May 2020

Bio acetate – The Friday edit: Orris London

Bio acetate has become a hugely desirable commodity in fashion eyewear, and optical accessory designers are also making it their own. The Orris London range is produced in a material made from wood pulp and cotton fibre. It’s kind to the skin, petroleum-free and 100% natural and biodegradable.

“Sustainability is at the core of orris London,” says founder of the label Tara Shen. “Designed in our London studio, each chain link is individually laser cut, shaped and hand-polished, with pieces taking up to seven days to finish. Long-lasting design and ‘buy better, buy less’ are mantras we live and work by.”

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One of several designs, the bio-acetate Spaghetti chain (pictured above) launched in Paris for SS2020, is the most original design in the collection, with a super-sleek silhouette to fit all styles of glasses and sunglasses. Available in Liberty’s, Le Bon Marche Paris and selected independent fashion + optical stores you can also buy these designs for purchase on the Orris London website. To find our more about Tara Shen’s designs, made in the UK, visit www.orris.co.uk

Statement sunglasses – Vysen model Panache

Described as a favourite within the collection, Vysen’s latest colours for the unisex Panache style are eye-catching and brave, a new spin on a design that is one of the strongest futuristic highlights in this collection by the independent label from Miami.

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For quality finishing, these Vysen sunglasses, which feature a double rim and open section below the lens are made with a versatile, ultra-light, durable stainless-steel.  The new colours combine black and rose gold with a rose mirror lenses or black and silver with a silver mirror lens, both of which bring a luxury finish to the unique, avantgarde shape. Find out more about Vysen sunglasses at www.vysen.com

Interview: Linda Tol, TOL Eyewear

Amsterdam-based blogger, model and influencer Linda Tol lives life in fashion’s fast lane. Her own-brand eyewear collection is the embodiment of her fresh, elegant, unpretentious personal style. Eyestylist spoke to her in an exclusive interview during lockdown. 

What is your earliest memory of fashion? I grew up in a village nearby Amsterdam. Together with my younger sister. I grew up with fashion. My mum has a deep interest in it and I guess it rubbed off on me. Growing up, she loved to dress us kids for school. It looked like it was our birthday every day.

When did you begin your journey / career in the fashion industry? Before I started blogging I worked in Fashion PR. Many stylists and journalists supported me to do something with my style. A blog was the perfect way to share my love, passion and inspiration for beauty and fashion. After 3 years working for the PR firm, I decided to start my own company and LindaTol was born.

What are your thoughts on the “influencer” industry and social media platforms as we know them today?  Social networks are the biggest source of inspiration. Billions of us are using social media platforms every day. We use it for every part of our lives. In our personal relationships, for entertainment, at work and in our studies. Social media changed the way we communicate. It’s changing the way we do business, the way we are governed, and the way we live in society. Social media is real. Influencers share their personal life, experiences and stories. And people relate to influencers.

When you’re looking for a particular item; clothing, bags, accessories – what, for you, are the 3 most important attributes to the item / the brand it is produced by? 1/I invest in timeless pieces: wardrobe investments 2/Quality over quantity 3/I ask if it is environmentally friendly production?

Does quality / lasting wear for you have an influence on purchasing a product? Yes. For me it’s really important to invest in a piece. I only buy products that are timeless and the quality is really important to me. Quality means it lasts longer. It has a different value for me. 

Linda Tol – SS20 – in TOL Eyewear

What is your stance on environmentalism and sustainability in the fashion industry and in day to day life? Shop less, Collect better – be mindful of your consumer habits – shop Brands That Prioritize Sustainability.

Do you think there’s a similar need for accessories to become sustainable? Not really a need. But the idea behind TOL Eyewear is to invest in a timeless pair of sunglasses. A pair of sunglasses you buy and wear for many years. It’s a luxury product.

How would you describe your own style / and how has it developed over time? Style is all about personality; it’s an expression of your individuality, so if you don’t feel comfortable in what you’re wearing, then it won’t feel authentic. My style is quite diverse, but it’s always really recognizably me. When I was younger, I used to try a little bit too hard – I’d wear too many crazy prints or statement pieces all at once – but in recent years my look has become more sophisticated. Now, a typical outfit for me is a pair of boyfriend jeans and a T-shirt, but I’ll finish it off with some super-girly slingbacks. Comfort is the most important factor for me when I’m piecing together a look, so I live in denim.

