Vanni Tribe

Nico Design

Teenagers will enjoy wearing frames from Vanni Tribe – the look is uncluttered and discreet, and keeps pace with fashion trends. The metal collection features rims that are lightly sheathed in rubber, and the colours are luscious – contrasting twin tones or tone-on-tone, in royal blue, burgundy (shown above) and aubergine. For active teenagers, Nico Design uses strengthened metal, so shock resistance is maximised. JG



Vuerich B, Spain

In a little workshop in Barcelona, Baptiste Vuerich creates original, fun frames handcrafted from old recycled skateboard decks. Vuerich points out that only used decks – which he buys mainly from skateboarder teenagers – are transformed into frames. Cruisin is artfully designed so that the smooth wood grain is evident, and the pale blue sides add a delicate touch. JG



Kerin Rose has become one very busy New York designer and her online store is a world of excitement and beauty! I like the neat eye shape and catty elegance of Mitchell, with its joyful orange neon pearls and Swarovski crystal cup chain embellishment. This, like the others by a-morir is a made-to-order piece….from around $350. The chic styling is also available in two other shapes, Redding and Hendrix, with yellow or pink neon trims. All three are investment pieces to delight the eyes and particularly those of the beholder – wild but totally wearable. More please Ms. Rose! CN

Adventurer Aviator


Made in Austria, Silhouette designs are known for being lightweight and stable. We have been looking at a variety of aviators, one of the lead designs in sunwear for this year, and found this one to be both high-tech – it is made of SPX and titanium – and pleasant to wear in terms of the fit, feel and lightness. I tried it on at Silhouette’s recent brand event in London for the presentation of Titan Icon and featuring inspirational entrepeneur, Jo Malone.

The Adventurer style has barely-there temple ends and fixing system featuring silent bridge plates which can be adapted to any face shape and size, to provide a great fit without leaving marks on pressure points – something I always look for. Available in grey, brown and green, and all colours come in a polarized option.  CN


Isson Australia

Australian designer Catherine Federici loves avant-garde eyewear, and she possesses a unique talent for creating unorthodox, unique eyewear. Celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, Isson has launched a super collection, including Tyla (above) a dominant sunglass design with a bold square shape, in rich purple gravel acetate. The collection also includes a stunning assortment of ophthalmic designs. JG


E&E glasses

E&E glasses are based in Swedish Lapland. This striking aviator frame from their collection, Abisko, is named after a village north of the Arctic Circle, a place that is known for its great location to view the aurora borealis. The cutout on the nose bridge of the style resembles the U-shape of the Lapponian Gate, a striking element of the landscape there and an interesting detail for this optical design which plays on the classic oversized pilot shape. The introduction of the theme of nature in Sweden is understated yet gives a hip look to the frame.  CN



Heidi London

Heidi Chan judges her collections very carefully and produces strong, vibrant sunglass styles for the fashion pack with some very desirable detailing including pressed flowers in acetate that I hope to show you soon. Heidi has talked to me in detail about the process used to make her designs, and her knowledge and enthusiasm for a craft that runs in her family is impressive. This style (H1021) is a stunner and an easy fix if you want big colour but a feminine take on super bright colour blocking. We think it is a style to lounge about it in by the pool – but it would be perfectly fitting for city wear. Available at Henri Bendel in New York and selected stockists around the world. See Heidi’s full collection and a full list of stockists at CN


Lesca Lunetier

It was really a pleasure to rediscover Lesca Eyewear and catch up with Joel Lesca and his son Mathieu at the shows this autumn. The collection is authentic vintage, crafted in France, using century old traditions of handwork to achieve luxurious frames. Largo (above) in the colour Tokyo, is a compilation of all that Lesca does so well – gorgeous, superior quality acetate, in a wonderful retro shape –  and a Limited Edition. For more details on Lesca’s French heritage creations, visit JG



Inspired by Hollywood superstars, this pretty modified cat eye frame from the Argentinian label has a feminine shape. It was the animal print that caught my eye; I like this interpretation on the top of the front, with the coordinating design on the side of the temple. This one is the brown, white and leopard version; it also comes in black glitter, one I’d choose for an easy update of my autumn/winter wardrobe. CN




Götti Switzerland

Unique technology – a stainless steel front with a precious metal coating, and the temples in a special epoxy plastic – combine harmoniously in Fiona by Götti Switzerland. The shape is a subtle statement – with an enduring timelessness that Sven Götti creates so perfectly. Fiona features Götti’s patented 360° Spin&Stow system, so the frames fold easily and compactly. Great colours too — shiny silver, lilac matte, shiny gold and black. We are reliably informed that Fiona is a favourite of several New York fashion editors – we understand why! JG


