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If our current cover shoot had been a video production for a song, the choices would have been infinite. This issue’s theme – ONE – has been a goldmine of inspiration for artists, famously explored by the likes of U2 with their song of the same name. And in line with the art direction of our shoot, Justin Timberlake famously crooned: “We’re making two reflections into ONE, ‘cause it’s like you‘re my mirror, my mirror staring back at me.” But are we really ONE at the moment? Politically speaking, that seems quite far from the truth right now, at least judging from the talk shows and election campaigns and endless barrage of pros and cons tossed out over the airwaves. Then again, we’re not trying to fan the flames of cultural and political debate. We would much rather offer an aesthetic take on the concept of oneness and duality – because without black, white could never exist. And who is to say which is more beautiful? This issue’s cover concept utilized mirrors to literally fragment and reflect ONE image into many on a graphical level. Quite happy with the results, we also extended the concept to our Collection Shoot on page 112. We were sort of dreaming when we made it, so excuse us if we go astray. 32
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Back to reality, we took a highly inspiring trip to visit the guys behind blitz motorcycles at their Parisian workshop/man cave. You can
literally smell the oil and grease on the pages featuring Fred and Hugo at their garage. That story was worlds away from our usual fare, but to us it’s all ONE and the same. Other amazing photo shoots took us all around the globe, from Tenerife to Cape Town, from New York to Berlin. This issue pays homage to time-honored labels and newly launched brands, because past and future, in a way, are also ONE. On that note, we are especially excited about having met grand seigneur Jean-Francois Rey in Tokyo. On yet another level, ONE is about to take on a new meaning for our magazine. This issue, number 19, marks the very last time we’ll feature a “1” on the cover (at least until number 100). So we’re officially outgrowing our teenage years, not altogether sure if we are ready to face life in our twenties. Then again, who ever is? It’s all part of life, constantly moving forward, ONE step at a time. We hope you enjoy this issue. SD 33
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SPECTR, THEY STYLE SPECTR is all about eyewear, but when it comes down to photo shoots, there’s a lot more involved in setting the stage and creating an ambiance for eyewear to sparkle. The number of actual spectacles featured in each issue is dwarfed by all the clothes and accessories our stylists are hauling out to each and every photo shoot. In that sense, our stylists play a major role in directing the visual appearance of our magazine. They are the dark horses of the industry, quietly pulling the strings behind the scenes. For this issue’s Insights, we want you to meet three stylists involved in the making of SPECTR.
BODO ERNLE Like many folks who decided to make the German capital Berlin their new home, Bodo Ernle comes from a colorful background. After finishing his education as a retail
salesman in the textiles segment, Bodo left his small town
Our most stylish global citizen hails from a Vietnamese
origins in the Swabia province of Germany for big city
family, but was born – not in Saigon – but in the Bavarian
lights. And it must have made an impression: Because after
town of Regensburg. Trang was raised and educated in Eggenfelden, and chose to study Fashion Design in the big city of Munich. The now 28-year-old followed up by assisting several stylists on shoots for Burda publishers before deciding to do her own thing in late 2015. Since then, Trang Cao has provided her services to commercial and magazine photo shoots on an international level. Asked about her own stylistic preferences in terms of clothes, she offered: Rather clean, only low-top shoes and with an emphasis on comfort – also because the life of a stylist is constantly “on the run” from one shoot to the next. You can check out her work on the photo shoot Armed Response with Sacha Tassilo Höchstetter on page 184. And does Trang Cao ever slow down? Rarely ever, as her main hobbies include traveling around the world and sampling food from international cuisines.
ARK ADIUS GIESEK
putting in time as the Fashion Editor of Bravo Girl ma-
Aside from wielding quite an impressive and unusual
returned to Berlin as an independent style director and
name, Arkadius continues to amaze us with his internatio-
producer in the service of international publications and
nal background, extensive travel schedule and work ethic.
fashion clients. This issue marks Bodo’s third assignment
Based in the German town of Dusseldorf, the trained fashion
for SPECTR, and we have surely come to appreciate his po-
designer spends half of his time working in Amsterdam.
sitive energy and creative vision on-set. Asked about the
Arkadius enjoys the constant challenges of working with
best part of his job, Bodo instantly offered “traveling”. His
different models and choosing the most exclusive outfits
personal highlights include editorial meetings in Ecuador,
and accessories to bring their personalities to life. He
productions in Rio de Janeiro and editorial trips to New
thrives in an environment marked by constantly changing
York City. Check out his current shoot Come of Age with
fashions, new teams, and various locations across the
Michael Mann on page 88.
gazine in Munich and correspondent work in Paris, Bodo
globe. It’s all part of the package for Arkadius, who puts an emphasis on always remaining curious and open to new influences in his work as a stylist – and beyond. Asked about his greatest personal strengths, he offered his precision and sense of order. Both of these qualities reflect in his work on our cover shoot and the Collection Shoot Alter Ego (page 112) where he applied form-fitted clothing with millimeter precision to support the photographer’s playful use of lighting and reflections.
FO C US
A PA RT M E N T
by Stefan Dong us
82 H E A T
2017 Collection Highlights
COME OF AGE
by Michael Mann
A LT E R E G O
– New 2017 st yles
by Stefan K apfer
by Sabine Liewald
by A ngelika Buettner
by Sacha Tassilo Höchstetter
B AY & W A T C H198
by Stefan Dong us
212 F R E E Z E maybach
2017 St yles
by Ulrich Hartmann
From past to present to future
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New: Metal collection
T H E M E S H O O T 1/ 2
5 shades of nude
A L L I E D M E TA L W O R K S A lways a step ahead
FASHION DIRECTION Gala’s Marcus Luft
THE GERMAN COLLECTIVE New collabo with mykita
CONTEMPORARY TRADITION germanon gambini
i leggeri collection
CAZAL 001 106A legend lives on
CA MPA IGN IN SIGH T
tides of A koya
122,164, 196,218 E S S E N T I A L S
Frames, accessories & favorite pieces
Metal frames and vintage bikes
From apparel to eyewear
THEME SHOOT 2/2
sol sol ito
COLL ABO WITH UP CYCLES To win: The SPECTR bike
A BS O RB
5 MONTHS LATER An editor’s point of view
photo RAP HAE L S C HM I T Z , t e x t A S T R I D S P I E R I N G
Next up, I worked with copenhagen specs on creating the first-ever SPECTR Award. Now we can hardly wait to hand out the first trophies
The last five months have been an action-packed whirlwind. For Silmo tradeshow I headed to Paris, press events brought me to Munich
at the event in March for outstanding designs in two categories: Best
and two photo shoots took me all the way to Cape Town. The latter
RX Frames and Best Sunglasses. By the way, all exhibitors at this year’s
was a special highlight, but more about that later.
copenhagen specs are qualified to enter.
