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EYESTYLIST – Modern accessories by Diffuser Tokyo: new styles are here

The Japanese brand features new products for discerning customers

Diffuser Tokyo, the accessory brand that leads the trends in leather accessories and cords for eyewear, follows the release of its brand new eyewear stand with new cords, cases and chains. The products are made exclusively in Japan, and are the first of their kind to use Japanese craftsmanship and tradition in fine contemporary optical accessories – with a classy, individual style.

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The new collection for 2022 includes a very fine metal chain design suited to men or women
New chain design at Diffuser Tokyo
Eyewear cases with a vintage-infused style, in natural leather

The Japanese accessories brand is currently using a special dying technique called “Kasuri-zome” to create their artisan cord colorations, and unique materials such as silk for cords and natural leather for stands and cases.  A fine weave modern canvas has been introduced into the mix in a tasteful colour palette, to create a soft, colorful portable case – with leather trim – to hold several items – including spectacles. Diffuser Tokyo accessories are stocked by some of the world’s finest optical boutiques in Japan, Europe and the USA. The full collection by Diffuser Tokyo can be seen at https://diffuser-tokyo.com

Trance by Vada Eyes: retrofuturistic optimism

Eyestylist Exclusive: Exciting design treats in a very limited release, from Austin Texas

Part of Collection 3, the VADAVERSE, the new Trance model, which officially launched on 13th December, offers a boost of colour in a retro shape, enhanced by the signature details of the brand that gives these frames their truly special something! Made for ‘dark rooms, corner booths and dancefloors’, and to wear with clear lenses or sun tints, each pair of Trance frames features a lightweight square frame shape, signature domed metal adornments, and rivets designed to hold VADA’s chain retainers. The colour palette is a really innovative one, divided into four groups which include “Back to the Garden” with tones of fresh spearmint and honey, and “Carbon” with tones of smoke and lava. Above: Trance in lava in a limited run of 33 frames.

Vada Trance in honey – 32 pieces are available – suitable for optical or sun lenses
Vada Trance in spearmint  – 33 frames are available in the limited run

VADA EYES frames are constructed from Japanese acetate and titanium. Signature gilded accents are a focal point in the line, in what is an expanded range including metals in the new selection, all including the rings in the tips designed to connect VADA’s eyewear fine jewelry chains.

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Each pair of eyewear ships in an upcycled microfiber bag and a custom cactus-leather case, made in the USA. All eyewear styles are available in RX and sun lenses in a range of lens hues special to Collection 3. Based in Austin, Texas and with a presence in LA, Vada Eyes are proudly handcrafted in Japan. Find out more at www.vadajewelry.com

Ultimate comfort at Ørgreen Optics

Simple, authentic styles released in comfortable, light, minimal materials

Among their many releases across collections this week, the appeal of the ultra-thin, minimalist styles in Imaginary Lines heralds a definite trend towards the ultimate comfort charged up with vibrant colours. In this line, titanium is the material of choice, and the frames feature super thin silhouettes that sit delicately and easily on the face, lightweight, and free from decoration in a pared back style that works so well. Above: Imaginary Lines series by Ørgreen Optics: model Eastern is a medium sized frame in 100% pure titanium and beta-titanium

Western: one of three new styles in the Imaginary Lines collection

Where the constructions are minimal and refined in titanium, colour and colour combinations are introduced in such a way as to bring a cool, contemporary vibe here. The company is one of the best when it comes to a palette of tones that look fresh and modern whilst also being well suited to – and enhancing – to work aesthetically on the face.

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Bermuda: colours inspired by fashion + design trends, and redefined for the face – in matt red with matt light white gold

Model Bermuda is an excellent choice for women in this selection, produced in colour combinations such as matt brown with shiny gold or matt ice blue with shiny silver. Its lightweight look is sleek and elegant for women while the oval shape is versatile. No corners have been cut in the matching of the warm, flattering colour combinations, of which the matt red and matt light white gold is bright and well defined – yet balanced with finesse for an easy wintery upgrade that would look good for months to come. Find out more about the new styles at www.orgreenoptics.com

70s anyday: Vippvedel by EOE Eyewear

Step out with a bold and hippiesque style

Named after a rare flower, this new-season, attention-grabbing aviator is ideal as optical or sun style, a distinctive and expressive version of the classic shape with a unique bridge – the opening is symbolic of the shape of the rare alpine plant. Above: an on-trend look for the winter season, which welcomes eclectic influences from many different decades, including the 1970s

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Vippvedel is the name of a rare flower growing in the mountains from Härjedalen to the northernmost part of Sweden

Model Vippvedel is part of the Carved collection at sustainable design company EOE Eyewear, a line inspired by craftsmanship and classic Northern carving techniques. The effect gives a beautiful, geometric and sharp expression which for this frame is the essence of the look – a move away from the classical more rounded pilot shape. In a palette rooted in natural organic hues inspired by the terrains of Swedish Lapland, the frame comes in three colours of Northern black honey, Rosehip light bark, and Honey northern black. The sunglass versions have beautiful delicate orange gradient, gold gradient or Northern black gradient (pictured) lenses. Find out more at www.eoe-eyewear.com

Creative upcycling: Lafont Paris and Inouie

The Limited Edition Inouie by Tomas Lafont of the French design house launched at SILMO this season

Richness of creativity in tandem with a sensitivity to sustainable change: the new Limited Edition Inouie by Lafont Paris was presented at SILMO this season and signifies a special step for the company as they increase the eco-friendly models in their elegant line. Named ‘inouie’ which in English means ‘unheard-of’, ‘incredible’ and ‘amazing’, the Limited Edition frame is the first example of a style which incorporates Lafont’s own archived acetates – recreated by reassembling a selection of the different colorful materials which date from the last 5-15 years, sourced in the company’s Paris archive and on the premises of the Lafont factory in the Jura. Above: the Lafont Paris stand at the memorable Silmo 2021

Limited Edition Inouie by Lafont Paris: a bold and colorful design featuring upcycled acetates from the Lafont archives

The thick-rimmed, square frame is distinctive in the assembly of different styles of acetate which include a very gentle tinted transparent material as well as rich, eye-catching decorated patterned material. Each colorway (the choices includes ‘red’, ‘yellow’ and ‘blue’) features a mix of 3 varieties of which the temple and top are up-cycled acetate.

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Limited Edition Inouie by Lafont Paris – a bold and creative gem – pictured in yellow paired with bright Azure blue pattern

The eco-friendly approach at Lafont was also observed in their new children’s eyewear collection, which features castor oil bio-based plastic (non toxic with 90% castor oil content) and bio-acetate materials which are lightweight, durable and free from toxins and phthalates. Find out more about the new collections at Lafont Paris by visiting www.lafont.com