New icons: Lafont Paris

It’s coming up to one year exactly since our visit to the creative studio of Thomas Lafont and Lafont Paris HQ in Issy-les-Moulineaux, a leafy south western corner of Paris near Porte de Versailles. This elegant, personal and historic world of creativity continues the traditions set by earlier generations since 1923, and Laurence and Philippe Lafont, Thomas’ parents before him. In their place of work, brothers Thomas and Matthieu Lafont, now the custodians of the business, are surrounded by fine books and arts and textile inspiration, as well as the rich and colourful archives of the esteemed French family business. Above: at the entrance of Lafont Paris, an explanation of the making of Jupiter, one of the label’s iconic P3 frames. This wonderfully classic frame style continues to be available – and is updated in a range of colorations.

Hirondelle 4047 by Lafont Paris; this intricate frame is named after the swallow, the small delicate pointed-winged bird

A year on, the latest Lafont frame creations, launched this September (at the Paris edition of Silmo Outside the Walls), are a reminder of Thomas’ dedicated creative work, highlighting a unique interest in textiles and how texture, pattern and playful colour combinations can be achieved in fine acetate. Model Hirondelle explores marble-like patterning with a bi-colour front in delicate complementary tones.

Halley 1082 by Lafont Paris: iconic pairing of panther print and crystal clear acetate – a specialty at the Parisian eyewear design house

Model Halley is the latest Lafont style in a line of rich and exotic animal print creations, each one bearing the signature artisan qualities of the fine materials, studied combinations and exquisite ‘made in France’ production so dear to the house. Lafont Paris is celebrating its 40th anniversary.  To find out more, visit their website and blog at www.lafont.com

Lunettes Alf: through trends and time

Ageless beauty meets timeless design in new portrait imagery by Dorian Prost for Lunettes Alf

The new campaign from Lunettes Alf, rolling out in the months to come, expresses the modern versatility of the French artisan label, and its sober minimalistic style, inspired by iconic glasses of the 1920s and subsequent eras, with particular fondness for the 50s, 60s and 70s. Delicate yet powerful, ageless and uncluttered, the collection by Alf promises elevated finesse through primary materials – refined hand polished Japanese acetate combined with photochromic mineral glass lenses, and for the cord and case, natural leather. Above: Bernard Fouquet wears model h19.01, the optical version of Alf’s e18.01, an elegant, classic round spectacle design. Photography by Dorian Prost

a20.02 by Lunettes Alf worn by Maeva Prigent

Model a20.02 is a reinterpretation of a frame created by the Italian ‘salute pubblica‘ (National Health system) in the 1960s. The rectangular design and strong shaping of the bridge is reminiscent of Marcello Mastroianni’s eyewear style in Fellini’s great cinematic works. The frame is well suited to men and women and an oval face shape and comes in a retro-inspired variety of colours which include clear crystal, dark tortoise and black.

a20.02 by Lunettes ALF worn by Bart Alalof

Lunettes Alf – and their artisan eyewear collection 20/21 was created by brothers Germain and Alexis Bouchara in 2018 and has quickly become available at some of the world’s finest optical boutiques including Kitschenberg (Munich), Frank Lo (Rome) and Opta (Paris). To find out more about the latest additions in the Lunettes Alf collection visit their website at www.lunettes-alf.com

Kirk & Kirk : bold + colourful for ’21

Supersize styles in confident colours, from the UK design label

The colours just keep coming at the British eyewear company, Kirk & Kirk, whose latest additions in the Centena collection offer extra large sizes in bright, exciting statement colorways. The Kirks say that they are responding to a demand for larger sizing (adding eye sizes 59 and 60) with, in models Angus and Guy, an elevated choice of bright acrylic translucent tones – beyond the mainstream styles in brown and black. Above: Model Guy in the Centena collection from Kirk & Kirk. This square and angular men’s frame has a distinguished double bridge detail and thick temples. These frames come in a choice of ten technicolor tints.

All about style: Angus from the Centena Collection by British label Kirk & Kirk – in colour ‘jade’

Model Angus has a square eye shape with flat brow line. Created in Kirk & Kirk’s acrylic in small traditional spectacle-making factories in France, the frames are very light to wear. By using a 10mm thick material the frame has the extra advantage of hiding “even the most challenging of lens prescriptions” to ensure a strong fashion vibe as well as real comfort. Find out more about the new releases at www.kirkandkirk.com

Highlighted brand: Reflect Eyewear, London

Thomas Farrow Tomson wrote to us about unique sunglasses brands for a younger age group, from around 16. There began a project to identify specific collections, more unusual and unique styles, and an opportunity to highlight those frames and their details and benefits to reach the 16-25 age group wishing for fashion with an ethos of style, comfort and originality.

Reflect Eyewear, from London combines a love for hand-finished Italian craftsmanship and distinctive gender-neutral shapes and colours made for all ages, without using conspicuous logos and leaving the design and overall look to speak for itself. Their appeal for the young wearer and this particular audience is the combination of design, quality and price – at £179 sterling (online) they are affordable and similarly priced to mass-produced “famous” fashion eyewear brands.

