The successful Musicians collection designed by Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei has elegant new additions this season. Lustrous Mazzucchelli acetate in model Schubert, with its beautiful substance in tonal blues also features finely crafted temples and textured sides. The contemporary silhouette and distinctive end tips ensure perfect fit. Franz Schubert – who wore glasses – would approve! For history fans, the frames that the composer wore are on display at Schubert Gerburtshaus in Vienna. JG

Eye-witness VA

Theo Eyewear

A new creative design from theo eyewear that plays on the concept of perspective or “representing depth in a painting or drawing”. The stainless steel frames in this eyewitness series feature two contour lines that give the impression of volume. Combining a basic colour and a shadow colour the result is a spectacular 3d optical illusion on the face, surprising, artistic, and a little bit light-hearted too! Launched this week at Silmo Paris. CN

Facellia 92

ROLF Spectacles

ROLF’S beautifully crafted evolved wood collection includes Facellia 92 – a soft, feminine and elegant shape. Different wood combinations are available: authentic smoked eucalyptus; bog oak-maple-bog oak; bog oak walnut; and steamed robinie – a wood native to America but now grown in Europe and South Africa. The graceful shape is accented with two-tone colouration. ROLF will be presenting their complete collections in wood and stone at SILMO in Paris starting on 25th September. JG


RVS by V.

Colour creativity is a theme at RVS by V. for optical frames and sunglasses. Model Noah is a prime example in purple haze, a dreamy hue with a striated ripple effect. The shape is charismatic – a solid rectangular vintage look with authentic handmade finishing and tiny rivets. Try it! CN


l.a. Eyeworks

Colour has always been a hallmark of l.a. Eyeworks frame design. As the California company, with its international following, celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, the colour palette is even more invigorating and expressive. Pond in Fancy Green Blue sports a wonderfully textured frame front and sides, with a slim strip of purple for unexpected accent. Superior detailing on the temples adds further distinction. JG

Homa 2

Spectacle Eyeworks

From Canada, Homa by Spectacle Eyeworks is typical of the natural eyewear styles from the Canadian brand, who have been producing handmade wood and horn products since 2008. Lenses are secured with screws to ensure easy alignment and acetate temple tips are added for easy adjustments. If you so desire, the Homa can be created with handfinished temple engravings adding a touch of the exotic. CN

Pussy Galore

Orgreen Optics

Of all the Bond girls, Pussy Galore was the most difficult to seduce. In an effort to capture her aloof, “Golden Goddess” good looks, Orgreen’s PUSSY GALORE frames bring high glamour to a voluminous cat eye design. Featuring high-perched corners and a beautiful low bridge. Slip on the Mat Ivory and Sandblasted White Gold version with Rose Gold Chrome lenses and you’re any match for Mr. Bond. We like it! CN

Alium S 1

Face à Face

The Alium S 1 is the latest addition in this line of pure lightweight aluminium designs by the French eyewear design company. Impressively, the new Alium styles are 25% thinner than previous designs and each one features miniature air vents at the temple – invisible when worn, but technically exciting as there is no soldering – this creates a flex hinge that’s strong and durable. The Alium frames come in fantastic eye-popping shades as well as more conservative tones with bright inner linings. A perfect balance of design tech and modern fashionable styling, and one of our highlights at the shows this year. CN


Lafont Paris

Colour is always a highlight in Lafont eyewear collections, and the latest designs feature geometric decorative mosaic pieces in bursts of colour on the frame front. Rendez-vous is a smart colour triptych on acetate, with a nod to vintage with extended temples. The details are subtle and refined, and Rendez-vous is certain to add dash to spring wardrobes. JG



Craftsmanship and enduring beauty are keynote at RIGARDS – and their latest natural horn collection is exciting and directional. Ti Kwa likes to blend old and new in one instrument, with inspirations that are fluid and eclectic. But at the core, vintage references are translated to eyewear in a modern yet non-conformist way, as elegantly expressed in RG0008, pictured above. JG


rapp Eyewear

rapp Eyewear continues to produce creative avant-garde frame designs. A family business, led by Shilo Rapp, trained as a goldsmith, the frames have a unique handmade look and feature materials like titanium and Italian acetate – always with a distinctive finish. Francine caught our eye: the style is like all of Rapp’s designs made in the brand’s own production workshop in Toronto. The acetate material has a subtle striated pattern. The shape also boasts a fantastic bevelling effect which gives it lots of character.





