Fleye Copenhagen: Elements of Art

Virtual products showcase From the Elements of Art collection by the Danish label, models Hilaro and Marianna are testimony to the company’s fondness for the arts, translated into wearable designs with a clear focus on exceptional detail.

“Elements of Art” is a tribute to the Danish museum; Thorvaldsens Museum – the first of its kind in Denmark. The characteristic museum was built to exhibit the work of the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) and offers outstanding experiences in art and archictecture – where brightly colored walls, richly decorated ceilings and mosaic floors are a backdrop for Bertel Thorvaldsen’s marble and plaster sculptures, capsuled by the high-seated light. Above: Model Hilaro by Fleye Copenhagen

Model Hilaro by Fleye Copenhagen in pure white: the semi-rimless frame has a light, slim almost floating silhouette

A trip to Thorvaldsens Museum led to the inspiration process the collection, leading the design team to experiment with molding, reflecting the preliminary process of creating the marble sculptures, and putting it into a present-day context. Rather than molding in clay and cast, the designers began creating soap in various forms, colours and patterns from Thorvaldsens Museum. The geometric blocks of soap were stacked on top of each other, creating art sculptures and visions for the frame designs.

The graphic art sculptures inspired the designs in the “Elements of Art” collection. Solid block colours and intriguing patterns from the museum have been directly transferred to new colorways and engravings in the eyewear designs, as well as patterns and transparency created by light reflections.

Marianna: Elements of Art by Fleye Copenhagen – complex study and research led to a collection inspired by the Danish museum, Thorvaldsens Museum
Marianna by Fleye Copenhagen: in ‘stone brown spotted’
Products: Marianna and Hilaro from the Elements of Art Collection Brand: Fleye Copenhagen Website: www.fleye.dk Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

neubau: expressive, sustainable eyewear

Virtual products showcase Design glasses reminiscent of works of art – for autumn in to winter, the striking eyewear models by neubau eyewear, from Austria, combine conceptual ideas with expressive design and sustainable materials: oversized, round styles meet unique 3D embellishments while 60s-infused models bring an air of sharp, upbeat design.

Walter+Wassily – black + white edition

For these eye-catching avantgarde accessories, the Austrian eyewear label is focusing on materials and technologies using the sustainable, synthetic material naturalPX. Models by neubau eyewear also feature 3D embellishments made using resource-efficient 3D printing technology.

Sarah by neubau in roasted berry

Inspired by the French Riviera of the 60s, the special edition Côte du Soleil adds three head-turning styles to the neubau eyewear collection. These models are made from natural3D, derived 100% from castor oil and printed with 3D- technology.

Product: Sarah sunglasses and Walter+Wassily sunglasses  Brand: neubau  Website: www.neubau-eyewear.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new trendsetting avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details about taking part, email [email protected].

Titanium aviators by Coblens Eyewear

Virtual products showcase A passion for classic design and a particular flair and expertise in re-interpreting the aviator shape, Coblens from Germany has brought out its new model Standspur in the Autobahn collection.

Coblens Eyewear: a beautiful gold finish on model Standspur

The style comes in polished champagne, silver, slate and matt black and builds on the purity of the narrow structure and the very fine double bridge detailing.

Coblens Eyewear: fine lines in titanium – model Standspur

Coblens glasses are produced exclusively in Germany. With an uncompromising choice of materials and innovative production techniques, the company works to achieve a symbiosis of high-tech and craftsmanship for the modern consumer with a love of quality design.

Product: Model Standspur (unisex style) in the Autobahn Collection Brand: Coblens Eyewear Website: www.coblens.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new trendsetting avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details about taking part, email [email protected].

Paradigm: emerging trends, vintage inspo

Virtual products showcase The 2020 Paradigm collection by Kenmark Eyewear follows the tone set by the 2019 brand launch while creating a vision all its own. The new collection incorporates previous best-selling details and design elements including lightweight materials, thin profiles and combination acetate and metal construction. With eleven optical styles and eight sun styles, the line has expanded in both size and range.

Nine full acetate styles and a broader selection of sizes with more petite options and wider fits are now launched. And, as is typical of the Paradigm label, inspiration has been drawn from both emerging trends and vintage looks. Above: Paradigm model 20-06 – the double bar is a trendy feature this season.

Paradigm model 20-06 with crystal finish

In the 2020 collection, on-point dual tones in both metal and acetate and more earthy brown tones are explored alongside the existing tinted crystals. Subtle styling, with nods to the ’70s and ’80s can be found throughout the collection with jewel tones and oversized shapes designed for instant style appeal.

Paradigm 20-06

Product: Paradigm model 20-06 Brand: Paradigm by Kenmark Eyewear Website: www.kenmarkeyewear.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new trendsetting avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details about taking part, email [email protected].

Diffuser Tokyo: an expanding collection

Virtual products showcaseDiffuser Tokyo offers a growing collection of very high quality well finished eyewear accessories, designed for the stylish man, and incorporating high quality leathers and textiles. In their cases range, the autumn sees the arrival of new colours for the best-selling Horween leather eyewear case. Horween is a long-established tanner in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The quality of the leather means that it is flexible, tough and aesthetically elegant its its finish – the company uses unique technologies and oil impregnated during tanning produce the stylish and soft finish – as well as unique leather colours.

Diffuser Tokyo –  new hard case in red

This traditional hard case, with a small popper fastening, is lined with good-quality Japanese pigskin leather with excellent durability. This means that the product will age gradually acquiring a unique elegance and character over time.

