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Aviator trend – a style for now

Paradigm’s 21-03 – a narrow aviator frame with a trendy polished shine

The aviator is set for success in Autumn 21, and while in sunwear the shapes are angular and large, for glasses the style can be smaller in proportions and softer in shape. Both titanium and stainless steel are popular for this type of style with modern finishes that are noticeably chic. The frame has become well liked as a genderless design that comes highly recommended for those will an oblong shaped face. Above: Our featured model is Paradigm optical style 21-03: this model is a fitted aviator shape with a classic silhouette. With its shiny stainless steel surfaces, and subtle details which also include colour enameling, the frame is typical of the trendy aviator looks that will continue to be popular across age groups. The style comes in forest and gold (pictured) with the colour enameling on the sides

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Paradigm 21-03  – by Kenmark Eyewear

Paradigm is produced by Kenmark Eyewear. Thee latest glasses collection from the brand was inspired by the desert and exudes a mood of freshness and modernity with dual toned stainless steel frames,  colorful acetate and metal combination styles and classic rectangular and cat eye shapes as well as aviator shapes that are fresh and playful in colorings and details. Find out more about these styles at www.kenmarkeyewear.com/paradigm

Street style: Covrt Project MP2

Milled steel constructions and micro innovations

Following its sunglasses release pre-Covid in Munich, when the brand was awarded the coveted newcomer award (opti Blogger Spectacle Award), London based Covrt Project has taken another major step forward with the release of a cutting-edge optical line. The frames  – such as MP2 – feature bold layered constructions closely related to their _Mission One sunglasses with astute attention to technical solutions and design details and distinctive styling in black. Above: MP2 by Covrt Project

Covrt Project MP2 – the new optical styles have a clean ‘industrial’ + architectural style

The styles have a layered construction with a base frame in the brand’s preferred black colour. The optical layer, created with bespoke eye shape and PD – researched rigorously to be suitable for optical lenses, also features a new design solution for the rim lock. Eliminating the traditional style lock mechanism and significantly reducing weight, the optical section has been built with a minutely perforated edging at the sides, from where the lens can be installed or removed. This allows for a simple placement of the lenses in the frame – secured once the section is bolted with two screws to the base.

All the base frames of the new styles are available in Covrt Project signature black with the optical component offered in Black or Raw silver – adding to their timeless and genderless appeal. The raw colour uses a special process to keep the natural satin look of the raw metal material, whilst still featuring a special coating for durability, CE testing and optical use.

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Covrt Project optical styles (MP2, MP3, MP4, MP5) are produced in lightweight CNC milled steel. Signature cam laser welded hinge offer excellent tension and feature a functional ‘Stopper’ incorporated into the temple arm. With typical attention to detail of this design label, the black silicone nose pads with adjustable pad arms create the utmost comfort while temple tips have a silicone band applied by hand at the tips with the aim of providing extra comfort and the ideal grip and stability when worn. Find out more at www.covrtproject.com

 

Eco-friendly eyewear: Estiara Milano

Exclusive and eco-friendly in Amanite®

With the special aesthetic of the material and its particular and unique patterns and colours, Estiara Milano – a glasses brand first created in the 1950s – is achieving special recognition for the eco-friendly 100% recyclable qualities of their colorful material called Amanite®, produced by Sintetica Srl.

The material (originating in liquid form) is a thermoplastic polymer developed for Estiara by Sintetica Srl. Possessing various qualities including being eco-friendly, non toxic, hypoallergenic and 100% recyclable, it is also very light and heat resistant, meaning that the sides or temples of the glasses do not require a metal core. The style of the finish of these designs is luxurious with the added benefit that each frame is completely unique in its patterning, depth of tone and balance of colours which replicate – with sophistication and creativity, the natural effects of materials like mother of pearl, marble or horn. Above: an example of the bold colorations of the frames and the variety of colour and colour intensity – flared Square HORN15 by Estiara Milano in Amanite® with Zeiss sun lenses

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Close up of the material which is patterned with varied ombre colorations and striated finishes – model Onassis by Estiara Milano

About : Sintetica Srl was first created in the early 50s in Milan by Dr. Guitart Delisau, a Spanish chemist; in a few years the business becomes a leader in the production of acrylic sheets. In time, the company has focused its efforts on quality, innovation and service.

Antonio Carlos Guitart, the current CEO, took over the company in 1995 and embraced his father’s entire project. Motivated by a passion for beauty, he resumed his father’s ambitious goal of creating an innovative material specifically developed for eyewear.  Find out more  about this Italian label today at www.estiara.it

Crystal eyewear classic: Erker’s 1879

Erker’s have applied their unique craftsmanship in the creation of a first collaboration with Ohio independent

An out of the ordinary crystal acetate, absolute attention to detail in every piece of hardware and a quirky ‘turntable’ icon: a new and very limited edition from the US handcrafted collection Erker’s represents the first time the label has teamed with an independent store.

The limited design series, known as the Living Legends, are the result of a close collaboration between the co-owners of the historic eyewear company Jack Erker III and Tony Erker, and independent boutique owner, Kevin Kretch of Eyes on Chagrin (Cleveland, Ohio).

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Erker’s have worked with Kevin Kretch, owner of Eyes on Chagrin, on a handcrafted edition called “Dawg Pound” – referencing the Cleveland Browns

The distinctive, handmade individuality of the frame and bold chunky dimensions are characteristics that pay homage to iconic eyewear design and the heritage approach of the family eyewear producer, while the special icon on these frames – the turntable – is a reference to the ‘Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’ – Cleveland’s museum and hall of fame on the shore of Lake Erie. To find out more about the ‘Dawg Pound’ artisan frames and independent eyewear collection Erker’s, visit www.erkers1879.com. /  https://eyesonchagrin.com

Nirvan Javan: colour nuances, inspired by Paris

The Swiss brand works with natural colours and subtle tones influenced by the city of Paris

Architectural acetate designs, in colours informed by key monuments, the Swiss designer Nirvan Javan turned to Paris for his latest inspiration and handmade acetate frames. Part of a stylistic journey around the globe and a symbiosis of styles from London to Chicago and Tokyo, the label has introduced six special optical designs on the Paris theme, refined in their simplicity and clean minimalist lines, with the inclusion of timeless crystal finishes, alongside a hint of rose and dark pink.  Above: new Nirvan Javan models in the PARIS collection – 04:16 (CET) and 04:18 (CET) – the evocative colours replicate the details of some famous Parisian architectural landmarks

Nirvan Javan / exclusive styles 05:08 (CET) and 05:10 (CET) in the new PARIS edition – luxury acetate is a favourite material at the brand

Refined translucent crystal designs in acetate are a signature look at Nirvan Javan. The classic rectangular model PARIS 05 – styles 05:08 (CET) and 05:10 (CET) (above) – prime examples of the mix of tradition and contemporary detail in these beautiful acetate styles, is offered in a variety of flattering tones including a super transparent crystal and a light natural brown.

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Nirvan Javan: a nostalgic colour palette with its origin in the French capital

Considering details of landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Pyramid, a classic French 19th century ‘palais’ or the iconic red art nouveau signage of the metro,  the PARIS collection evolves with a chic, luxurious style, conceived to underline the individual expression of the male and female wearer with a gentle, graceful air.

Nirvan Javan frames are designed in Switzerland and handcrafted in Japan. To find out more about the young independent eyewear label, visit the website at www.nirvanjavan.com