Vinyl eyewear at Tipton, Budapest

Majestic architecture, the river Danube and the backdrop of the Buda Hills make Budapest one of the most stunning weekend destinations in Europe. The city is also home to Hungary’s no 1 independent eyewear company Tipton Eyeworks, located in the centre of the city across the street from the historic Cafe Centrale.

A wide choice of inventive eyewear at Tipton’s showroom

Opened to the public in 2017, the showroom offers a wonderful peep at a team of industrious, highly skilled artisans finishing frames, and a buzzing retail space exhibiting the collection, where Zach Tipton’s first eyewear designs and some very special limited edition glasses – including the NVSBLE range and a tribute to Bob Marley, are on show. A highlight is the photo wall of famous faces, including Robbie Williams, Elvis Costello, Fred Durst and Elton John. “I started with rimless in early 2000, but soon moved into vinyl,” explains Zach as we toured the workshops and store. “Over the years we have perfected how we use the vinyl and we remain the only company who has pursued this direction with a growing global success in top-level boutique shops.”

Visitors to Budapest can arrange an appointment to make their own frame at the showroom, with expert artisans on hand to explain the process of assembling individual frame parts, personalising the frame with gold lettering, and, eventually cleaning and polishing the frame – ready to wear. In the background music plays from the vinyl archive on a retro ‘record player’: we play all the LPs we use for the frames, Zach explains, as he puts on a mysterious 90s ambient album that has come from a London warehouse. A current favourite is AC/DC, the focus of a collaboration using the 22 x multi-platinum “Back in Black” album.

Tipton Eyeworks showroom interior display (photo: Eyestylist)

Tipton Eyeworks has also achieved notoriety in the film industry in Budapest, producing frames for particular requirements on set, and as special commissions and gifts for the many actors and actresses visiting the city. This Spring, a Limited Edition design from the Cinematiq Collection was created for Antonio Banderas during the shooting of Genius: Life of Picasso. These unique sunglass editions are presented in a flat circular case similar to that used to carry old-school film.

Cinematiq, launched in 2018

Alongside the VINYLIZE collection launched in 2004, the new Cinematiq concept presents luxury acetate frames which make use of vintage 16mm film footage – perfectly aligned inside the temples where light illuminates the colourful action and characters within. And there is no stopping there. Whilst we were at the store, an ingenious, collaborative eco-inspired project was in production – a limited edition commission by coffee machine makers, Nespresso, recycling the aluminium coffee capsules into a chic run of co-branded sunglasses for Hungarian stores.

Eyestylist stayed at Hotel Rum, Budapest (www.hotelrumbudapest.com). Kind thanks to Tipton Eyeworks for a memorable first trip to their beautiful home city. Visit the company: TIPTON EYEWORKS, Iranyi  u. 20, 1056 Budapest www.tiptonbudapest.comwww.vinylize.com CN

Sun-sational sunnies!

Welcome summer – free from winter doldrums, and with eager anticipation of leisurely, sun-drenched days – now is the time to enjoy fabulous sunglasses. Eyewear designers cater to style/trend setters, with sunglass selections in alluring materials, shapes and colours to complement your easy-going, laid-back days. Luca Gnecchi Ruscone at L.G.R adores the Italian Rivera, and is influenced by the natural beauty of Capri for his sun specs that glow with the colours of the island. (Top image: Reunion – design purity, elegance and chic in Cappuccino from the L.G.R Capri Collection) www.lgrworld.com

RIGARDS RG0104CU “Mad Scientist” in copper

Copper is an unexpected component for eyewear, and in Ti Kwa’s talented vision it is a wonderful standout in his new collection for RIGARDS. RG0104CU – codenamed “Mad Scientist” – as it was designed in homage to the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic horror Frankenstein – is full of character with individual hand texturing adding an organic dimension to the frames. www.rigards.com

Rise in Bark acetate by Karmoie

The open green spaces of Norway inspire Karmoie’s beautiful design by Kirsten and Lars Iversen. They embrace summer with voluminous sunglasses in a sleek round shape. Rise in Bark is lovingly crafted in fine quality acetate with meticulous details. www.karmoie.com

Sun style variety by Plein Les Mirettes

Plein Les Mirettes in France entices with rich colourations for their impressive and dazzling variety of sun styles. Left to right: Diva 6 in exclusive colouration for PLM by Mazzucchelli; Fantasque 7 in vivid tones; Re Belle 9 in mustard – a seasonal favourite; Diva 7 in specific Mazzucchelli colours for PLM. Visit www.plein-les-mirettes.fr for additional glamorous colours and styles.