Above: Thomas wears AF11 Unique by Reflect Eyewear, an Italian acetate sunglass style with Carl Zeiss Vision sun lenses – “As many of my close friends know, I have strong feelings about being myself and showing who I am. You can do this even through the expression and style of your glasses….” Thomas Farrow Tomson – photography by @suede_baby

The AF13 by Reflect (above and below) has a thick Mazzucchelli (Italian made) acetate frame fitted with Carl Zeiss Vision sunlenses for high-quality UV protection. The squareish bold eye shape of the front mixes corners and curves which complement the contours of the face.

Reflect model AF8

Model AF8 in clear pink has a downward curve in the top bar and matching crystal pink infused frame and lens, a look that is back with a vengeance for trans-seasonal wear.

About the brand – the London-based brand Reflect Eyewear was founded by Andrea Pisano and Francesco del Garda two years ago. Their aim was to create a high-quality line of glasses, produced in Italy with timeless yet innovative designs that could appeal to an audience who seeks a distinctive and unique style. The brand first launched its models at Sonar, the electronic music festival in Barcelona. Later in June 2019, to mark the launch of the ‘Colour’ collection Reflect Eyewear presented an installation with elements of wood and mirrors at the luxury designer store LABOUTIK during London Fashion Week.

Photography by @suede_baby. Model – Thomas Farrow Tomson @thomasfarrowtomson – for Eyestylist.com. Eyewear by Reflect Eyewear – www.reflect-eyewear.com – For enquiries about product placements and working with our UK-based team of photographers and models, please contact [email protected]

Newcomer highlight: Tyche + Iset Eyewear, Los Angeles

Virtual products showcase The Galápagos Collection is a metaphorical reflection of my journey within the eyewear industry as an emerging designer, says Morganne Leigh, founder and designer, Tyche + Iset Eyewear. She says this latest Collection has evolved into a lesson about persistence and adaptation in order to survive; such as the exotic flora and fauna of the famed islands in the Pacific Ocean. Pictured above: Las Islas in midnight marble

Las Mariposas sunglasses comes in three unique colours

Bold, glamorous, with fine crafting and careful attention to materials, the line offers versatile shapes (find geometric, oval and oversized squareish forms), and a confident artistic design language.

Las Iguanas from the Galápagos collection

The award-winning young label Tyche + Iset Eyewear is founded on the mythological aspects of life, telling stories through eclectic and alluring design.

Products: Galápagos collection Brand: Tyche + Iset Eyewear Website: www.tycheandiset.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

French chic at Volte Face Paris

Virtual products showcase Volte Face, from French design house JF Rey, is synonymous with a classic offbeat style. The label introduces new exciting silhouettes for the season, infused by a free and powerful femininity of spirit. Shapes and details alongside exclusive colorations come with patterned materials in unexpected transparencies and finely finished mix-and-match tones. Above: model OHM in the Volte Face line: the frame is inspired by the Art Deco movement

Ofelie by Volte Face

Innovative light effects, hidden details and sculpted volumes are characteristics of the new frames. Model Ofelie is representative of the combination styles in metal and acetate. A narrow metal bar in two colours defines the brow line and complements the acetate colorations.

 

 

Ola by Volte Face

The handmade classic shapes of Ola (above) and Onyx (below) are paired with a pretty textured-look acetate informed by the iconic technical folds of couture pieces by Issey Miyake. The material is delicately sculpted using a sharp milling technique giving the frames exceptional shine and artistic qualities playing with reflection.

 

Onyx by Volte Face
The designs reflect a Parisian elegance, with creative, multi-colored proposals which give the line its wearable, modern aesthetic.
Product: Ola, Onyx, Ohm and Ofelie Brand: Volte Face at JF Rey Website: https://www.jfrey.fr/volte-face/ Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

Frame Chain: Vintage Disco is here!

The new arrivals at Europe’s favourite ‘eyecessorry’ label – for masks, specs and sunnies

Virtual products showcase The Frame Chain team are back with a new accessories collection, designed to bring edge and style to glasses and sunglasses – while offering a convenient way to hold a face mask.

“We can’t burn up the dance floor right now but we are keeping Disco alive, at home, in the office or at a socially distanced gathering,” say co-founders of Frame Chain Vanessa Harrington and Ann-Margret Kearney, who debuted their collections in 2014, at Liberty of London. “Now is the moment to add a little bit of optimistic charm to your everyday frames.” Above: model Donnie in yellow gold

Frame Chain goes Disco

The Vintage Disco collection features graphic or sensual links in 18ct yellow, white or rose gold plating. The styles are versatile, functional, stylish and fun: you can chain your frames with one style or layer them for added glamour. Each chain can also be worn as a necklace or choker.

Fashion and function have always been the raison d’etre at Frame Chain and their styles remain extremely versatile; they make a perfect solution for holding a mask – as well as glasses.

Frame Chain: now a favourite accessory to hold a face mask close by

Frame Chain is a leader in the optical accessories arena, with worldwide stockists in both fashion and optics. The designs are inspired by diverse sources – vintage jewellery, everyday accessories and 90s streetwear, and feature a range of embellishments such as Swarovski crystal and freshwater pearls.

Products: Vintage Disco collection Brand: Frame Chain Website: www.framechain.co.uk Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

SALT. Optics: Andy + Henderson

Virtual products showcase Fans of the Californian-designed SALT. Optics collections have something new to look forward to for the season. The highlights include models Andy and Henderson, two frames for those who love classic style, a Japanese handcrafted finish and the wonderfully subtle, nature-inspired colorations typical of the label. Pictured above: model Andy by SALT. Optics.

