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Australia: new brand launch by mother and son duo

‘The Elusive Miss Lou’ brings colour, bright pattern and sunny vibes, post pandemic

Out of lockdown, and now post pandemic from Australia comes a new artistic quality driven line of eyewear from Teiger and Louise Sceats, a mother and son ‘dynamic duo’ with proven experience of optics and fashion. The brand, named ‘The Elusive Miss Lou’ is all about colour, pattern and fun, offering frames which suit your face and lifestyle and “allow you to express yourself!”

From a family of optics, which started some 112 years ago, Teiger is the son of Louise and Jonathan Sceats, a design team already well recognised in the world of eyewear. Teiger’s grandfather was an optometrist with a practice on Sydney’s George Street making him the third generation in the family to become immersed in the world of frames and the heir to the family’s creative optical passion.

Above: Louise Sceats, Teiger’s mum, enjoys sitting by the sea and designing happy artworks from her new home on Sydney’s northern beaches, Avalon Beach. After a short lived retirement, Louise has return to her creative passion and involvement with eyewear design; her son Tyger will run and manage the day to day development of the business.

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Wearable artworks by Miss Lou: Across The Buttons / colour ‘Life Brights’ – from ‘The Elusive Miss Lou’ collection – a fabric lining in clear crystal matched with a pearly acetate temple

“We are determined to create something really wonderful and spread happiness in what I think we can all agree has been a not so great period of time…”  Teiger Sceats

Across The Box / colour ‘Mind Brights’ – a pretty 1930’s inspired ‘Miss Lou’ design described as “a panto with wings” – the frames feature a gold L initial on each temple

Applying Louise’s creative design experience to Teiger’s story telling and experience growing up with brand creation, the new collection has just come to fruition and embodies the duo’s spirit of resilience, brightness and design originality, through artistic colour mixes, details of fabrics and textures and designs with a bubbly, fresh Australian personality and style. Find out more about the new line at https://theelusivemisslou.com

History & heritage: Ottica Casoni, Modena

A family-owned store with a rich past – officially listed by the Province of Modena with the title “Bottega Storica” (Historic Artisan Store) of Emilia Romagna

With an historic architectural style that is typical of the city, Ottica Casoni is located in an impressive palazzo building which offers elegant warm colours and distinctive porticos. Formally the French embassy in the 1800s, the location was first turned into an optical shop in 1933 by two young women.

Giovanni Casoni, the first member of the Casoni family to work in the optical business and at this very location, graduated as an optician in Emilia in 1946. After a short stint working in eyewear production, he decided to take over the shop from the previous owners in the 1950s, and he grew and directed the family business until his son Roberto took over in the 1980s. Today, brothers Emanuele and Alessandro, the 3rd generation of the Casoni family to be involved with the business – are running the store together, with passion for and dedication to some of the finest eyewear brands from around the world.

Interior: in 2016, the interior was renovated to present its rich history

The shop was last renovated and redesigned in 2016, Alessandro told Eyestylist. “We’d been thinking about it for a while. And we gradually have managed to update the interior to what you see today. We wanted to resurrect different elements of the interior of the past…gradually adding some of the items and instruments used by our grandfather – in order to create a special point of interest and to take a look back in time at how our store looked in those previous times. The final project to make it a reality came through our collaboration with the designer Dino “Neropaco” who created a perfect harmony between the history and modern day/avantgarde.”

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Interior; balancing historic Italian grandeur with contemporary design

A love for fine eyewear design is immediately evident in this shop, and in its tastefully edited social media posts that first caught our eye several years ago. Alessandro adds, ” A love for eyewear is part of who we are, and something we’ve inherited from our family. Our interest has evolved because we are curious and we enjoy finding out more and traveling to international fairs…this has allowed us to come across some marvelous projects which always impress us, whether it’s the innovative crafting, an original form, or an extraordinary precision in the details.”

Traditions of the past – a corner for frame adjustments with vintage style fittings and old-fashioned tools

Today, Ottica Casoni offers independent eyewear brands from around the world, including Anne & Valentin, AKONI Haffmans & Neumeister, Piero Massaro, JMM, and Lesca curated as a special selection because “each collection has its own unique identity which makes it recognisable and different from the other ones.” One of the latest to be added was the Italian designer Piero Massaro, who works with skill in multi-layered acetate designs. Asked about sustainable materials, the brothers added that they have decided to dedicate more space within the selection they offer to limited small-scale production and designers using sustainable materials, recycled packaging and sustainable practices that are based on low waste.

