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.coCN
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.euCN
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.comJG
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.comJG
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.comCN
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.comJG
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.comCN
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.comJG
Thomas Lafont at Lafont Paris uniquely – and creatively – transposes the luscious colours of Bali into elegant, streamlined sunglasses – appropriately called BALI. Lyrical in silhouette, luminous Burgundy acetate is accented with a delicate Lemon trim, sleek bronze sides, and tortoiseshell acetate ends for superb comfort and fit. A graceful design to enhance outdoor summer adventures..and YOU! Explore more beautiful Lafont designs at www.lafont.com JG
Continuing on a path that is fresh and ingenious, Padma Image from Japan has put out new styles for summer, including the quirky Moku Moku. Young designer Meiji Hasui has a love for asymmetrical concepts, and when these appear, they are always delicate with an intriguing elegance that is very flattering on the face. Model Moku Moku is now available in a range of soft acetate colorations with nice subtleties; tones include the black and white mottled effect and a graduated purple or bright blue.
All the frames are being produced in Makoto in Sabae, Japan, known as one of the most sought after production sites in the country for the highest quality crafting and finishing. The PADMA IMAGE brand is now 6 years old and well known in Japan in the most exclusive boutiques. The online store is now open at https://padmaimage.stores.jp/ – more details at http://padmaimage.comCN
Purity of line, linear silhouettes, and elegant colours embody fashion collections by Vera Wang. The same principles she brings to her beautiful eyewear designs – frames that are modern, uncluttered, emphasising strong shapes in unique combinations of colours and textures. Rilynn is inspired by the luxurious wedding dresses for which Vera Wang is famed. She uses variations of white for stylish distinction in her wedding gowns; Rilynn is sculpted in lightweight acetate with chocolate contrasting tones. The graceful brow line and sides glitter softly, in a specially designed Italian material. www.kenmarkoptical.comJG
Capture the spirit of the 1960’s with Oliver Goldsmith’s stunning sun collection that celebrates the epic journey of the iconic British brand to herald their 90th anniversary. OG DECADES is Oliver Goldsmith’s view of the past 90 years, and features ten ravishing frames – including Crystal Whites – that reflects the joie de vie of the vibrant 1960’s. Clear crystal is timeless, and the voluminous shape is contemporary and style defining. Explore www.olivergoldsmith.com to discover exciting, eclectic styles from the striking OG Decades Collection. JG
Seeoo’s inimitable style comes together with ic! berlin tech in model Mona, a cat eye shape in two materials, acetate and high-tech steel, part of Seeoo’s Monaleon Collection launched late last year. The attractive shaping as well as original modern colour choices bring this eyewear line into a very unique position that ensures the wearer a special timeless look as well as excellent comfort and durability in the way in which the frame has been finished.
Seeoo is a specialist eyewear label from Austria, combining exclusivity, charm and technical precision. For more details and to see the full range of Seeoo products, visit www.seeooshop.eu CN
There’s a good choice of different shapes in sunwear this season. As well as smaller proportions, frames can be as different as you like, evolving from the classics like ovals and rounds. FLEYE Copenhagen does this well with Alleno, a luxurious technical frame made from 23 thin layers of carbon fibre and one super slim layer of wood.
The shape is almond-like, with a geometric yet organic like structure and matt surface. The colours are as refined as the construction itself, and in tune with a very fashionable, youthful vibe: choose from velvet black (my choice for the season), silver wood, grape or sea blue. FLEYE Copenhagen specialises in innovative design, “Driven by curiosity.” Find the full collection at www.fleye.dk CN
Get ready to greet summer in Plein Les Mirettes chic and smart Diva X – a graphic design with cat-eye echoes and intriguing contours. The frame front in green highlights a colour trend of the season, and is accented with tri-colouration with acetate layering in blush, and sides in tortoiseshell. Plein Les Mirettes is an artisan independent brand that is crafted in Normandy, France, a historical region recognised for both its white-chalk cliffs on the coasts, and rural tranquillity. Check out additional sunglass beauties in elegant colours at www.plein-les-mirettes.frJG
The spirit and beauty of Vienna filters through these elegant sunglasses – Barbade – by Thomas Lafont at Lafont Paris. The rich, creative Art Deco period influences a beautiful, curvilinear cat-eye shape with tri-tonal colourations. Delicate pastel acetate layering on the frame front, and flash mirror lenses add to the charm and grace of Barbade. Eight irresistible colour combinations are available – visit www.lafont.com for more details and discoveries in Lafont’s diverse sunglass collection. JG
Distinctive, fresh colour pairings, delightful shapes and an underlying joie de vivre in a fresh sunwear concept that celebrates Barbados and its people: PFB (“Peoples from Barbados”) is the work of optician and owner of EYE Q, Alicia Hartman.
