Major 93

Rolf Spectacles

Major is a Rolf classic, a premium design from the Evolved Collection, handcrafted from the finest natural materials, bog oak and walnut. The different layers of wood are perfectly showcased in the design. High quality processing and finishing are all part of the mix as is always the case with the Austrian label. Find this frame and the full collection at the new Rolf boutique in Vienna. CN


Anni Shades

Made in a small workshop in Ohio, Harvey is a classy little number, beautifully crafted with intriguing colour effect. Anni Shades dedicates lots of effort to finely-tuning their techniques for producing handmade frames, and the results are impressive. Currently available at Artsee Eyewear, Miami. CN


Gotti Switzerland

Bano should be at the top of your list if you love Genuine Horn eyewear. A classic retro look, the frame is elegant for men or women. Gotti uses the highest quality buffalo horn and hand polishing techniques that provide a luxurious lustre on the natural material. An eyewear experience to remember. CN



Featuring Mazzucchelli acetate, the finest you can find in Italy, and created by hand in Danta di Cadore, model Lucio is part of the Res/Rei Limited Edition collection. This new colour release – a transparent base with multicoloured patterning – reminds us of swirls of paint mixed in water. An excellent interpretation of a classic shape and a frame that has immediate appeal for its authenticity and beauty. CN

Du Cap

Leisure Society, America

Shane Baum at Leisure Society expresses supreme elegance in his design Du Cap. The name is a tribute to the fabulous Hotel Du Cap on the French Rivera, the inspiration for this beautiful frame in titanium and acetate. The titanium temples deserve special mention – they are plated in gold, accented with coloured enamel, and elaborately etched with precise detail. The Mountain Tortoise acetate is achieved with a Tokyo tortoise base, with blacks and yellows, and the top half is then accented with a subtle layer of gold  flakes. JG

The Magic Hour/Trésor Trois

Sama Eyewear

Lighting is always the mantra for painters – as Rembrandt and Vermeer exhibited so magnificently in their tableau. Lighting is also the essence of this glamorous Limited Edition frame by Shelia Vance at Sama Eyewear in California. Created in palladium, with 14k white gold temples that are gracefully feminine, gems of Peridot and Amethyst are handset on the sides. The Magic Hour is a luxurious and sophisticated frame statement for today’s modern women. JG


Montblanc Eyewear

Montblanc pens have always been my favourite writing instrument – the design, the feel, the quality. All these precious elements are found in the eyewear collection too – built on a foundation of linkage with the strong characteristics found in all Montblanc luxury products. A highlight of the eyewear collection includes this stunning metal and leather frame with flat top double detail in strips of metal and leather. The shape is a timeless silhouette, and like Montblanc pens – the frame is a treasure. JG



Leisure Society

Since I first saw The Leisure Society Collection, I have been a fan of Shane Baum, his elegant creations, and his dedication to excellence. The latest eyewear collection is simply gorgeous – Swanbourne in Burgundy Tortoise is meticulously crafted with an acetate front, and magnificently etched buffalo horn insets. Intricate laser etching is a feature on top of the frame. Shane Baum has one again created a frame of superior design and heirloom quality. JG

Ma Jolie

Boucheron Paris

Glam, chic and style all convene in this sleek design from Boucheron, the renowned French jewellers fabled for their amazing creations since 1858. The sunglass collection combines the artistry of old-world craftsmanship with modern techniques. Ma Jolie is feminine and elegant, with its graceful shape in luxurious black acetate, defined with delicate crystals on the temples. Definitely jewellery for the eyes! JG


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



From “down under” in Australia, Graz Mulcahy creates edgy, distinctive eyewear.  It’s always an adventure to view his collections at the eyewear shows.  He believes in statement frames – designs that are bold and distinguished. Experimenting with the unusual is something that he particularly enjoys – such as the sunglasses shown above in matte acetate.  The frame is handmade, blasted with a very fine sand to create a non-reflective surface.  After the blasting, the matt is left untreated, which allows the frame to take on its own character.  With wear, the frame becomes slightly darker in different areas, which Graz likens to what happens to jeans.  This frame has a feeling of strength and substance, yet with its smooth matte finish, possesses subtle and understated beauty. For more information, visit JG


Mech-flex V3611


I like the simplicity of this model, from the Mech-Flex range by Vanni, produced by the Italian design company Nico Design. This model combines thin steel and plastic, and it comes from a range that brings together bright fun colours and clean, practical design. The style above features a special hinge, the Mech-flex, which adds flexibility and extra wearer comfort. Offered in four colourways, my favourite is the on-trend matt violet  and purple version, but you can also choose a patterned front teamed with black, a dark violet with turquoise, or brown with fuchsia. The enthusiasm for detail here sets this optical range apart. Very well done. CN