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5 YEARS OF EYEWEAR This current issue marks the fifth anniversary of our humble EYEWEAR magazine. After producing 15 issues, we took the time for some self-reflection and contemplation. The result is a – not entirely serious – personality profile in pairs of contrasts. Enjoy. WE ARE


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INSIGHT - ARTISTS OF THE ISSUE

PASCAL ALBANDOPULOS At a time when Greece’s ongoing financial woes tend to dominate the headlines, it’s important for us as an independent magazine to point out some of the positive aspects of this great and scenic country. Case in point: Meet a prime example of Hellenic passion for detail, blended with a natural talent for striking photographs – all wrapped into one sleek package in the man known as Pascal Albandopulos. Born and raised in Greece, the Munich-based photographer has retained a fascination with his home country since his childhood, especially the beauty and aesthetics of sculptures from classic antiquity. During prolonged stays in Milan and Paris as an upcoming photographer, Pascal grew his passion for the fashion business. This issue’s photo shoot already marks his third contribution to Eyewear Magazine, and Pascal placed large emphasis on capturing the authentic traditions and natural beauty of his native Greece. Have a look on his work »Myth« and prepare to be amazed by the unique interpretation of the cradle of European culture from a man who knows it best.


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INSIGHT - ARTISTS OF THE ISSUE

SABINE LIEWALD

ESTELLE KLAWITTER

Much like the two other photographers featured here, Sabine is no stranger to submitting her works to this magazine. Raised in the town of Stuttgart, Sabine was inspired by her grandfather to pick up a camera – and never put it down ever since. What started as a creative passion soon turned into a full-fledged job and her professional career as a photographer has taken Sabine around the world: After prolonged gigs in Paris and New York, as well as assignments all across the globe, she set up shop together with her husband and two dogs in the town of Zurich. The family also likes to spend time on Ibiza, where she produced not one, but three photo shoots for this issue. In the photo shoots »Ibiza Calling« & »Renegade« and in the collection shoot for Salt. the photographer flexes her creative talent for rendering the female body in a unique light, accompanied by her signature blend of fashion, lingerie, and beauty in a tropical mood. Did we mention that we’re slightly jealous of her lifestyle?

Estelle has been submitting her work to E ye we ar since day one. Based in the town of Dusseldorf, the photographer and film director specializes in beauty, fashion, and portrait photography with a trained eye for the finer things in life. Her secret behind building an incredibly close rapport with her models is simple: At the age of 16, she signed a modeling contract with a Parisian agency, which served as the starting point for a long career in front of the camera. After modeling, she worked as a make-up artist in Paris, Milan, and Madrid, before switching sides and focusing on her photography in the year 2000. Based on her extensive experience in all parts of the business, the self-professed control freak knows the full value of a tightly knit team of stylists, make-up artists, and models that can be the make or break of every great photo shoot. Judging by her work »Snotty«, Estelle seems to have found the right folks to work with. Oh, and she also shot this issue’s cover! Lovely.


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EYEWEAR IN THE BRAVE NEW WORLD The USA are widely known as a country full of opposites. Rich and poor. Past and present. Winners and losers. It’s all right here, side by side – but also worlds apart most of the time. The American eyewear business is also not lacking in contrasts: While the majority of consumers is happily rocking standard-issue glasses straight off the rack at the local drug store, the U.S. is also home to an active scene of independent eyewear designers and progressive brands. And nobody seems to mind those opposites – there’s enough room for everything here in America. When I left trend-savvy Berlin-Kreuzberg in 2007 to move to the States, my first experience at an optical store – within a huge mall in North Carolina – instantly brought home the fact that things are a little different over here as far as eyewear retail is concerned. Sure, there were some »cool« glasses up on the racks at the mall, but those were all limited to brands owned by major global eyewear conglomerates. Once I moved to the far more progressive Pacific Northwest in 2009, a whole new world opened through Seattle’s vivid scene of independent opticians and brands. Making a home in the city that brought the world Grunge and Starbucks, I had to face the truth: I had been living in the boonies for all those years! And: There is no lack of on-trend brands and designers in the US-eyewear business – far from it! Exactly five years ago, I was offered a chance to take an even closer look at the US-eyewear scene: As the USeditor for Eyewear Magazine, I have been covering the individuals in this brave new eyewear world as a writer, while also translating the German version of this magazine into English. A lot has happened over this half decade; stories like independent Seattle opticians »Eyes On Fremont« and the interview with Oakley President Colin Baden range among my personal milestones here at Eyewear. Moving to Los Angeles in 2013 provided an up-close-and-personal view of California’s rich eyewear and design scene, including the interview with Nicolas Rosselier, the designer behind John Varvatos Eyewear, as well as Garret Leight from the storied California eyewear dynasty. This issue adds another personal highlight, a meeting with two of the greatest minds of their individual craft: Eyewear designer Shane Baum and pioneering musician and artist Mark Mothersbaugh of New Wave phenomenon DEVO. For me as a skateboarder, nothing short of a dream come true … Next to skateboarding, Los Angeles will always be known for Hollywood – a timeless source of inspiration for fashion and eyewear design, as well as the set of a photo shoot by Marie Bärsch in this issue. As always, we at Eyewear are trying to be open towards cultural inspiration from all across the globe, which is why this issue features photo shoots in Brazil, Greece, three shots(!) on Ibiza, as well as one in »Good Old Germany.« And as per usual, our issue offers the usual blend of large and small brands, polished titanium and natural horn, designer fashions and casual styles. Because after all, not only the USA are known as a world full of opposites, but so is the brave new world of Eyewear. And that’s a good thing! On that note, enjoy this diverse issue and thanks for five years of Eyewear, Dirk Vogel US-Editor 32


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SUSTAINABLE AND RESILIENT As a »strong brand« made in Germany, outdoor-equipment specialist V aude embraces social responsibility, sustainability, and environmental conservation. The brand’s eyewear collection offers current designs with materials including ultra-light beta titanium, modern acetate, and flexible nylon with transparent color gradient. The frames afford athletic-approved lightweight by implementing TR90, supported by nature-oriented POS materials and eyewear cases. As part of the company’s »2nd Life« project, each pair of glasses can be returned at the end of its exciting »first life« to the optician as a donation to people in need around the world. Vaude has already passed our magazine’s ultimate test of resilience: Philipp, the five year old son of our editor Stefan has been testing his »VD200« Sports Glasses for three months now. The stunning results: 1. The glasses still aren’t broken, and 2. He likes them so much that he refuses to wear any other glasses. www.ivko.de


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EYEWEAR WITH A CONSCIENCE

BULLISH ON PATTERNS

Wood continues to be a trending eyewear material: Ger-

For what is only their second collection,

man label K erbhol z is founded on the love for sustain-

German fashion label L i ebe sk i nd Berlin

able natural products and a passion for design. The latest

is kicking things into high gear: The

collection is equally on-trend and dynamic. For its frames, latest collection is 80 models strong – the label sources materials such as acetate, stone/wood

more than double the size of the launch

combinations and several rare woods such as white birch,

collection! The love story with exclusive

rosewood, and ebony. All handmade sunglasses are treat-

patterns continues in two new designs:

ed with a sustainable finish for enduring the elements.

Based on original L i ebe sk i nd prints, the

The raw wood is sourced from FSC-certified suppliers in

»Würfelhavanna« and »Blocco« patterns

India and Indonesia. The FSC label guarantees sustain-

offer remarkable prints in both men’s

able forrest management in accordance with the needs of

and women’s models. Next to prints, the

nature, humans, and animals. Overall, K erbhol z offers

collection dazzles with trending colors

eyewear with a conscience in a unique mix of cool style,

such as khaki, brown, and taupe in mat-

sustainability and modern craftsmanship.

ted, glossy, and transparent colorways.

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Across the board, all models feature polymer CR39 lenses with UV400 protection. www.wagner-kuehner.de


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PREMIUM LEATHERS

Making a fashion statement is not always about loud, in-

For that special upscale finish, eyewear

your-face accents. Subtle nuances can also prove just as

label J.F.R e y introduces the »Leather«

eye-catching, and the latest collection by upcoming Swiss

collection, combining retro shapes with

eyewear label V iu is living proof. Designed by Aeberhard/ colored leathers. Bringing the unique Kaegi studio, all models are hand-made in a traditional

look full-circle, the natural grain of

manufacturing workshop in Italy in 80 production steps.

leather on the outside is complemented

Next to V iu ’s regular line-up, the label constantly releases

by tortoise patterns on the insides of the

limited edition models in cooperation with other labels

frames. Colors with lots of pop combine

and designers. Having opened their first flagship stores in

with premium materials, clean shapes,

Zurich in 2014, the brand recently expanded with new

and stylish tortoise pattern for an overall

doors in Munich and Berlin in 2015. Definitely one to

look of »casual chic« in a very of-the-

watch!

moment finish. The monochromatic

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colorways, also very much on-trend, enhance the subtle structures of the leather in one of the most stylish sunglasses collections of the season. www.jfrey.fr


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VINTAGE WITH A MODERNEN TWIST With their new »Vintage« Collection, E tn ia B arcelona offers the best of two worlds: The six sunglasses and eight RX-frames blend classic and genuine acetate from the 1970s – collected at Mazzucheli factories in Italy – with the brand’s trendsetting color pop. The result is a strikingly modern collection, enhanced by the contrast between 15 different acetate colorways and classic tortoise patterns in color tones such as Havana, Tortoise, and Carey. For another throwback to original 1970s stylistics, the frames are equipped with 17 different mineral lenses from the time-honored B arber i n i factory in Italy. The namesakes of the new models were chosen from hip neighborhoods around the world that are home to free and creative spirits: »Malasaña«, »Kreuzberg«, »Williamsburg«, »Shoreditch«, as well as the »Mission District«. This way, the »Vintage« collection successfully bridges the gap between classic materials and the trendsetters of our modern age. www.etniabarcelona.com


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How about infusing your summer wardrobe with some extra cool flair this summer? And with »extra cool« we mean gear that’s made to perform way up in the mountains on icy glaciers. For their latest cool eyewear release, A nderne takes the rugged adventure spirit of classic glacier glasses into the urban realm as the perfect accessory for exploring the city.