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If you could choose one only one category of accessory to wear, what would the category be and why? Hard to choose between bags and sunglasses. I love bags. In the same way that different types of bags define your personality, the way you carry them defines it too. It’s practical. I love sunglasses because they are the finishing touch of the look. They make me feel strong and powerful. I also wear sunglasses in winter. It’s an attitude. They make people feel confident.

Linda Tol – SS20 – in TOL Eyewear

When did TOL Eyewear present itself as a potential business prospect?  From the moment we proposed the project to the Italian factory who produces TOL Eyewear. They believed in the project from the very beginning.

 What are your plans for this collection? We have so many ideas in mind. Our dream is to become a successful global brand.

If any, what is the mission statement / brand motto for TOL and it’s future customers? TOL is an Amsterdam based design studio with an international approach to eyewear and fashion that is overseen and embodied by myself and Marieke Meulendijks. All our work derives from a deep interest in fashion, contemporary art, interiors, architecture and people. Above all, every story and every project begins with the creation of a new emotion.

The brand’s mission is to reach a fusion between creativity, technical innovation and traditional craftsmanship. This allows them to offer eyewear characterised by high quality materials and the typical excellence of Italian manufacturing. This combination of innovation and tradition is the principle that inspires us to create and design for TOL.

On a personal level, what is your feeling towards this current period we’re living through – a pandemic, self isolation…how do you keep busy and mindful? It was not easy in the beginning. Staying positive is very important. I try to create a routine for myself. I wake up around the same time every day. I get dressed and get my make-up done every day. I plan meetings (via Zoom) and try to create as much content as I can for my personal account and TOL Eyewear.

What would be your advice to young fashion creatives looking to work in the fashion industry? Stay true to yourself and ignore the critics.

Find out more at www.lindatol.com.and @lindatol_ on Instagram. To purchase the sunglasses visit @toleyewear (available from July). Interview by Victoria G. L. Brunton for Eyestylist.com. All rights reserved.

Friday edit: Jellyfish headpiece by JCN Fascinators

Handmade fascinators by Italian designer Claudia della Frattina / JCN Fascinators, Rome

In a world of its own accessory fantasy, Claudia della Frattina’s Seaweed collection, a concept first launched 2 years ago, explores nature and sea life in rich colorations with adornments and beads. Combining a hand blocked round base in three layers of sinamay, with sinamay strands below, each delicate thread has been hand finished with minute crystal beads, creating a dazzling almost magical light effect.

Handmade headpiece by the Rome based designer – JCN Fascinators

The double headband is trimmed with raffia and has several big AB glass beads, balancing the overall effect and reflecting rainbow colours onto other surfaces when hit by the sun.

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Claudia della Frattina makes handcrafted hats, fascinators and head pieces from her atelier in Rome, Italy. Her work is featured every year in the UK at the annual X Terrace press preview  – an event for designers and innovators in millinery and hat design from around the world (For details visit: https://www.eyestylist.com/2020/03/to-the-future-and-back/). Find out more about JCN Fascinators at www.jcnfascinators.com

Celebrity style: Decadent Too by Anna-Karin Karlsson

Spotted on celebrities including Paris Hilton, Kris Jenner, and Giovanna Engelbert, Decadent Too sunglasses by the renowned Swedish designer Anna-Karin Karlsson are the model of choice for overstated jewellery style. Impossible to slip by unnoticed, these striking sunglasses are adorned with a crystal setting over lightly toned Carl Zeiss sun lenses. This extraordinary quality and finish is achieved through the craftsmanship and expertise of individuals with passion and pride in their extraordinarily accomplished metier.

The Anna-Karin Karlsson eyewear collection is created for an exclusive audience with designs produced in only 20–100 pieces worldwide. An authenticity card is provided with each frame and they are individually numbered. Find out more at www.annakarinkarlsson.com

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