Diffuser Tokyo : the new military inspired glasses holders

The new glasses-holder has a military-infused design.The cord is an original linen cord produced in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. Fukui Prefecture is famous for its location in Sabae City, where glasses are produced; the district also has a flourishing textile industry due to its humid climate. The high-quality linen is functional and durable with a pleasant feel. Diffuser Tokyo products are available to buy direct from their website.

Product: Glasses holders and leather cases Brand: Diffuser Tokyo Website: www.diffuser-tokyo.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new trendsetting avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details about taking part, email [email protected].

UK opening: Framed Opticians, Chorlton

A new ‘Framed Opticians’ has opened this month in Chorlton in the UK featuring a selection of fresh independent collections. Beech Road in Chorlton (Manchester) provided an exciting, long-awaited opportunity for the independent optical retailer to expand with the opening of its third shop. The area offers a wealth of like minded, independent and ethical business, and a thriving community, committed to supporting small businesses and ‘shopping small’. It’s also full of fashion-aware individuals, who see their eyewear as an accessory through which they can express their style.

The store has a brand new, minimal design combining natural wood textures, with graphic lines and muted colours of grey and terracotta. With focus on eyewear styling, the staff have many years of experience under their belt; whether customers visit knowing exactly what they want, feel stuck in a stylerut, or need guidance on what suits them, the team are on hand to help them choose something that fits perfectly, suiting their style and personality, and most importantly, something enjoyable to wear. The boutique is currently stocking independent brands like Moscot, Booth&Bruce, and some special, colourful design lines such as FACE A FACE.

All customers require is an up-to-date prescription, and one of the shop’s optical experts will guide them in the correct lens and eyewear choices. Through the pandemic and current restrictions, the shop is open for customers “by appointment” and for passers-by in restricted  numbers. Framed Opticians has two other branches in London (Angel) and central Manchester (King Street). Framed Opticians, 113 Beech Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 9EQ Find out more: www.framedopticians.co.uk

Falvin Eyewear: contemporary, luxury style

Virtual products showcase: Birgitte Falvin’s creative concepts in modern luxury eyewear design extend to the new titanium models – Arctic and Equator, two lightweight sunglasses with harmonious colours and finishes.

In typical Danish style, the unisex model Arctic balances a minimal titanium structure with a two-tone colour scheme conceived to flatter and enhance skin tones – choose from Falvin’s signature eye-catching bright matt fire opal with matt rose gold to a more demure yet modern matt onyx combined with sophisticated mat black gold. Above: the innovative styles from Falvin, in a shoot by Danish photographer Henrik Adamsen featuring Marina Ohm (@marinaohm) and Patrycja Walczak (@patrycja.walczak).

Arctic by Falvin Eyewear: inspired by Danish architectural innovation

The hexagonal shape of the Arctic is informed by The Crystal, an environmentally friendly extension of Nykredit headquarters at the Kalvebod Brygge waterfront in Copenhagen.

 

Equator by Falvin Eyewear: cutting-edge design in titanium – made in Japan
The Equator model has a delicate oval eye shape, with a small “opening” in the upper corners. Colours are equally sophisticated, with choices which include matt fire opal with matt rose gold or matt topas with matt 24 carat gold.
All of Falvin’s premium designs can be decorated with luxurious diamond settings; Falvin works with a highly skilled Danish jeweller and offers this bespoke service for those customers who wish to personalise their frame with that extra special touch. Falvin shows at the Hall of Frames trade fair, Zurich on 13th/14th September 2020.
Since the start of lockdown, Falvin has created an online showroom, by appointment, to give their customers a privileged view of their stylish collection, from the comfort of their own home or office space. Please use the email following to arrange an appointment. Product: Arctic and Equator Brand: Falvin Eyewear (Denmark) Website: www.falvineyewear.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

Ferilli Eyewear: Italian flair, sustainable materials

Virtual products showcase: The first brand of eyewear to produce a dedicated sustainable collection made from locally sourced prickly pear fibre and other sustainable materials such as olive wood and ebony, the young up-and-coming eco-conscious label Ferilli Eyewear successfully combines refined style and keen pricing in frames designed with a conscience, made to the strictest quality standards in Italy.

Their new line – “Aéras” ( “air” in Greek), is composed of six new unisex models inspired by the beautiful villages of Puglia in Southern Italy – with names such as Ostuni, Castro, Leuca and Porto Badisco. In this line, the focus was to “lighten the silhouette of the frame and highlight the Italian design, the lightweight quality and artisanal precision of the details.”

Ferilli Eyewear: the Aéras collection combines lightweight 100% sustainable materials and stylish Italian design

The prickly pear cactus has become increasingly desirable in recent years and as well as having health properties – it is popular in skincare and as a supplement for healthy hair – it  is even being studied for the production of earth-friendly plastic. In the Ferilli Eyewear collection, the patterned finish of the natural material creates a unique and eye-catching element for the fronts of the sunglasses.

Ferilli Eyewear: close-up of the unique patterning of the material, applied on birch wood in layers and covered with an eco-friendly resin

Trained as an optician, founder Cristiano Ferilli was born in Lecce in Puglia and has a special fondness for the region and its beautiful landscape. His eyewear collection uses the raw material, Sikalindi from the prickly pear cactus. The fibre needed for the sunglass production is obtained by a patented and completely eco-friendly method of dehydration without the use of pollutants.

Ferilli Eyewear; the sunglass styles are fitted with UV protective lenses in graduated, bright or more subtle and neutral tones

Ferilli Eyewear won “Best Ecological Sunglasses of the Year” in 2019 at the Monaco International Optics Trophies – the title “Maker of Merit” at the Maker Faire Rome (2019) – and was selected among the best young Italian designers in the “Showcase” – AltaRoma – Rome (2020).