Andy by SALT. Optics – pictured in black. Made in Japan
The acetate frame Andy has a substantial frame, with a rounded panto inspired unisex shape – it’s a totally versatile classic.The technical spec is typical of a SALT. frame with details such as rivet hinges, polarized glass and CR-39 lenses and a finish with a high lustre.
Henderson – new colours are now available

The Henderson titanium style (available in optical and sun) sees the addition of two brand new colours: Black Sand/Honey Gold and Copper/Antique Gold.

Paying homage to semi-structured eyewear, a mainstay of the rock & roll and civil rights movements of the 1950’s and 60’s, these tapered titanium optical frames highlight the same classic aesthetic, while utilizing modern flat-sheet titanium technology. The Henderson features two-tone colour options, custom bridge bevels, and top-down tapered titanium thickness allowing for a unique design language, clean colour transitions, and an amazingly balanced, comfy feel.
Henderson: a fine example of SALT.’s titanium collection
Products: Henderson and Andy Brand: SALT. Optics Website: www.saltoptics.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

Rolf Spectacles: natural focus

Virtual products showcase A classic car – the Vauxhall Velox –  informed the design of the new walnut Velox style in Rolf Spectacles’ Evolved collection. The car, which was in production from 1948 to 1965 was a large family car with a design that mirrored North American styling trends of the time with tail fins, swathes of chrome, and wrap-around front screen.

Velox in the Evolved collection by Rolf Spectacles

With its subtle curves, the distinctive Rolf style is available in four different wood combinations. These highly researched natural and sustainable woof materials offer a wealth of benefits including comfort and durability and the designs feature a unique wooden hinge free from screws and metal parts.

Velox in the Evolved collection by Rolf Spectacles

The Rolf Spectacles’ Evolved collection is known for exclusive design, natural materials including wood and stone and a detailed precision in handcrafting to produce timeless, one-of-a-kind designs which are made to last. The label has been awarded numerous design awards including most recently the Muse award for its smoked larch and cherry frame called “Lark”.

Product: Velox in the Evolved collection Brand: Rolf Spectacles Website:www.rolf-spectacles.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

Erker’s 1879

An historic label with an evolving modern style

Virtual products showcase The US heritage brand Erker’s unveils its new models in the Trumpet collection, a much anticipated frame series which upholds the distinctive style and handcrafted finish of this family-owned brand, born in Saint Louis, Missouri. With its range of materials which include stainless steel and high density acetate, a wide palette of colours, and shapes that evoke a respect for tradition and craftsmanship, the technical precision of these products has been refined to maximum effect for a well-balanced and comfortable fit. Above: Model wears model Busch by Erker’s in crystal – a style which is described as “fitting like a glove”. The model combines an acetate front and stainless steel temples

Convy in the Trumpet Collection by Erker’s – in navy/gun: classic with a touch of modernism

Among the noteworthy products here for the new season is model Convy in the Trumpet collection; the style has a thin, metal, modified square shape with a bold, acetate brow line and is part of this line dedicated to a classical yet revolutionary design aesthetic inspired by Miles Davis and his extraordinary virtuosity in music. According to the Erker’s family, this completely fresh, one-of-a-kind expression has been an underlying inspiration for the company, and its “trumpet logo” defines this spirit, a reminder of the brand’s geographic location in Saint Louis, birthplace of Miles Davis and home to some of the world’s most outstanding jazz and blues, since the early 1900s.

Cedric by Erker’s in brown: beautiful colorways and distinctive features

Cedric: A larger rectangle with a key hole bridge, the Cedric frame is created is a strong material to achieve a thinner yet noticeable fit; this hand polished frame features Erkers’ traditional hallmark rivets on the temples.

Davis by Erker’s in silver: a durable, modern stainless steel frame

Model Davis, from the Trumpet collection, with its pared-down stainless steel rim, has an interesting shape that fits a wide range of faces and is very flattering on the wearer.

Family owned Erker’s Eyewear began in 1879 and grew into a global eyewear design and manufacturing house at the forefront of innovative optical design and craftsmanship. The company describes itself as “the oldest optical company in the United States” and is still owned by descendants of founding father, A.P. Erker and brother, August. The label has recently become available in fine eyewear boutiques in Europe.

Products: Busch, Convy, Cedric, Davis Brand: Erker’s 1879 Website: https://erkers1879.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

Blackfin: titanium edge

Virtual products showcase Titanium models Hoover, Greenport and Crosby are among a selection of products announced this month at the Italian label Blackfin. The frames represent a new offer for the Autumn/Winter 20/21 season comprising 10 styles – seven in the Blackfin One line and three featured shapes in the Razor line. Above: Blackfin’s Timeless Memories campaign in 2020, shot on location at The Great Cretto, in Southern Italy

Model Hoover by Blackfin – distinguished titanium design

Model Hoover features large rims, and a lively colour palette of bold, fresh colour combinations. Find the frame in dark blue/Venetian red, metallic bright blue/matte black, blue/glossy silver (above) and a smart classic black with gunmetal grey/glossy silver.

Model Greenport by Blackfin: for those who love a minimal metal style

A squared frame in matte or metal pastel colours (they include gunmetal grey + metallic bright blue/matte black) Greenport is part of the Razor collection of streamlined 1mm thick titanium designs. The shapes are informed by distinctive retro traits.

