Buro loves: 8 eyewear brands worth knowing
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Fakoshima is a rather futuristic eyewear brand founded in 2012 in Moscow, Russia by brand's creative director Konstantin Shilyaev. The sunglasses are handmade and assembled in Japan and Hong Kong. Combining unique high-tech technologies and traditional handcrafted finishing, the brand use Mazzucchelli 1849 acetate to create a very unique and sophisticated aesthetic. The sunnies feature the most advanced Carl Zeiss lenses – synonymous with excellence, quality, centenary expertise and leading innovation in optics.
Sunpocket is a contemporary accessories brand rooted in the culture of ski and surf. Its story traces back to the late 1970's when Sunpocket's signature foldable shades gained a strong following amongst the elite French ski community. A decade later, Sunpocket became immensely popular all over Europe and in 2011 Sunpocket was re-launched, building on its legacy of innovative and distinctive sunglasses.
Born roadside on the festival circuit with Linda and Allen Hammond in 2004, Quay Australia is a notoriously cool, affordable and quirky range of sunnies for the "nonconforming and freethinking". As word spread, the label continued to flourish and joined by son Zak, launched in the international market in 2009. Today Quay frames can be found at over 2000 retailers worldwide and online. Through music inspired roots, Melbourne flair, and many adventures abroad, Quay Australia has become a favourite for the cool crowd.
Defined by reinvention of classic shapes, and injected with sleek, modern attitude, Le Specs has forged its position in the market as a leading youth-driven and directional brand. Le Specs' success is testament to its provocative styling and ability to stay on the pulse of current trends, while maintaining a distinct aesthetic that acknowledges its heritage. Celebrity fans include Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga and Rihanna.
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 the brand'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'. The unique eyewear collections are available at the firm's own shops in Berlin, Paris, New York, Monterrey, Cartagena, Zermatt, Zurich, Vienna and Tokyo as well as at selected opticians and fashion outlets in over 70 countries.
Founded in 2009, Illesteva glasses are handmade in France and Italy, in concert with the world's leading manufactures of luxury eyewear. The brand combines classic styles with contemporary Downtown New York City aesthetics, using materials such as acetate and titanium with the design of each frame. Illesteva has featured collaborative efforts with big names including Lou Reed, Zac Posen, House of Waris, Band of Outsiders, and Dasha Zhukova. Celebrity fans include Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Daniel Craig, Sienna Miller, Solange Knowles, Lena Dunham, Alexa Chung, Elton John, and Cara Delevingne.
Future Eyes aren't the sort of sunglasses that one can wear every day – and certainly not to drive. Featuring unique multi-faceted lenses – designed to enhance the mental capacity of anyone who chooses to wear them, these are certainly unique, the brand is the brainchild of Los Angeles artist Brent Paul Pearson, who says: "When you explore a sense you can go beyond what is considered normal to your mind. Future Eyes asks you to increase your optical abilities, enhancing focus power and awareness. It also reminds you that the world responds to your imagination, which is the essence of change."
Karen Walker is the designer behind her eponymous brand best known for collections that are original, unpretentious and always optimistic. The label shows each season as part of New York Fashion Week. The brand's collections are high casual, elevated with a signature love of print and colour. The reoccurring theme is juxtaposition of opposites - masculine and feminine, tailored and street, luxury and non-luxury, dark and super-cute.