EYEWEAR
SHOPPING: RAEN

SHOPPING: RAEN

California keeps on giving the most interesting eyewear brands on the market. Founded in 2008, RAEN’s mission is to offer a boutique approach to eyewear using the finest materials and techniques. All the styles are hand-finished, made with Zyl acetate, an organic mix of wood pulp and natural cotton fiber and feature Carl Zeiss CR-39 lenses...
SHOPPING: WARBY PARKER SS16

SHOPPING: WARBY PARKER SS16

Warby Parker does very well the updated classic, a style you could have fallen in love at the thrift store but, somehow, wasn’t quite right or modern. Warby Parker understood it and has, ever since its creation, delivered elegant styles playing the nostalgic card with a certain quirkiness. This new summer collection has the perfect balance between vintage and...
SHOPPING: GENTLE MONSTER

SHOPPING: GENTLE MONSTER

You can define Gentle Monster as the Acne Studios of eyewear. Disruptive design and independent thinking have propelled Gentle Monster as the most sought after designer brand in Korea. Originally created five years ago to satisfy a niche market (i.e. the perfect fit for Korean faces), the sunglasses and frames found a quick following among celebrities and fashionistas. Their...
SHOPPING: KIRK ORIGINALS

SHOPPING: KIRK ORIGINALS

Modern reinterpretations of styles brings somehow the best of both worlds, the vintage feeling intertwined with the contemporary take. Kirk Original does it quite well. You won’t find anything ostentatious here, just this charming sensation of deja-vu whether it’s the design of the frames (60’s or 70’s), the textures (love the Havana acetate) or the tint of...
SHOPPING: ACNE STUDIOS EYEWEAR SS16

SHOPPING: ACNE STUDIOS EYEWEAR SS16

The new Acne Studios eyewear series is more an update of existing styles than a completely new collection. We still have to keep in mind that the first iteration was exceptionally strong and introduced a quite unusual full range of styles from slick aviator to overly dramatic acetate frames. This new series plays with different hues (green forest, light green), remixes materials (the golden,...
SHOPPING: MYKITA SS16

SHOPPING: MYKITA SS16

How do you redefine eyewear while playing with established codes? Berlin based brand Mykita answered that question by creating its own techniques and designing the modern reinterpretations. First known for its ultra lightweight stainless steel frames, they added a few seasons ago the Mylon material, a laser cut super-fine polyamide frame. Its main collection and Mykita’s collaborations with Maison Martin Margiela,...
BARTON PERREIRA x BERGDORF GOODMAN

BARTON PERREIRA x BERGDORF GOODMAN

One of my favorite eyewear brands, Barton Perreira, just teamed with Bergdorf Goodman for the 25th anniversary of their men’s store in NYC. For the occasion, Barton Perreira updated its classic keyhole bridge style using tortoiseshell acetate (besides the champagne style) and as always all made in Japan.
SHOPPING: ONKLER SS15

SHOPPING: ONKLER SS15

It’s been a while since I’ve found such a bold and avant-garde eyewear brand. While it’s relatively easy to purchase psychedelic or futuristic vintage sunglasses, especially from the 70s and 80s, it’s more challenging to find a collection with the same cohesiveness and dedication. Onkler’s creative mind, Nicolas Jahns, 29, created Onkler to celebrate the people, fictional or real, who have inspired or empowered him. Unlike other...
SHOPPING: KIRK ORIGINALS

SHOPPING: KIRK ORIGINALS

Created in 1992 in London, Kirk Originals became immediately Jetset’s favorite from Brits brand Oasis to Hollywood’s A-List Julia Roberts. Their quirky designs, very unique at that time, helped to establish the brand and revived vintage’s inspired eyewear. Two decades later, the brand is making a welcome comeback with some additional styles and reissues all honoring the brand’s...
SHOPPING: BARTON PERREIRA SUNGLASSES

SHOPPING: BARTON PERREIRA SUNGLASSES

Looking at these Barton Perreira brown-tortoiseshell acetate sunglasses, I can’t help but think of Hollywood’s golden age with all these fabulous movie stars… I love how these three styles revisit perfectly this heritage. Chic and effortless. www.bartonperreira.com
SHOPPING: BARTON PERREIRA SUNGLASSES

