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
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.”
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.
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
Part of the Substance collection announced in May 2020, the new frame designs in this modern, functional line are defined by refined contours, slim temples and strategically placed curves. The finish of the material has a natural surface texture and colours are paired down, with gentle hues that complement skin tones. Above: model wearing GILA (in stone grey).
The styles are made from a species of the Euphorbiaceae family and as a material it is both versatile and good-looking.
“The plants are grown in tropical climates without any kind of genetic engineering, they don’t compete with food crops, and they can grow very tall, very quickly: where aspruce or a beech will only grow a few centimeters taller every year, this remarkable plant will shoot up six metres in just four months, and it comes back every year,” explains company founder Roland Wolf. “This makes the material more sustainable and kinder to the environment than ever–and the perfect foundation upon which to build a new collection of glasses…meeting the current demand for more climate-considerate products.”
ROLF’s award-winning Flexlock hinge is a feature here: printed at the same time as the frame using 3D printing technology, ROLF artisans can make each of the parts all at once keep the number of external suppliers to a minimum. In addition to the high performance of the screwless and patent-pending Flexlock hinge, glasses wearers will also benefit from the flexible, natural, and skin-friendly properties of the plant-based frame.
ROLF Spectacles are available worldwide in specialist optical boutiques. The new unisex Substance collection is coming to stores soon: find out more at www.rolf-spectacles.com
A neo-retro artisan collection of frames by a Toulouse optician/designer
A small roster of young French artisan brands are making waves in Europe, several of which are the work of independent opticians, combining their technical knowledge and passion for their work with a love of design and handcrafted traditions of making spectacles – passed down through generations.
Kley’s lunettes françaises is a label by Simon Bousquet, a French optician from Toulouse. “I was looking for an original design for an acetate frame, and the Kley’s nose was born!” he told Eyestylist. “With this design, the optician can adjust the nose fitting and increase the comfort to fit each face. Each style is named after a member of my family…”
Above: Dany Sun by Kley’s – every frame has the distinctive adjustable acetate nose fitting
The style of the collection is a delicate mix of a retro look with contemporary lines defined by slim, light stainless steel temples – and a fine, balanced, timeless colour palette. Elegant and characterful, the subtle yet distinctive nose fitting is combined with other artistic features: a very small delicate design at the temple in metal – described as “un clin d’oeil” or “blink of the eye”, a sign that links with the words which form the name “Kley’s” : clé (key) in French, and from English, “key” and “eyes“.
The Kley’s “family” of frames is made in the Jura (France), each design engraved with the words ‘Produite en France‘ on the temples. An authenticity card is also provided to show the provenance of the product. Today Kley’s is available in a handful of exclusive boutiques across France including L’Oeil de L’Odon (Aunay sur Odon), Colombette Optique (Toulouse), Lunetterie Laurent (Nimes) and Le Comptoir de la Lunette (Beauvais) to name a few. Look out for this label in future! To find out more visitwww.kleys-eyewear.com
3QUARTERS is a 5 year old sustainable brand with a concept that is as unique and creative as the designs that it makes: the upcycled materials used to make the bags are remnants of awnings used in Athens on apartment balconies.
Committed to the principles of sustainable design, and small-scale artisan production, the label works to raise awareness about slow, ethical, socially and environmentally conscious fashion, through timeless designs with a modern attitude and range of colours.
The awning fabrics are almost exclusively synthetic and in Greece there is no infrastructure for recycling, disposing of, or repurposing these fabrics. So far, 3QUARTERS has reclaimed and reused at least 2 tonnes of unwanted materials. The brand has a zero-waste policy and creates no waste whatsoever. All leftover fabrics, threads, and metal parts are repurposed into new products or donated to affiliated organizations.