Lafont Paris

A snappy green acetate frame is the ideal solution to perk up wintery days. Lafont’s soft retro shape with beautiful temple detailing in gradated green tones reflects quiet elegance, with a sculptured frame front for additional distinction. Lafont is exhibiting at OPTI Munich, where the entire collection of optical designs and sunglasses for men, women and children can be seen. JG


Zac Posen

Native New Yorker Zac Posen studied fashion and art in London, and his cosmopolitan air is reflected in his striking men’s frame Gent. Tortoiseshell and beige acetate combine handsomely in a strong, dashing shape with bold temple details. Zac Post features a chic collection of men’s and women’s frames. Visit JG


Mothersbaugh x Baum

Coming soon to very chic shops including Opening Ceremony and Eye Society! Mutato is one of the new styles from a collaborative line by Mark Mothersbaugh (front man for Devo and eyewear enthusiast) with eyewear designer Shane Baum. Bold and artistic, the frames are statement geometric designs with lots of luxury features – including silver reflective mirror coated lenses. A scholarly shape, Mutato is created – interestingly- in Beryllium metal, with a stainless steel chrome finish. It’s light, strong (six times stronger that steel) and resistant to tarnish and corrosion, as well as offering a unique bright greyish-tone surface shine. Find more on this collection at: CN


Paulino Spectacles

A classic from the Portuguese label, Piedade is, like all the styles in this line, named after designer Ramiro Paulino’s relatives. “I never met her,” he explains, “but as a child I fantasized that grandmother “Piedade” would have been a bullfighter, inspired by the one photo that existed of her, in which she used structured hair and a lace shirt.” This sweet and elegant handmade style is available in four colours including the tinted crystal we highlight here. CN


Rolf Spectacles

Bog oak and maple formed into a timeless shape is an excellent example of the Tyrol handcrafting found in Rolf Spectacles. The Austrian company won yet another award when Marlin received the Gold IDEA Award for 2014. Innovation, sleek, lightweight wood silhouettes, and beautiful finishes characterize all Rolf designs. JG


Vera Wang

A romantic, dreamy design, Magdalena echoes a hint of vintage with a beautifully sculpted acetate shape. The colourations are luxurious – gradations of mauve to rose to blush add subtle elegance. Another superb colour in this new and stunning  optical collection by Vera Wang is Iceberg – cool and chic. For more information visit JG 


Harry Lary’s

Agitaty is a super example of the intense coloured vintage acetate in the Harry Lary’s collection, designed in France by Thierry Lasry. A typically bold retro-futuristic shape, with interesting volumes, it’s a classic in this collection of acetate eye gems for luxury connoisseurs. The Harry Lary’s eyewear label was first created by Thierry Lasry’s father, Harry, and has been under Thierry’s artistic direction since 2002. CN




Italian creators Mondelliani mix transparent crystal acetate with sea blue lenses – very chic for summer holidays and beach escapades. The round shape is accented with a curved nosepiece and distinctive temples. Also available in lovely tones of cocoa, green and violet with contrasting coloured lenses.  JG



History and tradition blend creatively in sunglasses by Ti Kwa for Rigards. Inspired by the 1950’s and Japanese salarymen, RG0002 features the signature Sanjuro finish on the upper browline. Sanjuro is a textured surface treatment that is entirely hand-finished, and is a nod to Tsubaki Sanjuro, the honorable samurai-recluse from the Akira Kurosawa masterpiece. Each frame is a one-off, with hours upon hours spent hand polishing the frames to a distinctive matte finish that exudes richness and personality. JG


