Akoni is inspired by the sophisticated artistry and extraordinary level of detailing exhibited by the world’s finest and most collectable wristwatches, writing instruments and other uniquely personal items that symbolize individual accomplishment and have stood the test of time. Reminiscent of an exquisite antique fountain pen, Akoni’s elegantly grooved titanium temple cylinder is just one example of how we reinvent the best of the past for today’s modern world.
TRUE VINTAGE REVIVAL
A piece of soul into a pair of eyewear
There are no rocket science tools or methods used in the making of True Vintage Revival (TVR) eyeglasses. Known as the home to handmade eyeglasses, Sabae, Japan has created a positive impression to connoisseurs of the industry as a breeding land for talented artisans who have developed their skills and an eye for precision that are said to be better than machines. And here’s where every piece of TVR eyeglasses are made.
Using mainly hand tools that are passed down from master to apprentice, most of these museum-worthy pieces carry some of the most prolific history in eyewear evolution. Vintage design features are greatly highlighted in the making of the TVR classics. These include the keyhole-bridge, functional spear rivets, 7-barrel hinges, and miter cut techniques that are boldly executed with the unrivalled skills and technical know-hows. Piece by piece, every one of a TVR eyewear is honed with decades of expertise by selected artisans from Sabae.
Each pair of glasses starts with the “Datum Expression Size” technique, a specialized measurement method commonly used during the 50s in Japan to obtain the subtle balance of the eyewear. TVR also refers to only original templates and blueprints in the creation process of these first-class traditional optical frames. Once the frame takes shape, the craftsmen will begin adjusting every little details with intricate care and precision.
It is easily overlooked that what is now called vintage was once brand new. As TVR continues to bring forth authentic vintage styles with traditional skills, iconic designs and high-quality materials, we are also paving the way for classic vintage eyeglasses to once again be mainstream through true vintage revival.
DITA-EPILUXURY consists of six frames formed from natural, precious, and technical materials, all uniquely engineered to serve as both essential accessories and transmutable objects of desire.
DITA-EPILUXURY’S six frames are designed as a modular system. Switch between a straight temple to a performance oriented cable temple. With DITA-EPILUXURY Flagship frames, mineral glass lenses encased in titanium also become interchangeable with an easy locking mechanism.
DITA-EPILUXURY is a playground for pushing the limits of manufacturing, with a debut collection so complex it took 39 months from conception to completion. Only a highly specialized manufacturer could achieve DITA-EPILUXURY’S interchangeable temple design. The temple, built from 21 pieces and possessing a functioning spring hinge, is the culmination of a process of design and develop- ment pushing engineer, designer, and craftsman forward.
All DITA-EPILUXURY frames are hand numbered limited editions, with the Core collection limited to 500 pieces per color and the Flagship collection limited to 200 pieces per color.
Available at André Opticas boutiques
Fashion has been a part of our society and culture, despite of the ever-changing era of styles and design. “Dirt Parade”is an Interpretation of this year’s eyewear trend. Stepping up with a perpetual piece that outlines your facial feature. Sleek pure titanium with one of the new temple design of Eque.M.
MORÀ BUSOLI stands for highly exclusive products that had never been conceived from a productive point of view so far. Nowadays, in fact, Morà Busoli is the only brand in the world that can realize frames with curved and sinuous shapes by carving solid marble and precious stones.
They achieved it by mixing an ancient handcraftsmanship, as the one of the sculptor, to an innovative technology as the one of the robots and precision engineers. Their history begins with the selection of prestigious and unique materials like every single piece of MORÀ BUSOLI collections.
Every detail comes from the combination of sophisticated technologies and creativity. The harmonic shapes emphasize the design of perfection. The long and meticulous process characterizes the exclusivity of the productions: as many as 193 steps are required to complete one single pair of Morà Busoli spectacle, most of which hand by hand. That makes at least 18 days of work to create a frame no-one else in the world could ever duplicate. The result is a one-of-a-kind piece of eyewear, absolutely unique: as unique as the one who will wear it.
Designed by Patrick Hoet, Morà Busoli is a timeless, 100% made in Italy piece of art.
Simon Porte Jacquemus started his own label when he was 19. Credited with bringing a freshness to Paris’ fashion scene, his collections are deconstructed, surrealist and often “NSFW.” Jacquemus takes archetypal French concepts like the Breton stripe and spins them on their head, working in the space between commercial and conceptual. He cites the Japanese brand Comme des Garçons as one of his referential points.
Jacquemus moved to Paris when he was 18 and briefly enrolled at the École Supérieure des Arts et techniques de la Mode. In 2009, a year after the passing of his mother, he launched his label under her maiden name, Jacquemus. He began working at the Comme des Garçons store in 2011 to finance his business, after gaining the support of Rei Kawakubo and Adrian Joffe .
His collections have a child-like spirit and sense of freedom, often featuring asymmetrical designs, oversized “stiff” silhouettes, experimental makeup and shoeless or topless models. The designer has his own studio off the Place des Vosges in Le Marais. In 2017, he was invited by the Maison Méditerranéenne des Métiers de la Mode to stage a catwalk in his native Marseille and his Spring/Summer 2018 collection, entitled “La Bomba,” was picked up by some of the world’s biggest retailers including Selfridges, Moda Operandi and Net-a-Porter. He has also launched a collection of footwear and handbags, as well as a men’s line.
Jacquemus has a strong social media presence, helped by playful presentation of his images on Instagram, which he runs himself. In this vein, he published a photography book in tandem with the Spring/Summer 2014 collection — “La Grande Motte” — a reference to the Languedoc-Roussilon’s seaside resort and his experiences there as a child.
His playful approach to pushing the boundaries of French fashion has earned him a finalist spot and a special prize at the LVMH Prize in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
NEAPOLITAN STYLE: Italian tailoring brand Kiton launched its eyewear with a gourmet soiree at its Paris store on Friday night. Amid its suits, chef Nino di Costanzo served the best of Neapolitan cuisine, a nod to the brand’s southern Italian roots.
Over aubergine bruschetta and crunchy sfogliatella, the region’s cream-stuffed pastry, Kiton chief executive officer Antonio De Matteis explained: “The glasses are supposed to be like a good suit. Every piece is custom-made for us and carefully assembled one by one.”
The eight styles of optical frames and sunglasses in 12 colors are made of titanium and cellulose acetate that is produced for Kiton by Mazzucchelli. The frames’ screws mimic those of Kiton’s tailoring scissors, while the lenses come from Barberini.
According to De Matteis, it’s the first time this Italian optics specialist produced a lens as thin and as flat as this one. “It’s a so-called basic lens 2. Usually, the industry uses a lens 6, so this makes the glasses ultra-light, while keeping a high performance,” the executive explained.
The men’s collection, which retails between 400 euros, or $446 at current exchange, and 700 euros, or $782, is slated to grow by two to three styles per season, while a ladies’ line is to follow in spring.
“We are not looking to be everywhere and make a million of glasses. We just hope to approach a new Kiton consumer, one that is younger and that appreciates quality made in Italy,” De Matteis said.
Year after year, Matsuda never stops to amaze us with amazing new designs and product concepts, however this year, the Japanese brand elevatyed the concept of Campaign shoots and used, 1 of 3 cameras in the world that can capture infrared light.
The result? Impressive and unreal images of a hidden world that lies just in front of our eyesight.