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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Norwegian independent eyewear duo, Kirsten and Lars Iversen have worked on their timeless Karmoie designs with a hand-polishing technique that produces a unique matt finish on the exclusive acetate designs. Model Totem offers an example of how the artisan polishing work gives an exquisitely subtle look to the eco-friendly M49 material, which immediately stands apart from ordinary mass-produced acetates, both in the delicate texture and coloration.
Karmoie frames are understated, modern classics. “We aim to create a truly beautiful, lasting piece for you to cherish and wear with pride,” say the founders, who continue their collaboration with Positive Luxury, the website which highlights ethical fashion brands and their commitment towards “positive actions” and sustainability. Find the full sun and optical collection by the Norwegian label and find out about this unique label at www.karmoie.com CN
Luca Gnecchi Ruscone has launched a fabulous collection of innovative eyewear that combines his love of history and tradition, with his remarkable flair for contemporary design. One frame that particularly caught our “eye” – is the charming Orchid Superleggero – a beguiling cat-eye design handcrafted in Italy, with an acetate front, and sides in ultra-light metal alloy. Explore more diverse and beautiful L.G.R designs from the new collection at www.lgrworld.com JG
If bright pink’s your colour, then Finest Seven, one of the most luxurious brands in independent eyewear, is where you need to head as soon as possible. This glorious shocking pink frame says luxury like no other : the very narrow acetate rim is combined with a slim metal bridge and slick golden temples and a timeless triangular shape that is neither too oversized or too mini.
Finest Seven frames are made from a surgical stainless steel wire – super light, comfy and highly durable. The sun lenses offer 100% UV 400 protection and are available in a wide range of specially curated colours. The Zero 12 design with acetate is a brand new version of this unique sunglass design – also available in a minimal stainless steel only version paired with brightly colored lens tints of graduated lilac, graduated blue or dark pink mirror. Find more designs and shop direct at www.finestseven.com CN
Chromatic harmonies highlight the latest design at Volte Face, with a frame that is graciously slim, sleek and modern. Different acetates in beautiful colours are used in Kloe, and designed with graphical effects. The luminosity of the acetate provides a soft transparency. The Volte Face Collection is dedicated to women – and their “Parisian Chic” – with frame silhouettes that are subtle, elegant, timeless, and with an air of discreet luxury. View more of this rich and diverse collection at www.volteface.com JG
Animal-inspired prints are popping up in clothing and accessories this winter, and the trend is set to “roar” into spring 2019, with recent fashion collections featuring a variety of spotted designs. L.a. Eyeworks presents a sleek eyewear variation with Fun Zone in colourful hot spots.The sculpted silhouette with its edgy details demonstrates l.a. Eyeworks wonderfully rebel, individualistic approach to eyewear – and their signature style with unique colourations. The latest optical collection from the California brand features an intriguing melange of acetates, aluminium, titanium and HD acetate. Discover more at www.laeyeworks.com JG
Tavat Eyewear have launched their most iconic SoupCan yet, handcrafted in a limited edition of just 100 pieces, with a luxury 18K gold plating. The Pantos design is a special edition of their clever SoupCan concept, inspired by classic 1930s American goggles with an innovative one-of-a-kind sandwich design.
Features include a new and remarkable “Anti-Rotation” rimlock closing with watch-crown mechanism. Each frame undergoes over 100 production steps and can take up to 7 months to produce; with just 100 pieces launched with the gold finish, the style is already quickly selling out – since launching in Las Vegas and Paris last month.
The frame also has the brand’s signature vintage-green melanin lenses with a rich champagne tint applied, offering the ultimate eye protection without compromising style.
Tavat Eyewear produces its frames exclusively in Northern Italy to the highest artisan standards. The new 18K gold frame comes with its own Certificate of Authenticity. Discover more styles by this exclusive independent eyewear brand at www.tavat-eyewear.com.
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“Better foolish than boring” Ottovolante
Mondelliani’s colourful readers will be a breath of fresh air for any one who has tried to find reading glasses that offer a distinctive look and lively colour. The designs are inspired by the shapes of the “roller coaster”, and in keeping with Mondelliani’s passion for beautiful colour and original tonal combos, the frames comes in some gorgeous two-tone colorways as well as cool camo colours or distinctive black and white.
All the models in the line include high quality lenses (5 strengths available) or high quality sun lenses, and the aim is to offer a comfortable and wearable – slightly cheeky – design – at a sensible and practical price point. Mondelliani is a Rome-based eyewear brand with several collections of sunglasses and eyewear styles inspired by creative and unusual themes – including wine, birds and fish. For more information on their Ottovolante readers, visit http://mondelliani.it/ottovolante-2/?lang=en CN
Internet brands are booming, and in sports-oriented sunwear there is now a confusing mass of online only brands selling direct to the consumer, with just a handful working that little bit extra to offer a balance of affordability, functionality, and, importantly, attentive customer service.