Model Crosby by Blackfin: statement style

In the Blackfin One line, model Crosby is a large round panto with a thick front rim. The colour choices are typical of Blackfin’s Italian styling. The expressive combinations of gunmetal grey/metallic bright blue, dark graphite blue/matte red and army green/mauve green are particularly eye-catching.

Products: Crosby, Hoover, Greenport Brand: Blackfin Website: www.blackfin.eu Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

Fleye Copenhagen: Elements of Art

Virtual products showcase From the Elements of Art collection by the Danish label, models Hilaro and Marianna are testimony to the company’s fondness for the arts, translated into wearable designs with a clear focus on exceptional detail.

“Elements of Art” is a tribute to the Danish museum; Thorvaldsens Museum – the first of its kind in Denmark. The characteristic museum was built to exhibit the work of the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) and offers outstanding experiences in art and archictecture – where brightly colored walls, richly decorated ceilings and mosaic floors are a backdrop for Bertel Thorvaldsen’s marble and plaster sculptures, capsuled by the high-seated light. Above: Model Hilaro by Fleye Copenhagen

Model Hilaro by Fleye Copenhagen in pure white: the semi-rimless frame has a light, slim almost floating silhouette

A trip to Thorvaldsens Museum led to the inspiration process the collection, leading the design team to experiment with molding, reflecting the preliminary process of creating the marble sculptures, and putting it into a present-day context. Rather than molding in clay and cast, the designers began creating soap in various forms, colours and patterns from Thorvaldsens Museum. The geometric blocks of soap were stacked on top of each other, creating art sculptures and visions for the frame designs.

The graphic art sculptures inspired the designs in the “Elements of Art” collection. Solid block colours and intriguing patterns from the museum have been directly transferred to new colorways and engravings in the eyewear designs, as well as patterns and transparency created by light reflections.

Marianna: Elements of Art by Fleye Copenhagen – complex study and research led to a collection inspired by the Danish museum, Thorvaldsens Museum
Marianna by Fleye Copenhagen: in ‘stone brown spotted’
Products: Marianna and Hilaro from the Elements of Art Collection Brand: Fleye Copenhagen Website: www.fleye.dk Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

neubau: expressive, sustainable eyewear

Virtual products showcase Design glasses reminiscent of works of art – for autumn in to winter, the striking eyewear models by neubau eyewear, from Austria, combine conceptual ideas with expressive design and sustainable materials: oversized, round styles meet unique 3D embellishments while 60s-infused models bring an air of sharp, upbeat design.

Walter+Wassily – black + white edition

For these eye-catching avantgarde accessories, the Austrian eyewear label is focusing on materials and technologies using the sustainable, synthetic material naturalPX. Models by neubau eyewear also feature 3D embellishments made using resource-efficient 3D printing technology.

Sarah by neubau in roasted berry

Inspired by the French Riviera of the 60s, the special edition Côte du Soleil adds three head-turning styles to the neubau eyewear collection. These models are made from natural3D, derived 100% from castor oil and printed with 3D- technology.

Product: Sarah sunglasses and Walter+Wassily sunglasses  Brand: neubau  Website: www.neubau-eyewear.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new trendsetting avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details about taking part, email [email protected].

Titanium aviators by Coblens Eyewear

Virtual products showcase A passion for classic design and a particular flair and expertise in re-interpreting the aviator shape, Coblens from Germany has brought out its new model Standspur in the Autobahn collection.

Coblens Eyewear: a beautiful gold finish on model Standspur

The style comes in polished champagne, silver, slate and matt black and builds on the purity of the narrow structure and the very fine double bridge detailing.

Coblens Eyewear: fine lines in titanium – model Standspur

Coblens glasses are produced exclusively in Germany. With an uncompromising choice of materials and innovative production techniques, the company works to achieve a symbiosis of high-tech and craftsmanship for the modern consumer with a love of quality design.

Product: Model Standspur (unisex style) in the Autobahn Collection Brand: Coblens Eyewear Website: www.coblens.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new trendsetting avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details about taking part, email [email protected].

Paradigm: emerging trends, vintage inspo

Virtual products showcase The 2020 Paradigm collection by Kenmark Eyewear follows the tone set by the 2019 brand launch while creating a vision all its own. The new collection incorporates previous best-selling details and design elements including lightweight materials, thin profiles and combination acetate and metal construction. With eleven optical styles and eight sun styles, the line has expanded in both size and range.

Nine full acetate styles and a broader selection of sizes with more petite options and wider fits are now launched. And, as is typical of the Paradigm label, inspiration has been drawn from both emerging trends and vintage looks. Above: Paradigm model 20-06 – the double bar is a trendy feature this season.

Paradigm model 20-06 with crystal finish

In the 2020 collection, on-point dual tones in both metal and acetate and more earthy brown tones are explored alongside the existing tinted crystals. Subtle styling, with nods to the ’70s and ’80s can be found throughout the collection with jewel tones and oversized shapes designed for instant style appeal.

Paradigm 20-06

Product: Paradigm model 20-06 Brand: Paradigm by Kenmark Eyewear Website: www.kenmarkeyewear.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new trendsetting avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details about taking part, email [email protected].

Diffuser Tokyo: an expanding collection

Virtual products showcaseDiffuser Tokyo offers a growing collection of very high quality well finished eyewear accessories, designed for the stylish man, and incorporating high quality leathers and textiles. In their cases range, the autumn sees the arrival of new colours for the best-selling Horween leather eyewear case. Horween is a long-established tanner in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The quality of the leather means that it is flexible, tough and aesthetically elegant its its finish – the company uses unique technologies and oil impregnated during tanning produce the stylish and soft finish – as well as unique leather colours.