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The look of the »Cloud No. 9« model is distinctly masculine with a cool color palette ranging from frosty titanium to pitch black. The frame is ultra lightweight; the temples flexible; the entire product super slim, yet robust. The temple tips maintain a secure fit while the shields around the lenses fully wrap the eyes for protection. Like Barry Finlay said: »Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.«


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German designer MARKUS T loves the humble understatement of the Westphalian countryside, and consciously decided against setting up offices in one of the country’s metropolitan eyewear hotspots. This frees up the designer who manufacturers 100% in Germany from the dictates of current fashion trends, and opens up new approaches. For proof, here’s a look at the new »D3« Collection with commentary from Markus Temming.


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»D3 . 3 1 5 « & »D 3 . 3 2 0 «

What are the special characteristics of the D3 Collection?

that have made the »D1/D2« true classics: The frame appears to be molded from one single

For me personally, the new »DESIGN/D3« is

piece of wire, and it’s light as a feather and

absolutely unique. It opens up a new direction

comfortable to wear.

while also embodying the core of what defines M ark us T. It provides a new take on our very first collection, the »D1/D2« that marked our

What are some other changes compared to the first edition, the »D1/D2« released in 1999?

market entry in 1999. At the same time, we

Markus Temming: In 1999 the »D1/D2«

consciously chose to ignore all prior knowledge

proved a major success for M ark us T. Even

for a new invention of the »D3«.

today, I’ll sometimes come across someone

How about new features in this collection?

in town wearing a first-generation »D1/D2«

New additions include a patented hinge system

which is always a great feeling. Shapes, colors,

for a highly simplified switching of the frame’s

and technologies have fundamentally changed

temples, all the way to a revolutionary coloring

for the »D3«, but not without reinterpreting

process that blends the color into the material

and evolving some of the initial ideas that res-

to prevent chipping and abrasion. The »D3« is

onated with so many people. Ultimately, many

marked by an evolved, contemporary form lan-

fans of the original »D1/D2« will gravitate to-

guage while also incorporating all the elements

wards the new models, just as much as people


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» D 3 .3 1 3 « & » D 3 .3 1 9 « & » D 3 . 322«

who have so far been unaware of our DESIGN

ideal opportunity: It offers distinctly mascu-

collection.

line shapes right next to minimalist forms that

How has the manufacturing process at MARKUS T changed?

assimilate to the shape of the wearer’s face. But it also features rather feminine and rounded

It’s changed quite a bit. While the »D1/D2«

shapes similar to the original panto shape. The

model were pretty much manufactured at my

delicate wire of the »D3« offers design options

home, the »D3« is now produced at our family

for a variety of ideas. Meanwhile, the overall

business offices with 70 employees. One thing

lookof the collection is rather coherent.

Several models feature contemporary still takes place in Germany. double nose bridges. Did MARKUS T draw How many models are part of the collection? inspiration from 1980s eyewear fashions? remains the same, though: All manufacturing

Markus Temming: For the launch of the collec-

We always strive to design timeless collections,

tion we have developed 24 models. We con-

but without missing out on new influenc-

tinue to always progress and evolve. M ark us T

es. Sometimes we include varieties of classic

never pursued the goal of building static collec-

design elements into our models, but with

tions. We use every chance to draw inspiration

completely new interpretations. One of those

from our surroundings and everyday influenc-

classics is the double nose bridge, which was

es, for which the »D3« collection provided an

very on-trend in the 1980s and still remains


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typical of that era. We really liked the idea of

in this collection?

implementing this design element in a delicate

All frames by M ark us T are crafted from tita-

frame like the »D3«. Actually, we ended up lik-

nium and TMi. These two mark a commitment

ing the result so much that we included it in ten

to high-grade materials that provide extremely

models of the new collection. At the same time,

different characteristics. In the »D3«, titanium

the double bridge in our unique version does

features as a delicate, only 1mm-thin wire that

not come across as a »relic« from past decades,

constitutes the mid-section of the frames. It’s a

but young and modern – a perfect fit for the

lightweight, durable, and allergy-free mate-

»D3« Collection.

rial. When it comes to creating nuanced and

And which model is your personal favorite?

subtle shapes such as the »D3« frames, only the

My personal favorite of the collection is the

highest grade titanium can be used. The surface

»D3.318« in gold.

is matted and thereby accentuates the colors

Why this particular one?

quite brilliantly. In darker tones, the glasses ap-

I love the ambivalence embodied by this mod-

pear elevated and subtle, in radiant colors they

el: At first sight, it comes across as conserva-

sparkle and reflect the light. That way, despite

tive, but at the same time it’s totally modern.

the delicate nature of the wire, we can create

No retro shape, but rather an intersection of

color accents on the wearer’s face. TMi is the

different styles. A pair of glasses I feel particu-

material for the temples of the »D3« frames. It’s

larly comfortable in.

a polymer that we have developed ourselves.

What’s the difference between top rim, full rim, and double bridge?

For a long time, we had been unable to find a material that was light enough for our frames

All three are design variations that are suitable

and also stable enough to retain its shape. This

for delicate eyewear frames. And every single

started a development period that lasted sev-

one has its own charms. The clearest difference

eral years, after which we perfected TMi. It is

lies between the full rim and double bridge

single-handedly one of the lightest materials in

models compared to our top rim shapes. The

the eyewear business and allows us to produce

top rim really accentuates the delicate wire

the »D3« at a frame weight of only 3.7 grams.

on top of the eyes, making the lenses appear

Anyone wearing the »D3« will hardly notice,

as if they’re floating through space. It’s a clear

all the way to forgetting about wearing a pair of

and pure design aesthetic that accentuates the

glasses altogether. That was our goal from the

lightness of the frames. The full rim and double

start.

bridge shapes implement a larger amount of material and offer more freedom in terms of

And you also developed a special coloring process?

design. Shapes and colors are accentuated more

MSC (Multiple-Step-Colouring) is our newly

strongly. It’s a bold departure from top rim

developed, patent-pending coloring process for

frames, and fully intended.

the titanium used in the »D3«.

And how about the materials you are using

What are the most innovative features of the


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» D 3 .3 1 8 « & » D 3 . 326«

process?

years. And to fundamentally simplify, reduce,

In a sequence of eleven steps, we create a lasting

and improve the system. That’s why we have

bond between the colors and the material. This

developed the new hinge system and lens fit-

includes coloring through an electric process all

ting, allowing us to equip the »D3« with lenses

the way to coating the surface with sealant. We

entirely without drilling. The hinges are no

implement this brand-new process right at our

longer individual components but integrated

headquarters in the town of Isselhorst, and it

into the temples. The TMi used in the temples

offers seemingly unlimited options in terms of

retains its shape with such stability that we no

colorways. We used this creative freedom for

longer needed to implement a metal core. This

what is now a spectrum of nine different colors

also allows opticians to easily shorten the tem-

that will complement any skin tone. Colors

ples as needed, and affords a super light weight

range from deep black to a subtle gold tone all

look.

the way to radiant blue.

What were some of the technical challenges in the development process?

You recently turned heads with a special photo initiative. What’s the story? The collection is suitable for a variety of per-

The greatest technical challenge consisted

sonalities. It’s not just an empty cliche that the

of completely revising a system that we had

»D3« offers something for all types. It’s also the

driven to near perfection over the course of 16

philosophy behind our new photo campaign


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» D 3 .3 2 1 « & » D 3 . 316«

started in July, for which we spontaneously

M ark us T glasses is not something everybody

approached people in the street and asked them

has. And even without placing a highly visible

to wear one of our glasses. The resulting images

brand icon on our frames, the wearers tend

are highly authentic, depicting people as they

to recognize one another – which makes us

truly are. And our experiences with the »D1/

really proud. We are also noticing an increasing

D2« have shown: A lot of the time, the people

amount of people who appreciate the unique

who end up falling in love with the intelligent

quality offered by hand-made products from

systems and innovative approaches of M ark us

Germany. For us as a family business imple-

T are the ones with an interest in technology.

menting the entire production chain right at

Then there are also the ones who appreciate the

our headquarters, this is a positive trend and

lightness and comfort of our frames.

reassuring that we’re headed in the right direc-

Technology is our signature and we’re not

tion so far.

trying to hide it in our collections – but rather emphasize it as our unique trademark. The coloring and form language are of-themoment, but without chasing the mainstream. This is also highly appreciated by people with an eye for special items. After all, a pair of

Markus, thanks for the interview.


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T he » R 8 0 1 0 « is a ca s e s t u d y in c u s tomi z ed f it s : For t he f ram e ’s t e mple s , w e a re r s ca n cho os e b e t w e e n b e e ch wo o d , hor n , an d alu minu m .

For the past few years, the world’s most innovative eyewear designers have been engaged in an arms race for the optimal hinge system. Currently leading the way are brands with simple, purist solutions. Munich-based R odens tock enters the race with a new interchangeable temple system entirely without screws and hinges, true to the brand’s reductionist aesthetic. The temples simply slide into the front section of the frame, supported by the fact that R oden s tock builds all individual parts with utmost precision for a complete overall look as one single unit. Thanks to a number of color options, wearers can pair the purist front of their frames with

new temples for an entirely new look; bringing a new level of customization into eyewear. The front section of the »R8010« is crafted from RXP, a high-performance polymer specifically developed by R odens tock . The temples are available in three material choices: Beechwood adds warm, organic touches to the sleek, minimal frames. Horn creates an upscale finish, while aluminum adds a polished, cool aesthetic. Composed of four unisex frames, the new collection will launch in September 2015 in an exclusive velour case containing a front segment complemented by two pairs of stylish temples. Because reducing the design is not the same as reducing the style!


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Te mple s a n d f ront s e c tion sh ip in a s t ylish v elou r ca s e .

R ed uce d to t h e m a x : th e t e mple s sli d e into t he f ront s e c t ion – simply b r illi ant .


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F EAT URING CAZAL HALF LEAT HER BOX photo RAPHAEL SCHMITZ

In mid-June of this year, we asked all of our readers to take part in the very first #M yframe shot campaign. Well, we got what we asked for – the response has been nothing less than totally overwhelming. Perhaps this was also due to the fact that our collabo partner C az al provided a premium package for our winner. Our call-out on F acebook featuring four limited-edition models from the Half Leather Box single-handedly racked up 2,000 »Likes« in a short amount of time. Our I ns tagram initiative was just as successful, with over 600 user photos tagged with #M y frame shot .

Our judges sure had a tough time pi-

cking a winner, but ultimately chose the expressive and creative shot submitted by Pascal Brouwer from Arnheim. We really suggest checking out his Instagram account @pscl73 because you will see – Pascal is already a dedicated collector of C az al frames. The winner’s collection now also includes the 163, 607, 623, and 627 models in classic black colorways. And to make sure that these limited edition remakes with the stylish top bar covered in reptile leather make their passage to the Netherlands in one piece, we also included an equally stylish case. Congratulations!