Product: Aéras Collection Brand: Ferilli Eyewear Website: https://en.ferillieyewear.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

 

Christian Roth: cat’s eye model Firi

The Firi is back: photographed by Alexander DiGenova

Christian Roth’s Firi sunglasses come from a tradition of iconic eyewear designs, modelled in signature ultra-beveled acetate. The style is featured in Roth’s new campaign by Alexander DiGenova, the 23 year old designer, photographer and creative director.

Above: Juliana wears Firi by Christian Roth, described as a “punky cateye design” – photography by Alexander DiGenova

Christian Roth as seen by Alexander DiGenova

Set in his Los Angeles apartment, Alexander enlisted his fellow creative muses, models and friends isolated with him in lockdown earlier this year, to embody the spirit of the eyewear.

“A bold, sculptural silhouette is perfect on Juliana and reminiscent of her essence,” said Alexander. Though in her early 20s, Juliana has traveled the world three times over and is fluent in French. Her monochromatic aesthetic is never complete without sunglasses.”

Christian Roth’s Firi in pastel pink
Product: Firi cat’s eye Brand: Christian Roth Website: www.dita.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

JF Rey: dynamic and experimental design

Virtual products showcase: JF Rey’s dynamic, upbeat and experimental collections see new entries for autumn, with highlights including architecturally-informed designs, an interesting submarine inspired concept and more 3D spectacle shapes inspired by the amazing natural complexity and design of the structure of a shell. Above: the Shell concept is created in stainless steel – the colours are applied by hand. Photography: Ulrich Hartmann

Model NAUTINEW 0000: JF Rey

This concept is informed by the Nautilus submarine: its cutting-edge technology and high-tech engineering are a subtle reference to the portholes scanning the depths of the sea. Its complex shape results from a technical 3D-printing process, with a stainless-steel and nylon combination on the front and both side shells of the frame, while playing graphic contrast rectangle/round shape. The creative process is based on seeking out quality and unique lightness in materials along with excellence and functionality in the design. Black colour and soft matt finishing on the front strengthen the assertive and bold allure of the model. A contemporary and distinctive look specially cut out for adventurous people and protecting the gaze from light rays, wind and water splashes.

JF2913 Concept Shell – made in France

These eye-catching glasses (Concept Shell at JF Rey) have been imagined in the spirit of a shell, around the idea of a harmonious cocoon for women’s eyes. Crafted from fine quality stainless-steel, it strikes with its distinct octagonal shape achieved in an extreme fineness, airy lightness and bold avant-garde influences. Volumes appear in a delicate geometric construction playing the contrasts of shape and colours in a distinctive graphic spirit. The combination of pink gold and luminous poppy red elegantly combine with the lofty constructions. Handmade colorization on the front highlights the elegance and the precious styling of the model.

JF Rey 2879 Concept Wave

The result of technical and visual research, this frame – Concept Wave – offers a fluid, lightweight, and moving design. The modern and graphic style is achieved by the folding and coloring of thin stainless-steel strips. The style is given its character through a game in which fine metal lines bend, cross, overlap and vibrate on the front in a light and airy structure. Each stainless-steel element is individually folded, colored by hand and assembled on the frame according to a specially graphics construction.

Product: JF Rey collections “Wave, “Shell”, “Nautinew” Brand: JF Rey Website: www.jfrey.fr Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

#Comingsoon: Hall of Frames, Zurich

A highly anticipated return to some kind of normality and a chance to meet with friends and clients: the Hall of Frames trade fair takes place in Zurich on 13th and 14th September 2020 and looks set to attract more brands than ever with the cancellations of the season’s larger international shows. Above: Ørgreen Optics attends the Hall of Frames event each year. The brand has recently released a new mini collection in acetate. The kaleidoscopic colours, which play with lightness and depth, are one of the highlights in an ever evolving collection of contemporary ranges by the Copenhagen label. 

Coblens model Autoradio – a superb contemporary slant on the classic aviator

From Germany, Coblens will attends the optical fair in Zurich with their growing range of metal and acetate lines…their lightweight titanium eyewear continues to be one of their most sought after specialisms, created in exciting colorations using PVD titanium coatings. Find out more at: www.coblens.com

Lunettes ALF: one of our recommended up-and-coming labels – handmade in France

Lunettes ALF comes to Hall of Frames Zurich for the first time this September. The French design label has achieved much in a small space of time and is already a favourite label in some of the world’s finest optical stores. The team promises two new special releases at the fair. Find out more at www.lunettes-alf.com

Nirvan Javan – London Collection – handcrafted in Japan

Nirvan Javan – the 5 year old Swiss label will show their London collection among other ranges: the premium acetate collection is handcrafted in Japan with precision and emphasizes the distinctive and purist signature of the designer as well as practicalities of comfort and fit. www.nirvanjavan.com

Update: Hall of Frames has created a new booking system for meetings with exhibitors at https://hallofframes-time.contedi.de/onlinetermin. The fair is also working with UVC protection who are providing a device for disinfecting the frames on display.

