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Countdown to Christmas: top picks

Fashion frames for now: change your look!

For the festive season, eyewear, and not just apparel, has the power to lift moods and enhance unique style, particularly through colour and detail or a tasteful jewellery embellishment. Across the spectacle and sunglass collections, uplifting colours, sparkling gemstones or chic geometric shapes offer a chance to add a special flourish or a bold and audacious twist. Above: Debbie frame by Sara Shakeel x Linda Farrow – Holiday Season collection – a collaborative edition with artist Sara Shakeel. Sara loves glitter, sparkle and Swarovski crystal

Sunglass style Taraji by Vera Wang – a beautiful frame choice for the winter months or a warm holiday in the sun

Designer Vera Wang has modelled this frame herself, and its unusual and eye-catching, chic design is dramatic, bold yet also feminine. The frame is available in sophisticated finishes of classic black or tortoise and makes an ideal choice for winter sun with the light tinted lens hue. www.kenmarkeyewear.com

Exuberant and fun: Jazzy by Lafont Paris

The panto model Jazzy by Lafont Paris has a strong, thick, charismatic acetate rim and comes in bright tones of red with a gradient effect, green, blue and grey (above) with red. The frame has a wonderful aesthetic for dressing up but is equally adapted to every day wear with plenty of panache. www.lafont.com

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AM 024 Bowie – AM Eyewear – fine acetate + gold detailing

Am Eyewear’s Bowie frame (AM 024) is part of the excellent Kochi Collection by Simon Ponnusamy, who was inspired by a personal trip he made through India in early 2020 – pre pandemic. Distinctly avantgarde, the line offers rich colour, texture, angles and sophisticated facets derived from the exciting colours of the Kochi Carnival (Kerala). Find out more: www.ameyewear.com

The Hollywood by Struktur from France – colour ‘grenade’ to light up the face

At the French artisan label Struktur, the Hollywood is a graphic design combining the structured design with bold colours. Red is seasonal and always wearable and flattering for many skin tones – the frame is also available in statement tones of ‘orange velvet’, ‘blue lagoon’ and ‘blue wave’, with exceptional multi coloured patterning to stand out from the crowd. www.struktur-eyewear.fr

Eyewear accessories: Diffuser Tokyo

The accessory brand from Japan has a slick new natural leather display product

The latest release from the artisan label Diffuser Tokyo is a stylish display stand, conceived as a stand for the car, but equally suited to homes or in-store. It’s a brilliant and very useful gift for an eyewear enthusiast!

In a car, we often leave specs or sunglasses unprotected, on a shelf or chair, sometimes needing to take them on and off depending on the light or the weather conditions. Designed to absorb impact when driving, this stand fits neatly into a drinks ‘holder’ in the car, ensuring you can find your glasses and keep them safe when they’re not in use. It’s also made from Midori Anzen car seat leather, a special and refined material that withstands extreme conditions (extremely hot or cold temperatures), made by the specialists who supply Toyota and Lexus. Above: a versatile new accessory by the independent brand Diffuser Tokyo, to protect and display your frame

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A practical and stylish eyewear gift by Diffuser Tokyo

The cylindrical stand is released in three unique colours of black with yellow, brown with red purple and beige with red, and measures 12cm x 6.5cm; it has a smooth finish that is soft to the touch and protective when the frame is inside. Diffuser Tokyo has become a leader in luxury optical accessories featuring natural materials such as leather – the products are stocked worldwide at fine eyewear shops, optician’s and fashion stores. For more information about Diffuser Tokyo visit their website at https://diffuser-tokyo.com/

Eyewear launch preview: Kirk & Kirk

1980s revisited in Centiles Collection, says Jason Kirk

Eyestylist Exclusive – 21st November 2021 – To design a new eyewear collection that embodies strength and power post-pandemic was the drive at Kirk & Kirk for their new Centiles Collection – previewing for the first time on Eyestylist – where they have created “frames that immediately put you in a superhero state of mind.”

Talking to Eyestylist ahead of the launch, Jason Kirk cited the 1980s sports trend and some well-known 80s sports heroes as inspiration: “Centiles is an evolution of the Centena collection, and we see it as the complete embodiment of what we stand for. We have combined the bold 10mm acrylic material used in Centena with two-toned colours made popular in Kaleidoscope. The frames here are inspired by 80s sportsmen like Björn Borg or Alain Prost with completely fresh shapes and a powerful and expressive style.” Above: model Storm in colour ‘Passion’ by Kirk & Kirk – a statement square outer shape combines with a round eye shape

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Brand new: Kirk & Kirk Centiles collection – model Thor in Citrus has a bold 80s shape

On working with the two elements, the structure of the material and the combination of colours, Jason told Eyestylist: “Marrying these two elements into one frame was challenging, and took us two years to get right. The handcrafted nature of the manufacturing process means that each frame has a slight variation in the colour pattern and no two frames are exactly alike.”

