro influence in smashing colours – including Polly – in the British brands statement material – acrylic. www.kirkandkirk.com

Japanese influence by Sol Sol Ito

Sol Sol Ito photographed their latest campaign in Japan – a city loved by Sol Sol Ito designers Sandra Kaufmann and Monika Fink – with designs in layered acetate in ravishing shapes. www.solsolito.com

Tobruk by L.G.R

If adventure is on your spring/summer wish list, don’t leave home without Luca Gnecchi Ruscone’s Tobruk military-inspired design, reminiscent of the Cyrenaican port on Libya’s eastern Mediterranean coast. www.lgrworld.com

 

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BACONE by Res/Rei

The sophisticated Philosophers Collection by Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei presents new styles that include the beautifully transparent Bacone in luminous tones of grey and milky white acetates, with a slender double bridge, and owl-shaped lenses – ideal for Philosophers! www.resrei.com

Roca by FLEYE Copenhagen Signature Collection

Part two of FLEYE Copenhagen’s Smorrebrod campaign unfolds with imaginative shapes in colourations and layering that reflects the delicious Danish food culture. Roca is from the distinguished FLEYE Signature Collection. www.fleye.dk

Rigards RG0100CU in Copper

RIGARDS has launched fabulous new creations in Copper, a splendid addition to the variety of unusual materials that RIGARDS incorporate into frames. RG0100CU is inimitably cool in a sleek sunglass silhouette. www.rigards.com

Watch Out! by WOOW Eyewear

The new WOOW frames are…Wow! A stylishly different interpretation of the Windsor rim in thin metal is highlighted in Watch Out! in vivid colours. www.wooweyewear.com JG

Modgraff 8418 by Jono Hennessy

Jono Hennessy is as passionate about Australia as he is about eyewear. His latest collection is influenced by the huge variety of flowers native to Australia, as well as native bush flowers from the desert. Modgraff 8418 is a slim, delicate acetate design with ivory crystals, and the contemporary shape enhances the relaxed elegance. Modgraff 8418 is available in four beautiful colour combinations – featured above. Visit www.jonohennessy.com for additional designs from the newest releases. JG

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