Design & Inspiration

SALT. Optics: subtle colours and refined details

The new models from SALT. Optics uphold a timeless design with subtle connections to nature-inspired colours – versatility is key, with frames designed for sun or ophthalmic lenses

SALT. Optics has released new C3/C4 styles for 2022, in a collection that preserves timeless aesthetics and the brand’s signature custom detailing. Where design traits are minimal and refined, always linked to nature, technical details are intuitive and carefully honed, thanks to features imagined by opticians to provide elevated design and luxurious levels of comfort. Above: model Sela by SALT. Optics, available in a choice of five colorways

Modern classics: Sela with sun lenses – choose from rich tones of acetate

The Sela sunglasses are typical of the acetate styles in the 2022 collection, designed with material thickness transitions and bevels for refinement and balance. The core wire within the temples is hand polished and stamped with an organic nature inspired pattern, a symbol of SALT.’s representation of nature’s effortless beauty.

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Colorado by SALT. Optics – a titanium structure in brushed gold / antique leaves

Colorado, a classic square aviator builds on heritage style, integrating an 1mm acetate insert for structure and protection of the lens. This narrow insert provides another layer of colour variation, with both bold contrasting and subtle monochrome colorways, to suit all styles. See more SALT. styles at https://saltoptics.com

Sunglasses for a heatwave

As temperatures soar, sunglasses with quality UV protection are the most important fashion accessory of all

With the current heatwave affecting countries across Europe, including the UK where temperatures could hit up to 43 degrees C for the first time ever early this week, an all time record, sunglasses with high-quality UV protection are an essential item for all age groups.

For the ultimate combination of chic style and high quality UV protection, look for classic and iconic brands that have a reputation for design and technical sun lenses. The Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses collection, available at opticians and online at www.olivergoldmith.com, have some of the most iconic oversized frames with trendy square, round, aviator and oval shapes fitted with premium grade UVA/UVB sun lenses.  Above: sunglasses in a heatwave – a selection of Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses in chic acetate

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Colorado 58 by SALT. Optics – a new classic titanium sunglass from the Californian brand

At SALT. Optics, the sunglasses collection is well known for its tasteful and timeless look with a palette of colours inspired by the land and the sea. Their lenses – such as those above featured in the model Colorado 58, are described as superior CR39 and have special coatings such as anti-reflective, hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings to reduce glare, repel dirt and water and diffuse harmful rays to ensure good optical clarity and performance – the ideal for everyday wear. www.saltoptics.com

The oversized Pakalana by Maui Jim: a cool shape with high-tech sun lenses featuring PolarizedPlus2® lens technology

Popular with opticians as a recommended and reliable form of quality UV protection is the brand Maui Jim, which, born on the beaches of the island of Maui in the Central Pacific, were designed to protect eyes from the very harsh rays of the island’s sun. Maui Jim is known for its patented PolarizedPlus2® lens technology that eliminates 99.9% of glare, blocks 100% of harmful UV, and absorbs harmful HEV (blue light), while enhancing colour, clarity, and detail. Maui Jim sunglasses have also earned the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation as an effective UV filter for the eyes and surrounding skin. The collection, which is known for its sports-inspired designs has been expanded in 2022 and includes some strong oversized shapes and timeless acetate designs. Find out more about the Maui Jim sunglasses at www.mauijim.com

Trends: Relax into summer colours

Last minute inspiration to elevate your style

The sunny season is upon us, and UV protective sunglasses – with quality lenses – should be top of mind. For style and colour, the season is unconventional and eclectic, offering a broad spectrum of eyewear shapes and influences (in particular the 1990s- and 2000s-inspired), in alluring colours which offset classics and soft and soothing multi-colored combinations – tones of fuchsia, raspberry, and bright orange, alongside a broad palette of natural greens and sky and ocean blues which bring a boost of energy and stylish fun. Above: Night 2 by FACE A FACE – a charismatic matching of bright tones, www.faceaface-paris.com

Marni sunglasses: the Cumulus Cloud

In its collaboration collection with RSF (RetroSuperFuture) the model Cumulus Cloud captures the quirky essence of the Italian fashion brand. Inspired by pop culture, with its bold colours, streamlined shapes and shiny plastic materials, Cumulus Cloud is distinguished by an oversized silhouette and a rounded design with broad lenses encased within octagonal rings and set within a cool wraparound acetate structure. The style is pictured in a bright orange acetate with black detailing and purple ‘pop’ lenses. www.retrosuperfuture.com

Market by Erker’s 1879: oversized in a bold aqua inspired hue

‘Spiramint’ is a completely new colour added in the handcrafted summer collection at Erker’s 1879. The glam square shaped model Market is pictured in the tone, which is set off with a contrasting and elegant dark-toned lens. www.erkers1879.com

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Keaton by Paradigm – in colour “sky”

Model Keaton, in colour “sky” in the Paradigm collection is a smart example of the trendy ‘sea and sky’ tones available in eyewear for the season. This cool, easy rectangular design is a tribute to the actress, Diane Keaton. www.paradigmeyewear.com

Izipizi – bio-based Summer Capsule ‘Sweet Sunset’ – G in tone-on-tone ‘green bay’