In the sports/leisure segment, Sungod Custom Optics – a start-up based in the UK and Verbier, Switzerland, has launched a customisable sunglasses collection – with a team of hard-core sports personalities endorsing the designs on Instagram including Stephanie Ede (duathlete/cyclist), Max Rowe (freestyle windsurfer) and Tom Bishop (triathlete).
The process of purchasing the product itself is different, quite fun, for the novelty, and super fast. You choose a shape (all quite standard), select the colours of the front, temples, lenses and logo icon – according to your personal preference – and then buy. The order – once processed, is with you within a couple of days (in my case 48 hours – the frames are assembled in the UK) and offers a Lifetime Guarantee promising that all breakages will be repaired – or fully replaced – free of charge. My first order included the Custom SIERRAS and the Custom Classics – both standard shapes, in one size, but just working ok for my smallish face shape and my son’s, who is 15. (Above: Custom SIERRAS).
UV protection is the key feature, and beyond that the sunglasses perform as a hard-wearing option for sports and outdoor activities at a realistic price (from £65.00) – this is of course significantly lower than equivalent all-round sport styles by Ray-Ban and Oakley.
For technical content, the 4KO Lenses are made from a 2mm Polycarbonate Core and you select from 5 lens tints that offer enhanced contrast and optimised clarity – the tint we selected in “smoke” was comfortable in bright conditions. Polarised versions are also available and judging by the number of water sports enthusiasts featured on the Instagram page, the lenses are adaptable and suitable for water sports.
The frame itself is made from the company’s Adventureproof Frame Material – this is a memory polymer – designed for durability, protection and high flexibility. It’s as good as any standard sports sunglasses material coming from China and it feels light and modern and pleasant to the touch. The colours are classic and easy-to-wear and a popular look for youngsters and the teen and 20+ market.
Sungod Custom Optics produces sports-oriented sunglasses and sports goggles. They have also launched a special signature series of models in collaboration with Pro Team Athletes including Hannah Whiteley and we expect to see more exciting projects from their young entrepreneurial team. For more details visit www.sungod.co CN
French artistry, exotic colourations, and beautiful materials characterise the collections of Plein Les Mirettes. Handcrafted in the French Normandy countryside, the frames express individualism and unique details. The voluptuous acetate silhouette in Demoiselle 12 in marbled tones is among the latest designs from the stylish boutique label. Plein les Mirettes will present the entire collection at SILMO Paris 28th September-1st October at Paris Nord Villepinte. Explore www.plein-les-mirettes.fr JG
Specialists in sustainable eyewear since 2010, EOE from Swedish Lapland is heading to Italy later this week (21st-24th September) for WHITE Milano, a highly regarded fashion trade fair for women’s collections and accessories. It’s the independent brand’s first appearance at the 4-day event which is known as a creative launch “pad” for new and rising fashion labels from around the world.
Among the EOE styles for the coming season is the model above – Eljest, representative of the simple yet distinctive style in this highly eco-conscious collection in eyewear. The styles are recyclable and biodegradable, produced in an acetate material that contains no petroleum or poisonous phthalates, and to top it off, use steel parts produced from a carefully sourced recycled Swedish steel.
EOE Eyewear was founded by Erik and Emilia Lindmark during a snowmobile ride in the small village of Ammarnäs in Swedish Lapland. Their vision, they explain, was to create eyewear that combined the elegance and simplicity of Scandinavian design, with the barren beauty of the nature in the north of Sweden. The brand is one to watch for 2019 when they will announce a new exciting step in their achievements in sustainability and eco-friendly materials. www.eoe-eyewear.com CN
WHITE Milano takes place at Via Tortona 27 – for further details visit www.whiteshow.it
Italian eyewear brand Blackfin’s clean aesthetic is based around its expertise in materials, and particularly titanium. Its new entries for the coming season are refined and technical, employing complex craftsmanship, new technology and a special mix of modern materials to ensure great wearability as well as style. Along with contemporary all metal designs, that come in fantastic colours and tonal combinations (many new ones will launch in Paris this month), the brand is extending its Lamina Plus line where titanium is paired with an ultra thin cellulose acetate. Model Maryport (BF845 pictured in colour 915) is one of two new designs in this modern collection, offering a super light construction and a modified cat-eye shaping. The design is enhanced by the attractive patterned material which is likely to pair seamlessly with seasonal colours, textures and warm winter layers in the AW 2018/19 collections.