About the brand: 3QUARTERS has a retail presence in numerous countries around the world, is a founding member of Fashion Revolution Greece and in 2019 was awarded the Common Objective Leadership Award for “having the courage to do the right thing – and doing it well. The CO leadership awards put the spotlight on businesses with great products or services – that maximise benefits to people, and minimise the impact on the environment.” In 2020, one of the co-founders of 3QUARTERS was selected as one of the judges for the 2020 European Commission Social Innovation Competition, entitled “Reimagine Fashion” and focusing on the future of the fashion industry. Find out more at https://3quarters.design/
The concept of ‘the modern day gentleman’ is more prominent and notable in today’s world than ever before – in an era where everyone’s aesthetic, style and bank-balance is up for scrutiny via social media and with the invention of globally platformed reality TV shows, the word ‘gentleman’ and its connotations today strive far from their original aristocratic origins. Cue Roveri Eyewear – an independent brand that embodies the classic, reserved, vintage aspects of an original ‘gentleman’ whilst being in keeping with the consistently on-trend, bold and ambitious traits of ‘the modern day gentleman’ we admire today. Roveri uses quality materials combined with elegant, striking design to produce a line of eyewear with the finesse of the luxury cars the brand’s creator is inspired by.
The luxury automotive business is a niche sector to say the least – what first ignited your love for cars in general, or was it more of a lucrative business temptation? My passion for cars began when I was 14. In Italy, we all used to ride mopeds around town with groups of friends. When I got my first car at the age of 18, I started going to many different car shows and dreamt of more expensive, luxury cars. It’s when I moved to Turin in 2009 to attend a car design school founded by Giugiaro that I started to appreciate the art and science behind cars.
I’m definitely more of a design person rather than a mechanical one, and it was during those 3 years of school that really started getting interested in this new type of material called carbon fibre – widely used in racing cars manufacturing. Nowadays, we can see this material used in many different car brands for their top of the range models, but until just a few years ago, it was way too expensive and time-consuming to be used in the production of cars. After school, I was accepted at Ferrari in Maranello for a six-month internship. It was here that I started working with really expensive vehicles and cultivated a passion for cars that only a small percentage of people can afford.
Automotive car brands like Ferrari and aspects of that industry like F1 have been an inspiration and aesthetic for so many within the fashion industry – were you always interested in style and dressing well, or did that grow from its association with luxury cars? I was born in Northern Italy and I moved to California in 2015. I had always been inspired by hip-hop culture and eagerly followed the streetwear style movement – when I was in school people used to make fun of my skate shoes; no one in Italy knew what they were at the time.
I used to buy shoes and hoodies from stores across the U.S.A and have them shipped to me in Italy for many years, keeping on top of the new streetwear trends. I had never really paid attention to the classic Italian dress style since everybody used to wear the same ”fancy” clothes in the streets of Milan or Bergamo, cities famous for their fashion-conscious populations.
When I moved to California, my views on fashion were totally transformed. I now pay more attention to the Italian way of dressing; it is elegant, sophisticated and less mainstream – and it is not that common here in California. For me it’s not about the brand of the clothing or accessories I am wearing, but its more about the style I portray. On reflection – I suppose I was dressing like an American while living in Italy, and more like an Italian now that I’m in America!
Watches are a staple in a gentleman’s wardrobe – they are symbolic of many things including style, taste and success – an accessory that has also been linked to sporting and one that has evolved alongside those sports. What made you aware that sunglasses were the next high-end gentleman’s product to fill a gap in the market? I had been following different eyewear brands, and I loved the idea that small and independent labels are beginning to dominate the high-end market of luxury eyewear. Most people think that luxury sunglasses are limited to ‘big name’ brands – without even knowing that there is another world out there for luxury eyewear. The niche luxury eyewear brands and their high-end manufacturers use premium materials such as titanium and gold; the same materials used for luxury watches. Nowadays luxury watchmakers like Audemars Piguet, Panerai, Richard Mille and others are adopting forged and machined carbon fibre for their watch cases, and I thought that this type of material could have a nice fit in the eyewear market.
So far some brands have used carbon fibre for their frames, but the carbon used is laminated on a mould and has the same ”fabric” effect as the carbon used in cars and boats. The new way of machining the carbon from a block ( the same method used by those luxury watch brands) is a totally different way to approach this high-tech material. The machining process is more intensive, expensive, and time-consuming, but it results in an end product – be it a watch or a glasses frame – with a totally different look that replicates the pattern of Italian marble.
Roveri Eyewear is the only brand offering eyewear with this new type of carbon fibre manufacturing; we intend to keep releasing new frames with different combinations of engineered, forged and machined carbon fibre paired with other high-tech materials such as beta titanium and gold.