Elverfeld from the Signature Collection by Fleye Copenhagen

The exclusive Signature Collection at Fleye Copenhagen includes the sophisticated and oh so cool – Elverfeld – that combines solid and transparent layered acetate in beautiful colour combinations. Explore www.fleye.dk for additional sunglass creativity from the Danish brand.

Jimmy 9010S form the Jean-François Rey 1985 Collection

Sunshine is always a dynamic, enlightening inspiration for Marseille-based JF Rey. Jimmy 9010S is the latest innovative model in the Jean-François Rey 1985 collection – a powerful design in striking colours with a splendidly curved double-bridge. www. jfrey.fr JG

Alleno by Fleye Copenhagen

There’s a good choice of different shapes in sunwear this season. As well as smaller proportions, frames can be as different as you like, evolving from the classics like ovals and rounds. FLEYE Copenhagen does this well with Alleno, a luxurious technical frame made from 23 thin layers of carbon fibre and one super slim layer of wood.

Alleno by Fleye Copenhagen

The shape is almond-like, with a geometric yet organic like structure and matt surface. The colours are as refined as the construction itself, and in tune with a very fashionable, youthful vibe: choose from velvet black (my choice for the season), silver wood, grape or sea blue. FLEYE Copenhagen specialises in innovative design, “Driven by curiosity.” Find the full collection at www.fleye.dk CN

Here comes the sun

The arrival of spring and summer is abundant with thoughts of holidays, sun, warmth, and perhaps a leisurely escape. Time to celebrate and seek adventure, fun, and self-reflection to either new destinations  – or revisit favourite havens that have become very special. Whatever your preferences, greet the sunny season with that most glamorous of accessories – sunglasses. A particularly alluring design is Jono Hennessy’s stunning leopard print acetate frame (Top image 8402) with a gorgeous voluminous shape. www.jonohennessy.com

Ella – 3D Götti Dimension – by Sven Götti – Götti Switzerland

The numerous possibilities with 3D printing highlight the elegant geometric and topographical structures in the latest 3D Götti Dimension sunglasses, including Ella in sleek deep-dark blue wth a semi-matt finish. www.gotti.ch

Peggy Purple Poppies by Lucia Pasin Lu.Pa Studio

The artistic flair of Lucia Pasin at Lu.Pa Studio in Italy radiates in her vivid design – Peggy Purple Poppies – influenced by Peggy Guggenheim, collector and supporter of modern art. http://www.lupa-studio.myshopify.com

Petra in acrylic by Kirk & Kirk

Petra by Kirk and Kirk shimmers in charismatic luminous green acrylic with a sculpted retro-inspired shape. www.kirkandkirk.com JG

Diva X Sunglasses by Plein Les Mirettes

Get ready to greet summer in Plein Les Mirettes chic and smart Diva X – a graphic design with cat-eye echoes and intriguing contours. The frame front in green highlights a colour trend of the season, and is accented with tri-colouration with acetate layering in blush, and sides in tortoiseshell. Plein Les Mirettes is an artisan independent brand that is crafted in Normandy, France, a historical region recognised for both its white-chalk cliffs on the coasts, and rural tranquillity. Check out additional sunglass beauties in elegant colours at www.plein-les-mirettes.fr JG

Tim Van Steenbergen + theo = Compositions

With the introduction of Compositions by Tim Van Steenbergen + theo – optics and art fuse naturally – and with exceptional distinction – into stunning, dramatic sunglasses. The Belgian duo frequently collaborates on eyewear, and the latest collection includes a third Belgian – the accomplished post-war artist, Guy Van Den Branden. Top image: Composition 1957 TVS + theo

Royal Blue distinction Composition 1958 TVS + theo

Van Steenbergen is an admirer and collector of Van Den Branden’s paintings. The artist’s geometrical abstractions focus on composition, rhythm, form and colour…the same characteristics that highlight Van Steenbergen’s visionary insights. So it was an instinctive progression that Tim pay homage to the artist’s work.