Diffuser Tokyo –  new hard case in red

This traditional hard case, with a small popper fastening, is lined with good-quality Japanese pigskin leather with excellent durability. This means that the product will age gradually acquiring a unique elegance and character over time.

Diffuser Tokyo : the new military inspired glasses holders

The new glasses-holder has a military-infused design.The cord is an original linen cord produced in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. Fukui Prefecture is famous for its location in Sabae City, where glasses are produced; the district also has a flourishing textile industry due to its humid climate. The high-quality linen is functional and durable with a pleasant feel. Diffuser Tokyo products are available to buy direct from their website.

Product: Glasses holders and leather cases Brand: Diffuser Tokyo Website: www.diffuser-tokyo.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new trendsetting avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details about taking part, email [email protected].

Falvin Eyewear: contemporary, luxury style

Virtual products showcase: Birgitte Falvin’s creative concepts in modern luxury eyewear design extend to the new titanium models – Arctic and Equator, two lightweight sunglasses with harmonious colours and finishes.

In typical Danish style, the unisex model Arctic balances a minimal titanium structure with a two-tone colour scheme conceived to flatter and enhance skin tones – choose from Falvin’s signature eye-catching bright matt fire opal with matt rose gold to a more demure yet modern matt onyx combined with sophisticated mat black gold. Above: the innovative styles from Falvin, in a shoot by Danish photographer Henrik Adamsen featuring Marina Ohm (@marinaohm) and Patrycja Walczak (@patrycja.walczak).

Arctic by Falvin Eyewear: inspired by Danish architectural innovation

The hexagonal shape of the Arctic is informed by The Crystal, an environmentally friendly extension of Nykredit headquarters at the Kalvebod Brygge waterfront in Copenhagen.

 

Equator by Falvin Eyewear: cutting-edge design in titanium – made in Japan
The Equator model has a delicate oval eye shape, with a small “opening” in the upper corners. Colours are equally sophisticated, with choices which include matt fire opal with matt rose gold or matt topas with matt 24 carat gold.
All of Falvin’s premium designs can be decorated with luxurious diamond settings; Falvin works with a highly skilled Danish jeweller and offers this bespoke service for those customers who wish to personalise their frame with that extra special touch. Falvin shows at the Hall of Frames trade fair, Zurich on 13th/14th September 2020.
Since the start of lockdown, Falvin has created an online showroom, by appointment, to give their customers a privileged view of their stylish collection, from the comfort of their own home or office space. Please use the email following to arrange an appointment. Product: Arctic and Equator Brand: Falvin Eyewear (Denmark) Website: www.falvineyewear.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

Ferilli Eyewear: Italian flair, sustainable materials

Virtual products showcase: The first brand of eyewear to produce a dedicated sustainable collection made from locally sourced prickly pear fibre and other sustainable materials such as olive wood and ebony, the young up-and-coming eco-conscious label Ferilli Eyewear successfully combines refined style and keen pricing in frames designed with a conscience, made to the strictest quality standards in Italy.

Their new line – “Aéras” ( “air” in Greek), is composed of six new unisex models inspired by the beautiful villages of Puglia in Southern Italy – with names such as Ostuni, Castro, Leuca and Porto Badisco. In this line, the focus was to “lighten the silhouette of the frame and highlight the Italian design, the lightweight quality and artisanal precision of the details.”

Ferilli Eyewear: the Aéras collection combines lightweight 100% sustainable materials and stylish Italian design

The prickly pear cactus has become increasingly desirable in recent years and as well as having health properties – it is popular in skincare and as a supplement for healthy hair – it  is even being studied for the production of earth-friendly plastic. In the Ferilli Eyewear collection, the patterned finish of the natural material creates a unique and eye-catching element for the fronts of the sunglasses.

Ferilli Eyewear: close-up of the unique patterning of the material, applied on birch wood in layers and covered with an eco-friendly resin

Trained as an optician, founder Cristiano Ferilli was born in Lecce in Puglia and has a special fondness for the region and its beautiful landscape. His eyewear collection uses the raw material, Sikalindi from the prickly pear cactus. The fibre needed for the sunglass production is obtained by a patented and completely eco-friendly method of dehydration without the use of pollutants.

Ferilli Eyewear; the sunglass styles are fitted with UV protective lenses in graduated, bright or more subtle and neutral tones

Ferilli Eyewear won “Best Ecological Sunglasses of the Year” in 2019 at the Monaco International Optics Trophies – the title “Maker of Merit” at the Maker Faire Rome (2019) – and was selected among the best young Italian designers in the “Showcase” – AltaRoma – Rome (2020).

Product: Aéras Collection Brand: Ferilli Eyewear Website: https://en.ferillieyewear.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

 

Christian Roth: cat’s eye model Firi

The Firi is back: photographed by Alexander DiGenova

Christian Roth’s Firi sunglasses come from a tradition of iconic eyewear designs, modelled in signature ultra-beveled acetate. The style is featured in Roth’s new campaign by Alexander DiGenova, the 23 year old designer, photographer and creative director.