The familiar signature blues of Kirk & Kirk, layered up in one design: model Lotus in the Centiles Collection

The Centiles Collection launches with six new bold shapes – named Elektra, Storm, Thor, Robin, Lotus and Blaze, each one available in five colorways where two hues are combined. These vary from tone on tone combos such as Bluemoon and Citrus to ‘Meadow’, a green on blue “fusion” informed by the colours of the horizon “where the grasses touch the sky.” The Centiles Collection is coming soon to specialist shops pre-Christmas! Find out more about this statement-making range by Kirk & Kirk at www.kirkandkirk.com  – Written by Clodagh Norton, Eyestylist.com – All Rights Reserved.

Geometric variations in eyewear

Geometric designs are a hit this season, if you dare!

For those seeking something new and a bit different as their accessory of choice, a geometric frame is simple and iconic, and follows the trend for bold, confident design. Its vintage overtones and angular corners give a brand new finish and cool edge to the look in many variations – thick rims, layered rims or even very slim and minimal metal wires. Model Sheryl by Anne & Valentin: an example of an updated retro hexagon with a structural design and an expressive, angular form. The design is by a French label known for their glamorous and fine quality frames: https://anneetvalentin.com

Eyestylist recommends the Ego in Tortoise – Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses

At Oliver Goldsmith, the rich archives have several special geometric designs which were classics of their time. Among them, Yatton, a frame from the 60s we’ve mentioned in the past (https://www.eyestylist.com/2020/04/oliver-goldsmith-sunglasses/), and Ego, a truly brilliant geoemtric design dating back to 1971, which plays with layers to reconfigure the design. The colours available today include the tortoise and sand pictured, https://www.olivergoldsmith.com/product/ego/

Erker’s model Chesterfield

Other varieties we’ve spotted in the optical collections, use the angular shape in a more pared back form. The hexagon and the other multi-sided shapes are well represented in fine metal collections such as the refined handmade Erker’s example above in stainless steel in classic tones of silver and gold or modern versions of navy or gun. https://erkers1879.com

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FeelFree3 by Woow Eyewear – a large, 1970s hexagon

At Woow, the classic angular eyewear form was a starting point for the shape of FeelFree3 – an alluring 70s “hippie” inspired concept design that adds a selection of lively colours to the mix  – in this case an elaborate gradient brown/pink wit tortoise temples. www.wooweyewear.com

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Eyestylist exclusive: HAUSKA TAVATA on trends in Japan

HAUSKA TAVATA is an optical store /showroom in Yokohama City, Japan and a distributor of exclusive eyewear, including RES/REI from Italy. Eyestylist was delighted to ask Meiko Takata and her colleagues about trends in Japan and their approach to eyewear selection –  for those who enjoy a truly unique frame. An interview feature by Clodagh Norton.

Tell us about HAUSKA TAVATA and how you work? Miyao: HAUSKA TAVATA is an optical store open mainly by appointment. HAUSKA means “Fun” and TAVATA means “Meet” – together it means “Nice to meet you” in Finnish. We named it so that it could be a place where customers meet their new ‘self’. Our aim is to provide eyewear and services that will enhance the lives of our customers. We have a staff member who is qualified as a personal colour analyst, who can determine the colours of clothing and make-up that harmonize with a customer’s skin complexion, eye colour, and hair colour allowing us to propose a palette of tones for each individual customer we see.

How did you get into eyewear and optics in the first place? Maruyama: Initially, I was producing precision parts for office equipment and cameras. I was familiar with metal and synthetic resin materials so I was interested in materials, function and eyewear design. I was also enjoying spectacles as a fashionable product. One day I met a small brand called ELEMENTS in Hong Kong. I was totally thrilled when I first visited SILMO and saw designs that I had never seen in Japan before. In 2014, we exhibited ELEMENTS at the International Optical Fair Tokyo (IOFT) in Japan and received an award (Eyewear of the Year in the Men’s category). The following year, we introduced the handmade wooden Finnish brand KRAA KRAA in IOFT and received the Eyewear of the Year award (Function and Technology category). This encouraged me and I was able to start our optical store HAUSKA TAVATA, a store that introduces independent designer brands that are functional, well designed and use various materials. I am happy to be able to work with passionate designers and friendly staff members even in the current difficult economic situation due to COVID-19. Above: The Team at HAUSKA TAVATA Meiko Takata, Optician (left); Hideyuki Miyao, Optician/Store Manager (centre); Kazumi Yoshida, Optician/Personal Colour Analyst (right)

