Customised design: Brubeck by Vinylize

Vinylize, the artisan label specialising in eyewear made from upcycled vinyl records, is offering a unique opportunity to make bespoke frames from your chosen LP. The finished models which are made to order are presented in custom designed coffers. The design above, recently shipped to Norway, was made from the client’s own album, Tungtvann. The shape of the classic Vinylize Brubeck model was customized for an ideal fit for the owner with an eye size enlarged from 55mm to 58mm.  Progressive lenses were fitted into the vintage blue havana acetate lining the vinyl front by the company lab. Vinylize frames are chic, artisan products perfectly in tune with our growing ecological preoccupations. The collection is unique in that it is the only high-quality range to focus on vinyl products and has seen extraordinary success in Europe and further afield. For more information on the bespoke service visit www.vinylize.com CN

Equinoxe by Lafont Paris

Children’s sensitive, vulnerable eyes require special protection in particular with summer sunshine. Lafont Paris features stylish and protective sunglasses for the young set with quality UV lenses in uncluttered shapes and festive, fun colours with plenty of kid cool.  Equinoxe in vivid red sports decoratively printed sides. Fit, comfort and durability is indicative of – and complements all – of the Lafont children’s designs. Visit www.lafont.com and explore the variety of styles, shape and colour options in optical and sunglass designs. JG

Peoples from Barbados: Bajan Soul

NYC events, new stockists in Miami and a special tour of Jamaica. Just a few of the things that optician/designer Alicia Hartman has been busy with since we last caught up with her in April. And with that has come some glamorous new eyewear styles, as well as plenty of colourful sunnies.

We first met Alicia in 2018 (and before that we had been in touch via social media for some years). Now she is one of the most successful opticians to launch her own collection, which includes models suited to sun or ophthalmic lenses. The new model PFB 13 (above in red/tortoise effect), pictured on a girl at eyeQ Jamaica, offers a combination of glamorous elegance with the rich effect of the high-end acetate; it has a particularly individual look when glazed with optical lenses.

Unique screwless flat stainless-steel hinges and beveling techniques, along with signature end tips matching the fronts have the effect of deliberately complementing the matte finishes of these designs – a detail achieved by special lamination techniques and Japanese polishing – no corners are cut in this very chic detailing. The frames can be glazed as opticals or fitted with a subtle gradient mirror and flash lens, just right for beach wear and summer parties.

The brand is now available in some unique stores including Selima Optique (NYC) and Eye Q Optical  (Manor Park, Kingston, Jamaica). For more information about Peoples from Barbardos go to www.peoplesfrombarbados.com and visit Alicia’s store Eye Q at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre Holetown, Barbados. CN

 

Re-Belle by Plein Les Mirettes France

Set the beaches sizzling when wearing elegantly sculpted Re-Belle by bespoke frame artisans Plein Les Mirettes. Crafted in Normandy in beautiful acetate with a lustrous sheen, Re-Belle is a symphony of sleek colours – navy silhouetted with accents of orange, white and sea foam, with a three-dimensional character. The unique colourations in Plein Les Mirettes are among the many specific and luxurious details infused in the frame creations by the independent label. Visit www.plein-les-mirettes.fr for more discoveries in distinctive eyewear designs. JG

Pearls at Frame Chain

Pearly items are the thing to wear this season  – according to British Vogue, who positively love this trend for earrings, bags, hairclips and the like. Trend-focused brand Frame Chain has been working the look for several months, and continue to reintroduce new pearl accented chain designs which immediately sell out! Favourites include Pearly Queen (above) featuring hand sourced fresh water pearls and the recent addition to the collection, Teenage Kicks, a necklace style chain with small Keshi pearl – the colour and texture of which are similar to sea shells.