Some readers may recall that Silmo was my official introduction
And in order to spread some pre-Christmas cheer, I started our
to the eyewear universe. What was my absolute favorite? Definitely
‘December Lottery’ – and the response has been nothing short of
meeting all the people behind those amazing eyewear brands! In Paris
overwhelming. At this point, I would also like to say thanks to Elisa
I also had a chance to meet the guys behind blitz motorcycles: Fred
Peth for her incredible artwork that revealed her special talent for illus-
and Hugo are beyond a doubt the most charming mechanics I have
trations around eyewear. Shortly before Christmas I had the chance
ever encountered in my life. Engine oil not only scented the air during
to escape frosty Germany and head to the Southern hemisphere:
the photo shoot, it also literally stuck to my hands as I left the work-
Together with SPECTR editor Stefan Dongus I hopped on a plane to
shop. Eyewear, as it turns out, is a full-body experience!
Cape Town. But make no mistake, this was a work-related trip – with
My first press event in Munich followed soon afterwards, and it
a hefty schedule including two photo productions, not to mention
was an equally pleasant and informative function, with lots of friend-
putting the final touches on this issue of SPECTR while “on the road”.
ly faces. Freshly returned to the offices, it was time to tackle some
Nevertheless, we managed to squeeze in a trip to the beach as well as
items on my growing to-do list. How about creating the coolest bicyc-
climbing to the top of Lions Head mountain.
le of all times with the dudes behind up cycles? Done! The SPECTR
Well, these are just a few impressions from my past five months in
Bicycle is a true eye catcher, and it’s almost sad that we are raffling it
the great wide world of eyewear. Here’s to more adventures in the fu-
off to one of our readers – I would have loved to keep it around as my
ture! I hope you will have at least as much fun reading our 19th issue
official office bike.
as we had making it.
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Eyewear today is an integral part of the fashion world, so it’s easy to forget that things used to be different. The rise of eyeglasses into trendy accessories was fueled by innovative eyewear designers such as Jean-François Rey. For over 30 years, the French luminary has been blending colors and shapes with unparalleled style and pizzazz, while introducing groundbreaking frame designs that continue to challenge the status quo in the global eyewear business. Shy and reclusive in his personal demeanor, Jean44
François Rey made a name for himself with bold, innovative, and often tongue-in-cheek designs during the extravagant 1980s. As one of the first designers in our industry, Monsieur Rey understood that eyewear design and haute couture are birds of the same feather, and founded his own label to celebrate the union between both worlds. Almost immediately after launching his own brand, Rey began a long line of collaborations with fashion houses, starting with the likes of Issey Miyake and Marithé François Girbaud.
FROM PAST TO PRESENT TO FUTURE
Jean François Rey
YE A R S
t e x t FRAN C A RAINE R , p or t ra it S T E FA N D O N G US
contempor a r y eyewea r design
The formula worked: The Frenchman’s sunglasses collaborations took over fashion runways by storm with their cool swagger, inspiring him to create his own company, BLI-DBP, with headquarters in Marseille. Today, Rey’s eyewear estate distributes four successful sub-brands, each marked by its own style and brand identity. Two years ago, the founder expanded the lineup with the luxury collection Jean-François Rey as the perfect platform for bringing back the great classics of the roaring 1980s. 45
In our spectr interview, the 70-year-old design pioneer reveals why his life plan never included anything else besides eyewear, and how he manages to maintain an incredibly high level of creativity over the course of a 30-year career. Not to mention raising the bar and continuously setting trends, while casually running a successful eyewear empire together with his wife. The man, the legend – Jean-François Rey in his own words.
although I ended up going to school for International Law, the love
Bonjour Jean-François! We have been trying to set up a photo shoot for
for eyewear design ended up prevailing, so I went in, head over heels!
quite some time now. And while it didn’t work out in Europe, we’ve now
Throughout your career, you made a conscious decisions to work with
linked up here in Tokyo. Let’s start right from the beginning: When did
grandmasters of the fashion industry. A clever move that soon raised
your passion for eyewear design initially develop?
your international profile. Was that premeditated or simply driven by a
My roots are in the mountainous Jura region, which is the cradle
love for fashion?
of many French eyewear companies. My parents already worked in the eyewear industry, so honestly, I could have never imagined
It had little to do with premeditation, and it was a very personal
anything else than joining the business. In the beginning, desig-
decision. The fashion business has always been a source of fascina-
ning eyewear was nothing more than a passion project. A hobby
tion to me and continues to influence my work today. Back then, I
for weekends and during the school holidays. At the age of 16, I
really gravitated towards the entire “Côte d’Azur” vibe, captured
designed my first eyewear collection for my father’s company. And
by great designers such as Philippe Salvet, Lothars, and H.L Chapuis, all of whom had a massive following in Asia. Soon after we opened
Change really is the only constant
our showroom in Paris in the 1980s, I had the opportunity to
and her always-on-point combination of themes and materials
design a couple of sunglasses collections for fashion brands such
run deep within our brand’s DNA. And that is exactly what makes
Agnès B., Bensimon, Issey Miyake, and Marithé François Girbaud.
us stand out from others: We have succeeded in finding our own
More than 30 years in the eyewear business, and your work has always stood
unique and unmistakable language.
out as creative and originals. Some even shifted the paradigm in the entire
The launch of our »JF2180« model was another significant mo-
industry. Looking back at your journey, what were the biggest highlights of
ment. A racy, innovative concept that really helped our brand name
and notoriety reach a new level. The j.f.rey Signature Style soon
There were many. First of all, meeting my wife, Joelle. As our
became an international reference point in the eyewear industry.
company’s Art Director, she quickly discovered her personal style
For 30 years now I have been able to make a living from my passion
and perfectly understands how to blend acetate and colors with
and it’s like one great adventure. While I’m on my journey, I con-
style and grace. The color nuances, her bold creative risk taking
tinue to discover new facets during my work with all these people. 46
My eyewear is a genuine attempt of emphasizing the true personality
– these are the kind of qualities you need in order to work for me.
of the wearer.
Currently, our designers are busy exploring new blends of vari-
Over the course of three decades, you’ve seen a lot of trends come and
ous materials in search of lightweight and refined combinations.
go. Which materials and silhouettes would you consider timeless?
The j.f.rey label in particular puts great emphasis on lightweight
Acetate, metal, stainless steel, and titanium. And, for the past few years, also leather. We actually did an entire collection crafted from
On that note, how would you describe the j.f.rey style in three words?
leather, called Jean-François Rey au Masculin, which scored big
Differentiated, creative, and colorful are three adjectives that we
among eyewear aficionados. Actually, the work of our designers is
continue to hear from our customers. But you could also narrow it
a lot like that of scientists: They work in a laboratory, research new
down to an eccentric, innovative, and contemporary style.
materials and join them together, all the while breaking established
Eyeglasses have become fashionable accessories, used to enhance the
codes on both a creative and technical level. The courage to try new
individual style of the wearer. That’s also the reason why many wearers
things, overcome boundaries, take risks by disrupting conventions
own more than one frame. They like to match their outfit to their glasses,
and vice versa. What do you think about this course of events?
shame! Color accents, shapes, and materials can marvelously en-
For us as designers, that trend is headed in exactly the right direction!
hance someone’s appearance, whether it’s the entire personality or
Nowadays there are so many stylistic conventions, colorways,
just a character trait. In my opinion, eyewear is the perfect accessory
prints and shapes, that eyewear has rightfully evolved into a
to express someone’s style and creativity. In 1995, you founded your own company. Today, BLI-DBP is managing
fashion staple in its own right. Scrolling through various social
four eyewear brands (j.f. rey, boz eyewear, volte face and sky eyes). It’s
media channels or browsing a fashion magazine these days, you cannot help but notice how important glasses have become, and
grown into somewhat of an empire, run together with your wife. How did
how consciously they are being employed to supplement certain
that happen and what does each of your brands stand for?
outfits. Ultimately, what choice of model you end up wearing boils
BLI-DBP has been in business for over 20 years with headquarters
down to a highly personal decision. Some wearers tend to be more
in Marseille. Our collections are released under four main labels,
bold, while others remain rather conservative... which is a bit of
which break down as follow: 47
• Jean-François Rey (Au Masculin, 1985) – positioned in the upper
price segment, top-shelf.