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Last minute beauties for summer

Sunwear makes an audacious statement

As the warmer season gets underway, a pair (or two) of fine new-season statement sunglasses is a fashion essential. The choice is infinite, with bold shapes, block-colours, and vintage-style details offering a particularly eye-catching take on what has become a season of variety and fresh upbeat design in the independent eyewear collections. Above: Metronome Japan’s B-titanium model World Ride in the ‘Kiss the Future” collection. The cat’s eye model has a suspended lens which gives the frame its eye-catching definition. https://metronome-eyewear.com/

VAVA Eyewear: model BL0028 in white

VAVA’s BL0028 makes a fresh take on the cat’s eye with an aerodynamic stylised design that fuses futuristic with a glamorous distinction. Inspired by an aeroplane’s tail, its construction is modeled on a ‘cropped delta contour’, which offered exceptional stability during flight. The frame’s bold white colour and sharp lines capture a cool and impactful look. The style is also available in black, matt black, red and matt crystal. www.vavaeyewear.com

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FACE A FACE – model SPLIT1

For those with a love of glamorous colour and form, FACE a FACE propose radical cut out designs for the summer – inspired by the art of Deconstruction. The lenses look as if they have been cut away at the sides. Find beautiful artistic colours in this line which range from milky blue against granita temples with quartz flashes, to crystal peach sliced through with electric yellow. www.faceaface-paris.com

Flanna by EOE Eyewear in a marble / matt pine wood coloration

Flanna is part of a series of new models by the eco label EOE. These styles are produced in sustainably produced acetate (wood pulp and cellulose) and combine a hand carved appearance with individualistic colours such as the trendy blush and ivory “marble” effect combo above. Find out more about the styles at www.eoe-eyewear.com

Exclusive: sustainable eyewear Ziggy Chen x RIGARDS

A fresh installment in the Ziggy Chen x RIGARDS sustainable eyewear collaboration for 2021 : the design is made from buffalo horn, bamboo paper and repurposed wood

The Chinese menswear designer and the Hong Kong eyewear brand have looked at new ways of working with ethically sourced solid horn, with the usual visual and artisanal approach typical of their creative designs developed together with inimitable style and craftsmanship.

With skill and dexterity, the horn material is sculpted by hand to create the form, characterised by shaved bevels inspired by fluid brush strokes of East Asian calligraphy. The frame has then been coated in gossamer-thin bamboo paper and hand-painted using a complex traditional lacquer technique which requires several stages of drying, sanding and smooth between each layer. The final matte top layer is applied to produce lacquer with a less shiny finish, delivering a unique rendition of the time-honored art form.

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The RGO161ZC by Ziggy Chen x RIGARDS is sculpted from buffalo horn – pictured in antique brick

In an audacious contrast with the front, the temples are cut from beta-titanium with a hollow-back construction for the most advantageous lightweight comfort while the temple tips are finished in wood from off-cuts sourced from high end furniture. A typically evocative colour palette offers the final touch of elegance to this model which is produced in antique brick, antique black, and antique white, in celebration of natural beauty and hidden poetry. Such finishes and colorations are a signature of the RIGARDS eyewear brand and testimony to the aesthetic sensibility and commitment to innovation of the brand as it continues to explore new design possibilities through ancient processes and rediscovered crafts.

Ziggy Chen x RIGARDS: RGO161ZC – in antique black

Premiering at Ziggy Chen’s Fall/Winter 2021/2022 presentation entitled Sugardens at Paris Fashion Week, the model us released as a limited edition of 100 serialised pairs. RIGARDS designs are available worldwide at the most exclusive optical retailers and fashion boutiques. For more information visit www.rigards.com

Statement acetate sunglasses: Ørgreen Optics

The Copenhagen brand’s new sunglass styles in acetate offer a fresh, bold style

Exploring new avenues of design and colour, Ørgreen Optics reminds us of the importance of transformative accessories this season, and the potential of a pair of sunglasses to completely update one’s style. Four new acetate styles have arrived in their collection for the season; balanced and timeless yet with enough attitude for the boldest type of customer, the designs are inspired by the company’s city of origin and its most popular neighbourhoods, from Christianshavn to Nørrebro. Above: four new acetate styles are released, inspired by the most vibrant and fashionable localities of the city of Copenhagen

Nørrebro sunglasses in chic Havana with violet end tips by Ørgreen Optics – named after the fashion-forward area of Copenhagen

Nørrebro is a female sun style that plays with the classic cat-eye shape. In all colour variations, the frame features  eye-catching colourful end tips in bright neon tones and trendy UV protective sun lenses (see above) that do not completely hide the eyes.

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Christianshavn sunglasses by Ørgreen Optics – a post-lockdown timeless treat

A classic male style with a wearable square eye shape, Christianshavn is a fail-safe for all eventualities this summer, combining cool looks and discreet colour mixes that spell sophistication and an effortless style. All Ørgreen Optics frames and sunglasses are designed in Copenhagen and made in Japan.

Find more styles by Copenhagen’s independent eyewear brand at www.orgreenoptics.com