Super Sunglasses…

Authentic eyewear lovingly crafted by passionate artisans. We highlight sun style by international independent designers, starting in REVIEWS. Germany is the boutique destination, and our Designer of the Month hails from sun-kissed California. Click on CITY GUIDES for a revealing exhibition about Luxury. A sunny month to all our readers!

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Sensational Sunnies…

Elegant, Sensuous Shapes

22nd May 2015 “Summer Afternoon – summer afternoon, to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” (Said by Henry James to Mrs. Edith Wharton)

Summer days inspire poems, music and literature – leisure, sunshine, nature’s abundance and seaside pleasures all contribute to the splendour of the season. On the fashion scene, sunglasses are summer magic for the eyes. Award-winning Swedish designer Anna-Karin Karlsson loves glamour, beauty and a dab of extravagance in her gorgeous sunglasses. In the photo above, the man wears Shady, flourishing in black and gold. On the right, the marvellous When Trouble Comes to Town is magnificently expressive in its exaggerated silhouette. www.annakarinkarlsson.com

Rocks The Town by Susanne Klemm for Suzy Glam
Rocks The Town by Susanne Klemm for Suzy Glam

Susanne Klemm at Suzy Glam has created an elegant frame especially for men. The contemporary shape in Rocks this Town is superbly crafted with sleek lines in glossy, high quality black acetate with blue lenses. Refined, sophisticated luxury, handmade in Italy. www.suzyglam.com Photo: Exclusively for Eyestylist.com by Max Gudczinski

Two By Four by Gai Gherardi and Barbara McReynolds at l.a. Eyeworks
Two By Four by Gai Gherardi and Barbara McReynolds at l.a. Eyeworks

Sunshine is a natural substance in Southern California, and l.a. Eyeworks sets the scene for sunny days everywhere with “Two By Four” – a striking design in Brown Tortoise Stripe with Gunmetal. The precise construction, handcrafted in Japan, makes for a finely built two-in-one: the frame combines an ophthalmic chassis with an integrated flip-up sun clip. www.laeyeworks.com

Mikonos in Sunrise by Coppe+Sid
Mikonos in Sunrise by Coppe+Sid

Acclaimed seaside locations inspired Coppe+Sid when they designed their lovely sunglass collection for 2015 – a Limited Edition in elegant acetate in exclusive colours. Mikonos in Sunrise is crafted in Italy in a timeless shape, in stunning Mediterranean Blue that reflects the glow of the island for which the frame is named. www.eyedesignclub.com

Zero O7 in Midnight Blue by Finest Seven
Zero O7 in Midnight Blue by Finest Seven

A beautiful interpretation of Midnight Blue is expressed stylishly in Zero 07 by Finest Seven. The voluminous silhouette with its graceful curves in smooth acetate is accented with three microns of gold on the temples, and chic gold mirrored lenses. A glamorous affirmation for summer and sunny pleasures! www.finestseven.com JG

Variety is the Spice of Life!

Sunglasses That Love Summer

19th May 2015 We love sunglasses at Eyestylist, and this season the selections are particularly enticing with beautiful materials, amazing colours and striking designs. Sunglasses afford the opportunity to take risks and try something different – an ideal way to perk up the wardrobe and spirits! Kirk & Kirk’s elegant collection of sunglasses is inspired by nature and science, and includes GRACE (above), crafted in richly coloured acrylic, with graduated mirror lenses by French lens designer Christian Dalloz. A charming animal detail in nine-caret gold highlights the upswept temples. More details at www.kirkandkirk.com

 

Adorable and Fun Sunglasses for Youngsters by ZOOBUG
Adorable and Fun Sunglasses for Youngsters by ZOOBUG

Children’s eyes need special protection from the sun’s rays, and ZOOBUG sunnies for youngsters combine fashion, fun and protection. ZOOBUG’S latest acetate collection is a treasure trove that children will love to wear. Above left, Square 03 for boys in bright New Red Wood, and right, the delightful Daisy 18 in New Buttercup Yellow. All ZOOBUG sunglasses feature polarized lenses for maximum sun protection. Check out www.zoobug.com for other fablous colours.

 

Minerva from the Sun Collection by Res/Rei - designed by Oliviero Zanon
Minerva from the Sun Collection by Res/Rei – designed by Oliviero Zanon

Variety is a style highlight at Res/Rei in Italy. Luscious acetates in exotic colour combinations and super shapes are abundant in this season’s collection. A round silhouette for Minerva (above) adds zest to the unexpected colours and superior details. All Res/Rei frames are handcrafted in Italy. www.resrei.com

 

"68 Köpenick" with mirrored lenses by ic!berlin
“68 Köpenick” with mirrored lenses by ic!berlin

After a long, cold winter, ic! berlin is celebrating summer with trendy designs featuring must-have mirrored lenses in cool new summer blues. “68 Köpenick” has a sleek flat bridge – a frame that shines brightly with casual, playtime summer fashion. www.ic-berlin.de

The Patrick Sun in Rich Purple by Original Penguin
The Patrick Sun in Rich Purple by Original Penguin

The Patrick Sun for men by Original Penguin is a bold shape in a colour that is increasingly popular with male wearers – a deep and sophisticated purple. It’s smart and distinctive, without being over-the-top. Glossy acetate with fine details complete the handsome design. www.kenmarkoptical.com JG

Kemp

Grey Ant

The innovative Kemp by Grey Ant is another gem by Grant Krajecki and codesigner Natalie Levy. Creators of the original concept of cut-off lenses, this time the duo have worked on a totally new concept that exposes the riveted hinge on the exterior of the frame as a decorative feature. It’s a simple, luxurious statement that elevates a classic look into something ingenious and very desirable. Made in Japan, and featuring Zeiss sun lenses, these elegant sunnies are now available at www.greyant.com. 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! www.orgreen.com CN

Spring Essentials…

beautiful glasses and sunglass designs that are the ultimate accessory, as you’ll discover in REVIEWS. China is the destination in BOUTIQUES, and the Designer of the Month is award-winning Vera Wang, who always has a sizzling pulse on fashion. In CITY GUIDES, a Paris exhibition pays homage to a 19th Century designer whose influence resonates today. Eyestylist…for inspirational eyewear and accessories.