Our main brand with models for men and women, crafted from metal, acetate or a combination of both materials. It’s inspired by
architecture and very urban. Within the brand, we have launched
My wife created this line as a reflection of her self: colorful and pas-
sionate. Models for bold women, highly individualistic with great
• Kids & Teens: True to its moniker, this is our kid’s line. This
emphasis on colors, themes, and the interplay of various materials.
year’s collection was extremely well received, much to our
Our Parisian label crafted from acetate. Feminine and glamorous shapes for today’s refined and elegant women.
• Petite: For petite women with slender faces. We are especially proud of this collection, since we are the first on the market with
an offering of this kind.
Our sunglasses collection is “100% Fashion.” A great hit due its
J . F. R E Y
J . F. R E Y
Masterpieces created by the French eyewear designer
variety of colors and shapes, together with affordable price points. You and your wife Joelle have consciously divided your work and private
in, you know! I also have to admit that I sometimes work solo on my own “private” collections, which has led to models such as the
life. How may we imagine your professional collaboration? Who is in
j.f.rey »Nemo« and »Nautillus«. But we really make an effort to
charge of what?
separate our work and private lives, although it’s never that easy.
Who is the typical j.f.rey customer? Who buys your products?
I would describe ourselves as a creative duo – highly different but compatible at the same time. These opposites are the key to the
Every brand has its own universe, replete with its own customers.
success of our company and our many collections. Roles within the
The bold style of the boz Collection tends to attract women that
company are clearly divided: My wife is in charge of color selection
are true to themselves and want to express their creativity. The
and materials, as well as sourcing and relationships with our sup-
other brands tend to have a more heterogeneous clientele. But
pliers. My role is to run the business and try to inspire and guide
generally speaking, our designs, stylistic impulses, signature color-
our creative team with every new collection – I like to get my opinion
ways, and perfectly fitted frames from exclusive materials tend
to speak to a person who likes to be surrounded with beautiful
disrupt established codes and have no comfort zone whatsoever.
things. Aesthetic individuals, you may say.
At the moment, our designers are working on extremely thin acetate
The business is evolving at a fast clip, there are always new innovative
frames, novel hinge systems, and a new “Fil de fer” collection
materials and processes. How do you manage to keep up with the pace
crafted from wire, which we can’t wait to premiere at opti Munich
and what kind of innovations are you working on right now?
in January 2017.
Our innovative spirit definitely benefits from the fact that j.f.rey
30 years in the business, four brands – that’s quite a prolific output of
has become an established brand in the eyewear community.
frame designs. What are your top five models that keep inspiring you
Progression and the desire to continuously reinvent ourselves have
always been our driving force. And this creative approach is exactly
• The »J530« model by j.f.rey crafted from acetate.
what allows to keep pushing the industry forward and continue
• The »JF2180« because of its thought-out and groundbreaking
to set new trends without having to be followers. We take risks,
design for its time. The concept really proved the impetus for
J . F. R E Y
J . F. R E Y
»G e niu s Silmo d'O r 2005«
»JF2180 SL L imit ed E d ition«
»O ffice r 6565«
j.f.rey as a brand.
The end consumer is being bombarded with a steady influx of
• The »J107«, a highly delicate frame from metal and bronze acetate
new brands, discounted price points, and excessive offers. Despite
• The »boz Genius« model, winner of the 2005 Silmo d’Or.
this climate of “commercial aggression” we continue to tell our
• And for a somewhat younger style, the »Officer 6565« sunglasses
own story at our pace, full of passion, values and lots of beautiful
from the jean-françois rey 1985 collektion.
success stories. Our collections keep up with the evolution of the
The number of eyewear labels is simply staggering, so is the pressure to innovate. Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed or unable to keep up – or
market without ever losing the DNA behind our brands, which is very dear to me.
out of ideas?
Where do you find inspiration, Jean-François?
I will admit that, much like any other creative person, I sometimes
“Everything is Inspiration.” From architecture to urbanism, to
lack inspiration. Sometimes the enormous competition paired with
design, art, different cultures, nature and fashion, interior design
the difficult economic context can become drag here and there.
and brand-new technologies – it all informs our collections. Japan 49
has always and continues to be fascinating and inspiring to me, in
into fashion accessories by playing with new designs. Now come to
a variety of subtle ways. Two examples include the »JF2398« und
think of how many there are now! Speaking of new designs, what do you have in the works? Are you satis-
»JF2408« that fold out like an origami. Looking around, are you following any other eyewear brands?
fied with your latest collection?
I have great respect for the Japanese brand Factory 900 with their
Two years ago, we started the jean-françois rey line, which
strong, bold designs. Those guys really have some stones and
has released the Au Masculin and 1985 collections. We rely on
always work with amazing materials and shapes. Alain Mikli defi-
noble materials, all models are rather elegant, high-grade and have a
nitely deserves to be mentioned, since he’s had an enormous influ-
refined aesthetic. These collections combine our entire savoir-faire
ence on the eyewear scene in the early 1980s. Back then, you only
and creativity. And we’ll be expanding this direction with a few
had about ten designers who even dared to transform eyeglasses
new models this year. I’m especially fond of the 1985 collection,
J. F. Rey brand communication guidelines for 2017: Let’s keep it colorful!
because it’s an homage to our styles from the 1980s. These new
happy and to keep surprising our customers. Our team has grown
models give customers a chance to rediscover the history of our
this year and we’ve brought a few new designers on board. That’s
brand and learn more about who we are by looking at original
a big breath of fresh air. We welcome it and use it as motivation for
1980s photos. We had a ball bringing these classics back to life and
the response to the collection has been incredible so far! That’s the
Anything else you would like to add?
greatest birthday gift possible! We want to say thanks to our loyal
I would like to use the opportunity to thank all our customers who
customers and our fans.
follow us via our social media channels. We have been late to the
What would you be doing with your life if it wasn’t for eyewear design?
game, but our online community is steadily growing. I’m always
International diplomat or architect.
happy to see images of our products in storefronts, whether it’s at
What are your wishes for 2017?
shops in France or abroad. You guys are so creative!
To keep having just as much fun in my work, to make other people 50
Major thanks for the interview, Monsieur Rey!