Why was the decision made for Roveri as a brand to market solely towards not just men but ‘gentlemen’ ? Would you say there is a gap in the market to equip the gentleman of today? Yes, I think there is a huge gap between people who just follow trends, and those who go deeper and decide to buy and wear different brands outside the mass market. This is relevant for any type of purchase; from a car to a watch, from a leather jacket to a pair of sunglasses.
At Roveri we cater to people who don’t buy a pair of sunglasses simply because they see someone they follow on social media wearing them, but because they appreciate the workmanship, the diligent and thorough process of how our sunglasses are made, and value a pair of sunglasses just like they would value a nice car or an expensive watch. Continue reading “Michele Claseri, Roveri Eyewear”→
Bug eyes! Snug on the face, brightly toned or classic white, with a contrasting lens hue for an enhanced elegant style : the bug eye sunglasses had their heyday in the 70s and 80s and today we’re seeing them return to the catwalk – smaller, neater and all the more quirky – this look is here to stay – for ’21!
Lapima’s beautiful Cora – reminiscent of the ‘bug-like sunglasses’ – is created with a sharp, modern aesthetic, narrow, elongated and fitting over the eyes with a mask-like effect. The chic sculpted artisan frame by the Brazilian couture eyewear label is much like the handmade sunglasses of the 60s and 70s, with a stunning glossy, smooth finish and pointed end tips that could only have been worked and shaped by hand. The UV protective lenses come in pretty, matching or contrasting tones – a gorgeous off-white acetate is paired with a yellow lens, the mint comes with a brown gradient lens, the ultra violet has a solid green lens….another 8 colours are also available – each colour pairing offering a distinctive character and style.
Lapima is a luxury sunglasses brand founded in 2016 by Gisela and Gustavo Assis. The brand works to unite cutting-edge technology with handmade craftsmanship and has proven to be a disruptive presence in Brazilian design. By overcoming traditional aesthetic limits with an avant-garde vision, the label is an invitation for individuality with geometrical lines that play with volume, light and shadow in frames carved by hand in Italian acetate. With the highest quality of materials sourced throughout Europe, Lapima sunglasses are handmade using a 28-step process at their in-house atelier in Sāo Paulo, Brazil.
The brand is available at boutiques including Moda Operandi, The Webster, Tasoni (Switzerland) and Gogosha Optique (LA), with celebrity supporters including Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Jessica Alba, Kate Bosworth, Katie Holmes, Kerry Washington, Kristen Bell, and Olivia Palermo. For more information about Lapima sunglasses, and to browse the online store visitwww.lapima.com
The annual Zurich eyewear fair at Papiersaal + Folium (Sihlcity) is confirmed for 13-14th September 2020
European optical events update: As the optical business continues to see cancellations of some trade fairs, it’s a heart-warming pleasure to see our friends at the Hall of Frames, Zurich fair confirming their dates for September 2020, in Switzerland. The friendly, intimate atmosphere of this event presents a popular setting for opticians and brands alike. Reuniting industry representatives soon after the summer and bringing together new releases and new innovative concepts in eyewear by specialist independent designers is always an important element of the Hall of Frames show and is likely to be an even greater draw for visitors this year, as the European optical business gets back on its feet after difficult months of crisis, closure and lockdown.
After more than 10 years, HOF Zurich has established itself as a platform for independent opticians and eyewear designers in Switzerland, and owes much of its success, say the organisers, to a constantly evolving format. In particular, the fair has brought together and strengthened the “alternative” market for spectacle frames in the region. This year HOF has announced a new partnership with Reize Optik with the Nikon ‘lens’ brand and a new collaboration with Dynoptic (www.dynoptic.ch/de), a network of 100 opticians from across Switzerland.
Hall of Frames has been officially recognised for its ecological footprint (www.saubere-veranstaltung.ch). This year, all emissions will be calculated and offset via ‘myclimate.org’ making the fair the first event of its kind in optics which is practically carbon neutral.
Exhibitors at the 2020 HOF event in September 2020 promise new designs and new announcements: confirmed brands include Coblens, Didier Voirol, Einstoffen, JF Rey, Kypers, Mykita, Nirvan Javan, YOU MAWO and Orgreen Optics. For more details and to see the full list of exhibitors visit: www.hallofframes.ch – opening hours at the 2-day event are: 13th September 2020 – 10 to 1800 / 14th September 9 to 1600. This article was written by Clodagh Norton, Eyestylist.com – all rights reserved.
