eyewear: Selima Optique
notes: Narayan is a true eyewear connoisseur - and we’re not just saying that either. Case in point: these “Lucas” frames from Parisian brand, Selima Optique. These retro-inspired frames were the first pair that caught his eye at the Selima Optique store in New York, and he knew he had to have them. We love the “blue horn marble” colour way, which is an artistic and luxurious take on the traditional tortoiseshell. Make sure to also take a look at the exaggerated nose bridge and temples, which add flair and visual interest.
Narayan has been wearing glasses for as long as he can remember, and loved going into stores as a kid and trying on every pair. His favourite memory? As a kid, he had a favourite pair of bold-colored frames and was once asked why he wore these, “purple glasses.” His response: “They’re not purple – they’re wine.”
eyewear: Drift Eyewear
notes: Jon’s glasses are from Drift Eyewear – a Chicago-based company that manufactures eco-friendly frames from sustainable wood and hardware. This “Atticus” model is in a “Crystal Matte” colour-way, with a custom-made rivet hinge and walnut temples. Jon like that these glasses were unique, yet still complimented his everyday wardrobe. “When I wear light blues or red, the frame subtly picks up those colours,” he says.
Part of the company’s limited-edition “Delta Blues” collection, the frames are inspired by the classic P3 shape, and feature an M49 acetate from Italian company Mazzucchelli. This traditional cellulose acetate is known for its warm and silky characteristics, while also being strong enough to fit both prescription and sunglass lenses. The “Delta Blues” collection, meantime, pays homage to loggers of the past, whose work and music continue to leave a legacy today. The wood used in this collection is milled from a century-old sunken Cypress, exhumed in Louisiana. A portion of the proceeds from each frame goes to The Music Maker Relief Foundation.
We often hear of cool collaborations in the eyewear world, but this might just be the best one yet: German eyewear company MYKITA is teaming up with fashion house Maison Martin Margiela on a limited-edition collection of ten frames, that combine both brands’ appreciation of technical precision and craftsmanship, with contemporary principles of design. Launching in stores this month, the collaboration has been an almost two-year process, with the final prototypes approved just last December. Divided into two sub-collections, the frames offer a modern reinterpretation of classic shapes, with a focus on unconventional materials and experimental construction. Simply put: these are some cool and covetable glasses.
The “Essential Collection” features stainless steel frames, reduced to the raw material. A thick, transparent powder coats and seals the frames, giving the entire construction a convex, all-enveloping body. We love the double bridges, sleek lines and vintage-inspired silhouettes. Monochrome frames and matching lenses add a smooth and polished look. Six unisex styles were created, in four different colourways (Silver, Gold, Copper, Black)
The “Dual Collection” combines MYKITA’s technical expertise, with Margiela’s signature “deconstructed” aesthetic. Two pairs of glasses are created from one original acetate frame (hence the name of the collection). Think of it like a pair of glasses sliced in half, resulting in two complementary designs – but with very independent identities. We love the bold, unisex design, which is given a touch of humour and style with the layered, contrasting colour schemes. A curved nose bridge and temple detailing complete the strong yet delicate look.
The sign of a meaningful collaboration is one in which both brands are allowed to shine, and these frames demonstrate the dynamic creativity of both MYKITA and Maison Martin Margiela. They’ve managed to put a lot of thought and innovation into a pair of sunglasses, while keeping their own unique aesthetics alive. You see MYKITA’s avant-garde approach to materials, and the classic Margiela minimalism. Above all, you see two distinct brands come together to create something that pushes eyewear forward, while also making a pair of cool glasses that everybody will want to wear.
The MYKITA + Maison Martin Margiela Collection launches this month. All frames retail for $560 U.S.
notes: Harvey Moscot is the great-grandson of Hyman Moscot – an Eastern European immigrant who set up a pushcart selling eyeglasses on the Lower East Side, shortly after he arrived in New York City in 1899. From that first stand on Orchard Street, to its current retail store just a few steps away, MOSCOT has established itself as the go-to eyewear brand for New Yorkers and visitors alike. And, just like his father and grandfather before him, Harvey is keeping it all in the family, working with his son Zack to keep the MOSCOT legacy alive and well.
Harvey’s frame of choice over the years has been the “Lemtosh” in “Sage” – a mossy green colour that’s slightly transparent. Classic and timeless, the “Lemtosh” has been made the exact same way for more than 50 years. It’s a universally flattering stye, that fits almost every face shape. Harvey had his pair fitted with tinted brown lenses, that give the glasses an old school feel. It’s a look that Hyman Moscot himself would be proud of.
eyewear: Theo Eyewear
notes: Music producer Sabrina Iyadede loved these bright pink theo eyewear frames, which just so happen to look like the logo on her blog. She imagined them before she even found them! These super round metal frames are part of theo’s “Mille” collection – a play on the word “millennial” and a celebration of the confident, expressive style of Generation Y. This pair is the Mille+34, and was inspired by vintage Japanese glasses, rendered anew in simple, monochromatic fashion. We love the whimsical rounded nose bridge, and the colour contrast at the temple tips.
It took Sabrina a while to find a pair of theo frames that were perfect for her, but once she put these on, she didn’t ever want to take them off. Sabrina says that these glasses “make people happy” – which in turn, make her pretty happy too.