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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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