M AT E R I A L W O R L D
GLCO »R i vie ra«
photo S T E FAN D ON GU S a ssis t a nt AS T RID SPI E R I N G s t ylin g M ART IN A N E L L E S h a ir & m a ke - up J AS M I N ZEL EN K O c / o S H I N E w it h CHANEL & BU MBL E & BU MBL E mo d el BE N J AM IN a t K ULT M O D E L S 52
M AT E R I A L W O R L D
New: Metal collection
»R i vie ra« Over the past five years, garrett leight californica optical (glco) has developed a loyal following thanks
to its deep assortment of unisex acetate frames. Created by designer Garrett Leight, the glasses have become the darlings of celebrities and influencers in the U.S. – and bey-
»K inne y«
ond. For the upcoming Spring/Summer 2017 collection, the California-based brand expands its design horizons: One can look forward to a range of metal optical and sunglasses available at glco stores and select retailers. The metal frames are marked by clean lines, inspired by mid-century modern designs as well as elements native to the American Southwest such as intricate filigree detailing
»C an al«
and a variety of luxurious finishes. As a prime example, the »Riviera« model is an aviator style with a striking double bridge design, featuring a delicate upper line while the lower, bolder bridge is adorned with a Southwestern pattern. Definitely one to look out for in 2017.
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COLLAB OF THE ISSUE
Mykita Mylon X The German Collective photo RAP HAEL S CHMIT Z
For what is now their second collabo, young upstarts the german
retail experiences. In line with this exclusive image, the unisex »Volt«
collective (TGC) joined forces with mykita to keep the ball rolling
model will be released in a limited run of 100 pairs. By the time this
with the »Volt« model. For a quick recap, TGC is an alliance between
story goes to print, the equally contemporary and sporty glasses will
five German optical stores that kicked off with a collab with LA-based
most likely have sold out, but take a chance at any of the five stores. Featured here, we present the »Volt« in a Storm Grey colorway,
brand glco in April 2016. Released in December, the new joint venture connects a bit closer to home with Berlin-based designer label
marked by a double bridge and extremely flat Mirror Black lenses.
mykita, but still packs lots of unique back stories and features.
Behind the sleek frame lies mykita’s advanced 3D-printing method – called laser sintering – that allows for crafting equally delicate and
As for TGC, their back story includes the first of its kind alliance behind five retailers across Germany, namely specs (Berlin), Six
robust shapes. With its fashionable exterior and performance features
Million Glasses (Hamburg), Leidmann (München), Steingasse 14
under the hood, the »Volt« can easily make the leap from sports into
(Heidelberg), and Klar (Darmstadt). Equally important is the fact that
business meetings to the nightlife. Available exclusively at TGC
all retailers share the same passion for high-end brands and authentic
stores, while supplies last.
AP ART M EN T
Some buildings are just as beautiful on the inside as on the outside. Interior and exterior blend into one fluid impression, with open floor plans leading naturally into open spaces. One such building was our photo shoot location in Cape Townâ€™s posh Higgovale district. And to make the transfer from interior to exterior spaces a fluid one, many of the featured frames were equipped with lenses by transitions. These innovative photochromic lenses automatically darken in contact with bright sunlight, letting wearers casually wander over to the pool without fumbling for different eyewear.
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t e x t D IRK V OGE L, photos R A P H A E L S C H M I T Z
The eyewear grapevine had been buzzing for a while: Supposedly, iconic California optical brand BARTON PERREIRA had a new label in the works, powered by new technologies, innovative materials – perhaps even an entirely new approach. According to persistent rumors, the designer brand founded in 2007 by Bill Barton and Patty Perreira was setting out to showcase a new blend of technology and luxury. Official conformation arrived in early 2016 when the curtain finally dropped: The first ALLIED METAL WORKS collection introduced future-oriented technology – focused on a screw-less hinge design patented by an Icelandic designer – combined with smart, refined frame silhouettes hand-crafted in Japan. As the next evolution, the brand’s second collection will release in 2017 with some key technical refinements. In preparation for the new release, spectr spoke to Bill Barton about the genesis of the brand, its design DNA, and the “allies” behind ALLIED METAL WORKS.
The name alone carries substantial weight. allied metal works sounds solid, somewhat like heavy metal and hard,
hands-on labor. So it’s even more surprising to actually get a chance to hold a pair of AMW frames in your hand: Delicate, precise, light as a feather, and uncompromisingly futuristic – with a highly recognizable design aesthetic and form language. Then again, what else did we expect from barton perreira? Over the years,
the brand’s consistent output of ele-
But despite these ideal conditions for starting a new
vated designs brought retail partner-
brand, we couldn’t help but play devil’s advocate by asking
ships with the world’s most exclusive
whether the market even needs another label right now?
boutiques, not to mention celebrity
“We didn’t want to just put ‘another brand’ into the mar-
collaborations with the likes of Chloe
ket,” said CEO and co-founder Bill Barton, who spent four
Sevigny, Giovanni Ribisi and eyewear
years building AMW with his three partners. “It has been
designer Christian Roth.
a process and dedication to crafting a brand that evolves
allied metal works in 2’nd generation
around new technologies. We call it ‘technical luxury.’ Our goal is to create something that is fresh, simple and innovative – some-
Gunnarsson – now one of the four “allies” behind allied
thing that will get our retailers and
metal works –
for a screw-less eyewear frame. The designer’s crafty
Barton initially got excited a few
and learned about his patented concept
hinge design replaces conventional screws with a patent-
years ago when he encountered
protected titanium spring, which requires no tightening or
Icelandic eyewear designer Gunnar
maintenance after fitting. Almost instantly, Bill Barton saw the potential for something new: After all, lots of people in our industry can deliver technology. But not everyone
“I am more of a hopeless romantic. I wear my heart on my sleeve which I think gives my designs more soulfulness.” PAT T Y P ER R EI R A
can deliver style. So why not blend Gunnarson’s forwardlooking tech with the fashionable, progressive designs that are the hallmark of Patty Perreira? Certain that this combination had the potential to carry an entire brand, Barton went looking for partners. Sharing the optimism, Tim Cadiente came on board as the president and visionary behind the brand. He also coi73
ned the name allied metal works as well as the concept for the website. With the four partners aligned, work on actual products could commence, which initially required breaking lots of new ground while the brand continues to raise the bar. “This creative fusion that Bill Barton created with Gunnar Gunnarsson and Patty Perreira is inspirational in knowing
cally pre-destined for the optical trade. His father – also
that this cutting-edge evolution of
named Gunnar, as signaled by the typically Icelandic last
eyewear design will soon become the
name “Gunnarsson” (son of Gunnar) – operated an optical
norm. I am witness to design history,”
store and eyewear workshop in Reykjavik. Fascinated by
said Tim Cadiente.
craftsmanship and design, Gunnar Jr. was always looking for ways to implement elegant solutions into his own frame
The Iceland Connection
designs. After completing his training
Born and raised in Iceland,
as a licensed optician in Stuttgart,
Gunnar Gunnarsson was practi-
Germany, Gunnar returned to Iceland in 2000 to take over his father’s business and add his own chapter to the family’s eyewear legacy. With his award-winning brand Reykjavik Eyes, Gunnarsson soon gai-
ned international notoriety for his equally comfortable and innovative eyewear creations. The market was especially interested in the screw-less hinge designs now featured prominently in allied metal works frames. As far as the origin story goes, Gunnarsson had allegedly grown tired of having to tighten and adjust his customers’ glasses, and pursued a design entirely without adjustable parts. When he met Bill Barton and team, he knew he had found the right partners to take his proprietary technology to the next level. “The designs reflect amazing shapes and colors combined with innovation. The collection combines the worlds of fashion and technology. For us this a true step into the future,” said Gunnar Gunnarsson. Design and progress Holding the reigns over all allied metal works designs, Patty Perreira headed into the project setting high stan-
“This creative fusion that Bill Barton created with Gunnar Gunnarsson and Patty Perreira is inspirational in knowing that this cutting-edge evolution of eyewear design will soon be come the norm.” T IM CADIENT E
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dards for making the vision of “technical luxury” a concrete reality. “I love the simplicity and ease of Gunnar’s hinge design. I also believe in the power of timeless fashion and am not a super ‘techy’ person,” said Patty Perreira. “Don’t get me wrong, I love my gadgets. However, when it comes to eyewear, I find some of the more technical brands to be rather cold. I am more of a hopeless romantic. I wear my heart on my sleeve which I think gives my designs more soulfulness.”