SHOPPING: BARTON PERREIRA SUNGLASSES

Vintage inspired sunglasses with champagne frames and vintage green lens are a must-have for any eyewear fanatic. While some brands are quite often just replicating archive pieces, Barton Perreira has produced ones of the most elegant and contemporary styles. Each piece offers a delicate balance between vintage and modern influences. Read also Patty Perreira’s interview published...
SHOPPING: FERRAGAMO SUNGLASSES

SHOPPING: FERRAGAMO SUNGLASSES

The Italian powerhouse has a long tradition of designing sophisticated sunglasses revisiting here and there classics. For this season, Ferragamo reinterprets a vintage steampunk style from the 50s. The frame has been streamlined making this type even more timeless while the bold contrast between the metallic core and black acetate offers a very chic new take. Shop them at Ferragamo.com and worldwide...
SHOPPING: ACNE STUDIOS EYEWEAR

SHOPPING: ACNE STUDIOS EYEWEAR

After years of producing sunnies occasionally, Acne Studios just launched its first full collection. The series revisits three great pivotal periods in the eyewear history with first the 30s with a few Art Deco styles, the psychedelic 60s and then the extravagant 70s with some very Emmanuelle Khanh inspired styles and also some classic Aviators. The collection will...
SHOPPING: GARRETT LEIGHT SS15

SHOPPING: GARRETT LEIGHT SS15

The Garrett Leight collection is all about retro glamour and Hollywood royalty. The design, as always, is elegant taking cues from vintage styles but with a contemporary note. New hues have been introduced with a series of delicate pastels (pink, lemon, mint). You will find also some rich earthy tones (brown, dark green), that I personally...
INTERVIEW: BARTON PERREIRA

INTERVIEW: BARTON PERREIRA

The luxury eyewear industry is mostly dominated by ready-to-wear brands (Prada, Saint Laurent,…) or international licenses (Ray-Ban for example). Just go to your local department store to verify it. It’s rare to find independent names capable to compete with them on an international scale. Barton Perreira is certainly the most prominent one. Founded in 2007...
SHOPPING: MYKITA MYLON COLLECTION

SHOPPING: MYKITA MYLON COLLECTION

Mykita Mylon series is certainly the most avant-garde and complex technology on the market right now. Made of layers of super-fine polyamide powder turned via CO2 laser sintering (some sort of thermo collage) into three-dimensional objects, the Mylon technology offers infinite creative possibilities and extremely lightweight and seamless frames. The new Glacier collection elevates the traditional mountain climbing eyewear mixing classic silhouettes with...
SHOPPING: MYKITA X MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA

SHOPPING: MYKITA X MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA

Uncommon similarities. This is how I define the collaboration between Berlin based brand Mykita and Maison Martin Margiela. This collection reunites two singular talents, both dedicated to define new standards and challenge the definition of beauty. You won’t find anything obviously cute or related to anything heritage or classic. It’s all about futurism, minimalism, singularity and of course with...
SHOPPING: COSTALOTS SUNGLASSES

SHOPPING: COSTALOTS SUNGLASSES

Costalots sunglasses are one of a kind. While still made with premium acetate and using Carl Zeiss lenses, there is no direct heritage influences or desire to be too cute here. Matt Costa, the mastermind behind the brand, has always been intrigued by safety glasses. So he decided to create their own style and turn the utilitarian into beauty. The sunglasses...
SHOPPING: MIKKO'S SELECTS

SHOPPING: MIKKO’S SELECTS

I’ve invited my friend Mikko to present his five spring favorites. If you don’t remember him, you can read his interview that I posted last year. Dior – DIOR Solar These must be the coolest sunglasses I’ve seen for a while. I love all the colours and reflective lenses. So crazy and they go with...
SHOPPING: MOSCOT SS14

SHOPPING: MOSCOT SS14

Moscot continues to celebrate its heritage with a new series of updated styles based on its iconic sunnies. Ellis offers a chunkier variation of the Nebb, the Governor is a new take on the famous Grunya while the Randall presents a playful version of the Lemtosh. All are available in four different colorways (Chameleon, Leopard,...
SHOPPING: CAMPER x NENDO SUNGLASSES

SHOPPING: CAMPER x NENDO SUNGLASSES

Since its creation in 2002, Nendo has consciously developed over the years an organic approach working on multiple projects from interior design to dinnerware.  After designing the 5th Avenue store, Nendo was asked to create for Camper their first sunglasses collection. Inspired by the eclipse, the sunglasses feature two layers of colored lenses perfectly sealed. Nendo achieved...