The SixtyGR

Original Penguin

Original Penguin celebrates their 60th anniversary with a Special Edition frame that captures the brand’s vintage heritage. This cool eyewear design for men combines a nostalgic look and feel with trends of the moment.The SixtyGR features a retro shape in buffed grey matte acetate with black sides. www.kenmarkoptical.com JG

D08 – 3D Polyamid

Tom Stevens Eyewear

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is a special process used to create the 3D polyamid collection by Tom Stevens. Created and produced entirely in The Netherlands by Tom Stevens Eyewear, D08 is lightweight, yet durable, and adjusts easily. The contemporary shape is ultra-flattering, and is available in colours made exclusively for Tom Stevens, including Cognac (above); vivid blue; red; dark brown; navy blue and black. www.stevenseyewear.com JG

One Small

Karmoie

Norwegian brand Karmoie by Kirsten and Lars Iversen launched their collection with One Small – a classic sunglass shape and colour combo. The temple ends offer a nice twist in a wood look acetate. All Karmoie frames are made in Italy in M49 sustainable acetate from Mazzucchelli, and are fitted with Carl Zeiss sunlenses. With every pair of frames purchased, Karmoie gives a pair of Eyejusters to a person in need. For more on this independent label, visit www.karmoie.com CN

Minotaure

Lucas de Stael

Leather is combined seamlessly with stainless steel in Minotaure, a collection created by young Paris designer Lucas de Stael. Leather has been on the rise in the last months in eyewear. Look out for well handled finishing and high-end leather materials that will preserve their aesthetic elegance and finish with wear. De Stael is one of the first we have seen using coloured leathers. The Minotaure Collection includes 12 possible frame shapes each available in three to eight colours.  www.lucasdestael.com CN

Dolce XL2063

Charmant Line Art

Light and airy with soft and feminine styling characterize the latest designs from Charmant’s Line Art Collection. The timeless, romantic rimless design features a streamlined temple. Crafted from Excellence Titan – an exclusive material created by Charmant – the frame is amazingly light, and extremely durable. Dolce XL2063 is available in gold (above) plus black and a rich purple. www.charmant.com JG

8M1

Ottomila Eyewear

Leather is popping up more frequently in the artisan collections. One highlight, where the craftsmanship is sharp and attentive, is by Ottomila, designed in NYC and produced in an Italian workshop; a soft hand-stitched leather wrapped ‘windsor rim’ design, it comes in 3 classical shapes (pictured, 8M1, in army sage). The leather rim is paired with ultra-flat tempered mineral glass lenses (Zero-Base), bringing the classical styling a new definition.  Ottomila 8000 is available at leading optical boutiques including Klar, Darmstadt – www.klar-augenoptik.de – and Monocle, Rome www.monocle-store.com. More details at www.ibrandseurope.com (A. Malathounis) / www.8000eyewear.com CN

Sitzplatznummer

Coblens

Fabian Hoffmann at Coblens merges style directions of both slim and volume in this striking sunglass design. The lower rim of the frame is crafted in trim proportions, with graceful volume on the sides and upper rim. Intense burgendy acetate provides additional glamour and luxury. Coblens offers a diverse collection of optical and sunglass designs – more information at www.coblens.com JG

 

Urban LITE

Silhouette

Lightweight frames are always a brilliant addition to an eyewear wardrobe. Silhouette, a specialist in barely there designs has a new ultra fine full rim style with a smart screwless snap hinge. Urban LITE is said to be the thinnest full-rim plastic eyewear on the market. The collection is created in high-tech SPX+ plastic for super strength and stability and there is a wide choice of 20 fashionable colours, including favourites such as Havana, bright red and purple.  www.silhouette.com CN

Rita

MYKITA / DAMIR DOMA

Rita, and its sister frame Vivien, are inspired by the works of American artist Sterling Ruby. Awash with colours infused into the transparent base material, this version inspires thoughts of light blue puffs of cloud. It’s all about using the acetate material as a blank canvas, and then creating the work of art. A big super feminine oversized statement, Rita is named after 1930s Hollywood legend, Rita Hayworth. The frame is fitted with tinted lenses from Zeiss.  www.mykita.com CN

Fiona

Zac Posen

Manhattan based fashion designer Zac Posen has an international following of women  – including Kate Winslet and Glenn Close – who adore his feminine aesthetics and sensual cuts in rich, luxurious fabrics. Posen has recently launched a collection of elegant eyewear that captures the essence of his clothing, with dramatic shapes and glamour. Fiona in glossy black acetate is an exaggerated cat eye with embellished temples and end tips. Definitely sunglasses with magnetism and charisma! www.kenmarkoptical.com www.zacposen.com  JG

Stranger No.1

Adrian Marwitz

Several of today’s innovative new designers have a passion for eyewear in their DNA and family legacy. The eyewear dynasty of Adrian Marwitz began in 1919 with his grandfather. Nowadays, Adrian continues the family history with frames in Titanium – his favourite material – that are handmade in Germany. Stranger No. 1 is from Marwitz’s new collection of Urban Strangers, shown here in sophisticated matt blue – predicted to be a notable colour for 2014 – in a shape that harmoniously unites tradition and trend. www.adrianmarwitz.com JG

