Miet Vaes is the PR rep for Theo Eyewear and met us in Antwerp a few months ago when we stopped by for a quick visit. We love these TB106 frames from Theo’s “Eye-witness” collection, which incorporate textile-inspired patterns with bold, avant-garde designs. The company’s been known for their forward-thinking ideas, and this is no different.
These cat-eye glasses draw inspiration from houndstooth, with a black metal frame mimicking the traditional checked pattern. The sweeping brow-line is painted in a striking red colour, playing up the butterfly shape of the silhouette. If this is the eyewear take on textiles, we want to cozy up to these frames all day long!
We spotted fellow eyewear lover Jeroen first when we visited Antwerp and ran into him again in Paris. He’s one half of Belgian eyewear site Eyeful and we photographed him wearing vintage Theo frames, from the Belgian-company’s 1989 collaboration with Conrad David Bolssens, an Antwerp fashion designer. (Rumour has it, Theo made these frames specifically for Conrad’s fashion school graduation collection, after he contacted the brand for ideas).
Jeroen found this frame in the basement of the Theo headquarters, during a visit many years ago. Due to his smaller pupillary distance (PD), Jeroen is usually quite picky when it comes to finding frames that fit his eyes. These ones fit perfectly. The unique pattern helps too, with a combination of black and brown layering and gold dots on the sides. Truly a one-of-a-kind pair!
Jan liked the stylish and sporty look of these “James 7” frames from theo eyewear. These metal frames, done in collaboration with designer James Van Vossel, feature an “Electric Blue” colour that draws attention straight to the eyes. Take note of the architectural shape – at once curved and jagged, and incredibly forward-thinking in composition. The frames are also unique for their integrated nose pads – made by bending a thin metal plate backwards into the shape of a nosepiece.
The manager of Optiek Somers in Antwerp, Jan is the son of theo eyewear co-founder Wim Somers, who launched his first collection in 1989.
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.
Bob used to work for Rapp Optical and picked out these theo eyewear shades while working there, as he loved the colour and detailing. Bob also found that customers were hesitant to buy these frames, as they were “too out there for most people,” so he snapped them up for himself!
Bob’s wearing the “Thunderbolt” model, designed by Belgian designer Tim Van Steenbergen for theo. Part of the company’s “American Oldtimers” collection, the glasses were inspired by the chrome stripes, gleaming bumpers and rounded corners of American vintage cars. The bold pop of colour on these frames, for example, is reminiscent of the decorative strip that runs along a car’s bodywork. The grandeur of the 1950s is also captured in the exaggerated shape of these plastic frames, which command immediate attention.
The sunglasses were part of theo’s first collection with Tim Van Steenbergen. Five others pairs of sunglasses were created for the collection, each also named after types of American vintage cars: Commodore, Wildcat, Impala, Le Sabre and Bel Air.