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SUZY GLAM ALL NEW: OF F ICE / SHOW ROOM / GALLERY / ST Y LES

stills RAPHAEL SCHMITZ, por trait DICK KIKSTRA

S u sa n n e K le mm a t S UZ Y G LAM Store , R oelof Har t s t ra a t 32H , 1071VK A ms t e rd a m .


L A B E L U P D AT E

» B re aks R u le s«

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I like this style because it was the first in a new series. It’s super feminine and elegant. The surface of the frame is like a pebble that has been washed over and over by the water. It gives a smoothness to the frame that makes it strong and soft at the same time.

About a year ago, we paid a visit to eyewear label SUZY GLAM, founded 2012 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Susanne and Etienne welcomed us at their home, which also served as their offices at the time, while the workshop where Susanne designed her prototypes was also right down the street. But that was then – and much has changed for the upstart label with the signature three-dimensional shapes. SUZY GLAM has found a new home in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, where the new showroom has been displaying their own collections next to rotating guest showcases in a new pop-up store format. And of course, there’s plenty to talk about in terms of new eyewear styles … so here’s our Label Update.


L A B E L U P D AT E

» Fa s t e n s S e a t belt«

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»Fastens Seatbelt« is a great frame for female faces because of the cat eye-effect. In cat eye frames the balance has to be right and therefore the top line bends down at the end. It’s like an ideal eyebrow line. The shape works very well with the bevels. This frame will look good even ten years from now.

Hello Susanne, last year we met in Utrecht at your home that was also your office. Now you moved to Amsterdam – just for business?

tomers. It’s important for us to see the people who actually wear our frames.

Is there a common denominator among your clients?

Amsterdam is a great city and I moved from

S uzy G lam designs eyewear for self-confident

Zurich to the Netherlands only because of

people who like to wear beautiful accessories.

this city. It’s a liberal city with a big variety of

Many of our clients have an interest in design

people and I feel very much at home here. So

and art. They understand what is special about

much so, that we also decided to move to Am-

our label. It’s about good shapes that make

sterdam for living.

people look better. Strong shapes that empha-

What makes Amsterdam good for your busisize character. ness? Talking about the location and design of the As our office indeed was in our home, we store, what was important for you? needed a bigger space. Amsterdam has the

I wanted to do everything by ourselves. It had

most international atmosphere and as most

to look like a S uzy G lam store with a strong

capitals, it’s just more vibrant. A bigger city

identity. Besides, we wanted to show that I am

also provided the opportunity to open an op-

really making the prototypes myself. In the

tical shop where we could meet our end cus-

open in-store workshop, people can see the


L A B E L U P D AT E

whole process of designing a frame.

Beyond the workshop, do you handle other business aspects at the store, like back office and logistics?

themselves it’s only interesting when they do not have a solid base in the Benelux region. They stay in our store for two months and Amsterdam is a great place to promote their

Yes, the store is also our head office. This com-

brands. So far we worked with »Paulino«,

bination is great and because it’s only Etienne

»Willems Wonderglasses«, and »8000 Eye-

and me, there is no reason to set up divisions

wear«.

in our company. We do everything at this

Which labels are next?

location. But to be honest, when I’m home,

We just did an opening party with Tarian. His

work just continues. It’s not something you

collection will be in our store until the end of

can switch off. Especially not when I’m in a

August. Next will be an interesting name from

creative process.

Japan, but that’s not 100 % confirmed yet.

Sounds like a 24/7 relationship between Etienne and you.

Talking about products, which SUZY GLAM styles were the most successful so far?

We do everything together. Etienne’s focus is

We started with »Faces the Face,« a facetted

just more on the business side of the company

female frame with exactly the right balance of

and mine more on design. But there is no strict

boldness and elegance. It’s one of my

line. Only together S uzy G lam is complete.

favorites and also one of our best-sellers. It

So visitors of the store get their advice from Susanne Klemm personally?

will stay in the collection for a long time. »Rocks this Town« is a strong male frame

Yes, I love this aspect and it’s what I’ve been

based on pebbles; thick and very present. A

doing for many years when I worked at

man who wears this frame must be a self-con-

»Nesoptiek«. It’s a skill at which you become

fident man. While designing it, I didn’t look at

better and better. I also do the eye exams when

what fashion demands nowadays so we were

needed.

not sure about the success. Fortunately, our

The collection in the SUZY GLAM store is not limited to your own brand, you also offer space to independent labels. How do you choose the guest collections?

clients love it.

How many frames from previous collections will make it into the upcoming range? We don’t make a whole new collection every

They have to be independent labels who add

season. The designs should be good for a lon-

something new to the market. For the labels

ger period. We started with six models and


L A B E L U P D AT E

»Ha s L e f t the B u il d in g «

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A double bridge is something I wanted to do from the beginning. The combination of bevels, the double bridge and the thin bottom line make it a complex design. However, altogether it got the right balance. It’s a frame that definitely stands out in contemporary eyewear.

have now 14. So until now, the collection only

all kind of things that belong to her glamor-

got bigger and more complete. When we’ll

ous and bohemian way of living. She »Travels

have 15, we will think of taking a model out.

Light« to »Rock this Town« where she’s »Right

At »Silmo« we will present two new models

on Time« and »Spends a Fortune« to »Get the

and one limited edition sun frame.

Award«. When she »Thinks Big« she »Goes

What’s special about the new models? They’re a further development of existing models. Three-dimensionality is one of the key characteristics of my designs, besides the fitting. That also applies to the new models.

Are you adding some new colorways? For

some existing models we have added new

colors like emerald green, sea green, and concrete. We will do more and more soft tones like nude, ivory and skin colors.

Is there a common theme behind the funny-sounding model names? Suzy Glam is a character name and she does

Bananas« and »Wants the DJ« before she »Has left the Building.«

Wow, that is poetry! Thanks Susanne!


10 T H E S E S

BLACKFIN NICOL A DEL DIN’S 10 THESES photos RAPHAEL SCHMITZ

Nicola del Din, CEO of Italian eyewear producer Pramaor describes his company as a 44-year-old start-up. On the one hand, Pramaor is experienced enough to command extensive produc-tion know-how, on the other hand it’s still young enough to develop in new direc-tions. Six years ago, Pramaor started its own label BLACKFIN. In this very short time period the company from Northern Italy managed to garner large amounts of attention in the eyewear market. How did they do it? »There are some good reasons,« says Nicola del Din, »exactly ten!«


10 T H E S E S

1. JAPANESE TITANIUM SHAPED WITH ITALIAN TALENT

5. TECHNOLOGY AND FASHION

»We always buy the best Japanese raw titanium and we shape this extraordinary material in Italy, knowing how to take advantage of every feature.«

»In every frame the lightness and strength of titanium are combined with one-of-a kind fashion style which enhances the B lackfi n uniqueness and the personality of the wearer.«

6. EXTRAORDINARY HANDMADE COLORS

2. ITALIAN TASTE, NORTHERN EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION

»The multiple chromatics, carefully handcraft»Italian taste and mood give every frame a spe- ed in Italy, emphasize the well-defined characcial essence, but a Northern European organiza- ter of the frame making it remarkably unique.« tion makes everything happen in a perfect mix that leads to top quality.« 7. ONLY BLACKFIN HAS

ULTRAFLEXIBLE TEMPLES 3. A START-UP OF 44 YEARS »Our technical skills are based on 44 years of hard and professional work in the eyewear sector, combined with the young, innovative and different way of thinking of a fresh start up.«

»Temples made from just five-tenths of a millimeter sheet of Beta Titanium ensure distinguished comfort, due to the extreme flexibility and adaptability of the temples to the face.«

8. REVOLUTIONARY TEMPLE-TIPS 4. COMFORT AND DESIGN FROM JUST 1.9 GRAMS »Starting at just 1.9 grams our eyewear has a strong personality and distinct style, so light and comfortable that it is nearly imperceptible.«

»The patented Swordfish temple-tips permit wearers to manually adjust the length of the temples to the shape of the face – in just a few seconds.«

» Pe ar son «


10 T H E S E S

9. DECORATIONS AND LASER MARKINGS »B lackfi n frames are marked with durable and precious engravings and decorations made with anodic laser technology. For more uniqueness we offer to laser-engrave the wearer’s name, so their B lackfi n will be even more individualized and personal.«

10. NEOMADEINITALY »Each pair of B lackfi n is entirely designed and manu-factured by us here in Italy with uncompromising quality and ethics. It’s what we proudly call Neomadeinitaly, a mix of values and skills that breathe soul into a technically perfect accessory.« www.blackfin.eu

» B a y v ie w «


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SALT SEA – AIR – L AND T IMELESS ON IBIZA

photos SABINE LIEWALD, st yling & produc tion MARTINA NELLES, hair & make-up GAYE HIET TE at BIGOUDI with INGLOT, models HANNAH KOEPPLER at POP MODEL & CHIARA BASCHET TI at POP MODELS

»Z issou «

»R ob yn «

»S t e v e«

»S t e v e S u n «

»R ob yn R X «

SALT. is an acronym for Sea, Air, Land & Timeless. True to its name, the California eyewear label draws inspiration from the effortless beauty of nature that is an endless source of shapes, details, and colorways for new designs. In this issue’s collection shoot, the latest styles from SALT. eyewear get the fashion treatment on the Spanish island of Ibiza courtesy of photographer Sabine Liewald’s vision, supplemented by models dressed in all white by stylist Martina Nelles.

»W in sle tt«

»N e d«

»R e n z o«

»Kl a u s«


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SA LT. + A E T HER COLL ABOR ATION SA LT. »R i d g e w a y « s w i m s u i t ZIMMERMANN

Speaking of fashion, for its very first collaboration project, S alt . has chosen a label that shares the same passion for nature. Together with A e t her , a brand known for top-tier technical outerwear, the Southern California-based

S alt . is about to celebrate its tenth brand anniversary this

company collaborated on two frame

coming year. The rather young label is headquartered in

styles; the »Scout« and the »Explor-

Costa Mesa, a short drive South of Los Angeles, and has

er«, initially designed with motorcy-

built a reputation for blending California lifestyle with

cle riders in mind. The lightweight,

Japanese craftsmanship. For the folks behind S alt . the

beta-titanium frames are extremely

California lifestyle connection not only means an easy-

flexible, while windshields and an

going attitude, but also a strong bond with all things

extended frame-top reduce wind flow

nature. Pretty much all employees are into outdoors activ-

and peripheral sunlight by more than

ities, and the company’s structure reflects the connections

80%, also shielding the eyes from

between micro- and macrocosm in the natural world.