Teenage Kicks in yellow gold (£200)

The London brand – created by female design duo Vanessa Harrington and Ann-Magret Kearney, has successfully paved the way for a new style of accessory that perfectly enhances the coolest and most stylish eyewear designs available. Catch their summer designs (if you can!) at leading stockists such as London department store Liberty’s (https://www.libertylondon.com) or visit the Frame Chain website for the latest releases and special editions. www.framechain.co.uk CN

Muse Design Award for ROLF Spectacles

Eyewear art by ROLF Spectacles continues to reap awards. The latest accolade is the Muse Design Award 2019 for Rolf’s elegantly crafted model Lark in smoked larch and cherry wood. The independent Austrian label achieved the honour with the highest award – Platinum – in the Fashion Design category. Each ROLF frame is one hundred percent natural and handmade in their Tyrolean atelier. Lark is a unique mix of razor-thin sliced wood veneers that are carefully selected and combined with each other. The frame is flexible, screw less, and features ROLF’s Silmo d’Or award winning FLEXLOCK hinge. The impeccable detailing on the frame is visually appealing, as well as being a master class in ROLF’s ingenuity to create powerful and compelling eyewear. www.rolf-spectacles.com JG

Morel 1880 – model 60042

Intense colour in a classic panto shape is an easy-to-wear option for men all of ages. Morel’s 1880 collection offers an array of time-honored shapes with modern, carefully finished details and highlights such as the small ‘M’ engraving on the temples – a touch that indicates the artisan finesse that defines this collection. Made in the Jura region of South East France, the frames are part of a tradition of spectacle-making that dates back to the 19th century, and everything about them continues to define that tradition while adding the latest technological benefits, for a light and comfortable eyewear experience. Discover more about this classic collection at www.morel-france.com CN

Amanda by Kirk & Kirk

Bold and shimmering with luminosity, Amanda sun specs by Kirk & Kirk are exemplary with style and substance. Handmade in France, the attributes of Italian acrylic include its transparent beauty, comfort, and durability – an avant-garde material that is also extremely lightweight. Amanda is elegantly sculpted with graphic angles for a distinctive contemporary attitude. The sunglasses gleam in Earth (above); there are seven other gorgeous colourations also available. Visit www.kirkandkirk.com for more details on the stunning acrylic designs. JG

Buffalo horn excellence: Delirious Eyewear

The restrained elegance of the Delirious collection from Italy is well represented in the subtle shaping of their new model Explorer, one of the most beautiful horn designs shown at the eyewear trade fairs this season.

Wearing a horn frame is akin to wearing a tailored suit or elegant silk dress. The natural material has a soft and tactile surface, making it pleasant to wear, comfortable on the skin and completely hypoallergenic. In the sculptured artisan shape of Explorer, hints of the geometric trend are achieved while retaining the comfort of rounded rims in the lower section. Delirious focuses on time-honored traditions for its buffalo horn collection. The company founder Marco Lanero has been recognised by  Vogue Italia in Who’s on next? (2018) – an award scheme by AltaRoma (www.altaroma.it) for excellence and innovation in the production of Italian-made fashion products. The label is stocked exclusively by renowned opticians and concept stores around the world. For more details visit www.deliriouseyewear.com CN

FICTION prescription collection: l.a. Eyeworks

Modern, refined and contemporary: FICTION – the debut collection of prescription eyewear frames –  has been launched by l.a. Eyeworks. The FICTION collection features twenty different frame styles constructed from quality acetates and stainless steel, often in combinations with customised colourations. The California brand also offers a sunglass selection in FICTION. Designers Gai Gherardi and Barbara McReynolds bring a multitude of experience as opticians and retailers – plus their celebrated originality – to the latest eyewear project at l.a. Eyeworks. “Fiction expands l.a. Eyeworks trailblazing legacy of creating innovative, desirable eyewear that emboldens the work of independent opticians,” observes l.a. Eyeworks President Rob Rich. Featured above from the top: CHANT in tortoiseshell acetate, SAIL in stainless steel with a curved double-bridge, and BEAM is a combo of acetate and stainless steel, all positioned on a FICTION cleaning cloth.