Blackfin is one of Italy’s fastest growing eyewear companies. The company’s new editions will be exhibited at the eyewear fair SILMO Paris from 28th September to 1st October 2018 – view the latest editions available through selected stockists worldwide at www.blackfin.eu CN
The spirited, sensuous Bocca designs by Face à Face Paris are inspired this season by Surrealism – and effectively expressed in Bocca Mania 2. Surrealism was an important cultural movement in the 1920’s with art works that fascinated with unexpected and remarkable elements. The latest Bocca surprises with elegant, thin golden temples, that provide a sleek contrast to the generously sculpted acetate frame front. The temple tips are seductively enhanced with the distinguished Bocca shoe. Lyrical butterfly shaping is slightly pointed with a colourful accent indentation in contrasting tones to the frame. Luscious new colours as well – Bocca Mania 2 shown above in rich plum; also available in brilliant blue and black. Face à Face Paris will present the Bocca Collection and other dynamic frames at SILMO Paris – 28th September-1st October. www.faceaface-paris.com JG
There is still time to enjoy last minute summer fun and adventure before the season is over…plus beautiful autumn weekends often provide delightful opportunities to enjoy outdoor sunshine and events. No matter what the season, fabulous sunglasses enhance you – and your fashion attire. Vera Wang, who is synonymous with chic, glamour and elegance, has a new selection of sun designs that includes Farah – a frame that expresses all these characteristics. The voluminous, uplifting square shape and luxurious linear metal setting, are the perfect backdrops for little shimmering Swarovski crystals on the front and temple tips. Featured above in tangy Mint, the frame is also available in Apricot and Ebony. Farah is among the latest Vera Wang Sun Styles that include a variety of beautifully inspired shapes and colours. Explore more at www.kenmarkeyewear.com JG
Urban cool is reflected in the latest optical metal designs – SoHo by JF Rey – that are enriched by the architectural, cultural and bohemian atmosphere of SoHo neighbourhoods. The frames are graphic, slim and very lightweight, and include sixteen different concepts in vivid colourations that draw on pop palates that enhance the contemporary design of the frames. Certain styles are also available in metal and acetate combinations in unexpected colourations. SH2005 (above) is superbly sleek in vibrant red with thin graphic lines. Visit www.jfrey.fr and discover more exciting styles from the Marseille brand. JG
Narrow golden temples and a brightly patterned front in acetate: the new PFB label from Barbados has a colourful entry for all occasions in model PFB 03, now in a hot pink/red (colour C2). The design is one of several in this chic collection designed to embody the Bajan spirit: warmth and individuality in a graceful and softly feminine frame with a high-tech finish including screwless hinges and a lovely lightweight feel.
Peoples from Barbados is the new line by Alicia Hartman, the owner/optician at EYE Q Opticians in Limegrove (Barbados). The frames are designed in Barbados and made in Japan. Coming soon to selected optical boutiques in the UK and US: www.peoplesfrombarbados.com CN
Bold, voluminous, chic and sophisticated – Finest Seven captures all in the latest sunglass designs from their bespoke artisan collection. The design duo Jesse Stevens and Ainjali Fine create heirloom eyewear styles that reflect timeless traditions, while embracing cutting edge technology. Zero 14 features a beautifully crafted round shape with a curvy bridge – and lenses in the glamorous shade of Tequilla Sunrise. A stunning selection of other lens colours is also available – including Lilac Flash, Champagne Mirror, Grad Green and more. Visit www.finest seven.com for more sleek designs with shape diversity and expressive lens colours. JG
Orgreen Optics majestically transposes the beauty and skill of surfing into elegant eyewear with the launch of Surf’s Up! Surfing represents not only a sport; but also a way of life, structured around the recurring rise of the tide, and the eternal breaking of the waves. World Surfer Gerry Lopez noted: “Surfing is attitude dancing.” The aesthetic universe around the surfing culture is the inspiration for the five optical styles – three female and two male designs. The frame names are derived from the iconic surfing locations from New Zealand’s hidden Manu Bay to El Salvador’s tropical Sunzal. The timeless silhouettes embody classic minimalism in Japanese titanium, hand-crafted to ensure the highest quality and durability. Exciting new colourations add to the finesse of the frames. Sunzal (above) for women is bold and curvy. Explore additional Surf’s Up designs at www.orgreenoptics.com JG
TAVAT’s Round Mask is a 2018 must-have, a special take on their popular SoupCan design and, essentially, two designs in one. First featured on EYESTYLIST in January this year, the colours have since been expanded. Exciting effects in the material combination highlights the frame’s forward-focused aesthetic achieved by inserting an acetate mask into the body of a SoupCan style, the round model 2.0. The front is paired with flexible acetate sides pieces and the lenses are produced in top-notch melanin, a material that is UV protective and lightweight with excellent optical clarity. TAVAT Eyewear is designed in California and produced in Italy, and all frames have unique artisan features produced in advanced materials with superior functionality and comfort. Find out more at www.tavat-eyewear.com CN
The sun is shining, it’s holiday time, and L.G.R has stunning sunglasses that are the epitome of contemporary chic and style. The exclusive Yacht Club Collection combines elegance and high performance, and sporty SKIPPER, is the first model in this special edition – ideally suited to life on the water, leisurely lunches in the marina, or sipping an aperitif at sunset. (Above image: Skipper in Crystal Grey Matt)
Skipper is crafted in acetate, and then covered with a special rubber layer; it is scratch resistance, waterproof, pleasant to the touch, and extremely comfortable to wear. The polarised lenses have twelve layers of anti-reflective coating – exclusively manufactured for L.G.R.
The Skipper model is available in four colour variations and handsomely presented in a beautiful satin blue box imprinted with the Yacht Club Collection logo. For the launch of this special edition, Luca Gnecchi Ruscone has also created a customised case and cleaning cloth. www.lgrworld.com JG