Face à Face eyewear is designed by French architect Alyson Magee and handmade by the finest craftsmen - in France for the optical frames, and in Italy for the sunglasses - who combine artistic skills with mastery of technological innovations. Like an architect Face à Face works with volumes, shapes, materials, colours and textures to give its glasses the power to express the personality of their wearer. Each collection is preceded by a research and a design stage, resulting in new styles enhanced by innovative concepts incorporating new sensibilities. The product expresses contemporary design, individuality, its capacity of being a vector of personal expression and of personal luxury. The quality and creativity of the collections have been rewarded several times. Face à Face eyeglasses and sunglasses can be seen in many TV shows and are worn by many famous people in movies as well many high profile people in real life.Read more!
ic! berlin is a German company who designs and produces eyewear by hand in Berlin and distributes worldwide. The company was founded in 1999 by Ralph Anderl. ic! berlin are noted for producing eyewear from 0.5mm thick stainless spring steel sheet metal, using a patented hinge design which avoids the use of any screws or glue in the construction of their frames. The combination of materials and techniques allows their products to be light and flexible. The company has received various awards for their product designs and technological achievements. ic! berlin has produced designs in collaboration with Danish fashion label Bo Van Melskens, German/French design collective KIX, Jeremy Tarian, Freitag, and London fashion label Superfine.Read more!
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Life moves at a rapid pace and the more we do and faster we move the more we become disconnected from life itself. By taking the time to hand craft the world's most elegant Eyepieces, made from the most exquisite natural materials, Gold & Wood strives to bring its owner back in touch with the magical world that surrounds us. Before Gold & Wood products become Eyepieces, they are the noble materials in their raw form: The Gold, The Wood and The Buffalo horn. Only by the patient hand craftsmanship in the Gold & Wood atelier do these materials transform into Eyepieces. To unite these rare materials is the process that awakens the magical element. This is what makes Gold & Wood unique. This magic is the secret ingredient of Gold & Wood.Read more!
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Founded in 1967, Mitsuhiro Matsuda’s Nicole Company quickly became one of the most influential fashion houses in the world. Known for intricately detailed, yet surprisingly restrained interpretations of classic styles, Matsuda’s designs became a favorite of celebrities and design aficionados throughout the world. Matsuda’s legendary Japanese eyewear collection has long been known for its exquisite craftsmanship and impeccable attention to detail, design, and use of engraved metals. Painstakingly crafted by hand in the artisanal eyewear workshops of Japan, each Matsuda creation represents over 40 years of design history and heritage.Read more!
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MYKITA is a modern manufactory that combines precision craftsmanship with new technologies. A constant search for innovation, the visionary use of materials and a wealth of experience in eyewear design are the defining elements behind MYKITA’s collections. A key factor in the company’s success is its holistic business philosophy, which brings together expertise from all disciplines under a single roof, the MYKITA HAUS. It thrives on the power of a self-contained network that enables interdisciplinary research and the transfer of technologies. This all-encompassing mentality is also reflected in the MYKITA Shops; the unique retail concept unites the firm’s own design principles with optical precision made in Germany.Read more!
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What is the most underrated cosmetic enhancement? Eyeglasses. Think about it: millions of people wear glasses and yet most only have one pair, perhaps with a sunglass alternate. And yet, most people wear their glasses day in day out, in the office, while working out, at a black-tie affair, and while just flopped on the couch watching television. Richard Mewha and Rick Nelson think about this a lot, which makes sense as they're in the eyewear business and founded their own eye frame company, bevel, in 1999. They're committed to making eyewear as essential to personal style and self-esteem as apparel or cosmetics. After all, while wearing prescription lenses corrects an optical need, it also brings attention to a primary asset: the face. Eyeglasses are universal, not gender specific, easy to maintain, and play a crucial role in our lives and daily discourse.Read more!
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In 1919 Sidney and Percy Kirk converted an old sewing machine into a lens cutter and so began a whirlwind of optical innovation, from inventing motex safety lenses to introducing motorcycle couriers for faster deliveries. Almost a century later, Jason Kirk rediscovered their frames in his father’s practice and was moved and inspired in equal measure. Together with his partner Karen Kirk, they created Kirk Originals and, in so doing, foreswore to uphold Sidney and Percy’s legacy of innovation and originality. Today, Kirk Originals hand-crafted frames continue to illuminate the modern world of eyewear, respecting their unique optical heritage.Read more!
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TAG Heuer prestigious eyewear is a collection by the Swiss company famous for fine time pieces. Like their elegant chronographs, TAG Heuer eyeglasses look good, are lightweight, comfortable and strong. Handmade in France, all TAG Heuer frames are founded on the idea that avant-garde inspires technology, technology determines function and function creates design. Known for being the first highly esteemed sports eyewear collection, their athletic series was created by British designer Ross Lovegrove, whose innovative designs were driven from three major strengths: high tech materials, avant garde design, ergonomic functions. TAG Heuer Eyewear has won many achievement awards over time including 5 Silmo Awards. Using only the highest quality materials selected according to the strictest criteria, the robustness and reliability of each frame is guaranteed. They pefected the watch... It was only a matter of time before they perfected designer eyewear.Read more!
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Philippe Starck, world famous creator, designer, and architect is a legend in modern design. He's known for his luxurious hotels and creations around the world, designing the total environment from layout to furniture and linens. Because vision is our most important sense, in 1996, Philippe Starck collaborated with the world renowned inventive eyewear designer Alain Mikli to create the eyes of the future, Starck Eyes. The Starck Eyes collection is handmade in France and Japan uniting their common passion for design that is both practical, pleasurable and takes its inspiration from human beings. All frames in the collection are equipped with a biomechanical articulating hinge utilizing some of Japan's highest quality metals. The bio-hinge shares the same multi directional movement of the human micro-clavicle (shoulder). Starck Eyes' ever evolving innovative design, style and ergonomic temples that self adjust to every head shape assures a perfect fit for everyone.Read more!
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La LOOP was invented in 1999 by Elizabeth Faraut out of necessity. How many times can one look for for their glasses? And those granny leashes-not an option. Why can’t something be functional, stylish and well made? That was the question and La LOOP is the answer. The magical independent hinges on either side enable the glasses to stay in place when in the loop. Fashion photographer Mario Testino and costume designer Jeffrey Kurland were early enthusiasts. Through them, La LOOPs ended up on some of today’s biggest stars: Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Demi Moore, Heidi Klum and many more. These designer necklaces have become a fashion statement within themselves. They will complement any eyewear design and will surely make finding your glasses easier.Read more!
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