Ana Hickmann

Brazilian model of internationally renown, Ana Hickmann launched her fashion line of signature clothing, cosmetics and accessories such as shoes, handbags and sunglasses in 2002. 
Within a few years it enters the world of luxury accessories with great worldwide success.

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Barton Perreira

Launched in 2007, the BARTON PERREIRA collection of eyewear immediately made a tremendous impact on the fashion industry. Created by visionaries Bill Barton and Patty Perreira, the BARTON PERREIRA brand of luxury eyewear are handmade and use the finest materials in Japan. The BARTON PERREIRA frame is not mass-produced. BARTON PERREIRA’s eyewear is handmade by skilled artisans, produced in limited quantities making each piece as exclusive and unique as the wearer.

The most recognizable faces from the entertainment, fashion and music industry have embraced the BARTON PERREIRA collection. Angelina Jolie, Rachel Zoe, Heidi Klum, Jessica Biel, Orlando Bloom and Giovanni Ribisi are only a few of the faces that have worn our frames.

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Bulgari

Bulgari, the great Italian jeweler master of colored gemstones of international fame, represents one of the most exclusive brands of eyewear: contemporary design, unique styles and glamorous details, together with superior quality. This brand is positioned for the highest segment of jewelry eyewear, with luxury Italian craftsmanship and bold style. Bulgari eyewear features precious materials such as gold, gemstones and Austrian crystals and are carefully crafted in timeless designs.

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Cazal

CAZAL was first created in 1979 by Austrian eyewear designer, Carl Zalloni. He took the first syllables from his first and last name and combined them to create his eyewear company (CArl ZALloni). His first sunglasses were distributed through a German company. The iconic 607s were one of the first pairs released by CAZAL, but, again, they didn’t receive widespread popular support (especially in the hip-hop community) until later.

It didn’t take long for sunglass aficionados to take notice of CAZAL, though. And it certainly helped that Darryl McDaniels (from Run-D.M.C.) liked to rock his own pair of 607s. When McDaniels was first seen in his 607s, the popularity of CAZAL in the United States seemed to balloon.

The success of the CAZAL brand was largely built on innovation. Zalloni knew that consumers want something extra with their sunglasses. They didn’t want basic protection from the sun anymore - they wanted a statement. There’s nothing more impactful than unique set of shades that will make all those around you gawk in amazement.

As the 80’s came to a close, more rappers and hip-hop artists were rocking their own CAZALs. Other famous styles included the 951s and 955s often worn by Joe Cooley and Rodney-O.  Of course, success didn’t just come because of the ultra-stylish designs. In fact, CAZAL eyewear must go through a stringent battery of tests before being sold to the general public. Every pair of CAZAL glasses goes through 35 different processes and the hinges undergo 50,000 different motions to ensure durability for extensive use.

Clearly, CAZAL sunglasses were and are a behemoth in the sunglass industry. They are up there with Ray-Ban in terms of cultural importance, and they also provide ample protection from the sun and long-lasting durability. If you want to complete your futuristic and ultra-cool wardrobe, then you have to have a pair of CAZALs. From its outset, the eyewear maker has been on the cusp of innovation and some of America’s most prominent stars have taken notice. CAZAL eyewear is still worn by some of the greats today, including Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Kanye West.

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Elle

The glasses and sunglasses range from Elle comes with an air of sophistication, originality and high fashion pedigree you would expect from the brand behind the world's biggest selling fashion magazine. 

The classic 'geek chic' look is epitomised in this brand's latest collection. Many of the frames are embellished with Elle's distinctive branding - such as the Elle logo in metal, rivets and cutaways - to be found either on the the temples and/or on the arm of the frames.

Creating an individual touch with tones of wit and confidence, this on trend label lends a unique flavour to any look.

Each pair of Elle glasses is supplied with a protective glasses case to help keep your frames in tip top condition.

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Emporio Armani

Giorgio Armani is an Italian fashion house founded by Giorgio Armani which designs, manufactures, distributes and retails haute couture, ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, watches, jewelry, accessories, eyewear, cosmetics and home interiors. The brand markets these products under several labels. The brand utilizes the association of the Armani name with high-fashion, benefiting from its prestige in the fashion industry. Armani is the fastest growing fashion brand.