Confirmed brands attending Hall of Frames (HOF – the trade only event) in Zurich include Falvin Eyewear, Lunettes Alf, Fassungswerk, NOBIKA, Einstoffen, JF Rey, Kypers, Mykita, Nirvan Javan, Ørgreen Optics and YOU MAWO – for more details about the event and for a full list of exhibitors visit www.hallofframes.ch

TVR 504 & TVR Arnel – 2020 Edition

Virtual products showcase: The iconic style of actor James Dean, the panto shape is one of the most timeless vintage designs ever created. Based meticulously on the shape and replicating its style, the 504 and Arnel models by Japanese label TVR are recreated by hand by expert craftsmen in Sabae, Japan; the eyewear boasts 50s retro anti-slip strips, seven-barrel hinges, a keyhole bridge, signature SPM (Sun Platinum Metal material) spear rivets and miter cutting by hand.  Above: TVR Arnel: classic style handcrafted in Japan
TVR 504 – worn by George Laboda
The TVR® Arnel® shape – also known as the JD frame – is usually patented using Japanese 4mm celluloid to accentuate the lustre and shine of the material. Its slim profile also adds comfort and a better fit. The updated iteration is crafted by hand by TVR®’s master craftsman in Sabae, Japan, Sawada-Yaemon.
The miter cut technique is a critical feature of vintage eyewear where the front of the frame and temples each lie at a 45-degree angle, creating a 90-degree angle. True Vintage Revival remakes all the original elements of the TVR® 504 and TVR® Arnel® using an exceptionally rare, authentic mould that produced the classic shape just as it was in the past.
TVR504: based on the classic style, worn by James Dean
“We come from a family of master craftsmen whose heritage dates back to the Edo period. Our family, the Yaemon, in fact is the first to perfect the iconic TVR® 504 shape using traditional measurements and techniques, making this collection extra special to us.” —Sawada-Yaemon
TVR504

To celebrate the overwhelming support and encouraging response from customers over the years, TVR® will be offering this 2020 edition using Zylonite material, featuring the intricate Japanese engraving depicting The Great Wave of Kanagawa on the metal core.

Product: TVR 504 and TVR Arnel Brand: TVR (Japan) Website: www.tvropt.com / www.tvropt.eu Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

Götti Switzerland: innovation for autumn

Virtual products showcase: For the coming season, Götti Switzerland is adding six new titanium styles to its collection, including fashionable shapes paired with 3D printed inlays and two strong masculine shapes. The Swiss brand also announces feminine acetate styles in new stunning transparent colours as well as strong and bold acetate classics for men. For autumn, new entries will appear in the Dimension range including 14 new models, 4 of which are designed for kids and teens. The adult Dimension styles have a super thin construction, with  sleek lightweight temples – the easygoing everyday shapes fit many different face shapes and personalities.
In Götti’s Perspective design ‘Folio’ – the essence of which is built on strong contours and technical innovation – a fine, flat rim, reduced to an absolute minimum, encases the lenses. A sophisticated balance – with architectural references is formed through the strong structure and breathtaking lightness of the product.
Above: model Dancy is new at Götti Switzerland: on the surface, the model is a progressive take on a slightly oversized cat’s eye. A closer look shows the inlays produced in an additive manufacturing process, thanks to Götti’s in-house 3D-printing capabilities. The result is a distinguished balance of classic and futuristic.

3D printed: Everts by Götti Switzerland

The ultra-bold Everts model by Götti Switzerland is a masculine interpretation of the classic aviator style. Like all frames in the Dimension collection, these sunglasses are 100% manufactured in Switzerland, using state-of-the-art 3D printing capabilities with all focus on sustainable manufacture. The polyamide front is combined with stainless steel temples to create a flexible and comfortable frame to fit individual wearers.

Ernest by Götti Switzerland

Inspired by time-honored classics, reduced to essentials: model Ernest Götti Switzerland   offers a modern twist on a bold, square frame. With a slightly thicker rim (pictured in black), the versatile unisex design is made from hand-polished acetate produced exclusively for Götti by leading manufacturers in Germany and Austria.

Products: Dancy, Ernest and Everts Brand: Götti Switzerland Website: www.gotti.ch Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

Jean Philippe Joly: details in acetate

Virtual products showcase: Jean Philippe Joly’s passion and commitment to unique handmade design is always apparent in his collections which tell a story of inventive creativity, savoir-faire and high artisanship. The designer is a self-confessed detailist with an eye for colour and sculptural aesthetics.  His limited edition styles are popular with artistic individuals and have recently been worn by Natalia Vodianova, the Russian model/entrepreneur.

Above: the ever popular cat eye has a new “soft” look in this new entry by Jean Philippe Joly (model Jalouse) which would have launched this month in Paris : vintage turquoise acetate fitted with 24 hour delicate custom aqua sun lenses. A small wave detail on the side of the frame front and nicely formed hand-finished bevels are a finishing touch in this individual design.

Jean Philippe Joly: model Producteur

Model Producteur by Jean Philippe Joly returns to the collection in new colourways : this frame has custom blue lenses for 24 hour wear. It has a discreet “depression” in the 8 millimetre Mazzucchelli acetate on the sides of the front and on the shiny polished temples. Real rivets are a typical “hallmark” feature of these designs.

Jean Philippe Joly chooses the finest Mazzucchelli acetates: above, a frame inspired by waves – model Surfeur

The choice of quality acetates by Mazzucchelli in Italy and the highest standards yet traditional manufacturing methods results in a refined design product of uncompromising quality.

Product:  New-season collection – models Producteur, Jalouse + Surfeur  Brand: Jean Philippe Joly Website: www.jeanphilippejoly.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details about taking part, email [email protected].