The collection, produced with sunglasses designer Eric Jean, is made in Japan, and demonstrates beautiful, functional details including screwless hinges and stainless steel temples and chic shapes that pursue elegance and a fun, colourful aesthetic. Pictured above, model PFB 03 is one of the technical acetate styles highlighted, with end tips that match the front, and a combination of gloss and matt polishing – in soft tropical pink with bright lilac. The round shape of the front has been tweaked to express a modified cat eye, with slightly pointed upper sides, a cute twist.
Launched at EYE Q luxury optical store (Limegrove, Barbados), the PFB frames were shown for the first time at the international optics event Vision Expo East (New York) in the Spring, and will soon be available at selected boutiques in the USA and worldwide. For further information, follow Eyestylist’s exclusive updates on the new sunglasses launch, Peoples from Barbados – Bajan Soul, and visit www.peoplesfrombarbados.comCN
Australia is a benchmark for marvellous flora and fauna – and Jono Hennessy discovers endless inspiration in all that the country’s natural resources have to offer. Butterfly wings with their amazing colourations influenced the latest optical design – Modgraff 8440.
Mazzucchelli acetate and metal combine in a light weight design with soft, flattering contours in the Limited Edition frame. Visit www.jonohennessy.com for more new releases from the family-owned label. JG
Vinylize extends their ranges this season with a new musical connection. The Official Vinylize x AC/DC collection is a special edition of “collectible” optical frames and sunglasses, with fronts laminated with the 22 x multi-platinum “Back in Black”, AC/DC’s seventh studio album and sixth international release, produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange, which has gone down in history as one of the best-selling albums of all time.
The frames have the distinctive hand-finished nuances typical of the Budapest brand, with names inspired by the tracks on the album. Model Noise is linked to the final track on Back in Black – “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution”, an anthem that captures the feeling of the time.
Three optical frames and three sunglasses (with polarised lenses) are available in the limited collection, each in three sizes. Find out more about handmade vinyl designs by Zach Tipton at www.vinylize.comCN
Modern architecture characterises the Spring/Summer 2018 sunglass designs from Ørgreen Optics with function, fashion and flair represented in the elegant frames. Classic shapes with daring accents and colourations highlight sun specs for men and women. The capsule collection pays homage to two of the grand masters of modern architecture – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen. The frames unite a trio of architectural elements, new technology and industrial design effects. Sunglasses for this fresh look at sun wear are available in monochrome tones, and bold, multi-coloured combinations. Discover more Ørgreen news at www.orgreenoptics.comJG
Nowadays, exceptional materials and unique combinations inspire intriguing eyewear designs, as seen in the handsome collection for men – JF Rey CARBONWOOD. The frames feature fine materials, style, creativity, and technical excellence. Slim layers of carbon fibres unite with natural wood tones in contemporary shapes. Combinations include intense black carbon silhouetted with wood, or bi-material variations with bright colour contrasts. Discover more versions of sleek JF Rey CARBONWOOD designs at www.jfrey.frJG
Japanese designer Masahiro Maruyama has a fresh, artistic approach to frame design. The erase collection, the latest series proposed by the young designer and a terrific example of his innovative style, applies the process of drawing and ‘erasing’, removing pieces of the frames and questioning the understanding of perfection.
Each frame is individually shaped by a skilled craftsman by filing the entire surface. This makes it possible to create a well-balanced combination of rim, endpiece, thickness of temple, and shape of nose pad for an excellent feel and fit. Intensive polishing allows for the very smooth finish and beautiful luster.
All Maruyama’s designs are produced in the eyewear region of Fukui, in Kawada ward, Sabae city. According to the designer, here, “the fine craftsmanship and quality goes without saying.” For more information about Maruyama, one of the most talked about Japanese young designers in original eyewear this season, visit www.masahiromaruyama.comCN
Contemporary, sleek and sculpted shapes characterise the striking sunglass collection for Spring/Summer 2018 by Blackfin. Designed and produced in Italy, Blackfin frames are crafted in the finest quality titanium, with the latest technical innovations. Sunset Reef is two-dimensional with a bas-relief on the front, for a highly original effect with a dual colour scheme. The frame shape is an expressive mix of retro with futuristic direction. Discover more beautiful designs by Blackfin at www.blackfin.eu JG