WAKE in Deep Blue Fade – FICTION by l.a. Eyeworks

Giving Back and contributing to society is an ongoing passion for l.a. Eyeworks. Based on the belief in the written word as a pathway to positive self-expression and growth, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each FICTION frame benefits 826LA, a Los Angeles based non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting students with their creative and expository writing skills, and to help teachers inspire the value of the written word in their students. Discover more sleek FICTION prescription frames at www.fictionframes.com JG

Crystal Nest by Anna-Karin Karlsson

Expect the unexpected with luxurious frames from Anna-Karin Karlsson. Exuberance, individuality, and an eclectic tempo characterise her eyewear. The latest optical designs by the Swedish independent eyewear and jewellery designer combine elegant materials, unique shapes and abundant creativity. Her award winning glamorous creations bring stylish chic to spring wardrobes. Crystal Nest makes a distinctive fashion statement – modern and compelling. Rose Gold Japanese titanium unites with shimmering crystals, and a sleek take on a pilot shape with graphic elements accentuates the lenses. Anna-Karin Karlsson designs are available in fine optical shops and at Neiman-Marcus in the United States. Explore more of Anna-Karin’s artistic, edgy designs at www.annakarinkarlsson.com JG

Fleye Copenhagen Signature Boxed Sets

Award-winning Fleye Copenhagen welcomes the spring/summer season with elegant boxed sets featuring Signature styles. The Limited Edition of eight different stunning sets includes an optical and sunglass design in a beautifully appointed lined box. Fleye Copenhagen Signature frames express a graphic attitude, in superior materials with inspired shapes. In the box featured above – optical design Valmue is aesthetically streamlined with soft nuances. Utopia sunglasses radiate a hint of a delicate graphic cat-eye. Fleye Copenhagen eyewear is handcrafted with dedication to beauty, details, fit, and performance. For more details about the Fleye Copenhagen Signature Sets explore www.fleye.dk JG

3D printed: Germany’s You Mawo

3D printed eyewear is now widely available, and the lightweight, easy-to-wear polyamide material has become one of the leading state-of-the-art material choices in high-end eyewear boutiques worldwide. Young German 3D printed eyewear company You Mawo is one of the design-led businesses to develop its potential in a bespoke-fit, individualised service. Their innovative system takes a scan of the customer’s face with an iPad and provides a choice of timeless basic frame shapes in contemporary colours from which the final design can then be adapted for a wonderfully comfortable fit. The frame is produced in Germany within a few days and sent to the customer’s optician with the optimized shape for the customer – a service for which they have become much admired. They promise a turnaround for delivery of the final frame of 15 working days.

You Mawo’s Aviator style Ketil is one of the styles currently available, super light and very fine in the structure which is strong, stable and extremely elegant on the face.  “The final product is a unique symbiosis between human, science, craftsmanship and technology”, say the founders, with the added benefit of the 3D printing technique that waste is limited during the manufacturing process. Find more designs and learn more about the fast-growing You Mawo brand at www.youmawo.com CN

Götti Ultrafine Dimensions – Kobi

Slim, trim and elegantly minimalistic, the newest designs in 3D printing from the Götti Dimension Collection are a unique marriage of revolutionary manufacturing improvements, and sleek, innovative design. Kobi is superbly crafted in Götti’s own customised factory in Zurich, and shown above in Stone – a colour favourite that harmonises with spring and summer fashions. The beautifully sculpted shape exudes character, comfort and style. Five different designs are available in delicious colours: Ash, Berry, Sand, Moss, Mocca and Denim. Discover more Götti Dimension news at www.gotti.ch JG