Emporio Armani is the second brand of Armani family, features ready-to-wear and runway collections. Emporio Armani focuses on trends and modern traits. Also, Emporio Armani along with Giorgio Armani is the only two ready-to-wear brands that are mainly designed by Giorgio Armani himself, and has a spotlight at Milan Fashion Week every year.

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Etnia Barcelona

Etnia Barcelona was born from the mind of David Pellicer, a man who spent his childhood surrounded by glasses. David grew up playing in his parents’ factory while developing his knowledge and taste on the topic from an early age.

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Face à Face

Far from standardized fashion diktats and conformist trends, each collection asserts its artistic temperament, drawing its inspiration from the sources of Modern Art, architecture and contemporary design.

Face à Face frames are developed within the design studio directed by Pascal Jaulent resembling small subtle pieces of architecture, playing with volumes, shapes, material and textures. The frames express themselves through a unique color range which is a true FACE A FACE trademark.

FACE A FACE eyewear will reveal your individual personality and underline the boldness, the  modernity, the seduction of an independent, creative object of design.

In 1995 FACE A FACE was created by Pascal Jaulent and Nadine Roth as a French eyewear design company, based on modernity and creativity without compromise. FACE A FACE is fabulous and French, high end, rich in color and expression. He discovered the amazing connections between the work of an architect and humans as well as the technical and fashion components of creative eyewear.

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Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani is an Italian fashion house founded by Giorgio Armani which designs, manufactures, distributes and retails haute couture, ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, watches, jewelry, accessories, eyewear, cosmetics and home interiors. The brand markets these products under several labels. The brand utilizes the association of the Armani name with high-fashion, benefiting from its prestige in the fashion industry. Armani is the fastest growing fashion brand.

Giorgio Armani is a high-end label specializing in men's and women's ready-to-wear, accessories, glasses, cosmetics, and perfumes. The logo is a curved "G" completing a curved "A", forming a circle.

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Hero

Hero for men is one of International Eyewear's most established and trusted brands. The collection features a fantastic range of classic and contemporary men's designs that utilise the latest materials and techniques.

Throughout the entire collection, look out for the ever popular Easyfit option offering dispensers a varied choice of eye and bridge sizes as well as easily adjustable temple lengths.

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Jaeger

Famous for quality and style, Jaeger is one of the most recognisable fashion names on the High Street today. Fashion may come and go, but classic style lasts forever. This is the philosophy behind the Jaeger eyewear collection. The frames are the epitome of classic British style and most are made out of pure titanium, so they are hypoallergenic, lightweight and immensely strong. Our iconic collection includes ophthalmic frames and sunglasses. All Jaeger sunglasses are glazeable.

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Jaguar

The Jaguar Eyewear collection mirrors the unique elegance and drive of the JAGUAR sports car.  Design interpretations from car to eyewear such as carbon fibre details, wood grain and interior materials characterize the collection. Lens shapes that closely adhere to the design language of the car as well as color transfers further add to the Jaguar magic of these frames, making them truly desirable products for men. 

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Joules

FOR HE’S A WELLY GOOD FELLOW…

Following in his Father’s footsteps, Tom Joules began selling clobber at country equestrian and other outdoor events across Great Britain more than three decades ago. One typically rainy afternoon, Tom realized that the clothing on offer really didn’t reflect customer’s personalities, country folk are colourful people but their clothing used to be quite opposite.

So Tom designed 100 bright pink wellies. They sold like hotcakes, Joules was born. Today they are still as crazy about colour, dotty about detail and as passionate about prints as they were 30 years ago. And because they keep looking to the countryside for all of its eccentricities to inspire them, they always will be.

The countryside got brighter in March 2014 when Joules eyewear launched to much farmyard fanfare.

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Maui Jim

Maui Jim is an American-based manufacturer of sunglasses based in Peoria, Illinois and marketed worldwide. A majority of their lines are marketed with an oceanic and Hawaiian theme-stemming from their foundation and location in Hawaii. In addition to their non-prescription sports and fashion sunglasses, Maui Jim currently produces prescription lenses for their designs, including progressive lenses. Maui Jim hosts its own prescription lab in Peoria, IL.