for function and vice versa.” And how does this unique
As a seasoned pro, how would
vision carry over into actual products? The collection
Patty sum up the design approach
encompasses prescription models and sunglasses, all hand-
behind the new endeavor? “With
crafted in Japan from stainless steel with detailed accents
allied metal works, it was my
from zyl and the brand’s signature screw-less hinges. With
focus to create frames that were both
its inaugural collection, the brand had already set the tone
useful and beautiful. It was impor-
for a clear, distinct design language; prominently marked
tant for me not to compromise design
by the fusion of classical frame shapes with technical details such as delicate
upgrade, to be launched with the upcoming collection: The
metallic nose bridges and exposed
hinge on the second generation of AMW frames will be
steel on the incredibly slim temples.
a slimmed-down version of the original that replaces the
The brand’s tech-driven ethos has also led to the introduction of a key
spring with a pin, similar to a wristwatch armband. In the design process, allied metal works relied on advanced 3Ddesign software in order to preview new innovations from all angles and cut down on producing real-life prototypes. To hear an ebullient Gunnar Gunnarsson tell it: “We believe our customers will love the comfort, innovation and the design of our new thinner hinge collection.” To see what’s next on the agenda for the brand, here’s Bill Barton in our exclusive SPECTR interview.
“The designs reflect amazing shapes and colors combined with innovation.” GU NNAR GU NNARS ON
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“Our goal is to create something that is fresh, simple and innovative – something that will get our retailers and consumers excited!” B I L L BART ON
A L LIED ME TA L WORK S » B18 0 « & » B170 «
Bill, was there a distinct event or catalyst behind the founding of allied metal works? Even before I met Gunnar about five years ago, I knew that he had developed some amazing technical eyewear. Many of his ideas had been copied by several competitors. He had all these great concepts and I was hooked! I loved the idea of making hinges and eyewear that had never been done before. Who do you have in mind as your audience for this new approach? We are approaching a consumer that wants something durable, comfortable and completely new. And this
you seeing between both labels?
is a product for the retailers who are
All of the hinges are designed and patent by Gunnar Gunnarson. They are
leaders, not followers.
extremely light weight and durable. It took us four years to develop the first two
Speaking of leading, from where do you draw inspiration for your futuristic designs? We always design with the idea of
hinges. Patty designs the frames for the AMW collection and even though they look quite different [to barton perreira], you can see Patty’s influence in the AMW collection. What are the key technical performance characteristics in your collection?
moving things forward. Making a
We have just shown our second hinge design. It’s incredibly thin and light-
product that only our design team is
weight. It is a great compliment to our first hinge, and in 2017, this gives the
capable of producing. How do you achieve a clear segmentation between allied metal works and barton perreira? And what kind of synergies are
collection more depth and versatility. That sounds exciting. What is the long-term strategy for your new brand? Our goal for allied metal works is to continue to develop new concepts, hinges, technical product, and so on. This is just the start! I’m excited to see the collection in several years. The relevant question is always: What can we do to push design and technology for eyewear forward? Will you also be offering technical accessories aside from eyewear? At this point our focus is on eyewear only. Thanks for the interview, Bill. 76
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THE FASHION VIEW
FUNK »T h o r « ja cke t s GU C C I, p a nt s A M I PA R I S , sne a ke r s AD ID AS
DON’T FOLLOW FASHION Gala’s fashion director Marcus Luft
photos S T EFAN DO NGUS Eyeglasses have evolved from mere visual aids into coveted fashion products and expressions of personal style. As a result, fashion-savvy consumers today have more choices than ever to enhance their wardrobe with stylish eyewear. In our segment The Fashion View, we’re inviting fashion professionals – naturally some of the best-dressed people out there – for their personal take on the intersection of eyewear and fashion. Here’s Marcus Luft, Gala magazine’s Fashion Director and Assistant Editor-in-Chief on his signature blend of “loud” outfits with muted eyewear styles. 78
THE FASHION VIEW
Marcus, you’ve said before that you are blind as a bat. Is your eyesight
And which labels do you
okay these days?
like to wear, personally?
Well, you could say I’ve had a rather steep career in terms of my visi-
Guess who? Prada
on loss. I started out as a kid with -1 [dioptre], and today I’m at -6.5.
and Gucci, of course!
Plus, I have age-related farsightedness. It’s going downhill fast...
And ever since Hedi
At least you get to look at lots of pretty products as part of your job. How
left Saint Laurent,
did you originally get into the fashion business?
that brand has gone
Actually, it was pretty straightforward. After I dropped out of
cold for me. And I
studying philosophy and finished the Henri Nannen School of
like wearing basics
Journalism, I became the Travel Editor at Amica magazine. Their
by Cos or Uniqlo. I
then-Fashion Editor Christiane Arp, who today is the head of
always tend to buy a
German Vogue, gave me an important piece of advise: There aren’t
too many journalists out there writing about fashion. And most
pieces from desig-
fashion people tend to be stylists [not writers]. So I started moon-
ners and mix them
lighting under a pseudonym for magazines such as Stern and NZZ
with other stuff.
newspaper. Afterwards I became a freelancer for Welt newspaper’s
What is your personal
Sunday edition and ultimately became the Fashion Editor at Max.
definition of good style?
YVES SAINT LAURENT »2313 «
Now I’ve been the Fashion Director at Gala for seven years and
Oh, that’s a tough question. I think you can speak of good style
have been the Assistant Editor-in-Chief for the past two years.
whenever it looks self-evident on the wearer. It could be a streetwear
As the fashion director, you’re exposed to fashion every single day. Does
look with sneakers just as much as a cocktail dress with high heels.
it ever get annoying?
I’m deeply convinced that you can always tell whether someone wears something because he or she likes it, or just because it happens
Not for a second. That’s what we thought. What is the most exciting part of the fashion
to be fashionable right now. As Carine Roitfeld once said: “Don’t
business for you?
follow fashion, follow your style.” I’m constantly reminded that
Definitely all the fashion shows. To this day, I find it incredibly
statement. In any case, I find a tendency towards vulgarity rather
impressive how fashion designers compress half a year’s work into
repulsive. And also: clothing is not meant to look funny. You’re only
twelve minutes on the runway. Whenever a show is really good,
supposed to be funny in conversation. Does that also apply to eyewear?
you know you are experiencing a magical moment. It’s all about the entire production. Large fashion houses such as Chanel or Louis Vuitton are spending millions of Euros on their shows. But they get
Most certainly! What constitutes great eyewear style for you?
it right all the way to the smallest detail. After a show you can really
It really depends on who’s wearing the glasses and at what time.
form an opinion on whether it’s great and well thought-out – or not.