Suzy Glam x blick in Rotterdam

Amsterdam-based eyewear label Suzy Glam has taken a temporary pop-up store in Rotterdam, in the Pannekoekstraat, next door to Blick Brillen, with whom the Suzy Glam brand has a close and fruitful relationship. The design of the shop is described as “a true mixture of Suzy Glam Amsterdam and blick brillen Rotterdam”. Designer Susanne Klemm of Suzy Glam wanted to integrate their ‘Amsterdam chic’ with the ‘Rotterdam laid-back coolness’.

Susanne Klemm and Etienne Frederiks of Suzy Glam outside the new pop-up store

Suzy Glam’s Amsterdam store is located in Roelof Hartstraat 32HS. The shop is a showroom for the handmade eyewear collection, which has become synonymous with good taste and a creative, sculptural style with a colour palette that is inspired by retro design, while striking a new mood that is confident, chic and contemporary.
The temporary store can be visited during the regular opening hours of blick brillen at Pannekoekstraat 35A 3011 LC Rotterdam. www.blickbrillen.com / www.suzyglam.com

Kaleidoscope of colours: Kirk & Kirk

Virtual Products Showcase: The British eyewear label Kirk & Kirk is a specialists in statement colour and stylish modern design. Their Kaleidoscope Collection evolves as a celebration of beautiful transparent tones in dynamic combinations and dramatic shapes, each frame created as a work of art to evoke the unique personality of the wearer.

Launching this month, Kirk & Kirk introduce two vibrant new colours across the collection: a vivacious, hot ‘fuchsia’ and a warm, emotive chilli-infused red. Above: Kirk & Kirk model Jane in fuchsia

Jane in fuchsia: from the Kaleidoscope Collection by Kirk & Kirk

All twelve of the Kaleidoscope collection shapes come in the two new tones adding a new dimension to the collection as we look towards 2021. The frames are produced in the label’s unique custom-made super-light acrylic, which “gleams like glass with a translucence only found in Kirk & Kirk eyewear”.

New chilli colour launching this month – Kirk & Kirk

Kirk & Kirk frames are designed in the UK and handmade in one factory in France from start to finish, using the label’s unique grade of Italian acrylic.  Some of the frames are popular with celebrities, Robert Downey Jr wears their Cecil in Jade, Victor in Apple and Purple and Carter in Spectrum and British actor Nicholas Pinnock wears model Percy in Stone.

Product: Kaleidoscope collection Brand: Kirk & Kirk Website: www.kirkandkirk.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details about taking part, email [email protected].

Explore 3D printed design: Liq Eyewear

3D printed eyewear by Barcelona design studio, Creax

With the rise of 3D-printing, a young generation of designers is coming to the eyewear arena from other specialisms – interested in the sustainable potential of the eyewear alongside the opportunities offered for individual design and customisation.

Josep Mateo Muñoz, product designer, Creax Design, a design and innovation studio in Barcelona, launched Liq Eyewear with focus on the potential of Polyamide and its creative appeal when exploring shapes. “Polyamide is a natural material, it is light, warm and pleasant on the skin,” he told Eyestylist. “The material allows us to design “liquid” shapes which would be impossible to produce with other materials.” The frames at Liq have a lightweight construction achieved with a sculpted finish on the exterior and interior of the designs and finishes are gently textured – with colours ranging from bright red to natural stone-like tones.

Liq Eyewear, Barcelona – a sustainable production

With a self-designed magnetic hinge system, Zeiss sunlenses and an attractive protective soft grey felt bag, the Liq designers has managed to balance their love of modern design and fashion in a comfortable, inexpensive product they can produce out of Spain. “Liq started as an internal project at the studio: we thought that it would be a good idea to apply our experience in eyewear design to our own brand taking advantage of the benefits of 3d printing and controlling the whole process from our studio, avoiding overproduction or excessive waste in manufacture.”

About the label: Liq Eyewear first launched in 2018. The liquid-inspired shapes are 3D printed in Barcelona, Spain – and the collection is now widely available in Spain in optical shops. The new 2021 collection promises frames with sculpted decorations and surfaces with holes and openings – watch for new styles such as Liq Rain and Liq Lava opthalmic/sun styles with details only possible using 3D printed technology. www.liq-eyewear.com

McKenna by Lowercase NYC

When an architect, an investment analyst and a craftsman combine the result is apparently founding a quality-driven, on-trend and up-and-coming eyewear brand in the Big Apple: Lowercase NYC. Gerard Masci first realised his passion for eyewear as young as 13. Years later, he was connected with Brian Vallario and then with Ryan Langer – the three used their respective industry acquired skill sets to forge a team unmatched in artistry and individuality creating a collection of pieces that showcase exactly that.

The team’s passion for quality and style is obvious in each aspect of their small-batch product design and manufacturing; using an immersive approach they source high quality materials – such as Italian and Japanese acetate, Carl Zeiss sun lenses and German engineered hinges – and a mix of technology as well as handcrafting techniques to deliver each pair of glasses with their onerous stamp of approval. Aside from the physical materials and labour that play a part in the production of each piece, Lowercase maintain an intimate level of knowledge in each step of the journey – from design conception to send-off – a 30 step process to be exact, all done over the course of two weeks from the comfort of their amazing Brooklyn Army Terminal workshop.

Victoria wears the McKenna frame by Lowercase NYC – in Ox blood

The workshop itself is iconic and like no other – standing since 1919 it was once the largest US military supply base during the Second World War. Now, in Brooklyn – the most ambitiously creative and diverse district of NYC, it houses artists, designers and makers from all stretches of the industry – each working alongside one another and inspiring each-other to create – and yes, it is open to visit.

