This has got an interesting look that offers a bit of quirkiness but it’s still quite easy to wear. It’s handmade in acetate and comes in a variety of colours, of which this one and the taupe are very classy. The upper part of the frame is shaped like “a pair of pointy eyebrows” while the rest of the frame is more simple and light in its design, making them fun and wearable at the same time. Priced at 195 euros on the website. Hyde’s was launched in 2010 and resides in Sweden. www.ehydes.com CN
Red Children’s Eyewear
Round shapes are trendy for adults now, and children love them too. This is a fun design by Netherlands based Red Children’s Eyewear, who launched their first kid’s collection in 2008. They produce funky and original styles that children can relate to, in high quality materials. Barcelona, in stainless steel and acetate is available in bright, fresh red (featured) plus a great purple, muted pink, grey and black. Red Children’s Eyewear designs are available in Brussels at SPRL Sonkes and in Munich at The Eyewear Store. For more information go to www.redoptical.com JG
Danish spectacles company, Lindberg have an Acetanium collection, from which this lovely shape has been released. Acetanium, as the name suggests, was designed by Lindberg to refer to their collection which combines acetate and titanium, to create very light, modern looking frames which are flexible and hard-wearing. It’s a versatile collection which has become increasingly influenced by the lure of vintage, and it is an excellent place to look for very wearable, round spectacle shapes. As far as Lindberg’s model 1224 goes, a lovely old-fashioned round front is combined stylishly with a contemporary temple which puts the modern titanium on show. There are almost invisible, perfectly formed, small medical silicone nose pads for a good, comfortable fit; these also prevent the nasty red pressure marks around the nose that some poorly designed or ill-fitting specs can leave. CN
Eyewear designers Gai Gherardi and Barbara McReynolds were among the first to create exciting frames in unexpected colourations. That was in the early 1980’s, and since then, loyal followers (including me!) around the globe seek their colour adventures in frames. The California-based design team are a wellspring of unique ideas for eyewear. Elton John and Arnold Schwarzenegger head a star-studded list of wearers who covet the flare, fashion and fit that is an essential with every frame. Tuba is a good example of Gai and Barbara’s creativity with modern shaping and experimental use of colour. Creamy, soft buttery acetate is counter coloured with rich chocolate sculpted along the bold brow – it’s subtle and chicly sophisticated. The frame is also available in an elegant blue on blue and black and green. You can find fashion forward frames by l.a.eyeworks in London at Mallon & Taub on Marylebone High Street and Ste Maral optic in Paris. JG www.laeyeworks.com
OG Icons by Oliver Goldsmith
This is an iconic brand that I was writing about in the 1980’s, and then it disappeared from the eyewear scene. However, in 2006, Oliver Goldsmith’s great granddaughter, Claire Goldsmith, re-launched the brand. With her finely honed entrepreneurial skills and marketing know-how, Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses are now back in the limelight, and sold internationally, much to the delight of former fans and a host of new ones.
The sunglasses that so captivated wearers like Michael Caine, Grace Kelly, Princess Diana and Audrey Hepburn, are as much in demand today, as they were over fifty years ago.
Ms. Hepburn wore “Audrey” in Charade, the 1963 film in which she starred with Cary Grant. These elegant frames in fine quality acetate, hand made in Italy, are now in demand globally by style aware women.
The fit of these frames is superb – they are designed to offer incredible comfort, and the high quality lenses offer protection from the sun’s invasive rays.
The frames can be found in the recently opened Oliver Goldsmith Boutique in London, just a few steps from lively Portobello Road. I have also seen OG Icons in the Marais in Paris at Les Lunettes d’Also www.leslunettesdalso.com, and at Oogappel Optiek www.oogappel.com in Amsterdam. For more stockists check out the website www.olivergoldsmith.com