Statement pieces – ideal for summer – which balance colour and classical details with gemstones and pearls, Soru Jewellery’s Treasures Collection is influenced by ancient Italian treasures and historic heirlooms. Made using 18ct gold plated silver with an organic finish, the line encompasses delicate necklaces with minute detailing, bold, oversized rings and finely crafted earrings with a tasteful yet opulent Sicilian infused style.
Gold features prominently in the line. The coin motifs of the Roma earrings pair beautifully with other unique pieces. The Coral style (below) is one of the highlights, with sparkling golden and opal Swarovski crystals on an 18 carat yellow gold vermeil on a sterling silver base. Across the collection, a nostalgic love for handmade quality and Italian design flair is evident along with a desire to create a decorative, yet wearable jewellery style for everyday and all occasions.
Soru, meaning ‘sisters’ in Sicilian, was founded by English-Sicilian sisters, Francesca Kelly and Marianna Doyle in 2013. Each Soru piece is ethically handmade in Italy or Turkey using gold plated sterling silver and semi precious gemstones. The brand has an impressive and diverse celebrity following counting HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Chiara Ferragni, Negin Mirsalehi, Rita Ora, Jessie J and Millie Mackintosh. Soru Jewellery is available in the UK at Selfridges, Harrods, Fenwick and Harvey Nichols. Or visit the online store at www.sorujewellery.com and Instagram @sorujewellery
The sustainable eyewear label by François van den Abeele is lending support @searchingforchinook to save the orcas of the Pacific Northwest
The SFC Chinook collection features 5 different styles produced in Sea2see 100% recycled marine plastic. The initiative is focused on supporting @searchingforchinook in documenting the fight for survival of the last 72 Southern resident orcas and inspiring people to take action to prevent their extinction. The project is directed by Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams (Executive Producer), Alexandra Johnston (Executive Producer/Presenter), and Maria Nangle (Producer).Above: model Alex by Sea2see – the frames are made from recovered marine plastic. Sea2see has created its own program to collect the waste plastic from the marine environment in Europe and Africa and recycle it into raw UPSEA™ PLAST pellets which can then be turned into new colourful eyewear designs.
Multi-sided shapes have been increasing across product lines – the versatility of the styles for different face shapes and their stylish look which balances classic with quirky is great for men and women alike. The latest style in this genre at the French eyewear company Morel is an example of a look that gives a nod to the 1990s, minimal and well-proportioned (not oversize) with a slightly elongated octagonal eye shape and a UV protective lens – in a range of colours for all tastes – black, emerald green and pink. The frame comes from the Azur collection – a dedicated sunglass line which balances tradition and know-how with some notable technical attributes including 100% polarized lenses (by Italy’s Divel Italia) with an internal anti-reflection coating – available on all men’s and women’s models in the line for the current season. Find out more at www.morel-france.com
The Belgian watches and eyewear brand has new opened its new architect-designed flagship store in the heart of its home town of Antwerp. The design is by Berlin-based architectural studio AAS Gonzalez Haase. Keeping the interplay between light and architecture at the forefront of their designs, AAS have gained an established reputation for their innovative spatial concepts. Their work includes major artwork installations, luxury retail interiors, residential extensions and conversions for industrial and art-related spaces. Some of their best noted works include the Marta Herford Museum, the redesign of the Balenciaga stores and the Andreas Murkudis Berlin store.
For KOMONO in Antwerp, AAS emphasised their spatial language by creating a clear gallery in which the eyewear, watches and related product takes centre stage. A reduced palette of materials combined with smart use of space focuses on transmitting the light and creates an airy visual effect. From translucent to opalescent, the materials are assembled in simple and repetitive display shapes to avoid any unnecessary details. Large mirrors are separated from the main displays and convert into the large glass windows so that light naturally flows into the space and is diffracted among the displays. Bright horizontally placed ceiling lights accentuate the goods presented and further enhance this concept of spaciousness.