UV-rays. Overall, the two new frames

Everything is connected; everything is part of a network.

are perfect for all outdoor activities

There are no hierarchies, every single person on the team

that involve speed and free-flowing

plays an important part. Every single one! At S alt ., it’s all

motion. At the same time, they are just

about team work. There is not one owner or two owners,

as much at home on a wild bike ride

as the company values team work over personal egos.

as on a casual stroll through the city.

There are also no investors to feed with results at the end

Their fashion appeal is probably one of

of a year; so no chasing quick profits for the sake of statis-

the reasons why the first run of models

tics. What a breath of fresh air … All of this affords S alt .

from this powerful brand synergy im-

the freedom to take risks and manage a healthy business.

mediately sold out after barely hitting

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the market.


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b i k i n i L A PER L A , c a p e Z AR A , n e c k l a c e JE WEL S FOR YOU b y SAR INA AR NOLD


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SA LT. »Joh n« v e s t ISABEL MAR ANT, p a n t s ZOE K ARSSEN, n e c k l a c e JEWELS FOR YOU b y SARINA ARNOLD


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SA LT. X A E T HER » S cou t« d re ss ALEX ANDER WANG

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d re ss ALICE & OLIVIA b y STACEY BENDET

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»C od y«

» Hou s ton «

»Ja q u e s«

SA LT. X A E T HER » S cou t« -

»F ranc in e «

o v e ra ll RITA L AGUNE , n e c k l a c e FOOLSGOLD

»Ele anor «

The same kind of open-minded approach applies to defining S alt .’s customer base. Although the glasses are a major success among fashion designers, actors, and creative types, the brand maintains that there is no typical S alt . customer: »S alt . is a brand for anyone who appreci-

»B l anche t«

ates simple things made well.« This statement also sums up the philosophy behind the two collections designed by David Rose every year. Constantly inspired by the beauty of nature, the frames are designed to be universal and

»C a t e«

timeless, true to S alt .’s moniker. Trends come and go, but S alt . is banking on enduring values in their sunglasses and prescription models; with the current spread between the two currently at a solid 40/60. But make no mistake, timeless consistency does not equal boring or complacent

»Anjelica«

– just the opposite. For proof, look no further than the 18 new models about to launch in Fall of 2015, perfectly encapsu-lating the S alt . essence and fashion-forward design aesthetic with an emphasis on longevity.

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TEN QUESTIONS

ADRIAN MARWITZ T EN QUEST IONS por tra it SACHA TASSILO HÖCHSTET TER , s til l s RAPHAEL SCHMITZ

Time flies when you’re having fun. Back in the tenth issue of our magazine, we introduced the freshly released ADRIAN MARWITZ label. Fast-forward to today, and the renowned eyewear designer has traveled the entire world establishing his eponymous brand as a staple of modern eyewear style. You can find Adrian at every important eyewear tradeshow, and his collections have found their way into leading international boutiques and optical stores. Two years after the initial launch, we think it’s high time for an update. Here are our Ten Questions with Adrian Marwitz 123


TEN QUESTIONS

» S t ran ge r No. 1 6 «

» S t ran ge r No. 2 0 «

01 Adrian, what’s been keeping you busy over the past two years?

you envisioned it two years back? The brand has indeed developed exactly

Most of all the philosophy of being. Aside from

how I planned it two years ago. That actually

that, I’ve been traveling a bunch on field work,

took consistency and a good dose of dexteri-

designing eyewear, building tradeshow booths,

ty – both of which I managed to come up with,

and generally roaming the world in search of

fortunately.

people who like my glasses.

02 What’s different about your eyewear compared to two years ago?

04 Please briefly summarize the philosophy of the Adrian Marwitz. A dr ian M arwi tz represents full-titanium

Actually, not that much has changed. The basic

eyewear, handmade in Germany, love for de-

concept is the same and that’s not going to

tail, quality over quantity, strong recognizable

change. But we did increase the line-up to 30

style, and unique signature aesthetic.

pieces while adding some new colors – at this point we have eleven for each model.

03 They say that the early yeas are when a brand finds itself – sometimes heading in a different direction than initially planned. Is ADRIAN MARWITZ in a place today where

05 What were some of the milestones of your relatively young company history? For us, every new customer is a milestone. Finding customers who back the brand and products 100% and communicate them accordingly to end customers – that’s the most


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» S t ran ge r No. 2 2 «

» S t ran ge r No. 1 8 «

important part of our business.

06 What’s the most unique feature of the current collection?

differently? I’m actually really satisfied with the way the brand has developed and if there were some

The simplicity created by a multitude of de-

setbacks, they always provided a chance to go

tails.

down a new path, which was often better than

07 Which glasses are your highlights?

the initial direction. That’s why I’m content

The »Stranger No. 13« model has really made

with things just the way they are. Destiny, you

its rounds in the German media recently. By

might call it.

the way, without much of our own intervention, from reality TV to talk shows.

08 If you were to be compared with one brand, which one would it be? I put great emphasis on independence,

10 Where’s the journey headed in the future? That’s a rather philosophical question … Love is the most important part of life and the future lays out a path for us to walk on without losing

so I would rather not be compared to any

our balance or neglecting our desires. The phi-

other brand. A dr ian M arwi tz has to stand

losophy of being, if you will.

for itself.

09 Given the last two years of experience: If you could start it all over, what would you do


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FHONE REBELS W ITHOU T A CAUSE

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» D a vi s«

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»R u sh «

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N E W IN TOW N

As opposed to James Dean’s character in the

the »ONE« in the moniker signifies the label’s

1950s classic movie, it’s safe to say that Stefan

claim for bringing something truly unique to the

Flatscher and Uwe Pinhammer have a clear cause

eyewear industry.

for their work. After all, the dynamic duo has

In terms of products, the Fhone line-up consists

been working together for 25 years at this point,

of a classic collection featuring 30 models in four

and the two are regarded as household names in

to six colorways each, crafted from titanium, ace-

the eyewear industry. Spreading the gospel of

tate, and a unique titanium/acetate blend. Taking

stylish eyewear, the two also run five stores in

things to the next level of luxury, F hone intro-

downtown Munich where all the most current

duced a special buffalo horn collection under the

labels find their customers.

name »FHORN«.

Next to selling eyewear, Flatscher and Pinham-

While Uwe Pinhammer keeps a tight handle

mer also had a dream ever since selling their

on running the eyewear stores, Stefan Flatscher

F reudenhaus distribution outfit five years ago:

applies his design touches to the new collections.

Something was missing – namely their own

Overall, the F hone collection offers understated

thing, their own baby, a new eyewear label they

premium styles with subtle branding, perfect for

could nourish and build according to their own

accentuating the individuality of modern-day

vision. And instead of dreaming, the two found-

style rebels.

ed a new brand and distribution platform this

www.fhone.com

year – the rebellion is in full swing! In search of names, the two chose some very of-the-moment acronyms: The new distribution company is named E y wr (pronounced »eyewear«), while their new label is called F hone (pronounced »F. H. ONE.«) – with »F« short for »Flatscher« and the »H« for »PinHammer«. Plus,


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Sometimes an eyewear collabo just fits like a hand in glove. Case in point: The new eyewear collection co-designed by SHANE BAUM and MARK MOTHERSBAUGH brings together two creative heavyweights of their respective genres. Mothersbaugh is revered for trailblazing a new direction in pop culture as singer, songwriter, composer, and front man of influential New Wave band DEVO. With his eponymous label, MOTHERSBAUGH, he is now creating a unique selection of eyewear, bringing on board Shane Baum, the creative mastermind behind BAUMVISION and designer for some of the most haute labels in the eyewear business, including his very own brand LEISURE SOCIETY. For this issue’s Designer Interview, EYEWEAR gets the inside scoop behind this meeting of the minds.


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»Mut a to« This thinner frame owes its name to a made-up word combination: »Mutant« blended with »Potato« is the name of Mark’s production company, inspired by DEVO’s lyrical attempts to describe the social pecking order of life, in which they ranged as »spuds« or »potatoes«. But powered by mutation, they take on super-human qualities, all the way to rocking bookish, more scholarly looking frames like these.

An important piece of conventional wisdom

his own artistic vision, starting things off with a

maintains: »Never meet your idols.« Ultimate-

line of eyewear. Was that something Shane could

ly, real life will only disappoint, shattering the

be interested in, perhaps?

glittering aura surrounding the heroes of our

Baum did not have to think twice. »I’ve been a fan

rebellious youth. And that’s especially true in

of Mark’s music career since I was 12 years old

the music business. But what happens when the

and was a member of the DEVO fan club,« said

artist who wrote the soundtrack to your teenage

Shane Baum. And as it turned out, the musician

wanderlust suddenly reaches out to co-design an

had, in turn, also developed an interest in optical

exclusive eyewear collection?

craftsmanship at quite a young age. From necessi-

That’s exactly what recently happened to Shane

ty, mostly. Mothersbaugh was born with extreme

Baum, the California-based designer who has

myopia and astigmatism. For the first seven years

been turning heads in the eyewear business since

of his life, he would constantly bump into walls

starting his own premium label L eisure S oci e t y

and objects, until a proper eye exam revealed that

in 2010. In the summer of 2014, Shane Baum

he was legally blind. »I got my first pair of glasses

received a request from no other than Mark

for my eighth birthday, and saw birds flying, the

Mothersbaugh, the musical trailblazer behind

tops of trees, even clouds for the first time in my

progressive New Wave band DEVO. The musi-

life,« said Mothersbaugh.

cian was in the middle of building his own brand, »It was amazing! I had never seen chimney smoke M ot her sbaugh , to create products according to

or the roof of a house and I immediately started


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drawing everything I saw,« said Mark Mothers-

Asked what exactly he appreciates the most

baugh. Thanks to his newly found vision, he

about Mothersbaugh’s creative work, Shane said:

immediately decided to become an artist – his

»I admire Mark’s work ethic and his continu-

paintings have been featured at numerous mu-

al mantra to think ›outside of the box.‹ He has

seums, including the Museum of Contemporary

no interest in commercial schemes and is a true

Art in Denver – and also penned numerous de-

›artists’ artist.‹ His body of work is intrinsically

signs for custom-made glasses over the years. For

original and without peer.« Next to DEVO, the

many years, Los Angeles brand L . a . E ye work s

enormously prolific artist has released three solo

produced glasses according to Mothersbaugh’s

albums and composed the soundtracks to various

specific requirements.

marquee feature films, including the full score for

These creative forays into eyewear design formed

several Wes Anderson tales (»Rushmore«, »The

the perfect foundation for getting the ball roll-

Royal Tenenbaums«, and »The Life Aquatic« with

ing on a collaborative effort, said Shane Baum.

