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MYKITA + Maison Martin Margiela

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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)

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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.

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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.