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Trend watch: hot metal

15th April 2015 Alongside the trend for metallic touches in accessories and fashion, metal frames are making a smart statement for the warmer season with sleek refined styling in evidence at the top end of the spectacle spectrum.

Veronika Wildgruber is an interior and product designer with a fascination for materials. She describes her own work as “simple and surprising”, a phrase that sums up her frames. The current collection – made entirely in Italy and France, includes metals used in unexpected ways, such as model Empty, where “empty space” defines the volume and produces a light, attractive filigree effect. www.veronikawildgruber.com/eyewear

Salt Optics model Pratt
Model Pratt / Salt Optics

A favourite classic themed sunglass shape this season, model Pratt by Salt Optics shows similar artistry in metal. This luxurious lust-worthy aviator – pictured in Honey Gold, is produced in Titanium/Beta Titanium in Japan and exhibits all the attention to detail and luxury finishing of a fine piece of handcrafted sunwear. Model Pratt is fitted with Polarized CR39 “Lovers Soul” Gradient lenses. Full details at www.saltoptics.com CN

Optical Impressions

Irresistible Optical Frames

13th April 2015 Beautiful designs and details enrich optical frames, with a wonderful selection of styles, shapes and colours. Bold and dramatic is the theme for Ainjali Fine at Finest Seven (above), wearing Style 04 in black with a distinguished gold brow bar. www.finestseven.com

 

Venezia from the Bridges Collection by Coppe & Sid
Venezia from the Bridges Collection by Coppe & Sid

Travel is the inspiration for the elegant new Bridges Collection from Coppe & Sid.  Lagoon blue acetate – Style VCE Venezia – transports the wearer to dreamy destinations, with handcrafting and luxurious details. www.eyedesignclub.com

 

Eyewear Harmony - SPX Illusion by Silhouette
Eyewear Harmony – SPX Illusion by Silhouette

Silhouette’s latest collection for men includes handsome frames that are ultra light – including the SPX Illusion – a true modern classic in tortoiseshell. www.silhouette.com JG

On The Green

The Green Collection by Ic! berlin

8th April 2015 Enhance your golf game with ic! berlin’s cutting-edge eyewear for the golf course. An exciting collaboration with ic! berlin and OptiSwiss, a subsidiary of Carl Zeiss AG, The Green Collection combines lightweight, unbreakable eyewear and brings superior functionality to the golf course. Top photo:U9 Guentzelstrasse in black with photo-copper mirrored lenses.

The Green Collection by ic! berlin
The Green Collection by ic! berlin

The photochromic lenses enhance the white balance and contrast of greens. The frames have been specifically developed for golf to help follow the ball through the air, and find the break on the green. The lenses adapt with the sun and UV exposure, to improve lighting conditions and enhance the depth of field perception.

Guenther N. from The Green Collection by ic! berlin
Guenther N. from The Green Collection by ic! berlin

Improve your chances for a Grand Slam with ic! berlin’s striking new Green Collection – available in electric green, pearl and black — all with a distinctive green clip. www.ic-berlin.de JG

 

Rose Flowers+Geometry Veruschka

Lu.Pa

Lucia Pasin launched her stunning new collection in Milan – frames that are colourful and inspiring. Luxurious flowers blossom on cellulose acetate – an ecological raw material – with creative textures, powerful shapes, and fresh characteristics. Rose Flowers+Geometry Veruschka highlights care for details, and Pasin’s intuitive understanding for designs that are elegant, feminine and strong. “My frames are indeed for a woman who knows the pleasure of ornament,” says the Italian designer. More details at www.lupastudio.it JG

Connoisseur’s Corner

Luxurious, Sophisticated Frames

1st April 2015 Nowadays, the fine art of eyewear is admirably manifested in distinguished materials with impressive design. Get set for spring and summer with LINDBERG’S distinctive collection of beautiful sunglasses, with many innovative details. Light, flexible, comfortable and durable Titanium is dramatically sculpted into style 8307 (above) –  a stunning style statement from LINDBERG Sun. www.lindberg.com

 

Angel Diane by Tim Van Steenbergen for theo
Angel Diane by Tim Van Steenbergen for theo

Fashion and costume designer Tim Van Steenbergen is inspired by “la femme fatale”  – film noir from Hollywood Classics –  with his sunglass collection for theo in Belgium. Angel Diane celebrates the film Angel Face, the 1950’s film directed by Otto Preminger. Big, glamorous and colourful, Angel Diane combines glossy acetate with matte details in rich, vivid green. www.theo.be  

 

Titan One - Winner of the Red Dot Award
Titan One – Winner of the Red Dot Award

Silhouette has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Design Award for their innovative frames – Titan One – crafted from one-piece of Titanium. The frames have been described as ‘State of the Art’ and ‘An impressive piece of design engineering.’ The Titan One is crafted in Austria, and the design was praised for its combination of quality materials, exemplary aesthetic design, and hand-finished precision. The Titan One masterpiece involves 170 steps to create the unique design. Above: Style 4481. www.silhouette.com JG