Californian luxury concept store partners with SALT. in exceptional sunglasses edition
The new capsule collection produced in a collaboration between the concept store and the Californian eyewear brand is one of the most beautiful eyewear collaborations to launch in 2020, with three sophisticated and timeless designs that pay homage to iconic sunglasses of the past. Above and below: The Trois, the round titanium rimmed silhouette in the trio of new designs in the exclusive collaboration. The Trois – with design elements that evoke the mid-century modern style of the A’maree’s store, is available in black, honey gold, rose gold or traditional silver. The campaign for the collection was shot at A’maree’s in Newport Beach, a distinctive architectural landmark dating back to the 1960s.
The Deux is based on a cateye frame shape with a glamorous fairly oversized silhouette based on the iconic styles worn by Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. This design is available in antique rose, A’maree’s signature white, black or toasted coffee.
Inspired by the wayfarer of the 1950s, The Un continues an eyewear tradition that has been a staple through the decades. A functional riveted plaque subtly evokes the styling of the era, while the specific sizing allows for a unisex fit. Colours include antique rose, black, indigo blue or toasted coffee.
All styles in the line are produced to the highest quality in Japan and feature premium materials, Japanese components and polarised lenses with backside A/R coating.
About A’maree’s – Located at Newport Beach, the family-owned luxury store has grown from a tiny boutique into a high fashion force, known across America. The store is still run by Nancy and daughters Apryl and Dawn who bring together art, fashion labels and accessories from across the world. They include one-off jewellery pieces by Alan Faye, hats by Italian brand FILU and Christina Kim’s dosa clothing and accessories. The sunglasses edition is available at A’maree’s (www.amarees.com) and selected boutiques/optical stores. For more information about the collection visitwww.saltoptics.com
Chris Cooper’s jewellery line brings another style of glasses accessory into the optical arena. Produced in metal materials such as silver, tarnished silver, gold finish and raw brass, the pendants are designed to keep specs safe while having a unique style as a piece of minimal jewellery. Above: Gemi pendant with an oscillating feature – available in a choice of finishes
Each metal loop design comes in different finishes and is supplied with a 60cm snake chain or black thread. The label pays special attention to the finish of the raw material and a style and quality to match favourite specs or sunnies. Find out more and visit the web store at https://lode.store
Cat-eye frames remain a fashionable statement in 2020 and there’s usually a style to suit us all; 1950s, elongated and upswept, or bold and modified to create dramatic head-turning sunnies.
At the independent French label BOZ, a brand synonymous with a chic and flamboyant, colourful style, the latest collection highlights Karyn, a classic cat-eye shape designed with a prominent metal brow featuring a delicate Deco twist. Above: the expressive frame silhouette we continue to love – KARYN cat’s eye by BOZ (France)
A combination frame in metal and acetate, inspiration comes from the 1960s and superstar Marilyn Monroe. As well as the quirky silhouette reminiscent of frames she wore, a small rhinestone is featured on the temples as a tribute to the actress and her uniquely glamorous and sassy style. Find this style and more by the Marseille label at https://www.jfrey.fr/en/boz/
Must-haves for aficionados of the Danish label’s lightweight design
LINDBERG sun titanium celebrates a mood of avantgarde chic with statement shapes and intriguing fashion combinations for blissful summer days. The latest collection by the luxury Danish label is a creative playground, founded on the signature LINDBERG craftsmanship and care for quality, reduced weight and fine artisan finishing. With modernist overtones, the pronounced shapes and proportions unite with an array of brilliant colour pairings and delicate transparencies which dress the face with elegance and a bold fresh vision. Above: LINDBERG 8328, a cat-eye inspired, 5-sided eye shape. The transparent frame and angular form has a dramatic beauty on the face
Model 8327 plays with an interesting contrast where the thick transparent rim can be teamed with a brightly toned lens, according to each customer’s requirements. The very slim titanium temples contrast with the uniquely glamorous elongated square eye shape.
The hexagonal 8588 provides the classic, minimal, couture style of a LINDBERG frame in a light, comfortable construction with a shape that is versatile yet perfectly on point. All LINDBERG sun models are fitted with premium sun lenses to ensure optimal vision and exceptional glare protection, throughout the day. Find more sunglasses and ophthalmic styles at www.LINDBERG.com
Face masks: the new essential accessory and fastest evolving product category in fashion
Beautiful, artistic masks – to wear with statement eyewear – are now a category of their own. Many fashion companies and designers are launching their own lines, many of which have been created from existing fabrics and remnants from other lines.