Racy Red Composition 1961 TVS + theo

There are six Compositions sunglass designs in the collection – offering an exciting harmony in titanium and acetate. The array of colours are amazing – from vivid and shiny – to mysterious darker hues – for a total of eight specialised theo-colours.

Dazzle in Composition 1963 TVS + theo

The interplay of material and colour, further enhanced with the arcs and lines that criss-cross the frames, transform recognisable shapes. The outcome is a unique ‘constructivist’ sunglass collection with highly individual composites – resulting in beautiful and impressive eyewear. Explore more at www.theo.be JG

TVS + theo Composition 1965

Barbade by Lafont Paris

The spirit and beauty of Vienna filters through these elegant sunglasses – Barbade – by Thomas Lafont at Lafont Paris. The rich, creative Art Deco period influences a beautiful, curvilinear cat-eye shape with tri-tonal colourations. Delicate pastel acetate layering on the frame front, and flash mirror lenses add to the charm and grace of Barbade. Eight irresistible colour combinations are available – visit www.lafont.com for more details and discoveries in Lafont’s diverse sunglass collection. JG

ic! berlin, Munzstrasse 5, Berlin

True to its city’s exceptional focus on design, eyewear brand ic! berlin takes fashionable eyewear to exciting heights, and its flagship store is no exception. Located just next to Berlin’s state-of-the-art ADIDAS and close to its original place of birth in Max Beer Strasse, today the company’s retail HQ in Munzstrasse (Mitte) offers a wide selection of eyewear possibilities, highlighting the most comprehensive collection of ic! frames (over 500!) alongside limited editions and vintage collectibles.

Interior – Munzstrasse boutique

Browsing is worthwhile and will allow a peak at the very latest designs and colourways that have just launched at the international eyewear fairs. Staff are on hand to explain the new colours, designs and materials with a special knowledge of the innovative state-of-the-art screwless eyewear for which the Berlin company has become known worldwide.

The latest styles are a feature: Baseline by ic! berlin
ic! berlin ‘Spielplatz’ – a bespoke service, unique to the store

The industrial, gallery-like interior reflects style and design attitude, with details such as art works and floral displays that are immediately welcoming. At the back of the space is an area for high-tech eye testing, and should you have a creative streak, there is an option to design your own sunglasses choosing from an almost infinite number of frame and lens colour combinations. This service is unique to the shop and one that offers a particularly mind-blowing opportunity for combining frame and lens colours according to personal preferences.

ic! berlin brillen GmbH is a German company which designs and produces high-end, handcrafted eyewear in Berlin, and distributes it worldwide. The company was founded in 1996 by Ralph Anderl. 

Munzstrasse 5, 10178 Berlin – www.ic-berlin.de CN

Sunnies that sizzle!

Sunny days forecast! From picnics to promenades, sun worshiping to surfing, tennis to trekking, summer is the season that offers innumerable activities to enjoy. Enhance these pleasures with sunglasses that provide style chic and protection from ultra-violet rays. The sun spec selection is diverse in shape, colour, material and fashion savvy – as seen in L.G.R’s elegant design Orchid in Limoncello (above) from the enchanting L.G.R Capri Collection. www.lgrworld.com

Jono Hennessy Limited Edition Botanical

Dynamic colours and glamorous acetate proportions fuse in Jono Hennessy’s 8400 Limited Edition Botanical frames. www.jonohennessy.com

Pettibone by SALT. Optics

A voluminous shape finely crafted excels in Pettibone in Antique Rose with gradient lenses by SALT. Optics.  Photographed by Clement Jolin in the California desert for the striking SALT.”Day in the Desert” campaign. https://saltoptics.com/blogs/news/blog-post-one

The Moon by Anna-Karin Karlsson

Charm and allure characterise The Moon by Anna-Karin Karlsson with genuine akoya pearls and zirconia crystals. www.annakarinkarlsson.com

Zoobug sunnies are available for babies to 12-year olds.