Steve Zissou), as well 2014’s »The Lego Movie«.

»Mark, being legally blind, intuitively creative,

The exclusive M ot her sbaugh X B aum E ye -

and a fan of eyewear in general was simply ex-

we ar

cited to make his own eyewear. For me, well, it’s

available in an RX and sunglasses version – and

my profession,« smiled Shane Baum, who cut his

was launched in November 2014 in Los Angeles.

teeth as a designer at »Optical Shop« in Aspen

Sounds easy, but turned out quite challenging;

under the tutelage of Bill Barton.

what with all the visionary ideas floating around.

Collection consists of three models – each


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»F rance sca« This unisex frame with rectangular lenses literally covers both genders. The »Francesca« is named after the Mothersbaugh family dog, is an official »card carrying« hermaphrodite pooch, as confirmed by its veterinarian. As the precious pooch is both male and female, these frames can go »either way« as the ultimate unisex style.

Here are some of the milestones of getting this

of the »de-evolution« of mankind – highly pop-

unique – and somewhat futuristic looking – line

ular in avant-garde circles at the time – for which

of eyewear off the proverbial ground.

the band members found proof in events like the murder of unarmed anti-war protesters by Na-

I. A QUICK PRIMER ON DEVO

tional Guard troops at their university in 1970.

Without briefly touching upon the cultural sig-

Concerts of the »De-Evolution Band« blended

nificance and revolutionary influence of the band, subversive lyrics and futuristic costumes such or better yet, the phenomenon known as DEVO,

as bright-yellow jumpsuits paired with pyra-

any further discussion would be out of place.

mid-shaped plastic hats into avant-garde happen-

Those already familiar with DEVO are welcome

ings; an explosive blend of performance art with

to skip this segment, but here’s what needs to be

dark visions of the future that appealed to geeks

said at this point: Without DEVO, the musical

and nerds and frustrated youths across all social

chain reaction between New Wave, Art Rock,

strata. DEVO quickly built a massive following

all the way into Punk Rock in the U.S. would

among members of the counter culture move-

have taken a radically different course. Devo was

ment, as well as surfers and skateboarders, as the

founded in 1972 by art students Mark Mothers-

sound of the band oscillated between New Wave

baugh, Jerry Casale (bass), and Bob Lewis (guitar)

and Punk, and later Synthpop. The 1980 DEVO

at Kent State University in Ohio.

music video for the song »Freedom of Choice«

The name of the band is derived from the theory

features skateboard icons such as Stacy Peralta


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»Akronit e« Designed as Mothersbaugh’s personal frame, the »Akronite« features rectangular lenses in a shape reminiscent of classic wayfarer models. The name pays tribute to Mark’s birthplace; the town of Akron, Ohio.

and Tony Alva accompanied by lyrics cynically

frequently. »We met through a mutual friend

condemning the consumer craze of Reagan era

that was producing a children’s show called Yo

America. DEVO’s unique overall message left a

Gabba Gabba,« said Shane Baum. On the show,

deep impression on a young Shane Baum. »It was

Mothersbaugh appears as an artist teaching kids

awesome. Devo was so much more than a band,

how to paint at the studio – very close to real life,

it was moreover a brand,« said Baum.

if you will.

»The way they dress, the artwork on the record

Straight out the gate, creative sparks started fly-

covers, the lyrical content. It’s quite clever and

ing across the room when Baum and Mothers-

somewhat cynical, with a healthy sense of hu-

baugh exchanged ideas. »Our first meeting was

mor. So to work with somebody I have so much

fast and furious with many ideas and concepts,«

respect for is a great moment in my life and one

Shane Baum remembers. As part of DEVO’s

that I will always cherish.«

stage show, Mothersbaugh had already designed a number of curious, art-inspired pieces of eyewear

II. WATCH US WORK IT

with band mate Jerry Casale. Now that his own

Act of fate, or mere coincidence? Any way you

brand under his own name and according to his

slice it, the meeting between Baum and Mothers-

own vision was taking shape, Mothersbaugh

baugh proved somewhat inevitable in the cultur-

wanted to kick things up a few notches, which

al hotbed of Los Angeles, where the realms of art,

early on took the scope of ideation well beyond

music, and the entertainment industry intersect

the mere product level.


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Shane Baum looks back at the creative process

III. FREEDOM OF CHOICE

with a smile: »Mark wanted to create a song for

Just one look at the M ot her sbaugh X B aum

every pair of glasses, which seemed like a great

E ye we ar Collection brings home the fact that

idea until I discussed how success could possibly

the two designers have used their »Freedom of

chain him to the music studio. That said, our first

Choice« wisely to create a unique, unmistakable

thirty frames that we launched at [L.A. bou-

look. »We continued to narrow it until we found

tique] »Fred Segal«, came with a one-of-a-kind

that through the metallic qualities of Beryllium

soundtrack that Mark created for each style.«

and custom silver-mirrored lenses cut to clas-

But at certain points in the process, some of the

sically inspired shapes, we achieved this look.«

creative moon shots had to face a harsh reality

Speaking of the shapes, versatility and wear-abil-

check. »Our meetings were intense brain storm-

ity were key design criteria, said Baum: »These

ing sessions with many ideas laid on the table. A

are three shapes that we believe will fit almost

song for every frame, two lenses of different col-

every face, all in Beryllium with silver mirrored

ors, frames made from vinyl records,« said Shane

lenses. The frames’ original shapes are cut from

Baum, adding: »Towards the end, we needed to

Beryllium and hand-finished in Italy.«

find focus. A singular vision. And create design

A material gleaming with a characteristic surface

attributes that make a frame instantly recogniz-

structure, Beryllium is a rare material choice in

able from across the room.«

the eyewear segment. But as the lightest weight metal of the alkaline earth metals group, Berylli-


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um is six times stronger than steel and resistant

always been a bit of a cultural chameleon. I was

to tarnish and corrosion. Complementing the

really into skateboarding and punk rock when I

futuristic overall look, mirrored CR39-lenses

was younger. It was very important to me, at the

provide 100% UVA and UVB protection, and are

time, to wear the right leather jacket and question

resistant to most chemicals and extremely dura-

and defy authority.«

ble – because anyone listening to DEVO knows,

Overall, these types of experiences leave a lasting

the future can be bleak.

impression on someone’s life journey, and may

The collection is available through Baum’s dis-

provide the starting point for future joint proj-

tribution company, B aumvision , with offices in

ects, said Shane Baum: »All of these are like the

California and Austria, and at stores such as »Fred rings of a tree trunk. They are part who you are Segal« in Los Angeles, »Eye Society« in Costa

and serve as the foundation for new ideas, influ-

Mesa, and leading opticians worldwide with a

ences and inspiration. Combined, they help cre-

knack for that »special something.« Because what

ate a perspective that is unique to me or anybody

ultimately connects Baum and Mothersbaugh

that lives life for its many unique experiences.

on a fundamental level, is that, connected to the

And you know, nobody wants to die with a thin

same cultural currents, they both »get it.« Says

biography.«

Shane Baum: »I think you just have to have a passion for different subcultures and the associated design attributes that go along with them. I’ve


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HAMBURG EYEWEAR BUURMEESTER COLLECTION

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»V i nce nti u s Molle r «

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In 2005, the city of Hamburg saw the launch of

clean lines, timeless elegance, and robust finishes

a new eyewear label blending the savoir vivre

as a tribute to five legendary majors of the city

of Northern Germany with the region’s typi-

of Hamburg from different eras in history: »Erik

cal understatement: Started by Dietmar Kleis,

van der Fechte«, »Vincentius Moller«, »Simon

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von Utrecht«, »Cornelius Poppe« and »Amandus

burg

E ye we ar soon made a name for itself with

Abendroth«.While the five new models take a

puristic designs, high-grade materials, and clean

nostalgic look back in time, H amburg E ye we ar

overall finishes. No room for superfluous weight:

also has its eyes set firmly on the future. For the

As is the tradition up here among these rugged

collection’s official photo shoot, they hired local

seafaring folks – any unnecessary gimmicks are

photographer Nic Frechen, who captured the

simply thrown over board.

new models in a contrast of industrial backdrops

Ten years later the new »Buurmeester Kollekti-

with traditional eyewear craftsmanship. Cold

on« – named for the local slang word for »major«

iron clashes with soft wood as the zeitgeist be-

– ups the ante as a fully homegrown product

hind H amburg E ye we ar comes to life. Time for

line: design, development, manufacturing, and

a trip to Hamburg? We already have our tickets!

distribution are all 100% »Made in Germany«.

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RX ST YLES

OAKLEY RX

NEW ACTIV E PRESCRIP TION EY EW EAR F ROM CALIFORNIA photos RAPHAEL SCHMITZ

In 2015, O akle y is ramping up its commitment to »RX« styles with the goal of leading the way in »Active Prescription Eyewear«. True to the company ethos of being »Disruptive by Design,« O akle y is taking a different route than the rest of the market. Known as a leader in eyewear R&D, the California-based active lifestyle brand is injecting its new line of »RX« eyewear with proven O a kle y

technologies such as »O Matter« material. The three

models shown in this article feature straight stems in a zero-pressure, three-point fit, supported by no-slip grip with earsocks and nosepads crafted from Unobtainium, a rubber-like substance with excellent hold in contact with wearer’s skin. The new »RX« offering includes athleticoriented styles such as the Crosslink, next to fashionforward frames like the »Chamfer II«. Here’s a closer look at O akle y ’s next batch.

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»Crosslink« The new »Strike« and »Pitch« styles inject new vigor into the »Crosslink« family, which served as the flagship style at the start of O ak le y ’s

»Active Prescription Eyewear

Category« in 2012. The »Strike« is among the most sports-oriented models in the new »RX« line-up. Each style comes with a second set of stems to customize color options.

»Volt a ge« The »Voltage« model dazzles with a unique combination of functionality, performance and style. Inspired by space, speed and electricity, the O akle y Voltage offers a distinctive look of industrial design with built-in optical technology that is unique to the company. The frames can be fitted with O akle y Prescription lenses in Single vision (+2.0 to -3.00) and Progressive (+2.0 to -3.00). Sleek!