Eye-witness TZ

Theo Belgium

This dramatic, yet pared down shape has Theo’s stamp of originality in the design. Japanese titanium and Indian buffalo horn combine to create a lightweight, flexible and distinctive frame from Theo’s eye-witness collection. The frame front and temples in TZ are made from titanium, and the horn accents are clicked into the titanium without the use of any screws. A frame with natural richness and expression. www.theo.be JG

 

Chloe

Tom Stevens Eyewear, The Netherlands

Cool, fresh and pure lines keynote this lovely frame by Tom Stevens. The Netherlands based designer creates quality eyewear for men and women who appreciate refinement and frames with linear flow . Refreshing mint green is the gracious colour for Chloe in beta titanium, that is coated with a special lacquer for sustainability. www.stevenseyewear.com JG

Colt

Oliver Goldsmith

First released in 1972, Colt is a reedition of an Oliver Goldsmith aviator style in metal – it is one of just two metal designs being relaunched by the OG team, and it has all the ingredients of one of those design classics, including the original OG buttons on the temple tips. This is no ordinary aviator. It is a prestigious design with all the quality traits of the acetates by Oliver Goldsmith that designer Claire Goldsmith so beautifully reinterprets and brings into a new era. A fashion crowd pleaser, for sure! www.olivergoldsmith.com CN

Bocca Smoking 1

Face à Face

This is one of my favourites in this ingenious collection from the Parisian designers, Face à Face. This stylish Bocca frame – one of eight in the new capsule collection, wears the black varnish Richelieu shoe, in a tribute to the famous Yves Saint Laurent “Le Smoking” tux. Bold and artistic, the frame is created in acetate with a beautifully sculpted form and elegant detail. The frame has been included in this Reviews selection as one we are expecting to become an iconic piece for the future. Don’t miss out if you are a collector of fashion pieces, accessories, or eyewear!  www.faceaface-paris.com CN

Pege

Vinylize Hungary

Music, ecology and hand craftsmanship are the keynotes at innovative Vinylize in Hungary. The frames are made from recycled vinyl records, scoured from flea markets and antique shops. The very rich texture and distinctive grooves ensure a totally unique design. Pege (above) is named after the famous Hungarian jazz musician Aladar Pege. With its bold shape and spark of colour detailing on the frame interior, the glasses are a cool and contemporary tribute to the late virtuoso, and symbolic of the artisan spirit at Vinylize. www.vinylize.com JG

Montreal

RockOptika

Tom Herrington, the British designer and creator of RockOptika, has a passion for no-fuss designs with clean lines using top-notch acetate. One of our favourites from the label’s 2013 collection is this well proportioned style named “Montreal” that has individuality and flair. Tom says it is inspired by the 1970’s Alfa Romeo and while I am no car expert I get how the shape and lines pay homage to this super hip automobile.  I popped into RockOptika headquarters this month and had a little peek at this one which is the pure black, but I would also recommend the tortoiseshell and the slightly more decadent black with tangerine. Available at The Eye Place, Haverstock Hill www.the-eye-place.co.uk and Occhio in Stockholm – www.occhiooptik.se. For further stockists see the website: www.rockoptika.co.uk CN

 

Vanni Solid

VANNI / NICO DESIGN

Vanni has created this line of frames in solid plain-tone acetate that work really well. The colours are stunning and the shapes included tend to be quite broad and trendy. These are made exclusively in Italy with colours ranging from ‘energy’ orange, ‘dreamer’ pink, and ’emotive’ turquoise to ‘creative’ purple. We’ve seen the full collection and we were very impressed with the freshness of the colour presentation. www.vanniocchiali.com CN

Mylon RX

Mykita’s Mylon material has gained much praise for its lightness, adjustability and design potential. No surprise then that they have launched Mykita Mylon spectacles, which have thinner rims than you would expect (if you’ve seen the sunglasses) and to the touch, feel soft and smooth. The colour that stands out in my view is Ocean Blue (centre, above, named Pantara), but this material also has a strong fashion feel in Pitch Black and the more unusual Racing Green www.mykita.com CN

LDStäel O5 Walnut

Lucas de Stäel

Paris based Lucas de Stäel recently launched his own eyewear collection – and swiftly won a Silmo d’Or for 2012. “Once Upon a Time” is the result of two years of intensive research and testing before unveiling the collection. De Stäel is fascinated with industrial processes, and his goal is to achieve a perfect balance between flexibility, lightness, classicism and purist. The frame above – in smooth polished walnut achieves those goals with its refined, graceful shape, and delicate details. www.undostrial.com JG