Zoobug’s delightful Regent’s Park campaign featuring children’s sun designs combines fashion savvy children love, and high-performing quality lenses with 100% UV protection. www.zoobug.com

Transitions Style Colour lenses in Vanni frame

Beautiful Sapphire Blue Transitions Style Colour lenses highlight a colourful Vanni frame. www.stylecolours.co.uk www.vanniocchiali.com JG

 

 

Peoples from Barbados – PFB 03

Distinctive, fresh colour pairings, delightful shapes and an underlying joie de vivre in a fresh sunwear concept that celebrates Barbados and its people: PFB (“Peoples from Barbados”) is the work of optician and owner of EYE Q, Alicia Hartman.

The collection, produced with sunglasses designer Eric Jean, is made in Japan, and demonstrates beautiful, functional details including screwless hinges and stainless steel temples and chic shapes that pursue elegance and a fun, colourful aesthetic. Pictured above, model PFB 03 is one of the technical acetate styles highlighted, with end tips that match the front, and a combination of gloss and matt polishing – in soft tropical pink with bright lilac. The round shape of the front has been tweaked to express a modified cat eye, with slightly pointed upper sides, a cute twist.

PFB: a sunglass edition celebrating the Bajan lifestyle

Launched at EYE Q luxury optical store (Limegrove, Barbados), the PFB frames were shown for the first time at the international optics event Vision Expo East (New York) in the Spring, and will soon be available at selected boutiques in the USA and worldwide. For further information, follow Eyestylist’s exclusive updates on the new sunglasses launch, Peoples from Barbados – Bajan Soul, and visit www.peoplesfrombarbados.com CN

Tech trend: Ørgreen’s Quantum 2.0

Ørgreen is preparing the launch of its second Quantum collection, a high-tech minimal eyewear range that unites state-of-the-art eyewear materials and a unique hinge design (see https://www.eyestylist.com/2017/09/silmo-2017-one-week-go/ ) – the subject of much curiosity in the world of optics.

Consisting of 12 designs for men and women, the second Collection extends what the brand describes as “the preoccupation with contemporary urban identity, characterized by constant movement, freedom, and self-determination” with focus on the extra matte Polyamide fronts paired with titanium, and a new range of hues with a distinct yet understated direction.

Ørgreen Quantum 2.11 for women, with a deep lens shape

Eyestylist asked Head of Design Tobias Wandrup to comment on what differentiates a frame with this level of technicality and state-of-the-art construction: “Quantum perfectly represents the minimal and functional DNA of the Ørgreen designs. And it’s in the DNA of this brand to continuously research and implement ways to increment the minimalistic aesthetic and the functionality of the frames. In that sense, Quantum is the Ørgreen state of the art.”

Ørgreen Quantum 2.12, the butterfly look with a sleek design

“Innovation is more and more a key factor for consumers, and brands are following this trend using innovative material, applying new technologies. It is of course a matter of balance. The brand needs to be able to do that without losing the aesthetic appeal – or compromising their design statement.”

For those who have not yet seen the product close up, as well as nice clean proportions typical of the label, the frames feature a minute spherical hinge which connects the titanium temple to the polyamide front, eliminating common eyewear components such as screws and bolts, and producing a finely honed minimal focus that fits perfectly with the Danish design aesthetic. Comfort, of course, is at the top of the agenda, and with high-performance materials like titanium and polyamide in combination, you can feel secure that the frame will wear well and stand the test of time. Find out more about eyewear innovations and the latest collections by Ørgreen Optics at www.orgreenoptics.com CN

Well-Dressed in Victorian Albany: 19th Century Haute Couture

Haute couture on an international scale was flourishing long before the era of globalisation. A fascinating exhibition Well-dressed in Victorian Albany: 19th Century Fashion from the Albany Institute Collection, illustrates how fashion design and changes in style evolved during the reign of the British monarch, Queen Victoria (1837-1901). (Top image:men, women and children’s fashions in a Victorian setting)

Creatively curated by Diana Shewchuk at the Institute, the galleries showcase an extraordinary selection of dresses and accessories of the era, that were purchased in Paris, and also made by skilled home seamstresses in the Upper Hudson Valley. Albany is the capital city of New York State, and Ms Shzwchuk explained: “Many of Albany’s well-to-do families went abroad either for a grand tour experience, or to have daughters presented to Queen Victoria. I think these dresses survive because they were considered masterpieces. The Institute has examples by Charles Frederick Worth; Emile Pingat; Callot Soeurs; Mme Amédée François; and others. The costumes on view tell stories of notable New Yorkers and illuminate their world of fashionable affluence.”