Wooden Eyewear from Rolf Spectacles

Cars are a continuing inspiration for the Austrian based eyewear company Rolf Spectacles. For the latest collection, the elegance and beauty of the Daimler – the British car that is a favourite of kings and queens – has influenced the beautifully crafted frames in stunning natural woods, including walnut, bog oak and maple. Sovereign takes its design cue from the classic, unadorned and harmonious lines that have made Daimler an enduring favourite. All Rolf Spectacles frames are handmade with exacting craftsmanship in Tirol Austria. JG


Desert Inspiration by Isson Australia

The rich, sun drenched colours of the desert are found in the new sunglass collection from Isson in Australia. The flat fronted round shape deepens the dramatic temple volume, and the frames are fitted with aspheric (flat) anti-reflection coated lenses. Designer Catherine Federici has captured the essence of the desert in Ella, with intense colouration and bold shaping. JG


Selima for June Ambrose

The black and white theme is a strong and long-lasting one in fashion. This sunglass design takes that monochrome look and presents it subtly in layers. It is a design from Selima, created in tandem with the celebrity stylist, June Ambrose. I like the classic easy-to-wear design and choice of punchy colour tones, which include this gorgeous black and blue or a spicy red and black. CN



Tumi Eyewear

I recently viewed the Tumi collection, and found its luxe, sporty designs very appealing. Brooklyn (above) with a dashing aviator shape is a fine example of Tumi craftsmanship. The same exacting principles that apply to the stylish luggage collection, are enacted in the eyewear. Made of stainless steel, the frame is laser engraved with the signature ‘Tumi nylon luggage pattern’. Tumi is available at leading opticians, and the shop in Paris, located at 245 rue St. Honoré. JG

Zoç Rose

Pierre Eyewear

“It’s fab!” said Clodagh – and it truly is – we love this deliciously flirtatious butterfly shape and the shimmering acetate Rose colour – one of this summer’s fashionable highlights. Experimental and exciting eyewear is the foundation of Pierre Cariven’s designed-and-made-in France creations. The frames are expertly crafted and feel great to wear. Vintage concept – modern interpretation – Zoç Rose is a summer stunner from Pierre Eyewear. JG


DITA Eyewear

This frame is ready for action! Titan is an engineering feat by DITA, using a single piece of Japanese acetate – front layered – with a titanium frame over the top. Bold characteristics include acetate side shields, twin titanium temple plates, and a strip of hand laid enamel. The frame is amazingly constructed and detailed – all by hand – in sophisticated colours of black and smoke grey. JG



A sunglass style I’ve tried on a few times, and I love the mirrored lenses. They are gold in the picture but the ones I’ve tried and love have more of a silvery tint. This is a pretty 50s model, and the metallic theme of the mirrored lens very trendy; it’s a style that would pair nicely with many Spring/Summer trends…from pastels to modern prints and patterns. Delightfully feminine.  CN


Götti Switzerland

Sun Pepe was my favourite among the re-launch of the “P-Serie Sunglasses” unveiled by Götti at Opti Munich. The handsome, timeless aviator in titanium features a curved double bridge – a strong trend, particularly in men’s eyewear. The 360° swivelling temples means that the frames fold easily and are very compact. In palladium and black, Pepe is certainly a stunner. JG


Vera Wang Sunwear / Salon Spring/Summer 2012

This is one of a few favourite labels from the US. A bold silhouette in smooth acetate, Katida is an exemplary style in the Vera Wang Salon collection for Spring/Summer 2012. Each of the acetate styles in this group are oversized, with features from the 1950s and a touch of Hollywood glamour. Katida is available in tortoise, black, brown or rose, subtly muted tones which are typical here. The style has an effective graduated colour scheme through the front of the frame and  will bring instant elegance to everyday style. CN

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Kjled T


Both classic and modern aesthetics distinguish the fluid shape of these sunglasses from Orgreen in warm chocolate brown. Danish design techniques are evident in the smooth matt titanium frame, with characteristics that include the broad nosepieces, an expansive frame shape, and enlarged sides. Lightweight yet sturdy, the frames are very comfortable to wear, while providing the necessary fashion and protective elements of quality sunglasses. The frames are also available in a beautiful, soft blue. JG


Elektra and Phines

Mykita & Kostas Murkudis

Experimentation with colours, materials, laser and new print technologies are the focus here…there is a play on the contrast between “natural” and “artificial”, with specific materials selected that are more usual in the world of sport and swimwear. Laser techniques are used to produce a Moire effect in the material. The frames are made of stainless steel, with an unusual texture etched into it giving it a totally new feel. As well as a statement gold version there are these interesting Charcoal tile/dark blue and Pearl tile/light blue options. Very accomplished designs with attitude from this now very popular Berlin-based brand. CN