Rolf Spectacles Titanium Skyline Collection

Crafted with artisan ingenuity and galvanised with innovative technologies, ROLF Spectacles Titanium Skyline Collection is a remarkable testimonial to the Austrian brand. The multiple-award winning label features twenty-four prescription frames and six sunglasses with 3D printing processes, in elegant silhouettes with chic minimalistic assets. The Titanium designs are available in textured and smooth surfaces with five intriguing colourations – natural; anthracite; gold; black; and mocha – which are created  with an intricate process, influenced and inspired from the medical sector. Discover the enticing ROLF Spectacle collection at www.rolf-spectacles.com – and from 21-24 March in THE LOFT in New York City. https://lofteyewearshow.com JG

Summer spirit: PFB by Alicia Hartman

Sea views. Sundowners. Sugar and Spice. Peoples from Barbados (PFB) sunglasses collection by optical entrepreneur Alicia Hartman condenses the moods and colours of their Bajan origin in flattering UV protective sunglasses. Alicia’s love of the island’s culture, the natural landscape, spectacular views and everyday customs and lifestyle are the essence of her designs, which now include opticals with blue block lenses.

Three sun styles in fresh, tropical-inspired colours have been added for the new season, and will show as part of the full collection in New York next week. They explore subtle embellishments of glitter embedded in the acetate front and all the designs are made in Japan, integrating a screwless hinge and lightweight stainless steel temples for comfort. The frames undergo intense high-end polishing in the final stages to achieve a sophisticated glossy finish only achievable by hand.

Above: Model PFB 14 in colours C1 and C5 and PFB 08 (far right) in C1 – inspired by fresh Bajan coffee tones. For more details about Peoples from Barbados visit the brand at Vision Expo East – (Galleria 139) or click on the website link at https://peoplesfrombarbados.com. Visit EyeQ in Barbados to see the extensive collection of sunglasses and optical frames at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre Holetown. Find the frames in New York at www.selimaoptique.com CN

Wilson by JF Rey 1985

Retro re-interpreted with modern trends brings stylistic freshness to six frames from JF Rey that achieved iconic status during the 1980’s. For the revisit, the Marseille based company is inspired by the Scottish Highlands, with a unique mix of materials, colours and contrasts. Country tweeds, Houndstooth patterns, and Prince of Wales checks (first popularised by The Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII), are artfully worked into acetate frames contemporary and sophisticated. Featured above is Wilson – smart checks with an on-trend double-bridge. Additional discoveries from JF Rey 1985 at www.frey.fr JG

You Mawo: Limited Edition Malina

Inspired by the Inuits and their distinctive iconic protective snow goggles, Malina sunglasses by You Mawo celebrate bold design created with 3D printing technology. Original Inuit frames featured a narrow oval lens shape, reducing the amount of light exposure to prevent snow blindness. Traditionally made of natural materials such as driftwood or bone, the frame would be carved to fit the face with slits that also acted to improve visual acuity according to the width.

Malina Sunglasses by You Mawo

Based on the classic interpretation, this new release by You Mawo, named Malina after the Inuit solar deity,  explores the creative potential of 3D printed frames with a light yet sturdy, bold rim and gently curved silhouette. A modern fashion statement is achieved with the addition of the gold mirrored lenses, a stark contrast with the eye-catching black structure in Polyamide. Launched last weekend at Mido for the new season, the frame, produced in an edition of just 50 pieces, goes on sale at £600 (689 euros) in specialist retailers including Specs Berlin: find details at https://specs-berlin.de/en/female/you-mawo-malina  

Award-winning German brand YOU MAWO is an innovator in custom tailored 3D printed eyewear. Founded in 2016, their frames are made exclusively in Germany with laser sintering technology. The frames in YOU MAWO’s mainline collections are made to measure via an iPad scan of the wearer’s individual  face topography. This scan forms the foundation for the production of the frame to optimise comfort and fit. The frames are also customised with the individual’s name printed on the inside. Find further details at: https://www.youmawo.com/en/ CN

 

 

Fabric highlight – Deligny, Lafont Paris

Model Deligny by Lafont is one of those classics with a twist that is achievable only through exceptional expertise and precision in the making. In the version pictured, the retro inspired round design incorporates a floral cotton Liberty print in the narrow acetate inner rim of the eye shape as well as in the temples; the metal coloration picks up the bright yellow in the fabric creating a vibrant colour mix, an effect that is typical of the artistic Lafont style, and one that can be traced back through earlier collections.