Luxurious materials and lace accent elegant designs in 19th Century fashion

The presentations are displayed on custom carved mannequins. “Everything is surrounded by objects from the Institute”s rich collection of paintings, furniture, and decorative arts which create scenes of nineteenth century domestic life,” noted Shewchuk, “and the addition of art and objects that were made during the Victorian era creates an atmospheric context to the exhibition.”

The vibrancy of the raspberry coloured dress (foreground) was possible with the invention by English chemist William Henry Perkins of the first aniline dye, which transformed colour in fashion.

From wedding gowns (it was Queen Victoria who popularised the idea of white as the colour choice for a wedding gown – women used to wear claret or green dresses) to walking suits, ball gowns and tea dresses, the exhibition presents a selection of extraordinary designs. Garments for both daily life and special occasions reflect the amazing, sumptuous fabrics utilised and include taffetas, shimmering silk satins, plush velvets, lace and luxurious trimmings.

Victorian atmosphere in fashion and home decor. The wicker baby carriage (background) is from the 1890’s.

“Garments like the ones in this exhibition survived because of their sentimental associations, their aesthetic beauty, and sometimes by chance, because they were put away and forgotten,” said Shewchuk. For those who appreciate and love fahsion and social history, these elegant dresses reflect the wide-ranging impact of the Industrial Revolution on the principles, technology, and social history of the time. Continues through 20 May 2018. www.albanyinstitute.org JG

Vive sunglasses!

Summer and sunglasses are synonymous and this season’s presentations offer stunning choices in materials, styles and colours. Tinted lenses bring additional zip to sun specs in glamorous, unexpected shades. Cat-eye shapes; graphic and angular frames; round shapes in mini and oversized designs; plus aviators – a perennial favourite – feature in varied selections. It’s time to celebrate summer with beautiful, distinctive sun specs from international designers.

Götti Switzerland has accumulated numerous awards for their innovative designs. The latest accolade is Frame of the Year 2018 for the elegant rimless model DC05, from the Götti Perspective collection (top image). “For me, rimless glasses are the most prestigious discipline in the design of glasses,” says designer and owner Sven Götti, “and achieving the technical requirements with so few materials took over eight years of development.” The captivating shape with tinted lenses is constructed without soldering or screws. Explore more Götti technical innovations at www.gotti.ch

Norma from The Diva Collection by Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei

Drama, beauty, intrigue – Opera has it all, and is the influence for the striking designs in the Diva Collection by Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei. The Divas are glamorous sunglasses with haute-couture touches in Mazzucchelli acetate. Norma has round, expressive shaping, further enhanced with tonal colour explorations. www.resrei.com

Lobster from The Signature Collection by Fleye Copenhagen

The Danish smorrebrod concept – delicious layering on sandwiches – inspires a distinctive Limited Edition sunglass design from The Signature Collection by Fleye Copenhagen – Lobster. Sculptural shaping, meticulously handcrafted in beta-titanium, ensures a slim, very light, and extremely comfortable frame. Fun and playful! www.fleye.dk

Seine by KBL Eyewear

Summer days on the river in Paris inspire KBL with Seine – a contemporary, sleek sunglass design in Tortoiseshell acetate and gold metal. Seine reflects a refined, timeless design that embraces new technology. www.kbleyewear.com

LINDBERG model 8412

LINDBERG’S latest sunglass designs for men are debonair, slim line and expertly crafted in the finest materials. Model 8412 highlights an architectural sensibility with a double bridge. All LINDBERG sunglasses are suitable for prescription lenses. www.lindberg.com

The Garden by Anna-Karin Karlsson

The Girl in the Garden Collection by Anna-Karin Karlsson includes luxurious sunglasses in 24K gold-plated titanium, totally handcrafted. Japanese titanium artists individually sculpt the lush flowers that embellish The Garden. www.annakarinkarlsson.com JG