»C h amf e r II« The »Chamfer II« brings athletic performance into street style. With sleek beveled edges and a distinctive square lens with a satin finish, the »Chamfer II« is ideal for everyday wear. Offering customization with interchangeable icons, this energetic style is available in O akle y Prescription lenses in Single vision (+2.0 to -3.00) and O a k l e y » C h a mf e r I I« in B l a ck , Pa v e m e nt & Brown s ton e

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JOAN GRADY

MEET T HE WOMAN BEHIND EY EST Y LIST.COM


GR A N DE DA M E

Meet the Anna Wintour of the eyewear business. When she walks the floor at tradeshows, all leading eyewear brands gladly roll out their latest offerings for JOAN GRADY. We had the pleasure to meet the charming, well-traveled blogger – who describes herself as »ageless in mind and spirit« – during a business dinner in Cologne, where she laid down the story behind EYESTYLIST.COM.

Hi Joan, life’s hard, isn’t it?

eyewear and accessories segment of the fash-

Life offers many wonderful opportunities

ion business. When I moved to London, I met

and equally difficult challenges – both per-

Michael Wheeler, publisher of »Vision Now«

sonal and in business. The process in which

and joined as Fashion Editor.

you manage and navigate these stormy and unsettling seas – through your own personal journey – can define the individual you are and will become.

You founded your online magazine together with your partner Clodagh Norton. How come? In Paris, I worked as the Paris Correspondent

The archives of EYESTYLIST posts go back to January 2011. What did Joan Grady do before that?

with Clodagh at »20/20 Europe«. After the

Music has always been a life-long passion for

proposed to Clodagh that we consider a fine

me, and I trained as a classical pianist. Edu-

quality fashion magazine-type format on the

cated in the United States, however, I entered

Internet. Thus our mutual partnership was

the literature and journalism professions in

born and E ye s t ylis t created!

New York City, promoting fashion and special events, including prestigious tennis competitions. My early experience and writing for various publications introduced me to the

2008 global economic meltdown affecting many industries – including magazines – I

Clodagh lives and works in England, you’re based in Paris. What are the benefits of these two locations? This works out very well, as Clodagh is able to


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What kind of glasses do you prefer personalhand for Parisian exhibitions. However, we of- ly? cover events over there, and I’m able to be on ten visit shows together, whenever possible.

What would you say is the special something about EYESTYLIST?

Acetate has always been my favorite material, since I started wearing glasses as a teenager. However, Sven Götti encouraged me to try

Eyestylist features special editorial series,

something new – so now I’m also a fan of Tita-

including »Eyewear Enthusiasts«; »Eyewear

nium, and wear G öt t i , L i ndberg and A dr ian

Artisans and Architecture«; »Designers Off

M arwi tz , and my vintage acetates! I also have

Duty«, and we are currently running »Eyewear

a pair of stunning R olf wood frames, which

Canine Companions« – which is light-hearted

are very lightweight, and indicative of beauti-

and entertaining. Another new series will be

ful craftsmanship.

launched later this year – watch for it! Our focus is on independent creators, and designers,

Please give us 5 keywords that describe Joan Grady?

who are involved in the complete creative and

1/ Enthusiastic, 2/ Caring, 3/ Resourceful,

production process of the frame – from start to

4/ Resilient, 5/ Music and Animal Advocate.

finish. With the global reach enjoyed by E ye s t ylis t . com ,

we are able to communicate to a

world-wide audience the outstanding benefits – and availability – of exquisite handcrafted eyewear.


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F E AT U R E C R E AT U R E

PAPER THIN SUN COLLECTION LIGH T – FLEXIBLE - COLORF UL photos RAPHAEL SCHMITZ

Are you watching closely? All glasses shown on

a unique feature, the »Paper Thin Collection« in-

these pages are just as light as the paper they’re

cludes 2.1 mm thick TR90 Ultra elastic polyami-

printed on, much like the rest of M odo ’s new

de ring inserts that add explosive pops of color

»Paper Thin Sun Collection«. Actually, a frame

while allowing for an easy V-groove lens applica-

from the »Paper Thin Collection« is even lighter

tion. The delicate interplay of Beta Titanium and

than a page in our magazine! New York-based

TR90 polyamide inserts creates a series of frames

eyewear label M odo has proven a sure hand in

offering light weight and flexibility in powerful

blending technical lightweight design with so-

interpretations of retro styles in a modern design

phisticated styles. In their offices on Broadway,

language.

sleek European design meets the Big Apple’s

M odo ’s proven HCD lens technology (High

urban sensibility. Next to eyewear for M odo ,

Chromatic Definition) creates less strain on the

the team behind founder Alessandro Lanaro also

eyes and provides a faster-reaction time. The

designs styles for labels such as E co , D erek L am ,

semi-flash mirror lenses are treated with two

J a son W u and 7 F or A ll M ank i nd . With offi-

coatings: an AR coating to prevent glare, as well

ces in New York, Milan, and Stockholm, M odo

as hydrophobic coating to reduce marks and dirt.

is not only a global company, but also assumes

When it comes to blending solid, time-honored

global responsibility with projects such as »Buy

retro designs with ultra-light futuristic materials,

a frame – give a frame,« or »The Cameroon Pro-

the M odo »Paper Thin Collection« is in a league

ject.« Weighing in at a mere 6.8 grams each, the

of its own. »The Paper Thin sun collection is for

eleven models in the innovative »Paper Thin Sun

the confident consumer transitioning from a

Collection« – also available as an »RX« collection

thick retro look to a lighter, more modern one,«

under the same name – are light enough to forget

says Giovanni Lo Faro, M odo ’s Managing Direc-

you’re even wearing them. The Beta Titanium

tor.

153 in the frame is 0.6 mm thick, and combines

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»661 red« Rounded lenses lend a sense of vintage sophistication. Mirrored lens coatings ensure sun protection, while the titanium rims guarantee a durable construction.

»654 pur« Sophisticated and whimsical, framed with titanium in a rich purple colorway. Temples constructed from titanium make these both durable and fashionable.


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»656 a q u a« These character-driven sunglasses are full of personality. Irresistibly thin titanium meets a durable titanium temple, which ensures both style and strength. These sunglasses are the ultimate in wearable fashion, with a sturdy double brow construction and excellent sun protection.

»657 blu« Classic, sophisticated and modern, these sunglasses combine timeless hues with modern design, and the ultimate in construction quality. Rectangular rims are surrounded by thin titanium rims, accented simply with a pronounced double bridge. This royal blue design delivers both effortless and classic style.


D E S I G N TA L K

PORSCHE DESIGN P’8678 AV IATOR ST Y LE ICON 2.0 photos RAPHAEL SCHMITZ

After almost 40 years, the classic aviator sunglasses from renowned PORSCHE DESIGN label received their first redesign: The official successor to the »P’8478« is the newly released P’8678, presented here in close-up shots supplemented by commentary from PORSCHE DESIGN CEO Dr. Christian Kurtzke. Get ready for take-off.


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D E S I G N TA L K

R ele a s ed i n 19 7 8 : »P’8 4 7 8 «

R ele a s e d i n 2 0 1 5 : » P ’ 8 6 78«

As the very first piece of eyewear ever released by

no mistake, this is no conventional licensing

P or sche D e sign , the »P’8478« proved a major

model: All products are still designed in-house at

milestone for the luxury and lifestyle brand – not

P or sche D e sign S tudio in Zell am See;

only because of its design, but also its innova-

a reflection of the great emphasis on a consis-

tive features. Fascinated with the unique shapes

tent brand presentation and design language.

of aviator sunglasses created for U.S. Air Force

Throughout the development process, P or sche

pilots, Alexander Porsche designed an iconic eye-

D e sign pays close attention to current trend,

wear shape that is one of the major success stories while injecting them with its own signature in eyewear design. With over 6 million pairs

brand DNA.

sold worldwide, the »P’8478« is one of the most

The »P’8678« offers a contemporary interpreta-

successful pieces of eyewear ever created. And

tion of its predecessor, the »P’8478« as a classic

throughout the years, the shape and technology

aviator style frame crafted from pure titanium.

of the »P’8478« remained unchanged since day

The unique lens shapes, as well as the character-

one. Until now …

istic nose bridge remain almost unaltered, while

This year, the newly released »P’8678« mod-

the groundbreaking lens changing mechanism

el marks a contemporary interpretation of the

received an upgrade from the P or sche D e sign

classic, based on the exact same P or sche D e sign

S tudio . The new quick-snap lock allows for even

DNA as its predecessor. The brand takes great

faster, comfortable changes of lenses – tested and

care in preserving its form language in the de-

proven during our E ye we ar photo shoot.

velopment of new models. For this reason, all

The overall finish is premium, true to the brand’s

P or sche D e sign eyewear has been produced and

tradition, the design timeless and iconic. Overall,

distributed by storied Munich-based company

the »P’8678« lends its wearers a cool, calculated,

R odens tock since 2003. But make

and somewhat secretive attitude.


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Regarding the genesis of this updated style icon,

high demands on architecture and design.

E ye we ar collected the following five statements from P or sche D e sign CEO Dr. Christian

3. What is it about aviator shapes that attracts such a cult following?

Kurtzke.

It’s a really time-honored shape that experiences a revival every other year. Of course, this is also

1. What is the collaborative process behind developing a new collection between PORSCHE DESIGN and RODENSTOCK? We jointly elaborate on the focus and direction

due to the fact that this shape looks flattering on a large number of people.

4. What are some of the brand-specific features of the »P’8678«?

of the new collection. We pay attention to overall The P or sche D e sign »P’8678« is crafted from trends and also trending materials. After creating

high-grade and extremely light titanium,

some initial designs, we clarify the feasibility

equipped with lenses from scratch-resistant,

from a production standpoint with our partners

unbreakable polycarbonate with 100% UV pro-

at R odens tock , who then create the first pro-

tection. The interchangeable lens mechanism is

totypes. For us, the main focus lies with mak-

legendary. With a simple quick-snap release, the

ing sure that we develop our prototypes up to a

teardrop-shaped lenses can be exchanged in a

point where we have arrived at the perfect design

blink of an eye, thereby adjusting the glasses to

interpretation and highest level of comfort for

different lighting conditions.

the wearer. Only when that is achieved, we create 5. What distinguishes the »P’8678« from its the first computer-based models and implement

predecessor?

manufacturing.