Deligny by Lafont Paris

The Deligny model (above) is pictured in yellow with flash mirrored sun lenses and is also available in combinations with pink or gold. A look of the moment also in optical, the style can also be worn stylishly with a clear prescription lens and various patterned effects in black, pink, brown or red. (https://www.lafont.com/product/57736/DELIGNYOPT-3094OPT/).

Lafont is a historic Parisian eyewear label with 90 years of history and expertise in creating chic eyewear designs, made exclusively in France. The frames carry the authenticity mark “Origine France Garantie”. www.lafont.com CN

Morel 1880 60013

Whether your winter holiday destination includes warm, sun-kissed surroundings, or the allure of skiing and energetic après-ski life, your most important style and safety accessory is sunglasses. Winter sun and afternoon rays can be intense, and sunglasses that afford protection and fashion flair result in a stunning alliance. French label Morel introduces new designs that are ideal for winter adventures in the snow or by the sea. Style 60013 from Morel’s 1880 collection combines vintage elements with a trendy brace bar above the nose, and flat mineral lenses by Barberini. Lightweight, durable, and resistant stainless steel with slim, sleek details is silhouetted into a compelling, impressive design. Visit www.morel-france.com and view more beautiful frames from the Morel 1880 collection. JG

Kalvin & Kaan Dimension by Götti

Five new designs reflecting exceptional quality with superior manufacturing specifications, highlight Götti frames with unique lightness and sleek minimalism. This beautiful collection embodies and personifies the extraordinary production innovation of 3D printing, construction, style and resource conservation. Kalvin and Kaan exude harmony, comfort, and subtle dynamism in soft spring colorations – sand and berry. Götti’s Dimension Collection is professionally crafted by remarkably talented artisans in their own factory in Zurich. www.gotti.ch JG

Lovers Key by Blackfin

With many parts of the hemisphere engulfed in cold and grey days, there is nothing like chic and dramatically designed sun specs – infused with energetic colours – to inspire immediate cheer. Perhaps a hop and a leap to a warm, tropical island is paramount. Blackfin has the ideal sunglasses to accompany you to sun-kissed beaches and exotic destinations. Lovers Key BF852 has a unique personality with a distinctive frame structure created through a precise bas-relief process. Playful colours enhance a balanced and generous top rim. Lovers Key BF852 skilfully combines tech, style and creative innovation. Blackfin is a family-owned brand with beautiful frames envisioned and constructed totally in Italy by renowned artisans. Visit Blackfin this weekend at opti Munich in Hall C1 Stand 330. www.blackfin.eu JG

Octagon by Delirious

The Octagon, considered a polygon of eight angles and eight sides, also demonstrates the positive attributes for renewal and rejuvenation. These honoured and symbolic meanings of the Octagon are inspirational characteristics to launch a New Year. Painter Leonardo frequently used the octagon in his drawings and renderings. This geometrical concept is beautifully represented in a slender, slim acetate version by Delirious Eyewear, and is professionally and eloquently handcrafted with essential production protocols in Italy.  Details are meticulous with fine construction. Delirious Eyewear is an award-winning Italian label, with an ingenious collection of innovative frame designs for men and women. www.deliriouseyewear.com JG

The Cran by TBD Eyewear

Italian-made, unpretentious and classical in approach with a price point under 200 euros. Having started out as The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear company, ‘TBD’ as it is now most commonly known is a well loved label on the fashion circuit, especially in Italy and at fashion industry events such as Pitti where they have a successful following of design fans,  fashion bloggers and entrepreneurial types who include Marco Taddei, Niccolo Zaffarano and Gabriel Cohen.