Maui Jim was originally launched on the hotel pool decks of Maui, Hawaii. The brand was introduced in the mainland states in 1988.

Maui Jim originally had its main distribution center in Lahaina, Hawaii, but moved to Peoria after buying RLI Vision in December 1996. Maui Jim maintains an office and store front in Lahaina that is open during week days to the public for repairs.

In 1999, Forbes Magazine listed Maui Jim in their '100 Things Worth Every Penny' article. In 2015 and 2016, Maui Jim was selected as the Best Sunglass Company in Vision Monday and 20/20 magazine's EyeVote Reader's Choice awards.

Maui Jim lenses block 100% of all harmful UV rays and 99.9% of glare. The lens technology uses seven treatments to offer maximum protection and clarity. The two most outermost layers are a waterproof and oleo phobic coating. The oleophobic coating repels grease, making the inside and outside of the lens water and oil proof. The lens also has anti reflective treatment, which prevents against bounce back glare, or UV light that is reflected off of the back of the lens. The next layers consist of a Clearshell scratch resistant treatment surrounding two layers color enhancing lens. The centermost layer is a polarizing film, which makes it possible to see below the surface of the water.

Maui Jim has three gradient coatings: The Bi-Gradient, the MauiGradient, and Blue Hawaii, The Bi-Gradient lens provides a dual gradient that protects the eyes from light coming from above, and light reflection from below. This technology "squints for you" because it eliminates glare surrounding all aspects of the eye. The MauiGradient lens appears darker at the top and lighter at the bottom. Blue Hawaii is the most recent addition to their mirror coatings. It features a blue flash mirror lens over a Neutral Grey lens base.

Maui Jim features four lens colors: Neutral Grey, Maui Rose, HCL Bronze, and Maui HT. The Neutral Grey is the darkest of the Maui Jim lenses. It is meant to be worn in bright, direct sunlight, and provides the most sun protection. The Maui Rose is the second darkest of the lenses. It is best for fast action sports, and can be worn in any sunlight from bright to overcast. Similar to the Maui Rose, the HCL Bronze can be worn in practically any form of sunlight. As the third darkest lens, the HCL Bronze is good for driving and enhances colors. The lightest of the lenses, the Maui HT, offers the greatest contrast for a brighter view. This green lens is best for golf and baseball, where it is essential that the color of the ball pop.

Maui Jim offers five different lens materials: MauiBrilliant, SuperThin Glass, MauiPure, Polycarbonate, and Maui Evolution. MauiBrilliant features optics nearly as clear as glass with just one-third of the weight. SuperThin Glass provides the best optics out of the five lenses. While it is the heaviest out of the five materials, the SuperThin Glass is 20% lighter than standard glass[citation needed]. The MauiPure is the most light weight out of the five. It combines the optics of the SuperThin Glass with the shatter and scratch resistance of the Polycarbonate lens. The Polycarbonate lens features the most shatter resistance, making it great for activities. The Maui Evolution lens features the shatter and scratch resistance of the MauiPure, but with better optic quality.

Maui Jim's target demographic for sunglasses markets to those who value a good quality of life and the utmost eye protection. Their classic styles and high-tech lens give their sunglasses a sort of "functional elegance" that makes them desirable and fashionable. In a highly competitive market with competitors like Oakley, Inc. and Ray-Ban, Maui Jim's mission to set itself apart is to educate consumers on the dangers of UV rays. Short term sun exposure can lead to sunburned eyes or snow-blindness. Maui Jim has tried to break the common link between sunglasses and summer since snow reflects almost 80% of UV rays. The UV intensity rises 3% for every 400 meter increase in altitude.

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Mykita

The company was founded by Moritz Krueger, Philipp Haffmans, Daniel Haffmans and Harald Gottschling in 2003. All of its products are hand-assembled in their manufactory in Berlin. In 2014 MYKITA moved to the current headquarters in the historical Pelikan-Haus in Berlin, Kreuzberg. The name MYKITA is derived from ”Kita” (a common abbreviation for Kindertagesstätte) and is a reference to the firm’s first premises in a former day nursery. MYKITA has its own stores in cities such as New York, Berlin, Paris, Monterrey (Mexico), Vienna, Zurich, Cartagena de Indias and Tokyo, and its products are sold in over 60 countries.

