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Article One: timeless active sunglasses

Five new active styles produced in hexetate, released this week

From Article One, the 2022 ACTIVE collection features five unique designs, including a revival of Article One’s best-selling style, the Moon. The timeless silhouettes are produced in a material called hexetate, a patented acrylic resin with superior technical and mechanical properties offering flexibility, enhanced shape memory even when exposed to high temperatures, lightness, and durability. Compared to most performance eyewear that utilizes traditional acetate and TR-90 plastic, Article One explains that hexetate is also a sustainable choice compared to some traditional materials as it requires less processing thereby reducing carbon footprints, and excludes BPA, DEP and toxins. Above: the Moon in the ACTIVE collection, a bestseller at Article One

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The Moon by independent label, Article One – designed for sports and everyday, created in a state-of-the-art material called hexetate

Each style in the summer collection is constructed with CR39 polarized lenses with backside anti-reflective coating that blocks 100% of UVA/UVB rays and prevents road glare. The frames also boast signature adjustable nose pads, rubber temple tips, and spring hinges – a combination of features which make these frames particularly well oriented for active lifestyles.

The 2022 ACTIVE collection also includes a frame named The H – a unisex, moto racer-inspired frame which will donate 100% of profits to The H Foundation to support general cancer research. For further information visit www.articleoneeyewear.com.

Morel: sunglasses for vintage admirers

Morel revisits classics from archives

The French company Morel has returned to its archive for its summer edition of classic acetate sunwear. The three models are fitted with premium mineral sun lenses, ideal for the intense sun conditions currently being experienced in Europe. Mineral glass lenses offer high quality vision and are often described as the ‘crème de la crème’ of sun lenses for their comfort, visual clarity and long-lasting colour. Above: Isidore is a timeless man’s design based on a sunglass model of the 1950s 

A very glamorous winged cat’s eye: model Roxane by Morel

Model Roxane is a collectible piece with the distinctive rhinestones and engraving at the brow and on the temple. The frame comes in this iconic tortoise tone which elegantly offsets the bright white sparkling rhinestones.

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Danae by Morel

Model Danae is a replica of the company’s Cleopatra frame. Sleek deep acetate is embellished with delicate rhinestones at the temple corners, recalling the distinctive 1950s trend that dominated at the time. To see more on these models visit www.morel-france.com

Götti Switzerland: light, super slim titanium

Two new streamlined designs announced

The Swiss eyewear brand consistently pushes the envelope of titanium eyewear design. Inspired by classics, two new frames called ‘Alesi’ and ‘Aloya’ bridge the gap between retro style and contemporary finesse, in extraordinarily narrow titanium presented with a refined and restrained colour palette. Natural tones and gold varieties are favoured, sometimes in combination with other colours such as brown, champagne and purple. Above: model Aloya by Götti Switzerland – the palette proposed has an autumnal feel

Aloya by Götti Switzerland: a slightly oversized front and extremely slim temples

Minute details, such as a finely grooved surface for the outer rims, are a reminder of the precision and workmanship of the Götti manufacture, while the design of the nosepads and end tips appear discreet and minimal.

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Alesi by Götti Switzerland; a feminine butterfly style

The look of the two designs is in line with the current timeless focus in luxury eyewear. Titanium is favoured by Götti Switzerland for its aesthetic properties which “complement the wearer’s individuality” as well as offering unrivalled comfort as a frame material. The two frames are already available at selected opticians in Europe and the US. To find out more, visit www.gotti.ch 

Summer-ready: effortless style for the season

For a last minute statement accessory for Summer 2022, the world of independent eyewear offers drama, colour and evocative design…

A frame that will stand out at a special event. A new colour that will remain fresh in Fall. Or a must-have style to pep up a holiday wardrobe. If you’re trying on new styles for the season, take some notes on our tips on colours and shapes. The statement frames are expressive and bound to turn heads this season while classic shapes mix up glowing colours and fresh combinations, from candy hues and pretty brights to classic neutrals and monochrome tones. Above: model Silken Havana by Jisco Style – the two-tone front is designed so that the upper rim stands out – www.jiscoeyewear.com

MYKITA Acetate Renew – from Eastman: sustainable and recycled

With a direction that switches into sustainable innovation – made from Acetate Renew – a material made from 60% sustainably sourced wood pulp and 40% certified recycled content the model Ayan has a refreshing minimal shape and comes in the interesting colour called ‘pine honey’ which is transparent but also defining as a rich natural colour that is very flattering against the skin:  – www.mykita.com

Cat’s eye chic: model Wisp by OGI Eyewear

The cat eye is a spectacular choice for all seasons. Its flirty, feminine design is glamorous for day and night, and particularly pretty when paired with florals and prints. Model Wisp at OGI Eyewear offers the classic shape and an injection of bright colour on elegant crystal! www.ogieyewear.com

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Go sculptural: The Rumble by Struktur

Struktur’s appealing Made in Normandy collection includes the organic shape The Rumble, a sunglass design that combines oval and angular with a boldly bevelled or “sculpted” form. The frame possesses lots of character, and would be a stylish piece for a summer event or party. www.struktur-eyewear.fr

Summer-ready: bright tones of the Solana by Ørgreen Optics

The straight cut corners of Solana offer extra edge to this high-tech style that is produced from rolled-up sheet titanium. Colours are attractive and playful, incorporating metallic finishes, from Mat Metallic Ocean or purple, to this bright, memorable flattering red. www.orgreenoptics.com

RES/REI: studies in colour and contemporary form

Lightness, delicacy, and a passionate focus on colour artistry are the characteristics of a new collection of glasses and sunglasses at the Italian handmade label

Dance. Architecture. Flora and fauna. Sculpture…..Worlds of aesthetic beauty, intellect and intrigue outside the world of eyewear have been a source of inspiration and reference at RES/REI for some years, thanks to an interest in beautiful things, concepts and individualistic colours, explored in combinations. The latest collection is further testament to the brand’s unique approach to designing frames, where an astute focus on colour and fresh design has also given rise to a distinct and enchanting approach to details and the design of the smallest parts of the frame.  Above: sunglasses in the S/S 2022 season’s collections at RES/REI. Top, model Garofano in the Flowers collection in a colorway that includes light green, lavender and pink, balanced with a gradient blue-pink lens; below this style is model Glicine in the Flowers collection, pictured in pink with brown havana and grey and a gradient brown lens

RES/REI: model Gio in the Architects collection

Part of the Architects collection at RES/REI, a range inspired by the creative wisdom of the architects of the world, model Gio offers an example of the work with colour in acetate in this brand new collection. The combinations of two or three tones in some of these acetate styles – in this case a mix of green, yellow and turquoise, have a light and luminous quality that is both fascinating and delicate.

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Model Johnson by RES/REI

The new model Johnson – one of the highlights of the line – plays with a perfectly round eye shape and the effect of a contrasting rim. Subtle light grey, paired with orange, grey with an inner rim in blue, and a host of other unique colours give this frame its memorable character and dashing interpretation of what has become a classic shape for glasses. For further details about all the new styles available, visit: www.resrei.com