Fan Optics

Fan Optics is an inspirational British brand specialising in beautiful eyewear – creations of style and craftsmanship. “Self Portrait” is their new collection that combines French flare and vibrant colours. Audrey – which means “Noble Strength” –  is a dashing design with a vintage inspired  shape. The silky radiant red Italian acetate will add a luminous glow to spring and summer fashions. All Fan Optics frames are elegantly handcrafted in England. JG


Vera Wang

The sea and its many intonations are a continual inspiration for eyewear creators. Fashion designer Vera Wang interprets her version in a glamorous collection of beautiful sunglasses in truly luxurious colours, including this significant shape, with soft voluminous angles. Muted turquoise acetate transcending into sand, is highlighted with an inner metal rim, metal sides, and is further distinguished with a copper nose accent. JG



Anne et Valentin

A strong message for ophthalmic frames this year is colour – clear, lucid colour, frequently augmented with sleek marbled effects in contrasting tones. Purple is a favourite – and Anne et Valentin offers this elegant version  – D-Tail – in acetate with sharp, clean lines, softened by a murmur of retro/vintage – updated for the present day. The graceful cat eye shape unites dynamism and femininity, accentuating delicate features with an air of assertiveness. JG


Lafont Paris

A vintage shape combines with a super modern material – carbon – in a striking frame by Lafont Paris. A “hammered effect” highlights the carbon, which is then accented with metal details, and acetate ends for comfort and fine fit. It is particularly smart in pewter grey – distinguished and elegant. Lafont has an imaginative, yet discreet collection of men’s frames, which are available internationally, and in their charming Paris boutiques. More information at JG

Punk It

Face à Face Paris

Fancy a bit of clubbing? A mad night on the town? Look the part in Punk It – a no-holds-barred exotic frame that is fun and designed to be noticed! The shape features a retro mood with silver “spikes” that lavishly decorate the frame front. Crafted in fine acetate, this is the frame to wear to release your inner goth/punk/wild self! Also available in sleek black and silver. JG



A complex, painstaking process enabled Ti Kwa at Rigards to create this stunning horn frame. A heat process is used to alter the look of the horn, and the patterns are all varied, as a pure essential oil blend is used during the procedure. Hand polishing makes the frame look as if it has a coppery patina, and a rich history of a cherished relic. No wax is used in creating the matte burnished finish, and it gives the treated horn an air of rare antiquity. An unrepeatable piece of art. JG

G.M.S Limited 2013

Masunaga 1905, Japan

This Japanese label won an eyewear award in Paris last week for their G.M.S. Limited 2013 which I had a chance to take a closer look at. The frame has temples in solid 18 carat gold and beta titanium, welded using a new technology to give a smooth transition between the two materials, and an interesting colour contrast between the luxury metals featured. The rims and the saddle bridge are fashioned from titanium overlaid with bamboo. A signature round shape is inspired by a frame that Masunaga Optical presented to the Emperor of Japan in 1933; the style has been given a modern feeling using advanced technology. This is a luxurious optical style conceived to push design boundaries.



L.G.R. Sunglasses, Italy

The dreamy landscapes of Africa are a constant source of inspiration for designer Luca Gnecchi Ruscone, and Lola is a tribute to the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria – the name means prosperity and wealth. The frame possesses a romantic air with its beautiful composition of acetate and metal, giving the design a graceful flow. The angles are delicate, and peak gently to the sides. Colour combinations are stunning: Matt Havana as featured, plus Ivory/Blue, Havana/Green, Matt Green/Grey, Black/Green and Matt Black/Grey. The Zeiss lenses are finest quality – providing an anti-scratch surface, anti-reflex and guaranteed 100% protection against UV rays. JG