In 2004 MYKITA launched its first metal-frame collection, Collection No1. The frames are made from stainless steel and feature a patented hingeless design with no screws or welded joints.

Collection No2, launched soon afterwards, comprises acetate frames and includes both prescription models and sunglasses. The Lite, Decades and Luxe lines were then also added to the product range. The Lite collection comprises the company’s lightest models, which have an ultra-thin frame comprising just three parts. The Decades collection is based on spectacles forms from various eras of the 20th century. Luxe has an emphasis on naturally sourced materials.

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Mykita Mylon

In 2010 MYKITA introduced MYLON, a new material based on polyamide and a first in the eyewear industry. The selective laser sintering (SLS) technique is used to make frames individually and without form-related restrictions. The entire production process is zero-waste, with any unused powder being recycled for subsequent use. MYLON provides a wide range of design options thanks to its lightness; in addition, the material’s thermal adaptability means the frames are fully adjustable. The first MYLON collection was premiered at the Silmo eyewear fair in September 2011.

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Oakley

Oakley was started by James Jannard in 1975 out of his garage with an initial investment of $300. The name "Oakley" came from Jim's English Setter, "Oakley Anne." Jannard began by selling what he called 'The Oakley Grip' out of the back of his car at motocross events. His motorcycle grips were unlike other grips available at the time, using a patented material known as 'Unobtainium', a unique creation by Jannard. The material is still used to make the earsocks on Oakley glasses, and many of the nose pieces and now the bands of their watches. Oakley went on to produce number plates, gloves, grips, elbow guards, chin guards, and goggles for the BMX and motocross communities.

In 1980, Jannard released a pair of goggles called the O-Frame. With the 'Oakley' logo present on the strap, the brand garnered increasing recognition and prominence throughout the sports industry. In 1983 Oakley began selling ski goggles.

The first Oakley sunglasses; Factory Pilot Eyeshades, were sport-oriented, resembling goggles and were released in 1984. These were followed in 1985 by the Oakley Frogskin, a casual sunglass style that was made in Japan.

During the preparations for the ultimately successful rescue of thirty three miners trapped for ten weeks in a Chilean mine in October 2010, a journalist covering the story contacted Oakley about donating sunglasses to the rescue effort, aware that the miners would need eye protection after having spent weeks in darkness. Oakley donated 35 pairs of its Radar sports glasses, fitted with specially selected tints.

Oakley sponsored members of Team GB's Olympic Team in 2012 and 2016.

Most of Oakley's technological designs, fashion pieces, gear, etc. were developed with extensive athlete input and testing in the field – including extreme conditions. Oakley M Frame sunglasses are included as part of the U.S. Army's Authorized Protective Eyewear List, and have been assigned a NSN number for ordering through military supply channels.

Currently Oakley produce a large range of their sunglasses and ski goggles in a Prizm lens. These lenses have been produced to highlight certain colours in the visual spectrum depending on the needs of the wearer. The Prizm lens range includes lenses called Golf, Trail, Road, Cricket, Deep Water, Shallow Water, and Snow. There is also an all round lens called Prizm Daily Polorized.

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Oliver Peoples

Oliver Peoples was founded in 1987 with the opening of its first boutique and subsequent launch of the original collection. From the beginning, Oliver Peoples had a passion for superior product, a distinctive culture rooted in California, and an obsession with service. These core values have remained at the foundation of the brand and endure today. Through an authentic and consistent voice, Oliver Peoples has never relied on a logo but instead on fostering relationships with like-minded consumers who appreciate and respect our approach.

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Paul Smith

The Paul Smith Spectacles brand, launched in 1994, includes prescription and sun eyewear featuring the whimsical yet classic designs and attention to detail that are synonymous with one of Britain’s (and Nottingham's) leading fashion designers.