The materials and functionality of the glasses

2. What are the main drivers for the way you remain the same, but we have performed a condesign sunglasses? temporary update on the frame shape and lock Two aspects are the main drivers behind our innovation: The passion for racing sports and our

mechanism in the lenses.


D E S I G N TA L K

IVKO GmbH | Germany | natural-eyewear@ivko.de | www.natural-eyewear.com | www.facebook.com/naturaleyewear


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ENTOURAGE OF 7 What on earth is behind the flashy moniker »E n tourage O f 7«? A new Quentin Tarantino movie? No, that one’s actually going to be called Hateful Eight! Entourage’ was founded by industry insiders deciding to follow their intuition and dream of starting their own eyewear brand. And the place was perfect: Venice Beach in Los Angeles – a hotbed of diverse cultural influences. The label founded by head of design Jakob Talbo still draws inspiration from LA’s multicultural melting pot – but also way beyond. Because EOF7 sees itself as a brand reflecting the heritage of Los Angeles eyewear – but not resting here, rather carrying their signature styles into the whole wide world of eyewear. As a major international move, in 2013 E n tou -

O f 7 became a part of Denmark-based »Bellinger House«. True to the progressive international spirit, all eyeglasses are manufactured in Japan and Denmark from acetate, aluminum, and titanium in a mix of tradition and cutting edge technology. The resulting eyewear is at home on Venice Beach or the Sunset Strip just as much as in any metropolitan city around the world worn by stylish people. For perfect proof EOF7’s international street cred, have a look at this photo shoot by Christian Steinhausen. Discover the new frames named after Los Angeles neighborhoods from the beaches to the rugged streets, as high fashion meets California lifestyle for a whole new stunning look. rage


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It’s time for the second round of our #M yframe shot photo competition. While the first round in cooperation with Cazal was open to anyone, we’re now specifically asking opticians to post their best eyewear shots. And since collaborations always add a nice edge to any contest, we’ve secured another great partner who will throw in a major price: OPTI tradeshow will invite the winner (plus one fellow traveler) in January 2016 for an unforgettable trip to Munich. So get out from behind the store counter, grab your smartphone and get snapping images and uploading your »frame shots« to I ns tagram ! #MYFRAMESHOT IS ALWAYS OPEN! You want to post an image in #Myframeshot, but you’re not an optician? No problem! Whenever you’re uploading a cool eyewear photo to Instagram, we love it when you tag it with #Myframeshot #CITY and #LABEL. We’re creating a unique website for hosting all those great photos – www.myframeshot.com will go live in 2016. Stay tuned!


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• Once you’ve shot your photo, there are two ways to enter:

The OPTICIAN COMPETITION is open to any optician with an eye for shooting great photos. Here’s how it works:

1. Via Instagram. Simply tag your image with #MYFRAMESHOT and #OPTI16 and also make sure to

• Grab your smartphone or camera, head out into the

mention your #CITY and the eyewear brand featured

street and shoot a photo of yourself, your employees, or your favorite customers. Make sure the person in

in your photo (#LABEL). 2. Via email. In case you don’t have an Instagram ac-

the picture is wearing glasses – because that’s what this

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• It’s important to shoot the photo right out on the street,

on the location and the eyewear brand featured in the

preferably close to your store. We really want to see and feel the special charms of your city. And not to worry, we’re not expecting pro-quality shots here – the #MYFRAMESHOT is all about user-generated images.

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Since its inception in 2006, the ANDY WOLF EYEWEAR brand has been a staple of the independent eyewear scene. Hailing from Austria’s Steiermark region, the label has made a name for itself with extravagant tradeshow presentations and style-savvy marketing initiatives. For a while, this may have garnered them a reputation among opticians of being »extravagant« or »flashy.« But that’s not entirely true, since ANDY WOLF also offers a broad collection of basic styles, all produced at their own manufacturing operation in Austria. Looking at the entire collection, the styles cover all parts of the spectrum and are as diverse as their individual buyers. But maybe this diversity has added to the confusion. In order to make things easier, the label run by Andreas Pirkheim, Wolfgang Scheurer, and Katharina Plattner will now clearly divide its offering into three collections: »Soul«, »Love«, And »White Heat«. For this Collection Check, we asked Andreas Pirkheim – the »Andy« in ANDY WOLF – for a guided tour of the new collections, their philosophies, and their respective target groups.


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Andy, until now you have marketed all your eyewear under the same ANDY WOLF brand logo. Why do you think that communicating the diversity of your eyewear styles under just one label has become a challenge?

es. But we really also offer a rather large portfolio of classic eyewear frames that fit well into any optician’s offering.

What’s the overall significance of classic models in your entire collection? They’re highly significant since we all know

First of all, I want to point out that we do not

that basic glasses in black or Havanna are

run any visible labels at all on our glasses. But

much easier to sell than pastel-colored cat

just like any other family, the A ndy W olf

eye shapes with glitter.

family consists of many different characters.

Which characters in the ANDY WOLF family created the most trouble with customers – the rather eccentric ones or the more classic ones?

Do certain styles sell better as sunglasses compared to RX glasses? Since our first collections initially consisted entirely of RX models, they’re still our main focus. We have really only been offering

The customers weren’t really troubled by any-

sunglasses for a few years, but are constantly

thing, but prospective new clients would

evolving in this segment.

often get the impression that A ndy W olf only designs flashy and extravagant sunglass-

Would you say that your extravagant glasses resonate more strongly with a female target


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while providing a feeling of familiarity.

Yes, naturally. Although more and more male

»Love«: Our new design collection A ndy

customers are starting to buy and wear more

W olf , »Love« represents our passion for

extravagant eyewear.

striking eyewear designs and exciting color

So, you are now starting to divide your entire offering into three clearly segmented collections?

combinations. Our design studio in Hartberg has drawn inspiration from international fashion and design trends to create eyewear

Yes, we will from now offer the collections

for fashion aficionados, trendsetters, or simply

»Soul«, »Love«, and »White Heat«. We have

people looking to fall in love with their next

created exciting worlds for all three lines and

big eyewear discovery.

are looking forward to presenting them at SIL-

»White Heat«: Our edgy metallic frames col-

MO in Paris.

lection is designed and hand-made in Austria.

What’s the main improvement achieved by this new segmentation?

»White Heat« is the material state of metal while reaching peak temperatures during

We really want to make it easier for opti-

smithing, where it assumes a white glow.

cians and end customers that are looking for

The collection combines clean shapes and

something special in eyewear – whether it’s

puristic designs in contrasted color combi-

extravagant,

nations. Every frame features temples and

classic, or crafted from metal.

What are the main differentiators between the three lines?

the characteristic nose bridge crafted from acetate.

Despite the three separate lines, is there a feeling, and sensing of a person. It encompass- common denominator? »Soul«: The soul is the center of all thinking, es all emotions and thoughts, and over the

Yes, all of our frames are crafted with lots of

course of a lifetime, the soul builds an identity

love for detail at our own manufacturing site

based on all these experiences. That’s exact-

in Hartberg in the Steiermark region. Every

ly what »Soul« embodies for us here at A ndy

frame is subject to 90 production steps and

W olf – a classic collection with timeless

quality checks, before we ship them all over

eyewear shapes and chic colors that, much like

the world. Our sunglasses collections are lim-

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and starting with this new collection will feature lenses by Z eiss .

Are all these collections aimed at different sets of customers, or are there people who will wear a classic-looking RX frame and then pick up one of your more extravagant sunglasses?

Will each brand drive its own approach in terms of imagery and wording, and so on? Our goal lies in communicating these three collections separately, and there will also be separate advertising packages for each collection. »Love«: For the first »Love« campaign, we drew

Of course there are! We do not explicitly seg-

inspiration from the 1970s – a highly color-

ment our target groups. It might just happen

ful decade full of glamour and free love. The

that someone will need a rather official-look-

many different styles from that era are still

ing »Soul« frame for their job, while preferring

impacting the fashion world today, and proved

a pair of flashy »Love« sunglasses in their free

a perfect fit for our collection. The images

time. Or vice-versa, of course.

were shot in a paternoster elevator, which also

From a marketing angle, how will these three collections be communicated?

inspired our first line of POS materials and instore displays. Colorful graphic elements add

The glasses all feature logos of their respective

to the overall look and feel.

collections.

»Soul«: In creating the first set of imagery for

»Love«: The »Love« logo was created by an

our »Soul« collection, we looked deep into the

illustrator friend of ours. The hand-written

soul of A ndy W olf . So we took a trip to the

signage is very of-the-moment and really

seaside with some of our long-time friends,

modern – just what »Love« embodies for us.

supporters, and some of our campaign models

»Soul«: The »Soul« logo is really classic and

to let it all hang out and get some intimate

understated. It’s chic but not pushy, and

shots of our new glasses in a unique atmo-

thereby perfectly suited for a solidly grounded

sphere.

collection.

»White Heat«: The new White Heat« cam-

»White Heat«: The eyewear designs behind

paign really takes it back to the basics – clean

»White Heat« are new and marked by a clear

shapes and clean imagery. The shots resonate

imagery and design language, which is also

with a special atmosphere because of the use

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Will those three collections also be sold at different opticians? Yes, of course.

Would you opposed to selling all three collections at the same optician?

the first sketches all the way to producing the first prototype took about a year. After all, we didn’t want just another standard store display. Our paternoster elevator is highly recognizable and really stands out from the

Ideally, we would love for an optician to

displays offered by our competitors. It really

feature our entire portfolio at the store. But

draws in the customers and invites them to

there will always be opticians who, based on

play around. While all glasses are in full view

their own customer base, will choose only

of the customer, they need to turn the handle

one of the three collections.

in order to be able to get a hold of them, which

Will you support these opticians with displays? Our latest in-store display is designed as a paternoster elevator for eyewear.

Where did you get the idea? Over the years, several customers have asked us why we’re not building our own A ndy W olf furniture. The process from creating

creates a sense of desire right on the sales floor.

Now that you have divided your offering, will this also led to selling more ANDY WOLF eyewear? That would be a wonderful side effect.


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Everybody knows that blue and orange are complementary colors on completely opposite ends of the color scale, yet so natural and at ease with one another. Seen in these amazing new frames, the powerful combo brings a new level of cool to summers in the city or by the beach. OAKLEY »F rog sk i n s« Orange lenses capture a large amount of blue rays, letting in more natural light. Contrasts are more vivid, edges more defined. Your look, much cooler!

