Anita Clarke

We approached Anita just as she was taking these RetroSuperFuture sunglasses out of the box. According to Anita, they were one of two new pairs of Supers that she picked up that weekend. We love these “Lucia” shades in “Ilaria Silver,” which feature a combination of silver-coloured metal and a classic “Havana” acetate print along the top of the frames and end of the arms. With the thicker edges on the corners and silver trim around the lenses, they’re a unique take on semi-rimless glasses that we haven’t seen before.

Anita’s amassed quite the collection of sunglasses over the years, ranging from Prada and Karen Walker, to a bright blue pair from the Alexandre Herchcovitch x MYKITA collection. With her strong sense of personal style, she always knows what looks good on her, but she’s not afraid to experiment either. And what better way to do that than with eyewear! We can’t wait to see what that other pair she recently bought looks like!

COLLABORATION: MYKITA x CÔTE&CIEL

MYKITA x CÔTE&CIEL
MYKITA x CÔTE&CIEL

Eyewear collaborations these days aren’t always limited to just the frames. Case in point: Berlin-based label MYKITA has teamed up with French accessories brand Côte&Ciel on a new collection of eyewear cases. Known for their urban-inspired travel goods and accessories, Cote&Ciel has re-imagined the glasses case as a chic pouch, in a series of bright and whimsical colours. We love the two-tone colourways, which add a nice pop to something that’s usually considered an afterthought to the actual frames. Another great touch: the cleverly-designed cleaning cloth, which comes attached to the pouch.

As with all Cote&Ciel products, the eyewear pouches are as functional as they are fashionable, with soft padding to ensure that your frames stay protected. This is a fun and distinctive accessory that will also be put to good use.

The MYKITA x Cote&Ciel collection is available in eight colourways and will hit MYKITA stores, selected opticians and concept stores later this month.

MYKITA x CÔTE&CIEL
MYKITA x CÔTE&CIEL
MYKITA x CÔTE&CIEL
MYKITA x CÔTE&CIEL

Lainy Hedaya

Lainy is the brains (and beauty!) behind fashion blog “Haute Inhabit,” which features weekly personal style photos, alongside trend reports and designer features. Lainy says her goal is to use the blog to not only highlight old favourites, but to introduce readers to up-and-coming designers as well. Case in point: she’s wearing a Gianfranco Ferre top under a sleek black jacket from LA-based label, OLIMA.

The sunglasses are from Persol and were purchased four years ago. We love the signature details on the shades like the silver arrow on the temples (inspired by the swords of ancient warriors) and the metal accents on the bridge. Lainy apologized for wearing sunglasses that were cracked, but honestly, we didn’t even notice. From her poise and pose, to her elegant style, we think she looked just fine.

Claire Goldsmith in Toronto

Claire Goldsmith
Claire Goldsmith

When you’re the great granddaughter of famed British eyewear designer Oliver Goldsmith, the chances of you working in the eyewear industry are pretty high. But ask Claire Goldsmith and she’ll tell you that making glasses was the last thing she wanted to do growing up. Though she was surrounded by eyewear until the age of 10 (when the Oliver Goldsmith line was shuttered), Goldsmith studied marketing at Manchester and figured she would pursue a career in the business world. But as she began to study consumer psychology – and what triggers emotions about certain objects – she saw the way people were connected to the “Goldsmith” name, and perhaps more importantly, the way people were connected to their glasses. A chance afternoon digging through her family attic unveiled handwritten messages from British royalty and Hollywood elite like Audrey Hepburn and Michael Caine, all thanking the Goldsmith family for helping to “dress their eyes.” Inspired, Claire decided to revive not only the original “Oliver Goldsmith” frames, but to design a new collection under her own name as well, with a renewed focus on quality materials, strong design principles and above all, good service. The “Claire Goldsmith” collection was launched in 2009 and it appears the family legacy is stronger than ever.

We had a chance to chat with Goldsmith while she stopped in Toronto earlier this month for a trunk show and high tea with Josephson Opticians.

What is your design process like?
For the most part, I like to design on my own rather than designing by committee. I take a week in my design room where I drink lots of Yorkshire tea, listen to my own playlist and get to work. I like to take responsibility for my collections; I design for myself and what I like and what works for me. It’s important not to get sidetracked and look at the competition, as it takes your eye off of what you’re all about.