The Monte Carlo Collection, Beausoleil

Frédéric Beausoleil is passionate about  acetate. For nearly a quarter of a century, he has transformed this material into glamorous eyewear with his creative ingenuity and reverence for tradition. His latest collection – The Monte Carlo – is a selection of stunning sunglasses in sensuously smooth acetate. The design above, is a distinctive creation in lemon with an intricate mix of tortoise/lemon for contrast, exclusive colours to Beausoleil. Modernity and timeless, faultless elegance are expressed in the gracious shape. All lenses are polarized for effective sun protection. JG



I am pleased to introduce the Australian brand Isson on for the first time. Launching in Paris this month, their latest collection is inspired by Bauhaus, a movement which encouraged a radical experimentation in architecture and the applied arts. Model Martha is a memorable shape, and typical of the line, which uses vintage Italian and Japanese acetates, in pearlescent light reflecting finishes including tortoiseshell (pictured), fleckle and rocks, and layered acetates which house silk threads and metal shavings. Each model is named after key Bauhaus founders/designers such as Walter, Hermann, Martha and Gertrud. Model Martha is a unisex style, with an unusual shape, distinctive metal insert at the front, and thick temple. Isson’s designer Catherine Federici says, “Each piece requires its own set of rules. Who would wear it? Where would they wear it? How would it make them feel? By trying to tap into the psychology of the wearer, subtle design features such as shaping are being used to characterise each frame through its features. Be it a wide temple, temple tip design, or an angled front.” CN

Dentel B98.1 A63-S337

Francis Klein

When I visited the Francis Klein studio in Paris, this is one of the frames that immediately caught my “eye”. It’s stylish, a bit racy in bold red and black acetate, with mini coloured pearl and bead trim.  Red is set to have fashion impact in the coming months for clothes and accessories, and black is always a fashionista favourite.  The details on this frame are fantastic- the frame sides have the illusion of a pleated ruche effect – “ruche” is a fashion trim used in clothing. A strip of red acetate runs between the black – a chic accent.  The frame is also a stunner in black acetate and crystal. The collection is available in the delightful little Francis Klein boutique at 30, rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris.  For further details: JG

Goddess / Kinetic Solaire Collection

Kirk Originals

An instant eye-catcher, it’s the original  lenticular panel designs of the Kinetic Solaire Collection that have brought this sunglass range particular recognition. While a photo really doesn’t do the effect justice, you can just see the kaleidoscopic rainbow colours of the temple panel decorating model Goddess in the image above. I like the combination of classic oversized shape in traditional tortoise fused with the unexpected futuristic moving imagery. Available in six shapes and four classic colours, white, tortoise (pictured), black and aubergine. Recommended retail price: £269.00. Available from the Kirk Originals flagship store at 6 Conduit Street, London W1, just off Regent’s Street. CN


Salt Optics

When I look at these lovely frames, I want to pack my bags and head for the seaside! The azure blue design in silky acetate triggers happy memories of the sea, sand, sunshine, and seagulls.  The flow of the frame shape demonstrates the versatility of acetate and its shimmering beauty.  These glasses are perfect for sunny outings at the beach, with polarized grey gradient CR39 lenses, providing superior protection from the sun’s rays. Salt is a California based company, and the handcrafted, stylish collection is available in Europe. JG



This is a handcrafted acetate frame with a strong, angular shape, an interpretation of an aviator with a large helping of extra attitude. The frame comes in black and black swirl (pictured), tortoise and burnt brown and purple crystal gradient and purple, each one with coordinating gradient lenses. The Dita brand is based in L.A. and describes itself as being “committed to producing premium products, for those who seek the finest quality.” Dita stores are located in Los Angeles, Newport Beach and Tokyo. But it’s not a a brand that is well known in Europe, I can guarantee it won’t be too long……To buy Dita products online, including model Sig, priced at 345 euros, visit CN


Karavan Kids

These colourful, fun sunglasses with polycarbonate lenses for babies provide style and protection against the sun’s potentially harmful rays to developing eyes. Prunelle is an environmentally friendly product as well – the frames are made out of castor oil.  Yes! Castor oil! The French based company wanted to make a “green” product that would be safe for baby’s fragile skin and eyes, and they have succeeded with this snappy little design.  Spring hinges and silicone nose pads ensure that the frames stay in place. Further details: JG