Sunglasses can actually get away with a bit of modern and crazy.
And do you tend to be on-point with these spontaneous assessments?
Prescription eyewear should be classic in terms of shape, but can definitely turn it up in terms of materials. Or vice versa. Both at the
I would say yes, that’s usually the case. Do you get to visit fashion designers and get a deeper impression of their
same time are hard to pull off. And as a general rule for men: Stay
private lives? Have you seen any surprises throughout the years?
away from colorful frames.
You bet. I just spent some time at the New York residence of Philipp
Your glasses are an essential accessory for you. How many pairs do you
Plein for a Gala story. On one hand it was incredibly impressive
and decked out. On the other hand, the place had a sense of warmth
I actually only have two pairs of glasses: A pair of varifocals for
and there were bowls of gummy bears everywhere. In a way, it’s proof
everyday use by Funk and my work glasses by Saint Laurent. And
that everyone is still somewhat down-to-earth in their own way.
of course a few sunglasses, which I have to pair with contact lenses.
Based on your extensive background, which designers inspire you?
Whether or not I’m in the mood is really a day-to-day thing.
I’m especially inspired by Miuccia Prada and Alessandro Michele,
Would you say that the perception of eyewear has changed over the past
the Creative Director at Gucci. Prada has constantly been pushing
few years? And if so, in what way?
fashion forward for the last decades. And what Michele has achie-
Oh, very much so! Only a few years ago I was always looked upon as
ved at Gucci is simply unbelievable. Within a matter of two years,
the biggest nerd with glasses. It always had that air of being stuck-up
his really crazy and colorful collections have transformed the entire
and unsexy. But those days are entirely over. Nowadays people wear
Gucci image, while also generating great sales and influencing the
glasses as part of their look. Which I think is amazing. Especially
entire zeitgeist. Really, really impressive stuff. And I’m also a huge
when you consider how much optical stores have changed. My
fan of Hedi Slimane. Anytime someone succeeds in selling an image,
personal optician, Glassaal in Hamburg always brings in totally new,
I always find that super inspirational. Unfortunately, Hedi has left
cool frames and brands – they’re like a concept store for eyewear.
Saint Laurent, but I hope he’ll surface somewhere sometime soon.
Only the best always. And there’s lots of great stuff out there. 79
50 SHADES OF NUDE Nobody needs grey anymore photo RAP HAEL S CHMIT Z The “nude” look has been all the hype in cosmetics for some time
amount of variations on the entire “nude” theme. When it comes to
now. Basically, it’s a make-up technique that achieves a “natural”,
eyewear, leading brands are dressing wearers in nude looks, including
non-artificial look. With this basic approach also comes a movement
andy wolf, einstoffen, and others. Executed in metal or acetate,
towards understated colors, and an emphasis on subtle, natural
with double or single bridges – the nude look is bound to turn heads
tones such as pastels, sand, and crème hues. Recently the trend has
in 2017, true to the motto: Less is sometimes more.
also found its way into fashion and lifestyle, but with an incredible
KOMONO »T he C h arle s«
MUNIC »Mod 891-1«
ANDY WOLF »Ve re n a R«
MARTIN X MARTIN »R ich ard«
EINSTOFFEN »B arbarell a«
photos DIANA DIEDE RICH s t yli n g & p roduc tion ANDRE A KADLE R h ai r & m ake - up KARIN GADE a t CL OS E U P AGENCY mod els L INDS EY C. a t MODE LWE RK & V ITAN B. a t CORE MANAGE ME NT
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collection Every season, the runways at the world’s hottest international fashion shows tend to be dominated by major overarching themes: In their upcoming Spring/Summer 2017 collections, designers at leading couture labels are inspired by themes such as jungle, beach, and summer garden. Taking cues from these imaginative stories, stylist Andrea Kadler and photographer Diana Diederich have staged a Collection Shoot from a brand that carries style and international flair deep inside its brand DNA. With locations in Milan, New York, and Stockholm, modo literally lives right on the pulse of the current zeitgeist. But the label with its Italian roots is much more than just a designer brand, but also a technology leader, summed up in the claim “Manufacturing Excellence.” The label backs up its R&D commitment with hand-picked technology partnerships, including Formula One racing mainstays Sauber F1. These future-oriented efforts are matched by a social mission, including modo’s “Buy a frame – help a child see” initiative
in emerging markets. In terms of styles, modo’s 2017 offering is a multi-faceted combination of themes, all marked by the same commitment to delicate details and technically driven lightweight constructions. All without sacrificing any fashion appeal, as the individual collections powerfully demonstrate: Paper-Thin Titanium, Paper-Thin Ultra, Paper-
Thin Acetate, and the collab collection VS1.
» 682 – Pa p e r-T hin Ultra Sun«
s w e a t s h i r t CL OS ED, b lo u s e H ABSBURG, b e l t MARINA HOERMANS EDER, s k i r t DAY, b a g B A L LY, n e c k l a c e S ABRINA DE HOFF,
Some of the new models include “loud” floral patterns, as worn by the protagonists in our Collection Shoot. Others are rather subtle and delicate, much like the setting chosen by Diana
r i n g V IBE HARS L OF, stockings WOLFORD, s hoe s C H I E M I H A R A
and Andrea. As in modo’s 2017 line, it’s all about the right balance and composition.
»VS 1 St e n dh al«
b o m b e r j a c k e t T IGER OF S W EDE N, s h i r t BEN S HERMAN, p a n t s K A P O R A L , s h o e s CHEAP MONDAY 83
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COME OF AGE
BY MICHAEL MANN
s t yli n g BODO ERNL E a t NINA KL EIN h ai r & m ake - up MICHI S CHIET ZEL u s i n g MAKE- U P DE SIGNORY & DAVINE S mod els RICHARD DREW S a t IZAIO, VAL ENT IN a t IZAIO & ASTON a t CORE p os tp roduc tion S T EP HANIE W ENCEK loca tion BERL IN
jacke t J OOP ! , s hi r t ADIDAS , p ants ANTONY MORATO
jacke t ANT ONY MORAT O, s hi r t S T RE LLSON, shor ts HUGO
GERMANO GAMBINI »GG -94«
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j a c k e t T I G E R O F S W E D E N , p o l o F R E D P E R RY
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S A LT. »Br idges«
jacket PEPE JEANS LONDON, j u m p e r HUGO, s h o r t s S T R E L L S O N
j u m p e r T I G E R O F S W E D E N , j a c k e t H U G O, shor ts TOPMAN, sneakers NIKE
»We r r y «
j a c k e t A N T O N Y M O R AT O, s h i r t L E V I ‘ S , pants TIGER OF SWEDEN, sandal s STRELLSON
COBLENS »Te m p o l i m i t «
j a c k e t A N T O N Y M O R AT O, s h i r t A N T O N Y M O R AT O, s h o r t s A D I DA S
DIE MESSE FÜR SCHÖNE BRILLEN 6. & 7. MAI 2017
www.diebrillenmesse.de DOCK.ONE KÃ–LN
GERMANO GAMBINI I LEGGERI COLLECTION
t e x t D IRK V OGEL , photos RAP HAEL S CHMIT Z 102
More than 100 years of Italian eyewear tradition return in a contemporary offering: With the lightweight i leggeri collection, GERMANO GAMBINI blends proven craftsmanship with state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies and of-the-moment designs. All in a distinctly Italian format. Effortless, chic, playful – always cool and fashionable. Our spectr Collection Shoot presents highlights from the i leggeri line, supplemented by insights from Andreas Malathounis of the exclusive distribution company iBrands about the philosophy of the brand and the road ahead. The Gambini family’s eyewear legacy dates back to the year 1912 in Bologna, Northern Italy: Gilberto Gambini opened a photo and optical store that would not only endure over the years – despite
economic crises and two world wars – but also remain under family
»Mod . GG92«
ownership. In the early 1960s, a charismatic personality took over the
“Our classic. Rectangular with soft edges.
