As one of the designers – and namesakes – behind Toronto-based Rapp Eyewear, Julia Rapp has a very important job: giving every frame a unique name. The process, she explains, is really quite simple. “I name the glasses after three things: streets in different cities of importance, clients of importance (especially ones that look great in those frames), and movie stars of importance.”
We photographed Julia wearing Rapp Eyewear’s “Ethel” frame, named after Ethel Merman. “I really like Ethel Merman as she was crazy, harsh and sweet all at once,” Julia told us. “This frame is strong and pretty, while a little aggressive.” We love the juxtaposition between the soft and delicate colour of the frame, and the stark black arms. The sweeping brow line also crescendos into sharp and slightly jagged temples. Like Ethel Merman, the glasses are kooky and cool at the same time.
Another favourite frame of Julia’s is the “Gilda,” named after Rita Hayworth’s character in the movie of the same name. Hayworth was a friend and client of the Rapp family for more than 30 years. “That type of dedication,” Julia says, “deserved to have its name on a frame.”