Reviews

Crystal eyewear classic: Erker’s 1879

Erker’s have applied their unique craftsmanship in the creation of a first collaboration with Ohio independent

An out of the ordinary crystal acetate, absolute attention to detail in every piece of hardware and a quirky ‘turntable’ icon: a new and very limited edition from the US handcrafted collection Erker’s represents the first time the label has teamed with an independent store.

The limited design series, known as the Living Legends, are the result of a close collaboration between the co-owners of the historic eyewear company Jack Erker III and Tony Erker, and independent boutique owner, Kevin Kretch of Eyes on Chagrin (Cleveland, Ohio).

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Erker’s have worked with Kevin Kretch, owner of Eyes on Chagrin, on a handcrafted edition called “Dawg Pound” – referencing the Cleveland Browns

The distinctive, handmade individuality of the frame and bold chunky dimensions are characteristics that pay homage to iconic eyewear design and the heritage approach of the family eyewear producer, while the special icon on these frames – the turntable – is a reference to the ‘Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’ – Cleveland’s museum and hall of fame on the shore of Lake Erie. To find out more about the ‘Dawg Pound’ artisan frames and independent eyewear collection Erker’s, visit www.erkers1879.com. /  https://eyesonchagrin.com

Nirvan Javan: colour nuances, inspired by Paris

The Swiss brand works with natural colours and subtle tones influenced by the city of Paris

Architectural acetate designs, in colours informed by key monuments, the Swiss designer Nirvan Javan turned to Paris for his latest inspiration and handmade acetate frames. Part of a stylistic journey around the globe and a symbiosis of styles from London to Chicago and Tokyo, the label has introduced six special optical designs on the Paris theme, refined in their simplicity and clean minimalist lines, with the inclusion of timeless crystal finishes, alongside a hint of rose and dark pink.  Above: new Nirvan Javan models in the PARIS collection – 04:16 (CET) and 04:18 (CET) – the evocative colours replicate the details of some famous Parisian architectural landmarks

Nirvan Javan / exclusive styles 05:08 (CET) and 05:10 (CET) in the new PARIS edition – luxury acetate is a favourite material at the brand

Refined translucent crystal designs in acetate are a signature look at Nirvan Javan. The classic rectangular model PARIS 05 – styles 05:08 (CET) and 05:10 (CET) (above) – prime examples of the mix of tradition and contemporary detail in these beautiful acetate styles, is offered in a variety of flattering tones including a super transparent crystal and a light natural brown.

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Nirvan Javan: a nostalgic colour palette with its origin in the French capital

Considering details of landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Pyramid, a classic French 19th century ‘palais’ or the iconic red art nouveau signage of the metro,  the PARIS collection evolves with a chic, luxurious style, conceived to underline the individual expression of the male and female wearer with a gentle, graceful air.

Nirvan Javan frames are designed in Switzerland and handcrafted in Japan. To find out more about the young independent eyewear label, visit the website at www.nirvanjavan.com

On our wishlist: TOL Eyewear new-season sunnies, by Linda Tol

TOL eyewear by Linda Tol is an Amsterdam based design studio creating frames that take inspiration from beautiful things in life: these retro inspired styles are on our wishlist for the season!

From architecture to fine art, fashion (of course!) and the wonderfully ambiguous and inspiring concept of emotion. Each TOL eyewear collection and each single design is ignited by an innate desire to ‘create a new emotion’.

For Spring/Summer, highlights include style ‘Upside Down’, a frame that is representative of this spirit, with a shape that caught our eye. Constructed with temples which rest low on the lenses as though the frame was built ‘upside-down’, the colours are distinctive and typical of the line in nude, burgundy and noir – solid, strong yet neutral options which somewhat offset the unusual structure of the style. Produced in Italian Mazzucchelli acetate – as are all these styles, the design has the added benefit of high-quality, dark tinted ‘Carl Zeiss’ lenses for 100% UV protection. Above: Upside Down in nude by TOL Eyewear – inspired by Linda Tol, retails at 250 euros – the nude tone is special and has a strong fashion feel in this collection

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On our wishlist! Oversized statement sunglasses are a a key piece for SS21 wardrobes : model Alpine by TOL Eyewear – inspired by Linda Tol

Without doubt, the Alpine sunglasses are also a statement design in this line – and so perfect for now! This frame is bold, chic, and dramatic – but equally versatile and wearable. Oversized sunglasses have been in style since the 1960’s and this modern style harks back to some vintage favourites in a choice of four distinctive colourways of white, noir, clay and nude.

About TOL Eyewear: Linda Tol – an influencer and a fashion icon renowned for her ‘androgynous / chic style’, co-founded TOL eyewear after years of success across the fashion industry. Linda has left no stone unturned in her regard to her features across fashion media outlets stretching from Vogue to Harper’s Bazaar. Linda set up the brand with fellow creative Marieke Meulendijks and created in TOL a reflection of Linda’s individual aesthetic as well as the duo’s love and appreciation of the arts and the finer things in life. Read our interview with Linda Tol: https://www.eyestylist.com/2020/05/interview-linda-tol-founder-of-tol-eyewear/ www.toleyewear.com VB

Jean-François Rey design: colour boost in acetate

Jean-François Rey’s JF 1497, glowing colour effects inspired by silk fibers and textured threads

Eyewear designer Jean-François Rey’s design acetate concepts explore the patterns and textured effects of fibers and threads. The husband and wife design team have pioneered creative concepts in metal and acetate since the 1990s. They continue to play with colour and design possibilities in eyewear, inspired by the arts, and everything else they love! For their recent models in acetate, a personal passion for fabrics and textiles has translated into studies in pairing colours, transparencies and linear details. The frames come in elegant shapes such as hexagons and ovals and capture a chic and glowing tonal effect and sheen. This adds Spring-infused radiance and style. Above: the JF 1497 is available in a range of delicate combination colours including the light brown with blue pairing (pictured above).

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Jean-François Rey design – JF 1497 in light brown with blue (above) and gradient pink with brown lace (below)

Jean-François Rey JF 1497 comes from a series of acetates with elaborate colour schemes and patterned effects. The Jean-François Rey designs for women feature delicate colours with rich graduated effect. A leaning towards soft, pastel or powdery tones is evident here. The finishing touches such as the shaping of the temples and the metal flex hinge ensure sophistication and comfort for everyday wear. Find more of the Jean-François Rey design styles at the website: www.jfrey.fr

The spirit of Barbados: Peoples from Barbados sunglass chic

Peoples from Barbados PFB-08: a Caribbean inspired cat’s eye

With Bajan soul and upbeat energy, Peoples from Barbados style PFB-08 is edgy and free-spirited, crafted with unique bevelling and intriguing laminations, distinctive hand-finished traits of the Caribbean label. The cat’s eye design was inspired by Hartman’s closest girl friends in her community as a complement to their relaxed, and colorful sense of style. Above: Caribbean style: Hartman’s friend Niki wears PFB-08

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Niki wears PFB-08: inspired by the Bajan lifestyle and the colours of the island

The PFB-08 sunglasses are now available in four colorways inspired by the natural landscape and local delights such as fresh coffee and rum of the island. All PFB frames can also be glazed as optical glasses with Blue Block AR anti fatigue prescription lenses. Appreciated by a wide-range of customers both for their style and comfort, PFB models are produced in premium materials and feature technically advanced screwless flat hinges and end tips in acetate coordinated with the coloration of the frame front. Available at HQ in Barbados – EYE Q Barbados, and at selected optical retailers including Specstacular Opticians in London and Selima Optique, NYC. For more details: www.peoplesfrombarbados.com and www.eyeqstylistopticians.com