Writer, editor and all-around creative-type Nick Vinson first spotted these LGR frames after reading about them in Wallpaper* Magazine. Named after founder Luca Gnecchi Ruscone, the brand began after Ruscone discovered a pair of old frames that his grandfather had imported from Italy to his then-homeland of Eritrea. Inspired, Ruscone set out to create a line of eyewear that would merge the adventurous spirit of Africa with the luxurious glamour of Europe.
Vinson’s “Suez” frames are handmade in Italy and feature a sleek rectangular shape, in a “Matt Green” color. The slightly darker tone of the nose-bridge, and the unique rectangular rivets add a subtle, modern touch to the otherwise classic shape. Made from cellulose acetate (which can bend to adapt shape without heating), the frames are hand-polished, then tumbled in beech and birch wood to achieve its desired finish. The lenses, meantime, are made from tempered mineral glass – a process in which lenses are first immersed in hot acid salts, then cooled using liquid nitrogen. The temperature-shock increases the strength of the lenses, making them highly impact and scratch-resistent. This is a pair of glasses that has been created with a lot of thought and purpose – something that we appreciate, and something that Vinson undoubtedly appreciates as well.