Above: Juliana wears Firi by Christian Roth, described as a “punky cateye design” – photography by Alexander DiGenova

Christian Roth as seen by Alexander DiGenova

Set in his Los Angeles apartment, Alexander enlisted his fellow creative muses, models and friends isolated with him in lockdown earlier this year, to embody the spirit of the eyewear.

“A bold, sculptural silhouette is perfect on Juliana and reminiscent of her essence,” said Alexander. Though in her early 20s, Juliana has traveled the world three times over and is fluent in French. Her monochromatic aesthetic is never complete without sunglasses.”

Christian Roth’s Firi in pastel pink
Product: Firi cat’s eye Brand: Christian Roth Website: www.dita.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

JF Rey: dynamic and experimental design

Virtual products showcase: JF Rey’s dynamic, upbeat and experimental collections see new entries for autumn, with highlights including architecturally-informed designs, an interesting submarine inspired concept and more 3D spectacle shapes inspired by the amazing natural complexity and design of the structure of a shell. Above: the Shell concept is created in stainless steel – the colours are applied by hand. Photography: Ulrich Hartmann

Model NAUTINEW 0000: JF Rey

This concept is informed by the Nautilus submarine: its cutting-edge technology and high-tech engineering are a subtle reference to the portholes scanning the depths of the sea. Its complex shape results from a technical 3D-printing process, with a stainless-steel and nylon combination on the front and both side shells of the frame, while playing graphic contrast rectangle/round shape. The creative process is based on seeking out quality and unique lightness in materials along with excellence and functionality in the design. Black colour and soft matt finishing on the front strengthen the assertive and bold allure of the model. A contemporary and distinctive look specially cut out for adventurous people and protecting the gaze from light rays, wind and water splashes.

JF2913 Concept Shell – made in France

These eye-catching glasses (Concept Shell at JF Rey) have been imagined in the spirit of a shell, around the idea of a harmonious cocoon for women’s eyes. Crafted from fine quality stainless-steel, it strikes with its distinct octagonal shape achieved in an extreme fineness, airy lightness and bold avant-garde influences. Volumes appear in a delicate geometric construction playing the contrasts of shape and colours in a distinctive graphic spirit. The combination of pink gold and luminous poppy red elegantly combine with the lofty constructions. Handmade colorization on the front highlights the elegance and the precious styling of the model.

JF Rey 2879 Concept Wave

The result of technical and visual research, this frame – Concept Wave – offers a fluid, lightweight, and moving design. The modern and graphic style is achieved by the folding and coloring of thin stainless-steel strips. The style is given its character through a game in which fine metal lines bend, cross, overlap and vibrate on the front in a light and airy structure. Each stainless-steel element is individually folded, colored by hand and assembled on the frame according to a specially graphics construction.

Product: JF Rey collections “Wave, “Shell”, “Nautinew” Brand: JF Rey Website: www.jfrey.fr Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

#Comingsoon: Hall of Frames, Zurich

A highly anticipated return to some kind of normality and a chance to meet with friends and clients: the Hall of Frames trade fair takes place in Zurich on 13th and 14th September 2020 and looks set to attract more brands than ever with the cancellations of the season’s larger international shows. Above: Ørgreen Optics attends the Hall of Frames event each year. The brand has recently released a new mini collection in acetate. The kaleidoscopic colours, which play with lightness and depth, are one of the highlights in an ever evolving collection of contemporary ranges by the Copenhagen label. 

Coblens model Autoradio – a superb contemporary slant on the classic aviator

From Germany, Coblens will attends the optical fair in Zurich with their growing range of metal and acetate lines…their lightweight titanium eyewear continues to be one of their most sought after specialisms, created in exciting colorations using PVD titanium coatings. Find out more at: www.coblens.com

Lunettes ALF: one of our recommended up-and-coming labels – handmade in France

Lunettes ALF comes to Hall of Frames Zurich for the first time this September. The French design label has achieved much in a small space of time and is already a favourite label in some of the world’s finest optical stores. The team promises two new special releases at the fair. Find out more at www.lunettes-alf.com

Nirvan Javan – London Collection – handcrafted in Japan

Nirvan Javan – the 5 year old Swiss label will show their London collection among other ranges: the premium acetate collection is handcrafted in Japan with precision and emphasizes the distinctive and purist signature of the designer as well as practicalities of comfort and fit. www.nirvanjavan.com

Update: Hall of Frames has created a new booking system for meetings with exhibitors at https://hallofframes-time.contedi.de/onlinetermin. The fair is also working with UVC protection who are providing a device for disinfecting the frames on display.

Confirmed brands attending Hall of Frames (HOF – the trade only event) in Zurich include Falvin Eyewear, Lunettes Alf, Fassungswerk, NOBIKA, Einstoffen, JF Rey, Kypers, Mykita, Nirvan Javan, Ørgreen Optics and YOU MAWO – for more details about the event and for a full list of exhibitors visit www.hallofframes.ch