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Persol

Persol is an Italian luxury eyewear company specializing in the manufacturing of sunglasses and optical frames. It is one of the oldest eyewear companies in the world. The name is derived from "per il sole," which, in Italian, means "for the sun". Formed in 1917 by Giuseppe Ratti, Persol originally catered to pilots and sports drivers. Presently, the company is famous for its durable sports sunglasses. Its trademark is the silver arrow (often referred to as the "Supreme Arrow"), and several of the company's glasses feature this symbol.

In 1917 Giuseppe Ratti, owner of the Berry optical, started producing his first glasses and lenses for athletes and aviators. Persol was a heavy influence in the production of sunglasses. The company developed the first flexible stem, known as the patented Meflecto system, which was one of the first spring hinges ever developed for eyewear. Persol was introduced to the United States in 1962 and opened its first boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills in 1991.

Currently all "plastic" Persol spectacles are made in Italy using cellulose acetate, a hypoallergenic material derived from cotton. The lenses for the sunglasses manufactured by Persol use a crystal lens to filter harmful light from the wearer's eye.

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Prada

Founded in the year 1913 by Mario and Martino Prada in Milan, Italy, Prada steadily grew into one of the world's most popular brands in designer eyewear. Luisa Prada, Mario Prada's daughter, took over the business and ran it successfully for the next twenty years. By that time, the company had purchased other brands to become one of the top luxury brands in Europe.

Soon after their launch, Prada frames and sunglasses were an instant hit among the masses. Their eyewear collection and other products reached great milestones under the tenure of Miuccia Prada, Luisia Prada's daughter, and her husband Bertelli.

Prada eyewear offers high-quality frames and sunglasses in unique and exquisite styles. From celebrities to politicians, Prada designer eyewear has been spotted on people around the world. Prada frames have a huge fan following across the globe. Apart from providing excellent optical clarity, these frames make a bold fashion statement.

Luxurious and elegant in design, Prada eyewear is not only trendy, but functional as well.

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Prodesign Denmark

Prodesign Denmark was founded in 1973, by opticians and their more than 40 years of cooperation with the optical trade gives them in-depth knowledge of both the opticians’ profession and retail sector conditions. This enables them to build strong relations with their customers, based on ‘face-friendly’ eyewear, efficient logistics and reliable after-sales service.

Today their young, dynamic design team leads the process of creating quality optical frames and sunglasses, which are always true to their promise of great facial fit. They use their deep understanding of facial shapes to design great looking eyewear, and by using photos of real faces in the design process, they make sure the frames have a good optical fit. Their design and collections are inspired by key contemporary trends and made to be timeless and long lasting.

The collections from Prodesign Denmark are very versatile, making it easy to find a frame to fit your style perfectly.

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Ray-Ban

Ray-Ban is a brand of sunglasses and frames founded in 1937. The brand is best known for their Wayfarer and Aviator styles of sunglasses.

In 1929, US Army Air Corps Lieutenant General John MacCready asked Bausch & Lomb, a Rochester, New York-based medical equipment manufacturer, to create aviation sunglasses that would reduce the distraction for pilots caused by the intense blue and white hues of the sky. Specifically, MacCready was concerned about how pilots goggles would fog up, causing pilots to become blind at high altitudes. The prototype, created in 1936 and known as ‘Anti-Glare’, had plastic frames and green lenses that could cut out the glare without obscuring vision. They also added impact-resistant lenses in 1938. The sunglasses were remodeled with a metal frame the following year and patented as the 'Ray-Ban Aviator'. According to the BBC, the glasses used, “Kalichrome lenses designed to sharpen details and minimise haze by filtering out blue light, making them ideal for misty conditions.” In 1952, Ray-Ban created the Ray-Ban Wayfarer, using plastic frames. The now-standard G-15 green and gray lenses were introduced a year after the Wayfarer, in 1953. In 1965, the Olympian I and II were introduced; they became popular when Peter Fonda wore them in the 1969 film Easy Rider.

The main sunglasses lines of Ray-Ban are the Wayfarers and the Aviators, which originally came with green and grey lenses. During the 1950s, Ray-Ban also released the Ray-Ban Caravans, a squarer looking frame. It was also popular during the 1970s, worn by Robert de Niro in the film Taxi Driver. Regardless, the aviators frame have remained the most popular style of Ray-Ban through the years. The company has also produced special edition lines, such as the 1987 line The General, harkening back to the original aviators worn by General Douglas MacArthur during the Second World War. Three other models of the brand are named Clubmaster, Round, and the most recent one Clubround.