reigns of the optical kingdom that consisted of four individual stores
The typically lightweight i leggeri look.”
across Bologna at the time: Heir to the throne Germano Gambini not only represented his country as a pro basketball player and national team member for many years – his calling card was the number 13 on his team jersey – but also a visionary thinker with bold ideas for the optical trade. Even back then, Germano considered glasses to be more than mere visual aids, but blank canvases to be filled with fashion, flair, and personal style. At an early stage, Gambini began importing hand-picked runs of designer sunglasses by Pierre Cardin, and even ended up contributing his own designs (!) to the international trendsetter’s collections. While working on collaborations with eyewear luminaries such as Ferrè, Trussardi and Coveri, he cultivated his own signature design style together with a deep understanding of the processes involved in eyewear manufacturing. As the 1970s rolled around, Gambini was ready to present his bold ideas under a new umbrella, doing things his own way: The germano gambini brand was born – and the founder wasted no time before the first unorthodox designs became the talk of high society around the world. Customer favorites included the Divina Collection marked by a highly feminine form language accentuated by precious Swarovski diamonds.
But Gambini’s darling over the years, without a doubt, remained
“For true ‘men’s men.’ A modern look, provocative
the ultra-light i leggeri collection, showcased here in a contemporary
interpretation. Today’s line-up includes prescription frames and sunglasses in men’s, women’s, and unisex designs, as well as children’s models. All frames are crafted from ultra-light acetate cellulose, with the lightest models weighing in at a lofty eight grams. Achieving this incredible feat, the label relies on a material blend known as M49, supplied by traditional manufacturer Mazuchelli, who also offers an entirely biodegradable option. As a world premiere, the current collection goes beyond acetate by adding a few models crafted from ultrathin stainless steel: The Light Metals – i leggeri line consists of 15 prescription frames with a number of different design styles and features, including Windsor rings. Rounding out the offering, six sunglasses feature high-grade, anti-reflective polymer lenses. Light as a feather, the stainless steel frames combine a high level of comfort with a contemporary chic aesthetic. 103
GERMANO GAMBINI »Mod . GG76« “Our Panto shape. A true modern classic, we appreciate its versatility.”
Speaking of “contemporary” – how can a traditional eyewear brand with over a century in the business successfully make the leap into the 21st Century? Our SPECTR interview presents insights from Andreas Malathounis at iBrands Europe, the exclusive distributor for the modern-day iteration of germano gambini. Congratulations on the successful launch of the new collection. Let’s start with the basics: What is the brand philosophy behind germano gambini?
It’s all about having the courage to be an individual and cultivate a personal style. Dare to choose a surprising color, an unconventional shape. Experience and explore your own style – or just change radically. The i leggeri collection embodies all these aspects: It is a technically perfect collection down to the very last detail. And at the same time, it’s a unique blend of a refined and modern look. What are the defining characteristics of the i leggeri collection – both from an aesthetic and technical angle?
The frames in the i leggeri collection by germano gambini are extremely lightweight, super thin, and highly wearable – and fit right into the spirit of our times. The new line The Light Metals – i leggeri by germano gambini raises the bar with extremely thin and light stainless steel frames.
»Mod . GG83«
Speaking of stainless steel, what kinds of materials are implemented in
“Our aviator style, replete with a cool look.
the i leggeri collection? Traditionally, the line is more known for plastic
A true fashion statement in the look of
classic pilot’s glasses.”
As the main common denominator, the entire collection sources components and materials that are manufactured 100% in Italy. The production of all acetate models in the i leggeri collection relies exclusively on cellulose acetate produced at the traditional Mazuchelli factory. Our metal frames for the Light Metals collection are completely made from high-grade steel. This makes our entire collection “100% Made in Italy” and our products carry a certified seal of quality. 104
Aside from certification, what sets you apart from your competitors? One of our many USPs lies in the fact that the family tradition has been around since 1912. And Germano Gambini himself was a driving force, an innovator and entrepreneur with deep insights into design, development, and manufacturing. This tradition is carefully maintained today by our production and license partner FaoFlex, a company based in the town of Segusino, Italy. Germano Gambini sounds like a luminary figure. He was a basketball pro, eyewear designer, and also quite ahead of his time in terms of fashion, correct? Yes, indeed. As one of the first people in our business, Germano recognized the importance of fashion in eyewear design. Staying true to this legacy, the brand continues to offer a high-quality eyewear collection with perfect price point positioning.
GERMANO GAMBINI »Mod . GG94«
Moving such a legacy forward can make it hard to bridge the gap into present day aesthetics. Who handles design at your company and how do
“Trendy 1980s style with a delicate double bridge.”
you maintain the integrity of germano gambini’s design DNA? We have assembled an in-house design team at FaoFlex, composed of several designers and creatives. As a manufacturer, FaoFlex can build on know-how in eyewear manufacturing and design dating back all the way to 1974. Fabio Stramare, who heads design at FaoFlex, draws inspiration from a wide range of influences from his environment, especially contemporary culture and current events. Ultimately, each new collection and each new frame is a collaborative effort of our entire design team. Why should opticians add germano gambini to their offering? The optical market and opticians in particular have been demanding contemporary eyewear frames with a great price-performance ratio for quite some time now. The germano gambini line checks a lot of boxes at the same time: Variety of designs and models, and a combination of cellulose acetate and stainless steel allow germano gambini to offer added value to independent opticians.
»Mod . GG91« “Our rounded design for both girls and boys. The look: always individual.”