TVR 504 & TVR Arnel – 2020 Edition

Virtual products showcase: The iconic style of actor James Dean, the panto shape is one of the most timeless vintage designs ever created. Based meticulously on the shape and replicating its style, the 504 and Arnel models by Japanese label TVR are recreated by hand by expert craftsmen in Sabae, Japan; the eyewear boasts 50s retro anti-slip strips, seven-barrel hinges, a keyhole bridge, signature SPM (Sun Platinum Metal material) spear rivets and miter cutting by hand.  Above: TVR Arnel: classic style handcrafted in Japan
TVR 504 – worn by George Laboda
The TVR® Arnel® shape – also known as the JD frame – is usually patented using Japanese 4mm celluloid to accentuate the lustre and shine of the material. Its slim profile also adds comfort and a better fit. The updated iteration is crafted by hand by TVR®’s master craftsman in Sabae, Japan, Sawada-Yaemon.
The miter cut technique is a critical feature of vintage eyewear where the front of the frame and temples each lie at a 45-degree angle, creating a 90-degree angle. True Vintage Revival remakes all the original elements of the TVR® 504 and TVR® Arnel® using an exceptionally rare, authentic mould that produced the classic shape just as it was in the past.
TVR504: based on the classic style, worn by James Dean
“We come from a family of master craftsmen whose heritage dates back to the Edo period. Our family, the Yaemon, in fact is the first to perfect the iconic TVR® 504 shape using traditional measurements and techniques, making this collection extra special to us.” —Sawada-Yaemon
TVR504

To celebrate the overwhelming support and encouraging response from customers over the years, TVR® will be offering this 2020 edition using Zylonite material, featuring the intricate Japanese engraving depicting The Great Wave of Kanagawa on the metal core.

Product: TVR 504 and TVR Arnel Brand: TVR (Japan) Website: www.tvropt.com / www.tvropt.eu Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

Götti Switzerland: innovation for autumn

Virtual products showcase: For the coming season, Götti Switzerland is adding six new titanium styles to its collection, including fashionable shapes paired with 3D printed inlays and two strong masculine shapes. The Swiss brand also announces feminine acetate styles in new stunning transparent colours as well as strong and bold acetate classics for men. For autumn, new entries will appear in the Dimension range including 14 new models, 4 of which are designed for kids and teens. The adult Dimension styles have a super thin construction, with  sleek lightweight temples – the easygoing everyday shapes fit many different face shapes and personalities.
In Götti’s Perspective design ‘Folio’ – the essence of which is built on strong contours and technical innovation – a fine, flat rim, reduced to an absolute minimum, encases the lenses. A sophisticated balance – with architectural references is formed through the strong structure and breathtaking lightness of the product.
Above: model Dancy is new at Götti Switzerland: on the surface, the model is a progressive take on a slightly oversized cat’s eye. A closer look shows the inlays produced in an additive manufacturing process, thanks to Götti’s in-house 3D-printing capabilities. The result is a distinguished balance of classic and futuristic.

3D printed: Everts by Götti Switzerland

The ultra-bold Everts model by Götti Switzerland is a masculine interpretation of the classic aviator style. Like all frames in the Dimension collection, these sunglasses are 100% manufactured in Switzerland, using state-of-the-art 3D printing capabilities with all focus on sustainable manufacture. The polyamide front is combined with stainless steel temples to create a flexible and comfortable frame to fit individual wearers.

Ernest by Götti Switzerland

Inspired by time-honored classics, reduced to essentials: model Ernest Götti Switzerland   offers a modern twist on a bold, square frame. With a slightly thicker rim (pictured in black), the versatile unisex design is made from hand-polished acetate produced exclusively for Götti by leading manufacturers in Germany and Austria.

Products: Dancy, Ernest and Everts Brand: Götti Switzerland Website: www.gotti.ch Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details email [email protected].

Jean Philippe Joly: details in acetate

Virtual products showcase: Jean Philippe Joly’s passion and commitment to unique handmade design is always apparent in his collections which tell a story of inventive creativity, savoir-faire and high artisanship. The designer is a self-confessed detailist with an eye for colour and sculptural aesthetics.  His limited edition styles are popular with artistic individuals and have recently been worn by Natalia Vodianova, the Russian model/entrepreneur.

Above: the ever popular cat eye has a new “soft” look in this new entry by Jean Philippe Joly (model Jalouse) which would have launched this month in Paris : vintage turquoise acetate fitted with 24 hour delicate custom aqua sun lenses. A small wave detail on the side of the frame front and nicely formed hand-finished bevels are a finishing touch in this individual design.

Jean Philippe Joly: model Producteur

Model Producteur by Jean Philippe Joly returns to the collection in new colourways : this frame has custom blue lenses for 24 hour wear. It has a discreet “depression” in the 8 millimetre Mazzucchelli acetate on the sides of the front and on the shiny polished temples. Real rivets are a typical “hallmark” feature of these designs.

Jean Philippe Joly chooses the finest Mazzucchelli acetates: above, a frame inspired by waves – model Surfeur

The choice of quality acetates by Mazzucchelli in Italy and the highest standards yet traditional manufacturing methods results in a refined design product of uncompromising quality.

Product:  New-season collection – models Producteur, Jalouse + Surfeur  Brand: Jean Philippe Joly Website: www.jeanphilippejoly.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details about taking part, email [email protected].

Kaleidoscope of colours: Kirk & Kirk

Virtual Products Showcase: The British eyewear label Kirk & Kirk is a specialists in statement colour and stylish modern design. Their Kaleidoscope Collection evolves as a celebration of beautiful transparent tones in dynamic combinations and dramatic shapes, each frame created as a work of art to evoke the unique personality of the wearer.