London-based print artist Lisa King’s styles are upcycled from fabrics used in previous collections. Made from 100% silk and produced in London, Lisa is working closely with a family run factory; the creation of masks also meant that Lisa could continue supporting workers, following the devasting effects on small businesses from Covid-19.
Each mask has been designed for a snug fit with double layered silk and adjustable ties, with an inner pocket which can hold a disposable filter for extra protection.
The collection of masks – with designs for men and women – showcases Lisa’s signature prints which are hand printed in Worcestershire, UK and retail at £30. In support of the London based artist and offering their customer access to a conscious and considered face covering option, on July 2nd renowned British department store Fortnum & Mason launched an exclusive selection of Lisa King masks online and in store. Above: the artist modelling her own new mask design
Echoing the brand’s philosophy on conscious manufacturing and sustainable efforts, Lisa King produces products on demand and creates pieces as a canvas for her art in her London based studio. Following a limited number of masks that are now available on the brand’s website, Lisa King adopts a made-to-order approach which results in waste reduction and minimises their environmental impact. In addition, Lisa King uses compostable or recyclable packaging throughout her products.
Lisa King distributes 10% of proceeds of face masks made through the brands website to The Black Curriculum – an initiative that teaches Black history all year round in schools for students aged 8-16, alongside the Emergency Designer Network – a volunteer-led collective supplementing PPE stocks for the NHS (UK) in the fight against COVID-19. For more information and to purchase online visit www.lisakinglondon.com
Götti Switzerland has opened its second store in Switzerland, in collaboration with a leading optician – Ramstein Optik. The elegant minimal “space” has been conceived for the presentation of the entire series of Götti Switzerland collections, and its broad choice of designs and materials, from natural horn to titanium and state-of-the-art 3d printed eyewear.
The minimal bright white interior design concept was created by Götti Switzerland and executed by local partners in Basel. In addition to the spacious display wall, which presents the products with wonderfully enhanced light, allowing customers to explore the collections with ease, the focal point of the new boutique is a large decorative chandelier of glass spheres and over 400 acetate frames which takes pride of place at the service counter.
“The second Götti brand store fulfills a longstanding dream,“ according to Sven Götti. “We found the perfect partner with Ramstein Optik. The basis for such a close collaboration has to be a specialty store, and a team acquainted with the collection for many years that uncompromisingly identifies with the brand.” Find out more at www.gotti.chBy Clodagh Norton
Clean lines and a diamond cut finish, handmade in Japan
The collaboration between Japanese label TVR® and Yamada Mitsukazu®, the eponymous brand of the Japanese craftsman Yamada-san will see a second edition launch this September — Yamada Mitsukasu® x TVR® SERIES 2 French Panto Diamond Cut.
Based on an iconic 1940s French panto shape, the style combines a high hinge and full-bodied base, a detail which creates a wide pantoscopic view for the wearer. Complementing the vintage shape, traditional rivets from the 1920s are added to give an elegant, old-school finish to the fronts.
Distinguished by diamond cut edges that contribute to the clean lines, simplistic 90-degree angle with smooth curves and protruding hinges — the bold and masculine structure is balanced with wide library temples tapering to flared tips.
The upper part of the frame is derived from a square shape, meticulously hand-cut with precision in mind. The use of an 8mm front perfected using the diamond cutting technique also ensures a beautifully flat bridge surface and excellent fit of the temple. The diamond edge finishing is also another feature that’s perfected by Yamada-san himself who has over 60 years of artistry and experience of spectacle-making.
Yamada Mitsukazu® x TVR® SERIES 2 French Panto Diamond Cut is also an expression of ‘East meets West’, where traditional Japanese handcrafted artistry paired with vintage French design. Above: Yamada Mitsukazu® x TVR® SERIES 2
The frame fronts also undergo a special polishing process that lends a certain artisanal handmade quality to each frame. “You can say that the polishing skill is based on my ‘sixth sense’ because it is entirely based on what you see and how you feel. There is a lot of attention in the detail involved in the making of this collection,” explains the master craftsman.
The Yamada Mitsukazu® x TVR® — SERIES 2 French Panto Diamond Cut 2020 edition will be available online and in selected stores in Autumn 2020.The collection comes in four individual colours — Black Diamond, Brown Beer, Olive Crystal and Yellow Crystal — vintage tones which have a true. www.tvropt.com
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