Blade 1874

Vanni by Nico Design

Blade is the exclusive new cellulose acetate block devised and produced for the Italian Vanni collection. The material structure is sliced into minute parts and all the two-tone pearly fragments compact together against a transparent or solid underlayer.
A new combination of deep blue and warm grey is on offer, as well as some lovely variants on the lime-green and burnt umber, dusky ruby, and anthracite. Blade frames come in larger shapes that are perfect for progressive lenses. The forms are slightly feminine, with an inner block texture against either a transparent underlayer or a top layer in ‘hip’ tones such as deep blue-turquoise, petroleum-grey, havana, classic black, or bright red. To see more on Vanni, visit www.vanniocchiali.com. CN

6000 Series

Vanni by Nico Design

Updated vintage styling, broad straight lines and a rigorous construction are all part of the mix in these new Happy Days frames, by the Italian label Vanni. What is really special here is the precious acetate inlay on the stainless steel fronts. The designs bring speckled Havana together with pearly acetate and fashionable matt metals, for a very artistic effect. There are a variety of specs shapes including unisex styles but I love the modified catseye pictured here. Vanni is the creation of Nico Design, the Turin-based eyewear design company, which is devoted to handcrafted eyewear with exceptional detailing and style. http://vanniocchiali.com www.nicodesign.it CN

Simon

RVS by V.

Model Simon embodies everything I love about the frames by Turkish label RVS by V. Colour is one of their trademarks and they offer unique ideas on colour combos, as this version of Simon clearly illustrates. My current favourites are this trendsetting matt pink with tortoise and the same model in a gorgeously soft yellow with purple temples, both exemplary of the collection in that they move dramatically away from more classic tonal pairings. Typical here is the clever matt finish which is both edgy and extremely soft and comfortable on the skin. To find out more about RVS by V. visit www.rvsbyv.com CN

 

Kaffee Fasset Limited Edition

Jono Hennessy

For decades, textile artist and designer Kaffee Fasset has been creating a colourful world of fabrics, which has inspired a unique eyewear collection by Jono Hennessy. Laminated fabric in joyous colours designed by Fasset is transformed into flattering acetate eye shapes in a special Limited Edition – only 140 pieces available on a worldwide basis.  Truly a collector’s item! www.jonohennessy.com JG

Natural Eyewear

Hoffmann Natural Eyewear

Buffalo horn is one of the traditional natural materials used in eyewear, considered luxurious, as it is both comfortable on the skin, and unique in its colorations and patterns. This example comes from the experts in horn, Hoffman Natural Eyewear, and is typical of this label’s elegant, understated luxury designs.

Created in Germany using specialised craft techniques, the collection unites three attributes which are essential for a luxury product – a high-quality, natural material; modern, clean design; and attentive finishing.

The design of frames by Hoffmann Natural Eyewear has little in common with the concept of classic horn spectacles. Although created using traditional handcrafting techniques, it reflects both the shapes and colours of modern design. Whether delicate or striking, these natural horn frames are unique. The pleasantly warm surface of natural horn frames provides the owner with a sensual frame-wearing experience. Around 40 individual steps are needed to produce these buffalo horn spectacles.

No two horns are identical, no colour or colour combination exactly the same, so each frame created is an individual, one-off piece. CN

www.natural-eyewear.com

 

Los Santos, model Pilar

Theo by Tim Van Steenbergen

This collaboration never disappoints and always goes on my list of top styles. I love the imaginative use of colour by Tim Van Steenbergen, inspired by the Spanish fiestas. The fronts in acetate contrast with the plastic or metal temples. These amazing sunglasses are fitted with Zeiss sun lenses, a very high quality lens that gives serious protection for the eyes. Polarized lenses are also on offer in the collection. Pilar in pink has the exotic Spanish embroidery design on the upper temple and is fabulously feminine with its sensuous eyebrow curve. An oustanding fashion accessory, all the fun and comfort typical of Theo’s frames, wrapped up in great fashion from TVS! CN

Eco 1105

Modo Eyewear

The Eco Collection from Modo is a good choice if you are wanting easy retro and I like the intentions of this brand: the frames are made from recycled metal and plastic, and for every frame sold, the company has committed to planting a tree. The collection carries an UL Environment Certification, validating that the products are made from a minimum of 95% recycled stainless steel and/or plastic, without any compromise in quality. With the One Frame One Tree initiative, for each pair of Eco frames purchased, Eco plants one tree together with Trees for the Future, a non-profit organization that has been helping communities around the world plant trees since 1989. Eco also created a system that allows customers to donate their unwanted frames to charities helping people with poor vision in developing areas of the world.  The box also includes an easy to use mail-in recycling kit. The packaging consists of a box and a case. The box is made of recycled paper and using soy ink for the printing. The case is made of RPET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate) which is made out of recycled soda bottles. www.eco-optics.com CN

 

Vincent 167

Orgreen

Colour is a dominant theme throughout opththalmic collections this season, and this unusual combination from Danish company Orgreen is so effective. The artisanal spirit of the frame features a graduated colour scheme of black, taupe, and turquoise, in a stylish flat top design – another prominent trend. The contemporary design assures this is a great choice for a variety of face shapes. www.orgreen.dk JG