Blackfin & Bocelli: Musical philanthropy

His voice, charisma and courage are recognised worldwide. Andrea Bocelli’s tenor renditions in opera and on records have charmed and captivated millions. Bocelli, (above image) completely blind since he was twelve years old, launched the Andrea Bocelli foundation that he created so people “can find energy and real opportunities to give the best of themselves expressing their potential.” The concept of the Foundation is to support and help give the most vulnerable members of society a “voice” of their own, and new opportunities.

Andrea Bocelli with Voices of Haiti

Blackfin, the fine quality creator of beautiful eyewear designed and produced in Italy, continues the company’s philanthropic work with their support of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation. Blackfin has been active with the Foundation since 2015, and has also been a long-time supporter of Voices of Haiti, an impressive and accomplished choir of sixty talented children aged between nine and fifteen, who come from some of the poorest areas of Port-au-Prince. Thanks to music, the members of the choir have found a musical way of escaping violence and poverty, working hard to develop their talent. The young music enthusiasts follow a structured course of study with tenacity and discipline, and they achieved a successful objective – together. Voices of Haiti are featured on the Maestro’s latest musical project – his album “Si” – a musical celebration of family, love, faith and hope.

Bocelli with Italian ballet dancer Carla Fracci at Teatro Del Silenzio

Blackfin commented: “It is a great honour for us to support the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, and we are particularly excited to see – and hear – the magic of these youngsters who, under the guidance of Andrea Bocelli, have been given the chance of a new life. It is a message of hope and values.” Discover more about the Foundation and Blackfin at: JG


Rose Flowers+Geometry Veruschka


Lucia Pasin launched her stunning new collection in Milan – frames that are colourful and inspiring. Luxurious flowers blossom on cellulose acetate – an ecological raw material – with creative textures, powerful shapes, and fresh characteristics. Rose Flowers+Geometry Veruschka highlights care for details, and Pasin’s intuitive understanding for designs that are elegant, feminine and strong. “My frames are indeed for a woman who knows the pleasure of ornament,” says the Italian designer. More details at JG


Spectacle Eyeworks

The acclaimed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo is a source of inspiration for Spectacle Eyeworks in Canada. Frida (above) comes with five different colours of Brow pieces, originally inspired by Kahlo’s quote: “Nothing is absolute, everything changes, everything moves, everything revolutionizes…” Frida represents agility and change with the varied colour “brow pieces.” JG

Alium S 1

Face à Face

The Alium S 1 is the latest addition in this line of pure lightweight aluminium designs by the French eyewear design company. Impressively, the new Alium styles are 25% thinner than previous designs and each one features miniature air vents at the temple – invisible when worn, but technically exciting as there is no soldering – this creates a flex hinge that’s strong and durable. The Alium frames come in fantastic eye-popping shades as well as more conservative tones with bright inner linings. A perfect balance of design tech and modern fashionable styling, and one of our highlights at the shows this year. CN


RVS by V.

Super light and as colorful as ever, the Titanium Collection by Turkish label RVS by V. now features seven statement frames, in three different colourways  – as sunglasses or glasses. The designs have a rubber-effect matte finish typical of the brand’s attention to detail and much featured in its acetate line. The ‘Amethyst’, in Black/Gold brings together a trendy split colour front – a look for the season – and small fluo details at the temple tips for a modern, edgy look. Now available worldwide and soon online at CN



Götti Switzerland

Translucent sea-inspired turquoise acetate is fashioned into stunning sunglasses by Götti Switzerland. The oversized glamorous shape is ultra light, and features Götti’s inventive 360° Spin&Stow temples. Kitty is also available in other delicious colourations for spring and summer  – sunny orange, ripe plum and coffee cream. To view more trendsetting Götti sunglasses click on JG


Theo Belgium

New designs from Theo’s VinGtage collection include this robust frame with its rugged, angular and chunky shape. Theo designer Serge Bracké created this retro-inspired design in titanium, with decorative rivets on the front and sides of the frame – and there is a hidden message! There are four models, and the rivets on each design form the shape of a letter – in Braille! So cinquante+huit represents the O in theo. Irresistible colours too – including new tones of electric blue (above) and passion red. JG

Ivy 4

Lotho Paris

Starting our choice of contemporary frames for April, with eye-catching vintage overtones…..

Snappy red and white merge amicably in superbly polished acetate from Lotho. I saw this frame in Milan, and was attracted to its graceful shape, with volume at the temples – retro harmony meets modernity. Lotho was established in Paris four years ago, and has created a strong buzz with their beautiful collections, handmade in Japan, emphasising fine design with technology and luscious colours. JG


Oliver Goldsmith – London

Oliver Goldsmith was creating Vintage before it was Vintage! They captured the mood of the 1960’s and 70’s with their fantastic sunglasses that have become international icons. This season, OG has re-launched several of the designs that are legendary – including Casper, in velvety latte macchiato. The precise round shape, smooth acetate and infinite details, all contribute to the pleasure of wearing Casper. JG

Palma Lova 346

Orgreen Denmark

Orgreen celebrates their 15th Anniversary this year – plus they have been nominated by the Danish Fashion Awards in two categories. They are also jubilant about the re-launch this stunning frame in Beta Titanium. It’s very 1950’s, with a coquettish cat eye shape, and a charmingly sly cut-out curve. The golden finish, enhanced with black, gives the frame an even more feline feel. It’s also available in sultry electric blue. JG

Aviator (M03 and M03b)

Zoobug Sunglasses

I’ve had the privilege of knowing Dr. Julie Diem Le and following her career from the start in 2006.  In the intervening years, the company she founded, Zoobug, with its range of high quality children’s glasses, has won several prestigious awards, including a Silmo D’Or. As an eye surgeon, she understands that youngsters need sunglasses that protect young, vulnerable eyes. This dashing aviator, shown here in pink, is also available in green, blue and gold, and is available in two sizes, for 3-5 year olds and 6-12 year olds.  Made in Italy, in hypoallergenic stainless steel with flex hinges, and polycarbonate UV 400 lenses, these frames possess safety and style features that appeal to parents and kids. Zoobug frames can be purchased online at JG