Launching this month, Kirk & Kirk introduce two vibrant new colours across the collection: a vivacious, hot ‘fuchsia’ and a warm, emotive chilli-infused red. Above: Kirk & Kirk model Jane in fuchsia

Jane in fuchsia: from the Kaleidoscope Collection by Kirk & Kirk

All twelve of the Kaleidoscope collection shapes come in the two new tones adding a new dimension to the collection as we look towards 2021. The frames are produced in the label’s unique custom-made super-light acrylic, which “gleams like glass with a translucence only found in Kirk & Kirk eyewear”.

New chilli colour launching this month – Kirk & Kirk

Kirk & Kirk frames are designed in the UK and handmade in one factory in France from start to finish, using the label’s unique grade of Italian acrylic.  Some of the frames are popular with celebrities, Robert Downey Jr wears their Cecil in Jade, Victor in Apple and Purple and Carter in Spectrum and British actor Nicholas Pinnock wears model Percy in Stone.

Product: Kaleidoscope collection Brand: Kirk & Kirk Website: www.kirkandkirk.com Contact address: [email protected]

About the Eyestylist virtual products showcase: the Eyestylist virtual products showcase offers a unique launchpad for new avantgarde, artisan or luxury eyewear and sunglass products – through Autumn 2020. The showcase is an initiative designed to connect Eyestylist readers and specialist designers in the absence of international trade fairs + launch events due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For more details about taking part, email [email protected].

Explore 3D printed design: Liq Eyewear

3D printed eyewear by Barcelona design studio, Creax

With the rise of 3D-printing, a young generation of designers is coming to the eyewear arena from other specialisms – interested in the sustainable potential of the eyewear alongside the opportunities offered for individual design and customisation.

Josep Mateo Muñoz, product designer, Creax Design, a design and innovation studio in Barcelona, launched Liq Eyewear with focus on the potential of Polyamide and its creative appeal when exploring shapes. “Polyamide is a natural material, it is light, warm and pleasant on the skin,” he told Eyestylist. “The material allows us to design “liquid” shapes which would be impossible to produce with other materials.” The frames at Liq have a lightweight construction achieved with a sculpted finish on the exterior and interior of the designs and finishes are gently textured – with colours ranging from bright red to natural stone-like tones.

Liq Eyewear, Barcelona – a sustainable production

With a self-designed magnetic hinge system, Zeiss sunlenses and an attractive protective soft grey felt bag, the Liq designers has managed to balance their love of modern design and fashion in a comfortable, inexpensive product they can produce out of Spain. “Liq started as an internal project at the studio: we thought that it would be a good idea to apply our experience in eyewear design to our own brand taking advantage of the benefits of 3d printing and controlling the whole process from our studio, avoiding overproduction or excessive waste in manufacture.”

About the label: Liq Eyewear first launched in 2018. The liquid-inspired shapes are 3D printed in Barcelona, Spain – and the collection is now widely available in Spain in optical shops. The new 2021 collection promises frames with sculpted decorations and surfaces with holes and openings – watch for new styles such as Liq Rain and Liq Lava opthalmic/sun styles with details only possible using 3D printed technology. www.liq-eyewear.com

Fleye Copenhagen: Elements of Art

“Each frame is the intersection of craft and art – a representation of our vision for modern designs crafted to last….”

Fleye Copenhagen’s innovative, creative concepts expand yet again with the introduction of ‘Elements of Art’: an eye-catching arts-inspired collection which pays tribute to Denmark’s Thorvaldsens Museum, its evocative colours, architectural features and marble and plaster sculptures.

Inspiring a new collection: experimental molding in geometrical soap blocks

Through a process of experimental molding, the designers at Fleye sought to recreate the mood of the works – and the process of creating them – while adding a contemporary context. As they explain, “Rather than molding in clay and cast, the designers began creating soap in various forms, colours and patterns from the Thorvaldsens Museum. Afterwards the geometrical blocks of soap were stacked on top of each other, creating art sculptures and visions for the new designs.”

Inspiration was drawn from the historic museum, its colours and its works of art / Images courtesy of Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen. Left photo credit: Sarah Coghill

The result is a line up of glasses with new inspiring colorways and engravings as well as patterns and playful transparencies created by light reflections and closely aligned to the historic elegance and visual aesthetics of the Thorvaldsens Museum and its exuberant heritage and works of design.

About Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark (www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk) – the museum is dedicated to the art of the Danish neoclassical sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, who lived and worked in Rome for much of his life. The museum can be found on the island of Slotsholmen, near Christiansborg Palace. More information about this new season arts-inspired collection at www.fleye.dk

Sunny vibes at Lowercase

Launch of three made-in-NYC styles as the Brooklyn label returns to normal production

A set of three stunning new handmade frames is announced by Lowercase, the NYC independent artisan label working out of a historic Brooklyn factory. The label has recently resumed full production post-lockdown and the new designs – Rose, Lenox and Astor – offer a refreshing reminder of the intricate processes and distinctive handcrafting techniques that go into a small-batch production at this level.
Astor by Lowercase – handmade in New York

The three new bookish frames are inspired by the renowned libraries of New York City, where the Lowercase manufacturing workshop is based. Merging craftsmanship with modern design, ​each style has its particular nuances from the effortlessly stylish shaping of Rose and the classic, versatile, and flattering Astor to the Lenox, which features rounded corners and smooth lines that soften the hard geometry​. All Lowercase sunglasses are produced in hand-polished acetate and feature the finest hardware and quality Carl Zeiss sun lenses.Find out more at www.lowercasenyc.com