Managing Director of HAUSKA TAVATA – Takashi Maruyama (right) visiting the atelier of Gouverneur Audigier

What would you say Japanese customers wish to wear most this year in terms of eyewear materials? Metal or acetate? Heavy rims or minimal? Natural sustainable materials or classics like titanium or acetate? Miyao: We are seeing an increase in the number of customers who would like eyewear made from sustainable materials. These customers pay attention to spectacles made of wood or buffalo horn that we have in our shop. However, the reality is that there are many people who do not pay special attention to materials. Titanium and acetates are certainly popular with customers in Japan this year.

Are there any eyewear trends in Japan right now that are very cool? Miyao: I feel the current trend is to be sustainable and to feel the diversity and unique qualities of every brand. Currently there is a good retail atmosphere in Japan, and customers can choose items that they can sympathize with from a wide variety of brands, from traditional designs to products made using 3D printers, and eyewear that is more eco-friendly.

Takata: In Japan, wearing sunglasses is not part of the culture here yet and people wear sunglasses less in their everyday life. At IOFT this Autumn, there were sunglasses designs with very light colored lenses which allow the eyes of the wearer to be seen. This will provide people with more choice when they want to protect their eyes from UV rays. The new lenses with partially shaded colour tints were proposed in pink, yellow, or grey – they provide effects that are like eye make-up when a user puts them on their face.

The number of people working from home has increased and this has raised the number of people purchasing new spectacles or starting to wear spectacles. I heard there are more people who are more aware of their eyewear due to the need to wear when on video conferences.

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Maruyama: Eyewear made from sustainable materials such as bio plastics and green plastics is a new cool trend in Japan. At the trade fair IOFT, I saw some frames and hinges that decompose in the ocean or underground and eventually becomes carbon dioxide and water in 1 to 3 years.

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Can you think of anything interesting about how your customers buy frames. Do they have one frame or many? One frame for all day and evening or other buying patterns and habits that you can explain? Miyao: The surveys suggest that people usually buy one pair of spectacles. In Japan, it seems that there is still little awareness of using multiple styles. However, this is not the case for our customers. Many of them are fond of eyewear and they are particular about quality and design. There is a customer who has purchased seven different colours of a particular model. Some customers come to us to find eyewear that nobody wears in the city. Some customers switch to acetate frames on the weekends and metal frames for weekdays! Each customer has different ways of approaching their frame and I enjoy that.

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Yoshida: I feel many of our customers have been wearing a lot of eyeglasses in their lives. Many people come to our store looking for eyewear that is really different, or they want a different style from their current frame… or perhaps spectacles that will make them look fashionable in serious business occasions. There are many fashionable customers who enjoy wearing unique frames to fit their personality.

What are your favourite styles right now, and if you personally wear spectacles can you tell us what you are wearing? Miyao: I try to wear frames that I like – as simple as that. I feel proud when I go out wearing my favorite pairs. I use blue or green colour lenses and I like how the sky, the sea, the forests, and the mountains look more beautiful and vivid with these lenses. My wife sometimes doesn’t want to walk with me because wearing this type of coloured lenses makes you stand out, however that doesn’t stop me from wearing them! Wearing favorite frames with confidence, is my favourite style. I wear brand Bruno Chaussignand’s frames often these days. There is a model that is inspired by Mount Fuji. I was surprised when I found it!

Customers in new styles at HAUSKA TAVATA

Yoshida: These days, I wear a mask when I go out, so I choose a frame that matches the mask and eye makeup and brightens the impression of my face. When I am at home, I want to feel relaxed so I choose light and comfortable spectacles. I currently enjoy wearing RES/REI frames with rich and beautiful acetate colours, and I use a metal frame by a Japanese independent designer brand from Fukui prefecture, SHU KUMEDA – it is very light and comfortable.

Takata: My favorite styles right now are the spectacle styles that match my hairstyle (especially the fringe because I have short hair) and my clothing. I have a favourite which is a Finnish custom-made wooden frame by KRAA KRAA in navy. It is made using a Finnish woodwork technique and doesn’t have any hinges so it is light and the colour applied to birch wood is nice and matches skin tones. – www.hauskatavata.com

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