Polarized lenses

Ray-Ban polarized sunglasses have the transmission axis oriented vertically to block reflecting light. Polarized lenses are also appropriate for indoor use and can be worn by people whose eyes are light-sensitive; including post-cataract surgery patients and those continually exposed to bright light through windows.

Photochromic lenses

Photochromic lenses (or "transitional lenses") are clear while indoor and automatically darken when exposed to sunlight. These lenses allow for full ultraviolet radiation protection. Photochromic lenses are convenient as they reduce the need to switch from outdoor prescription sunglasses to indoor prescription glasses. They come in a wide variety of lens materials.

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Reykjavic Eyes

Minimalist in form and nature, Reykjavik Eyes are softly spoken and fluent in sophistication. Designed for the discerning customer whose interpretation of style goes beyond fashion.

  • A revolution in frame design
  • No screws. No hinges. No joints.
  • Engineered from a single sheet of titanium.
  • A unique combination of comfort, strength and style.
  • The result? One of the lightest and strongest frames ever made.

 

Frame Design

They believe revolutionary technology is only worthwhile if it benefits the wearer. And their technology is revolutionary:

Award-winning screwless design.

  • Flexible, ultra-light and extra-strong one-piece titanium frames.
  • Hypo-allergenic silicon-based nosepads and end tips.
  • All the weaknesses of traditional spectacles eliminated.
  • In other words: high tech and low maintenance.

 

But what does that mean for you?

  • Light: Reduced pressure on the nose. Increased comfort.
  • Strong: No joints, means no weak points. Absorb shocks easily.
  • Stylish: Cool, clean and unique. Contemporary scandinavian design.

With no screws or hinges Reykjavik Eyes is simply groundbreaking frame design.

 

Designer

As a practising optician, Icelandic designer Gunnar Gunnarson knows what glasses wearers need: comfort, strength and style.Qualities he combines with cutting edge innovation in the eyewear market.

The story behind the frame.

Gunnar grew up working in his parents’ opticians in Iceland. Spending his summer holidays replacing lost screws and working on broken glasses, he experienced firsthand the failings of so many spectacle frames. He was inspired to find a better solution. His ingenious idea? A completely screwless frame, that eliminates all the weak points of traditional glasses.

Gunnar spent over three years designing, testing and refining this award winning concept.

The result is Reykjavik Eyes: one of the lightest and strongest frames ever made.

 

Award-winning design

Upon its launch in 2009, Reykjavik Eyes was recognised as a true innovation in eyewear design, attracting prizes for its combination of technology, wearability and style.

The Red Dot Design Award

Reykjavik Eyes was awarded the Red Dot Design Award from the world’s largest and most distinguished product design competition. Established in 1955, and attracting entries from 49 nations, the Red Dot Design Award is regarded as an international seal of design quality.

The universal design award

The Reykjavik Eyes frame also won a universal design award, judged annually by a panel of expert architects and designers. The competition has a design philosophy that focuses on people, recognising Reykjavik Eyes as a cutting-edge product that’s all about the user.

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Silhouette

Silhouette is an Austrian brand of sunglasses and frames, founded in 1964. Its headquarters and main production site are located in Linz, Austria.

The founders positioned their first creations as fashion accessories — instead of technical visual aids — and soon gained ground in Western Europe. They chose a French name for their company as fashion then was still heavily dominated by French designers. The first product had a narrow square shape with dark frames, unusual for its time. In the early 1970s, the brand became popular due to actress Sylvia Kristel.

Although the main emphasis of Silhouette always laid on its own brand, in 1991 the company started an intense cooperation with German sportswear producer Adidas. Still today, the company is responsible for the design and production of all glasses for the Adidas Performance line, devoted to athletes. In 1994, the doll Barbie was seen wearing Silhouette sunglasses in the exhibit Art, Design and Barbie at the World Financial Center in New York City. In 1999, the Titan Minimal Art Series was introduced that led to a cooperation with NASA in the following years. Since 2007, there has been a cooperation with the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra. In 2011, the Crystal Collection was presented.