A universal model from the French brand Izipizi, the fresh green colours are particularly sought after this season, especially with the trendy tone-on-tone effect that makes this look so modern. The colour ‘green bay’ is described by Izipizi as “a soft pastel green, refreshing like mint lemonade on a ver hot day”. www.izipizi.comWritten by Clodagh Norton – all rights reserved

Erker’s 1879: summer modes

Stylish STL Flag collection, by the heritage brand from Saint Louis

An impressive 21 new styles have been added to the Erker’s 1879 STL Flag range, in acetate and surgical stainless steel, with a multitude of colour combinations. The brand’s ability to reproduce a refined vintage aesthetic, in frames which are crafted for long-term use, comes through in striking design work and a leaning towards classical, minimal shapes. Above: the Paige sunglasses combine a barely-there lightweight construction with a high bridge and polarized lenses, created for everyday wear

Erker’s 1879: long-lasting, functional and flattering

Each frame goes through a 48-step manufacturing process involving handcrafting and hand polishing to create a smooth and silky finish. Fitted with authentic rivets and hinges, the styles also feature a gold emblem on the temple tips signifying the piece of history the frame was inspired by. Some frames have an engraving of “1879” on the inside of the right hinge, and all sunglasses include a light etching of the Erker’s 1879 brand name on the lens.

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Every detail counts: Erker’s 1879 select high-quality acetate materials, including the classical tone “Tokyo tortoise” and a soft and subtle “matte demi”

A family business since 1879, the Erkers take inspiration from the generations that came before, looking into the past to build the future. Building upon the actions of their ancestors, the family’s history remains at the forefront of each new design. With a heritage that dates back an incredible 143 years in St. Louis, Erker’s latest STL Flag collection represents a further tribute to the city that started its special world of optics. To see the new STL Flag styles, visit Erker’s 1879 at www.erkers1879.com For more about Erker’s 1879 at Eyestylist, visit https://www.eyestylist.com/2021/05/crystal-eyewear-classic-erkers-1879/

Article One: heirloom eyewear

Small batch acetate frames – made in Northern Italy

As acetate becomes increasingly scrutinised for quality and longevity in carefully crafted design, independent labels that treasure the most elegant materials and champion craftsmanship, with genuine focus, remain at the forefront of the eyewear world.

Article One – a small independent label based in Michigan (USA) – produces its collection in Italy, selecting its acetates from the best suppliers and focusing on organic tones that feel natural and timeless offering beautiful, hand-finished effects. Founder Wes Stoody told Eyestylist:  “As a brand, we stick with timeless silhouettes, designing independently of mainstream trends. One way we are able to leave our mark and show off the handcrafted nature of our eyewear is through intricate and unique beveling…we want our frames to feel as if they are sculpted by artisans, which is accomplished by exposing the smaller details of the frame.” Above: from the current collection, the Joslin offers a ‘forever’ shape in subtle crystal tones

Cat’s eye model Joslin by Article One: a small, feminine design, with subtle angles
Asked to explain what it means to to work with a small batch family production in Italy, Stoody highlights the roots of the brand and his trust in old-fashioned values and human connections. “We work with small, family owned factories for the same reason we work with independently owned optical shops – we care about knowing the people we work with. Our relationships at every level of our business are truly what drives us.”
Article One: carefully selected acetate in classic colours and transparencies – with visible hardware

“Just like we care about the connections we make with our factories and retail partners, we believe our customers care just as much. We attempt to spotlight the hands that craft our frames because we want our customers to feel a sense of authentic connection with us as the Italian craftspeople producing their frames….” Wes Stoody, Article One

Murphy by Article One in ‘whiskey rose’ – the frame shape is wayfarer-esque

The newest styles in the collection, of which there are nine, offer lots of variety for different looks, with a common thread in terms of careful details and tasteful minimal colour choices which are predominantly natural, from tortoise, blue grey and cola to whiskey rose.

Shooting the frames on real people, the recent campaign illustrates the new designs and their natural colours and shapes. “The campaign is centered on the sustainable and regerneative farm known as Solarpunk Farms” explains Stoody. “This communal living space founded by Spencer Scott and Nick

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Article One: the recent campaign was shot on location at Solarpunk Farms

Schwanz is an attempt to showcase how communities can live in harmony with nature in a sustainable and egalitarian world. The shoot resulted in more than beautiful and vulnerable photography, but also a story and lesson that inspired the entire Article One team.”

Sanford by Article One, in colour “cola”: bevelling along the rim and brow brings out the handcrafted feel of the frame which offers a universal fit

About the brand: Article One was founded by Wes Stoody in 2016. They are proponents of supporting independent optical retailers, giving back to the community, and thoughtful timeless design. “The care put into each frame, results in quality you can feel.”

Portrait photography by Allie Leepson and Jen McClary at Solar Punk Farms – For more information about the Article One Eyewear Collection visit https://articleoneeyewear.com – 

ARTICLE ONE features on the front cover of the EYESTYLIST bulletin about fine acetate frames. Read the bulletin: https://www.eyestylist.com/trend-bulletin-issue-6/