I have the McKenna frame (Ox blood colour) – a striking style with a subtle cat eye lens; the subtlety means they maintain the sharp finish and statement impact desired in a cat eye shape – but make it less intense and more rounded. These frames are versatile, there is no outfit that these won’t adapt to or improve. The quality is noticeable…Carl Zeiss sun lenses provide 100% UVA/UVB protection, and the barrel hinges and coated screws ensure long-lasting accident proof structure. In spite of their high-fashion, fun and delicate appearance these sunglasses block out UV rays and rest firmly and comfortably on the face; the levels of quality in each part of the design, manufacturing and production process can be seen and felt.

Lowercase have an engaging and immersive website which allows customers to experience every aspect of the brand and its collection including a step by step video on the production of the glasses within the Brooklyn Army Terminal – right up to them being delivered into the customers hands, as well some further information on some interesting initiatives the brand takes in their endeavour to be as sustainable as possible. For more information visit https://lowercasenyc.com and find the McKenna – in Ox Blood, Powder Blue or Gold Flake, at https://lowercasenyc.com/products/mckenna. A review by Victoria G. L Brunton.

‘Enjoy Eyewear Again’

A special event in Italy for independent design brands

A new event concept by the founder of Miga Studio Eyewear (Italy) and like-minded independent eyewear brands and designers will take place on 7th September 2020 at Villa Avanzi, Lake Garda, Italy (by invitation only).

The concept is designed to bring customers and brands together again in a stunning, safe yet intimate setting, and to allow opticians access to some of the finest independent labels and their new offerings, in line with new social distancing protocols.

“We have organised an entire day dedicated to opticians who wish to discover unique eyewear with an inevitable glass of wine,” says Alessandro Fedalto of Miga Studio Eyewear who has conceived the event with others as a result of  the many cancellations of trade events through 2020, due to the global pandemic. ” 20 eyewear brands from Italy, UK, Germany, USA and Portugal will share their latest projects and designs releasing for the new season and 2021 with a group of 100 stores located within easy proximity of the stunning shores of Lake Garda and the historic location. For more details contact [email protected]

Kitschenberg: the tiny gem of Munich

Curated with exceptional care and attention, the distinguished family-run optical boutique Kitschenberg in Munich, has been providing an eyecare service and an extraordinarily refined selection of eyewear to a very specific community of frame wearers – for more than 20 years. Stocking over 80% panto and round glasses shapes, owners Andreas Kitschenberg and his wife Steffi choose every piece themselves; with an unprecedented knowledge of the highest-quality labels and an appreciation of the craftsmanship and finesse of the materials – Andreas says they have identical taste for glasses – the couple go out of their way to explore new makers and designers with individual, covetable designs from around the world.

Kitschenberg: the new interior by Stephanie Thatenhorst

The shop itself is something of a destination and perfectly encompasses the beauty and refinement of the selection of eyewear inside. Andreas explained to us the redesign: “Last summer, the time had come for something new and we completely renovated the shop. The 29 square meter shop has a 4 meter high ceiling and is covered with walnut wood. The lines are very angular, the inner shape is like a cube – a clear contrast to our otherwise round glasses. We worked with interior designer Stephanie Thatenhorst – and as you might imagine we have had a lot of compliments for the design of such a small yet striking space.”

Kitschenberg’s interior is finished with striking walnut wood

Labels currently featured here include TVR from Japan, Lunettes Alf from France, and Savile Row from the UK. “These are glasses with a soul, just as we like it; glasses that stand out from the crowd, handcrafted with absolutely meticulous attention down to the smallest details…”

The Kitschenbergs have also added their own small acetate collection – Kitschenberg acetate – and a luxurious buffalo horn series – Kitschenberg Horn. “All of the styles are of course Pantos,” says Andreas, with delight.

Kitschenberg’s curated collections: “glasses that stand out from the crowd”

At Kitschenberg everything is by appointment, it has always been that way, allowing a more personal fitting and selection of a frame. “We are located in a very beautiful part of Munich, between the old town and the Isar river. There are good restaurants here, but no other shops. We don’t have walk-in customers…everyone is coming to us very specifically and often they have been coming back time and again for years.”

https://www.kitschenberg.com/ueber-uns/

 

Fleye Copenhagen: Elements of Art

“Each frame is the intersection of craft and art – a representation of our vision for modern designs crafted to last….”

Fleye Copenhagen’s innovative, creative concepts expand yet again with the introduction of ‘Elements of Art’: an eye-catching arts-inspired collection which pays tribute to Denmark’s Thorvaldsens Museum, its evocative colours, architectural features and marble and plaster sculptures.

Inspiring a new collection: experimental molding in geometrical soap blocks

Through a process of experimental molding, the designers at Fleye sought to recreate the mood of the works – and the process of creating them – while adding a contemporary context. As they explain, “Rather than molding in clay and cast, the designers began creating soap in various forms, colours and patterns from the Thorvaldsens Museum. Afterwards the geometrical blocks of soap were stacked on top of each other, creating art sculptures and visions for the new designs.”

Inspiration was drawn from the historic museum, its colours and its works of art / Images courtesy of Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen. Left photo credit: Sarah Coghill

The result is a line up of glasses with new inspiring colorways and engravings as well as patterns and playful transparencies created by light reflections and closely aligned to the historic elegance and visual aesthetics of the Thorvaldsens Museum and its exuberant heritage and works of design.

About Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark (www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk) – the museum is dedicated to the art of the Danish neoclassical sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, who lived and worked in Rome for much of his life. The museum can be found on the island of Slotsholmen, near Christiansborg Palace. More information about this new season arts-inspired collection at www.fleye.dk

Ely Yili Cao: pearly jewellery eyewear

Gemmologist and award-winning jewellery & eyewear designer Ely Yili Cao is a graduate of the prestigious RCA in London. Her latest work is entitled Lunette de Diadème.

“My collection uses luxury as a perspective and high-end jewellery as a platform,” says Ely Cao. The designer, who has taken part and won the 100% Optical / RCA Eyewear design competition (in 2020 and previously) for a work featuring delicate pearl settings, has created her latest work – Lunette de Diadème – as a means of exploring how spectacles have infiltrated our lives beyond a medical device and symbol of impairment.

Working with a mix of materials such as rhodium plated silver alloy, fresh water and Tahiti pearls with bluetooth earphones, Cao has imagined and created a new personal concept in luxury glasses, incorporating high-tech, connected to artisan jewellery-techniques, with handmade settings and a genuine appreciation of traditional construction. Her attention to detail continues into innovative functional and aesthetic features – with highlights which include beautifully conceived moveable jewellery parts, interchangeable lenses, and a hugely appealing charging case.

About: Ely Yili Cao, a designer who specialises in jewellery, eyewear and accessories, an authorized gemmologist and appraiser, earned her BA (Hon) degree in Jewellery Design, at the Central Saint Martins’ College of Art and Design, finished gemmologic study from GIA with scholarship, and recently graduated from the Royal College of Art fashion programme, specialising in accessories and eyewear.
Her design and craft skills have been selected and awarded worldwide — by organizations including The Goldsmiths’ Centre, The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council in the UK, Gemological Institute of America in the US, Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects (JOYA) in Spain; and by commercial companies including The Leatherseller’s Company, Theo Fennell and William Morris London (100% Optical / RCA competition). For more information visit @ely.yili.cao (Instagram) and www.elycao.com

Sunny vibes at Lowercase

Launch of three made-in-NYC styles as the Brooklyn label returns to normal production

A set of three stunning new handmade frames is announced by Lowercase, the NYC independent artisan label working out of a historic Brooklyn factory. The label has recently resumed full production post-lockdown and the new designs – Rose, Lenox and Astor – offer a refreshing reminder of the intricate processes and distinctive handcrafting techniques that go into a small-batch production at this level.
Astor by Lowercase – handmade in New York

The three new bookish frames are inspired by the renowned libraries of New York City, where the Lowercase manufacturing workshop is based. Merging craftsmanship with modern design, ​each style has its particular nuances from the effortlessly stylish shaping of Rose and the classic, versatile, and flattering Astor to the Lenox, which features rounded corners and smooth lines that soften the hard geometry​. All Lowercase sunglasses are produced in hand-polished acetate and feature the finest hardware and quality Carl Zeiss sun lenses.Find out more at www.lowercasenyc.com

Repair + recycle: TimeFrame

UK start-up TimeFrame, created in lockdown, proposes bespoke frames made from old stock and restoration of vintage specs

A new project by a UK dispensing optician – created in lockdown whilst on furlough from his regular work – offers customers a bespoke sunglasses design, made from pieces of old, unused, upcycled or vintage eyewear. Elliot Carey says that alongside repairing special vintage eyewear finds from the past, he is creating one-off designs using pieces of unwanted spectacle frames that the owners would otherwise throw away.

The limited editions sunglasses are fitted with new UV protective lenses with a choice of colours and tints – depending on the requirements of each client.  Above: old eyeglasses reconfigured into new “Frankenspex” designs – the styles have a Gothic-infused style and finish

TimeFrame: Repairing old unique pieces of vintage eyewear

Carey has also sourced a selection of unique vintage frames, some of which he will reconfigure for his clients, who include individuals with a love of vintage eyewear, theatre companies, and people who just want to recycle their frames and use them again.

Vintage frames, sourced online on Ebay and similar sites

With plans to expand the bespoke service and create designs inspired by architecture and design details in his local city, Carey is confident that demand for his handmade recycled styles will increase as the fashion industry resets its focus towards a sustainable agenda. A one-off bespoke design without a huge price tag is an attractive proposal to a young 20+ age group especially for those, according to Carey, with a passion for upcycled fashion and a desire to recreate their perfect specs and give them a new lease of life.  To find out more visit www.ebay.co.uk/usr/timeframer90

Gemma Styles: second collection launch

Available exclusively at Baxter & Bonny from 7th August 2020

Fun yet classic, with focus turned to sustainable, energy-efficient production as well as charming, easy-to-wear design, the second capsule by Gemma Styles and Kenmark Eyewear is announced with a further 5 timeless shapes, in youthful colours including honey, watermelon and caramel.  Styles says she focused on the longevity of the shapes, making sure they could be loved and enjoyed by their owners for years to come.

“The Young Ones” – a petite acetate cat eye – pictured above in carbon: “The inspiration for this shape was a photograph of my grandma from the early 1970s” says Styles.

Gemma wears own design, The Young Ones in watermelon

Continuing the theme of the first collection, each sunglass is named after songs from Styles’ personal favourite playlist that embody the look and feel of the frame. Gemma also wanted to give back to a cause near and dear to her heart, mental health.

‘Don’t Stop’ by Gemma Styles x Kenmark – in Caramel – 10% of proceeds will be donated to mental health research

To do so, she created a special ‘Find the Light’ style (‘Don’t Stop’ in Caramel) specifically to donate 10% of the proceeds to mental health research. It was important that this style had a positive song association.