The frames are timeless in their look and style. The Cran is an example – a well-known round shape, produced in an attractive, lightweight acetate and in colours that are usually subtle; traditional black, blue, crystal, tortoise and so on or occasionally quite different – the canvas brown has a patterned look like horn – there are also delicate metal shapes and metal/acetate combinations.

Bespoke Dudes Eyewear was set up by Fabio Attanasio, the founder of The Bespoke Dudes, an Italian blog about craftsmanship and tailoring and Andrea Viganò ‘with the aim of enhancing the image of Italy and its exceptional craftsmanship abroad and promoting excellence and creativity’. The frames are made in Cadore and feature unique details – a favourite is the styling of the hinges which resemble bow-ties – these were picked from a lot dating back to the 1930’s and feature four screws – rather than the usual two – each one applied and tightened by hand. For more details and to visit the online store go to www.thebespokedudeseyewear.com CN

 

Morel 1880 – style 60032M

The 1880 Collection from MOREL offers classical ‘retro-inspired’ styling based on the original designs of this established French eyewear company. Inspired by buffalo horn tones and textures, model Homere is in fact produced in a luxurious acetate, comfortable to wear and practical and hard wearing for daily use. The design has a tapered, three-section temple, with the hinge section revealing a discreet “M” when the temples are folded – based on original designs in the 1880 vintage collection. Colours are dark and muted in black, red, blue or brown with a solid or tortoiseshell finish – sophisticated yet flattering for different faces and ages.

MOREL is one of the original French eyewear producers of the Jura, the French spectacle-making region, located in eastern France – and remains a leader in the field – committed to quality and fine design. Their eyewear collections range from the classic luxury of 1880 to the modern 3D printed state-of-the-art LIGHTEC range. Find details at www.morel-france.com CN

Charleston by Blackfin

Luxurious crafting in titanium; exceptional shiny finishes in amazing colours; and sleek shapes ensure unmistakable elegance in Blackfin’s Black Edition. Frames – including Charleston (above) are available in dark blue, brown and black, and the finishes include striking colour details in Pale Amber Gold, Obsidian Black Gold, Imperial Yellow and Ancient Rose Gold. The Italian label has created an exclusive patented process – Blackfin Nano-Plating. This is a special treatment in which metal particles are vaporised in a vacuum, inducing sublimation that enables the particles to be deposited  – atom-by-atom –  on the the surface of the frames to obtain a stunning chromatic effect. The results are luxurious frame designs that are durable, sophisticated and comfortable to wear. Visit www.blackfin.eu to discover all the new optical models with Blackfin Nano-Plating. JG 

Fox – Fleye Copenhagen

FLEYE Copenhagen has been awarded the prestigious German Design Award for Excellent Product Design in the Category Lifestyle and Fashion for ‘Fox’ – stylish sunglasses in beta-titanium and acetate.The sleek design is handcrafted with three layers, combining solid and transparent hard density cellulose acetate with beta-titanium. Lightness, flexibility and durability add to the character of the design, with its individualistic attitude. Environmental – as well as fashion considerations – are incorporated into Fox, as the sunglasses are constructed using non-toxic materials with hypoallergenic qualities, and AR coated lenses. Discover more from the Scandinavian label at www.fleye.dk JG

Re Belle 14 by Plein Les Mirettes

Plein Les Mirettes’ Christophe Morcamp combines the creative eye of a couture designer with an astute focus on comfort and ease of wear in a frame design. The stunning new acetate model Re Belle 14 by this exotic little French label offers a wearable statement shape, gently cut into on either side of the front to add to its vibrant character. The colour palette has an unusual vertical fade effect, playing with chic tones “side by side” for a result that is both surprising technically and flattering when worn.

Plein Les Mirettes produces its women’s eyewear designs in a highly regarded traditional spectacle-making factory in Normandy, northern France. The elegant materials come from Mazzucchelli, the Italian leader in acetate production. Find the latest designs at www.plein-les-mirettes.fr CN