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In the German eyewear retail landscape, one particular store with an extravagant name has been turning heads over the past few years: SIX MILLION GLASSES. Behind the flashy moniker lies an innovative and efficient concept, created by two brothers: HAUKE and MARC OLIVER PETERS have been selling hand-picked eyewear from cool labels to Hamburg’s prime clientele since 2006. Today, the store – and the brothers – have become a fixed institution in the trending Schanzenviertel neighborhood and beyond. Most customers are greeted by name upon walking into Six Million, and during the photo shoot for this article, the Peters brothers just popped into the boutique next door to borrow some jackets. And since Hauke also travels as a sales rep, he gets the latest insights on the optical business straight from the source. Here’s their unique perspective in this issue’s Retail Profile.


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Hauke, is the Schanze neighborhood in Hamburg still the »place to be«?

I really wanted to stay there after my degree. So I convinced my sister, who was already a fully

HAUKE: For sure. Despite ongoing gentrifica-

certified optician, to open up our first optical

tion all the other districts such as Wilhelms-

store in town: »Augenblick Optik«. And since

burg have not been able to attract a creative

making a living off half a store was not feasib-

scene. The Schanze remains the city’s creative

le, I opened a second store and went solo this

hotbed.

time: »Stil Plus Optic«, a small and upscale bou-

You earned your degree in Business Matique with a fashion angle right on Bremen’s nagement. Then you took the detour into the market square. optical trade. How come? Marc Oliver, you’re the younger brother. HAUKE: Initially my plan was to end up in Was it a natural choice for you to follow fathe media business, so I took two semesters mily tradition? in Cultural Sciences. But when I became a dad

MARC OLIVER: No. Right at the start, it wasn’t

at the young age of 23 in 1991, I decided to

clear at all that I would follow my older siblings

change into cultural management and took the

into the optical business. Right until finishing

Management in Trade program at Bremen Uni-

high school, I was totally focused on playing

versity of Applied Sciences, and completed my

tennis. But the bleak future prospects of beco-

diploma in 1996. On the side, I was working

ming a pro and the many failed tennis coach

for a promotions agency as the district manager

careers here in Germany made me think twice.

for G aulloise and L uck y S tr i ke .

After finishing school, I wanted to get some

And because my daughter was born in Bremen,

kind of practical training. Because our dad al-


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MARC OLIVER ABOUT HAUKE

loud emotional creative reliable, and a hell of a guy It’s super fun working with him.

HAUKE ABOUT MARC OLIVER

totally different than myself incredibly grounded down to earth a great guy with a great vibe I’m really proud to be his brother

the practical aspects of working as an optician.

What’s the best thing about working as an optician? And are there any downsides?

While working towards my certification as an

HAUKE: I really enjoy developing strategic

optician in Bremerhaven, I also spent three

business concepts and then selecting the per-

days per week working with Hauke and Bettina

fect location to open the perfect store with the

at their store, which have me the much-needed

optimal design and product line-up. For me

practical insights quite early on.

that’s always a great challenge and I particularly

When I turned 23, I moved away to Hamburg

enjoy working on the design and implementing

to study for a degree in Industrial Engineering.

it in cooperation with agencies.

But that career switch would have left a big

MARC OLIVER: I’m really intrigued by the

gap, since there was now a certified optician

diversity of all the tasks at hand. From sales to

without a store in the family. And that was a

the craftsmanship all the way to design and in-

straight no-no. Hauke had been dreaming of

terior decorations – it really covers all angles. I

opening a store in the Schanze neighborhood

don’t know if any other job provides this much

for years and I also saw great potential in the

diversity.

ready owned five stores, I had gotten a taste of

concept. So I went scouting locations around here. That’s how we ended up finding the former spaces of a Turkish butcher – and signed the lease within a matter of two hours. That

»Six Million Glasses« is one of the most progressive opticians in the entire country. But the Schanze location is not your family’s only retail store, right?

was back in 2006, and that’s how »Six Million

HAUKE: The Peters family has been selling

Glasses« started.

eyewear since 1996 at »Augenblick Optik« in


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Bremen, since 1999 at »Stil Plus Optik« in

MARC OLIVER: Relaxed, casual, and passiona-

Bremen, since 2006 at »Six Million Glasses«,

te.

and since 2010 at »Neonbox Optics« in Hamburg Ottensen. That should be plenty for now.

Do your stores share the some concept or do you switch it up depending on location?

Looking at your employees, they all seem to like it. Is there a system behind managing your employees? MARC OLIVER: The system is pretty much that everyone can be themselves – employees just

HAUKE: Every store follows its own concept

as much as customers. Here and there, a street

and offers a product selection suited to their

artist will walk into the store with harlequin

respective location and customer base. Every

clown shoes with bells on them. The Schanze

store has a different style of product presentati-

neighborhood encourages equality of all ethnic

on and brand selection.

backgrounds, genders, and age groups – and

Your store and you two as personalities really stand out in the broad mass of opticians. Were you certain that your concept would work right from the start, or were there doubts at some point? MARC OLIVER: We actually never had any doubts that it would work.

How would you describe the philosophy behind »Six Million Glasses«?

that’s exactly what we stand for.

Speaking of equality, how do you divide up tasks at the store? HAUKE: Our employees do the work, we chill and grill … preferably at the pool or the beach. That’s why we picked Hamburg.

Haha, speaking of the beach: What’s your share of sunglasses in the overall line-up? HAUKE: That’s around 50%.


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What’s your take on the future of prescription eyewear? Will customers migrate towards contact lenses or Lasik surgery?

MARC OLIVER: Purchase decisions tend to be made based on personal advice. Even professional stylists who come by the store to lease

MARC OLIVER: That might be true, but at some

eyewear for photo shoots – around ten per

point they will end up needing glasses anyway.

week – like to get our opinion.

I consider Lasik surgery and contact lenses as supplements to the eyewear market. Over the

Do you put an emphasis on close communications with your customers?

years, eyewear has also advanced from plain

HAUKE: We like to take them out for drinks.

medical device into a fashion statement. Which

No, seriously, we are planning to launch or

is exactly why customers come to us.

own fashion blog and only have an outdated

How would you describe your customer base? website at this point and around 900 Facebook MARC OLIVER: Our customers are a diverse fans. mixture from students, to managers, all the Your selection is rather eclectic. What are way to former senators. Most of all, we get peo- your favorite brands, and do you recommend ple involved in the arts and media, as well as those to customers? advertising. Most of them have a pretty liberal MARC OLIVER: Most definitely! R ei z , G ar attitude – they’re smart people. re t t L eight , D i ta – all companies that are inWhen it comes to selling to smart custodependent with minimal design and maximum mers, do they have a clear idea what they craftsmanship. We seek out labels who manuwant, or are they open towards individual facture under fair conditions with short supply counseling? chains, also including brands from Germany. In


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my opinion, R ei z is by far the most sustainable

has made me rather humble. As an indepen-

company on the market right now.

dent optician who gets the first taste of success

Hauke, you also work as a sales rep. Which labels do you work with and in which region?

right away, you tend to think that you’re god’s gift to the business who has all the answers,

HAUKE: In 2009, the guys behind R ei z asked

while others are just lame and in the dark.

me, if I wanted to cover the North of the

That’s actually not true; lots of colleagues out

country for them, and after long deliberations

there are doing lots of things really damn well.

I finally said yes. But that only became possible because my sister agreed to running our store

Where do you see the overall trend in the optical business?

by herself. Working in sales and several stores

HAUKE: There will always be the classic opti-

just wouldn’t have been possible. At the time,

cian in his apron, focused on his workshop and

R ei z was working with very few stores up here

technologies. But concept-based opticians are

in the North, so I needed a second label. Since

winning more and more market shares. On top

we were selling lots of P aul F rank back then,

of that, R ei z is aimed at a rather special custo-

my 41-year-old self put in an application with

mer base, since the brand story needs to be told

B aumvision and after some tenacious back and

with appropriate sales support.

forth got the green light via text message.

Have your experiences as a sales rep had an impact on your work as an optician – and vice versa? HAUKE: Absolutely. The experience as a rep

Is there ever a conflict of interest between your two jobs? HAUKE: That’s what I initially expected, but just the opposite was the case. Since I spend time serving customers at our store and do my


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best to keep inventory at a realistic levels, I can understand what my opticians need. They are

Is there room for experimentation when it comes to trying new labels?

all really fair and appreciate one another’s work.

MARC OLIVER: Early on we were surely among

And through all those years I only met one per-

the top three opticians in Germany when it

son who thought she was better than everyone

came to bringing in new brands, for instance

else. And that was in Berlin.

»Booth & Bruce« or »Goldsmith«. Nowadays

As a sales rep, you really know the needs from a brand perspective. What do brands want from their opticians? HAUKE: They want opticians to make a clear

we like to take our time, about one to two years.

Is there anything most brands tend to neglect in your opinion?

commitment to a brand’s portfolio and work

HAUKE: Positive customer service is often neg-

with it accordingly. That means cultivating the

lected. I’m not talking about pushy sales rep vi-

line-up is the main key to acceptable revenues.

sits, but as an optician I really like it when I get

Not an easy task with the multitude of brands out there. How do you select the brands for your optical store? MARC OLIVER: We really put an emphasis on great brand presentation, respectful and not

a quick heads-up, like: »How are things going? Do you need anything? Is everything working out with our brand?«

And what impresses you the most in the business?

too pushy employees, great craftsmanship and

HAUKE: When my colleagues, with whom I’ve

price/performance ratio for us, as well as our

worked as a sales rep and optician for many,

customers.

many years always keep their word, always


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keep it square and endure all the nonsense I tend to spew out on a regular basis.

Maybe they just blank it out … Anyways, in the fashion business, brands tend to come and go. What’s the recipe for an eyewear label to be fashion-oriented but at the same time enjoy longevity on the market? HAUKE: By walking the walk of sustainable customer retention.

Which labels are doing a great job at it in your opinion?

style, and price? MARC OLIVER: We certainly get these customers. Once a customer has made a particularly great experience with a certain label, they’ll buy a second or third pair of glasses from them. But that’s pretty much it in terms of loyalty since fashion-oriented customers are always looking to try out some other designs as well.

Is there a newcomer brand on your radar right now? HAUKE: Shhh … I can’t reveal to much at this

HAUKE: Only a select few, since the owners

point. But check our window display in about

and designers generally like to steer clear of the

three months, okay?

customer and leave it all to the distributors, instead of spending some time at the actual store to see how their products are being sold to end customers.

Do you notice any brand loyalty among your end customers? Meaning, do any customers specifically ask for certain labels at your store, or is it more about the individual fit,

Thanks a lot for the interview, guys!


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