Gemma wears Take It Easy – in Carbon

The first line created as a collaboration between influencer/writer Gemma Styles and Kenmark Eyewear launched in 2018 with four styles. The new sunglass designs  are available exclusively at www.baxterandbonny.com from the official launch date of 7th August 2020. For more information about Kenmark visit www.kenmarkeyewear.com

Trends: bold, dazzling statements

While small-scale brands enjoy popularity among consumers who seek authenticity, quality and style, these labels are also seeing more and more opportunity to propose bold statement designs, with interesting colours and a more individual look, even in these times of global pandemic.

Certainly, growth in timeless, unisex classically oriented specs and sunglasses is expected where economic recession looms, and a desire to play things safe may become the status quo. However, smaller independent labels continue to tell us that their specialist designs – those that offer a different more unique style focus, are still very much in the running when it comes to current purchasing trends. Some have even cited lifestyle changes such as our continued use of Zoom – where the camera hones in on the upper body and face – as precipitating a trend for more adventurous specs choices and a shift toward colour and more impactful, memorable shapes.

Above: SOL SOL ITO model 048 offers a new interpretation of a 70s square eye shape in daring tones of red, hippie gold or blue  – the sunglass style is eye-catching for its novel shaping but also for its beautifully curated colour palette – if wearing with a mask then coordinate colours carefully.  www.solsolito.com Photo by Hans Hansen

Model Regumbo by l.a.Eyeworks: no-ordinary round shape – the inner rim features a “floating” lens mount

For an unforgettable statement, the bold signature shaping of a floating lens mount is the eye-catching focus of the Regumbo by l.a.Eyeworks – a frame that is as extraordinary as it is aesthetically exciting. The dazzling colour choices range from the classic black to a soft delicate powder pink and absolutely adorable patterned ‘Merry Mix’. Visit www.la-eyeworks.com

Reflect Eyewear – AF17 Newquay in Coral Red – made in Italy and featuring Italian UV protective sun lenses

Elongated narrow 90s inspired sunglasses have been around for a while now and are still a staple for Gen Z. The colourful versions which offer a funkier spin (AF17 above by Reflect Eyewear) are a particularly desirable statement-making style accessory this summer with growing appeal for all ages and sexes. The Newquay comes in black and coral red – and has decent UV protective lenses at a very competitive price. Find more 90s inspired shapes in this genre for men and women at www.reflect-eyewear.com

The Friday edit: a piece of paradise (PFB)

Peoples from Barbados: sunglasses + glasses for beach, city or paradise holiday

The sea, the sun, and the sand….Peoples from Barbados is the first independent Caribbean eyewear label with a colour palette inspired by the natural elements of the beautiful island, the culture and the daily life.

Hartman’s joie de vivre and love for her homeland is translated into her designs with precision and passion, to create statement eyewear that is both stylish and different. The leading boutique optician on the island, she has taken careful note of what her customers love and translated those qualities into designs with a luxury feel and a lightweight build.

“My handmade frames embody the spirit of the island and my passion for this beautiful place. Every colour and texture, every combination and creative detail has been inspired by the beauty of Barbados…” Alicia Hartman, Peoples from Barbados

Style PFB-13 (above) has a delicately bevelled or sculpted surface, and a cat-eye inspired shape with soft edges combined with the signature stainless steel temples. The colour combinations include the stunning lilac tones inspired by a Bajan storm, and a deep red/tortoise combination that combines perfectly with gold stainless steel temples. Take a look at the whole collection at https://peoplesfrombarbados.com

New opening: Lunetterie Laurent, Nîmes

Owner Laurent Schnitzler presents a bright, light elegant boutique in the historic centre of Nîmes (France)

Lunetterie Laurent opened on 11th May 2020, when lockdown ended in France and shops including optical boutiques were allowed to welcome customers back in store. The refined tasteful interior boasts exposed stone, mixed with a palette of minimal white, dark indigo and fittings in light, natural wood.  “All our design details, colours and furniture have been coordinated by my wife and I personally,” says Laurent. “We have worked on the presentation of the interior since January. Through lockdown – with unexpected time on our hands – we were working in the store ourselves, painting, decorating and preparing for our opening.”

Interior: modern yet in keeping with the elegant exterior – the shop is in the old centre – ‘l’ecusson’ of the French city

Located in the historic centre, with an old, stone facade decorated with hanging baskets, the shop has focused on offering handmade collections and brands are selected on the basis of quality, artisan production and exclusive provenance, with a particular focus on local French production. “We only offer very fine materials – quality acetate, titanium, buffalo horn, shells, gold and wood. We are most interested in eco-friendly, organic and sustainable materials and of course a unique and interesting style of design.” Customers tend to be around 30+ years old, with some families and children, catered to with specialist brands like Very French Gangsters.

For adults, the store stocks Dokomotto, Vuillet Vega, Ovvo optics, SALT. Optics, Kley’s eyewear, Meg eyewear, Gaston eyewear, Dick Moby, Frod’s, Lesca, Friendly Frenchy, and Maui Jim.

French artisan brands feature at the store: above, styles by MEG Eyewear

We asked Laurent how things have been particularly for the opening with new regulations after lockdown. He told us:  “We have adapted. To receive our customers with care we have arranged to have one door as an entrance and one for an exit. Of course we are wearing masks and we use anti-bacterial gel widely, and after every customer visit. We have become used to washing our glasses with soap and water after each fitting. Our interior has space enough so that we can welcome 3 customers in the shop at the same time and easily observe social distancing.”

Lunetterie Laurent, 3 Rue de la Trésorerie, 30000 Nîmes, France