Since 2002, NASA has used the frame of the designer model Titan Minimal Art, combined with dark lenses developed jointly by the company and NASA'S optometrist Keith Manuel. The frame is very light at 1.8 grams and devoid of hinge screws, reducing the potential danger for astronauts. Because astronauts work in such sensitive environments, unreliable eyeglass components could lead to a catastrophe. Such hazards are particularly likely during Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA), when astronauts spacewalk with only the protection of their spacesuits. A loose screw or component during an EVA could lead to a variety of problems for the astronaut and their co-workers.

Around 1982, Queen Elizabeth II for the first time chose a pair of Silhouette glasses. Since 1998, she has famously worn Model 1899. This model is mostly handcrafted and consists of a special Polymer combination. The Queen also owns two other Silhouette models but wears them infrequently.

Among other celebrities seen with Silhouette glasses were Bing Crosby, Elton John, Carla Bruni, Markus Schenkenberg, Helena Christensen, Nadja Auermann and Lady Gaga. Model Titan Minimal Art 8568 with green polarizer is worn by Lieutenant Horatio Caine in the series CSI: Miami, played by David Caruso. The glasses somehow became a trademark of his character. Since 2013, actors Patrick Dempsey and Cate Blanchett are employed for Silhouette advertising.

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Spine

Inspired by the interaction between vertebrae, SPINE solves age-old hinge limitations. Typical optical hinges have ‘dead points’, meaning they are either open, or shut, and nothing in-between. They do not naturally have ‘give’. This limits comfort and increases fragility. In solving this issue, our design brings even more benefits. Our hinges gently flex to fit any head size, they lightly grip the face which means no more frames slipping down the face. They are durable as each part works together seamlessly, sharing each other’s load. There are no screws used in the working mechanism, so nothing to loosen, and due to the dual spring and cable the temples shut automatically when removed from the face.

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Tiffany & Co.

Founded in 1837 in New York City, Tiffany has a rich heritage filled with celebrated events, artists and milestones that live on today in legendary style. Luxottica was the first company licensed to produce Tiffany’s eyewear collection, which takes inspiration from the most iconic jewelry collection, celebrating stunning originality and enduring beauty. The first collection was launched in 2008.

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Tom Ford

Born in Austin, Texas and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tom Ford is among the most highly respected and successful designers today. The winner of numerous design awards, his rise in fashion began in 1994, when he became creative director of Gucci. Not only did he dramatically change the image of the legendary fashion house, he also led the company to unprecedented success with his visionary insight into what the modern consumer desires. His innovative and provocative designs set the tone for an entirely new direction in the world of luxury goods. In 2000, Ford also took creative control of Yves Saint Laurent, a Gucci Groupbrand, reviving it with his trademark combination of sensuality and mystique.

In April 2005, one year after leaving Gucci Group, he announced the creation of the TOM FORD brand. A beauty and eyewear collection launched in 2005 and 2006. In April 2007, his first directly operated retail store opened in New York at 845 Madison Avenue to coincide with the debut of the signature TOM FORD Menswear and Accessory Collection. Several landmark fragrances were launched in succession, including TOM FORD BLACK ORCHID and TOM FORD GREY VETIVER, as well as a scent collection for perfume connoisseurs called PRIVATE BLEND.

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Wolf

WOLFeyewear is a family run, independent company that was created by Ian and Margaret Wolfenden in 2009. We supply exclusively to independent opticians and have been growing ever since we launched, even through the recession. Ian and Margaret have 50 years optical experience between them, and with a passion for frame design and quality they decided they would like to start their own collection.

Tom Wolfenden joined the company in 2012, with a strong background in optics as well, he has helped Ian and Margaret push WOLFeyewear forward. We have a great service driven team at our head office and a very well respected sales team on the road. We pride ourselves on being a great company to work with, we have fun with our staff, agents, suppliers and customers. As I’m sure those of you who know Ian Wolfenden (Wolfie) will agree with and believe” life is too short to be too serious”.

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