FYFE by Claire Goldsmith
Fyfe frames by Claire Goldsmith in Dark Tortoiseshell
Harris by Claire Goldsmith
Harris frames by Claire Goldsmith in English Tea

 

Tell us about the inspiration behind your latest collection…
I shut myself in a room and looked at cars. My father loves cars and all three of his daughters love cars. For my latest collection, the temples of the glasses are designed based on car grill lamps. It’s difficult to create something visually recognizable, but I think you can see the inspiration in the frames. I prefer to do “branding through design” rather than slap a large logo or stamp something onto the side of the frames.

You place a lot of emphasis on the customer experience. Why is that?
Consumers should ask as much as they can about the product as it taps into your emotions. There is so much choice out there for eyewear, so how do you decide which one is the best for you? I like to tell the person about the story behind the brand. Transparency is important. Humans need emotion and relationships, even through a product or brand. So if you can connect with customers on an emotional level, I really believe that they will buy your glasses.

Jonas frames by Claire Goldsmith in Raspberry Coulis
Jonas frames by Claire Goldsmith in Raspberry Coulis
Brooke frames by Claire Goldsmith in Black on Liquorice
Brooke frames by Claire Goldsmith in Black on Liquorice

How do you compete with websites like Warby Parker, which are pushing cheap and trendy frames online?
Warby Parker hasn’t really broken through in the UK, where I live, but I can understand their appeal. However, you’re missing the human touch. In addition to making quality glasses, we try to wow people with customer service and respect that they have purchased something great from our collection.

What should people take away about the Claire Goldsmith brand?
I want our brand to be like the “vintage of the future” – make a good product, treat people right, pay it forward and it will come back.

Raymond Girard

We spotted Raymond Girard at The Artist Project, where his partner Laird Kay was showing his work.

These rectangular frames are from Della Spiga – the personal line by Karir Eyewear’s Bob Karir – and make Raymond as approachable and sharp as any other well-dressed man on the street. Don’t be fooled though: these glasses still mean business – they just show that Raymond isn’t afraid to have a little fun while working as well.

David Pike

The marble design of these Marc Jacobs frames stood out when we saw David photographing Roksanda Illincic’s recent visit to The Room at The Bay in Toronto.

These combo frame glasses were the first pair that David says he was truly happy with – and we understand why. The half-rimless design on the front is classic and handsome, but it’s the textural marble detailing on the temples that really elevates the look. In fact, David loves these glasses so much that he is even considering buying another pair in the same colour!

Leah Hoffman

Leah Hoffman is a college student who has been wearing glasses since middle school. These oval, dark tortoiseshell Michael Kors frames are one of three pairs that she alternates between, depending on the outfit. At once proper and peculiar, these glasses work well to balance the contrast between Leah’s hooded tweed cape and her studded black boots.

Louise Urbas

We had to meet Louise when we noticed her leopard print La Font glasses at The Room‘s Roksanda Ilincic cocktail. The Celimene design looks amazing in this fun leopard print.

Louise knew she “had to have these frames” as they were so different from her personality. We disagree. We think they bring out her personality perfectly and go well with her stylish outfit.

Mark Rupert

Wooden sunglasses used to be considered more of a novelty than an everyday pair to wear, but Mark makes these “Canby” shades from Oregon-based company Shwood, look as easy as a pair of Ray-Bans. The chunky frames mix a classic wayfarer styling with luxurious hardwoods for a look that’s simple yet refined. We love this “walnut and oak” shade and how the company manipulates the material so that the wood’s natural grains show through.

Michele Franzese

Michele owns a luxury boutique in Italy and we love how his quintessential Italian style is given an All-American twist thanks to his Moscot frames. If the wool turtleneck, camel blazer and black puffer jacket show off his sartorial flair for modern-day layering, these “Miltzen” glasses demonstrate an affinity for something a little vintage.

These rounded blonde frames were first introduced in the 1930s and made famous by people like Andy Warhol, John Lennon and Harry Truman, to name a few. Made from acetate with exposed hardware, a keyhole bridge and a three-barrel hinge, the frames offer a retro-inspired style in an unexpected colour, made all the more unique by switching out the prescription lenses for polarized shades.

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