»Mod . GG95« “Designed around thin edges, contrasted by bold corners as accents.” 105
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CAZAL 001 A legend lives on photos RAPHAE L S C H M I T Z cazal eyewear is a lot like rare wine: The right model from the right
Some of Cari Zalloni’s original sketches from the year 1989 formed
year will potentially fetch a five-digit price among collectors across
the basis for the bold frame of the »Cazal 001«. Evolving these classic
the world. But despite the enthusiasm for vintage cazal styles, the
inspirations, the complex manufacturing process firmly grounds the
evolution of the brand continues today. As a major entry for 2016,
glasses in the here and now: Generously curved acetate components
the storied eyewear label is releasing a frame that epitomizes cazal
are conjoined precisely with generous – almost over the top – inlays
style in every detail: Refined, powerful, and design-driven, the »Cazal
from 24 karat gold. The perfect pair of glasses for a boss, rap star, or
001« pays homage to the brand’s founder and namesake Cari Zalloni
devoted follower of the cazal tradition. As a pure premium product,
(1937 – 2012). With his bold aesthetic and passion for eyewear de-
the »Cazal 001« ships with a leather case in an elaborate gift box
sign, Zalloni elevated his brand into a global phenomenon. Through-
featuring a portrait of the company founder. True to the motto “A
out his influential design career, Zalloni continued to challenge and
Legend becoming alive,” the »Cazal 001« is now available in a limited
rethink the concept of spectacle design from the ground up, leaving a
edition of 999 pairs in Black-Gold, as well as 499 pairs in the Havanna-
wealth of unpublished design sketches for novel eyewear concepts to
C A M PA I G N I N S I G H T
C A M PA I G N I N S I G H T
THE TIDES OF AKOYA
A special campaign by leisure societ y t e x t A S T R I D S P I ER I N G
Most of the time, a campaign is simply a campaign. Sometimes though it is a piece of art that creates an almost magical mood. It tells a little story and lets viewers forget their dull realities for a second. Shane Baum and his team recently created one of those campaigns – one that stands out. leisure society’s Tides of Akoya campaign is an homage to the ancient Japanese free-diving women of the sea – called the ‘Ama’. We met with Shane to ask how he came up with the idea and how he brought the concept into modern times. 109
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Shane, please tell me: when was the first time you’ve heard of these
And how did you adapt the ancient stories to create a modern campaign?
Japanese women of the sea?
We endeavored to portray two girls that read a book on Japanese
As a kid back in Belmond, Iowa, in sixth grade, I saw a reel to
Ama lore and decide to head down to the local reefs to test them-
reel film on Japanese culture that showed scantily clad women,
selves in the beautiful waters of Southern California off the coast
basically topless, diving for ocean treasures off the coast of Japan
of Laguna Beach. Both the modern home and the beach were made
which, you know, at the time was really neat.
available for free to leisure society and our crew. We feel so
What happened next?
fortunate to have friends that are so supportive of our young brand.
Fast forward to a few decades later, my cohort in design, Darren
I hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did making it. Many
Dela Cruz, became interested in Ama divers, these same Japanese
thanks to the incredibly talented team that worked so feverishly to
women of the sea. They were brave souls that oftentimes managed families, delivered the kids off to school, dove into chilly waters for
get it all done. Thank you for your time Shane!
pearls, abalone or scallops and brought the kids home for dinner. It has been said that oftentimes, they would work to pay off their
In case you haven’t had enough of leisure society’s modern inter-
husbands gambling debts by selling these ‘treasures of the sea’.
pretation of Ama pearl diver, go to our website for more information
Whatever the scenario, it’s bold and honest and without pretense –
about the collection and to take a look at the gorgeous campaign video.
which is always what our team places great value on. 110
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lindberg – New 2017 frames For this issue’s cover production, we kind of went overboard – with mirrors and reflections and all – especially considering that we only needed four images after all. But since we had already set up the entire photo shoot, why not make use of it for some more pics? In search of a proper line of eyewear to display in this moody setting, the latest creative offering from designer label lindberg proved the perfect match. Every season,
the Danish eyewear mainstays turn heads with new, forward-looking ideas at all the eyewear tradeshows. Plus, we had just received a top secret preview of their 2017 offering – and the frames were real beauties. With their understated, sleek form language and lindberg’s signature reduced-to-the-max designs, they fit our photo shoot art style like hand in glove. Which one is your alter ego?
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MR. ALTO Allow us to introduce: The modern-day gentleman. Elegant, style-savvy, and prone to a little nostalgia.
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MRS. NUCLEUS She had her first crush on Christopher Reeve, the Superman of ‘78. Maybe that explains why she is trying hard to save the world.
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Customized vintage motorcycles have been trending hard for the past few years, especially among men approaching that mid-life bump in the road. Among those in the know, historic motorbikes with a stripped-down aesthetic – free of technical gimmicks but rich in timeless design – have emerged as a popular sub-genre. Customizing these gems into one-of-a-kind treasures is a high art, and not every bike aficionado can muster the necessary mechanical chops to handle every step of the process DIY-style. Here’s where specialized workshops enter the picture, run by seasoned mechanics with a focus on vintage motorbikes. Asking around within the scene, one name continues to emerge as one of the world’s finest destinations: BLITZ MOTORCYCLES, the workshop founded by Fred Jourden and Hugo Jézégabel in Paris, France. photos ST E FAN D ON G US , a ssis t a nt A S T R I D S P I E R I NG, re touch ST E P HAN IE W EN C E K , int e r vie w S T E FAN D O N G US & D I R K V O G EL 138
PIT STOP AT BLITZ Metal frames and vintage bikes Ever since starting their custom garage with a lot of passion for the craft in 2010, the two founders have not only conceived, customized and hand-finished countless motorcycles into unique, one-of-a-kind machines in their own signature style. The two mechanics have also evolved blitz into a brand of its own right, offering lifestyle staples from beanies to t-shirts all the way to bike-specific boots and leather jackets. Since we love all things design-oriented and vintage – and also super fast – we asked Fred and Hugo for a visit at their workshop to set up a SPECTR photo shoot, which they kindly obliged. Needless to say, we brought a case full of stylish shades to Paris with us, rugged enough for modern-day road warriors. Get ready to get your hands dirty, welcome to blitz .
S A LT. X A E T H E R » E x p lo re r « & » S c o u t «
Thanks for having us over at blitz motorcycles, Fred and Hugo. Talking to people in the scene, you guys are quite the stars among vintage motorbike transformers. Hugo: We are certainly not stars. We’re just two friends
society, with all these rules like “don’t smoke”, “don’t drink”, “don’t do this”, “do that”, and so on. It’s even more true with vintage motorcycles because if your bike has a breakdown, and if you have the knowledge
who embraced their passion and decided to try to
and the tools, you can fix it by yourself, even by the
make a living out of it.
side of the road. And believe me, I went through these
Your garage looks like the typical men’s dream, the ultimate man cave. Do men need their caves? And why is there such a hype around vintage motorbikes right now? Fred: In today’s society, let’s be honest, most of us are
types of situations many times with Fred. Knowing that you can fix a problem all by yourself must be very rewarding. Hugo: Once you do so, you feel like a hero, almost a
just considered as “pawns”. Even if you have a great job
God! You breathed life back into something that was
and big responsibilities, you can still be replaced at any
said to be “dead” by everyone else. And back in the
time. In a “man’s cave”, you are the only one in charge.
days, being a man meant this: “Fix the problems and
You do whatever you feel is good for yourself.
keep walking.” That might explain why some men
I think that may be an explanation.
tend to be so attracted to vin-tage motorcycles.
Hugo: I think that motorcycles are one of the last bastions of freedom in our modern, still very restrained
Speaking of “keep walking,” moving around on your bike is obviously just as important as tinkering around in the
M AY B A C H »T h e P re m i e r I «
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workshop. What do you like most about the act of riding
spare time after work and on weekends working in this
man cave. Back then, we never charged our friends
Fred: Being able to connect with nature without any
and their friends for our services. After five years of
hesitation. When we ride our vintage motorcycles, we
improving our knowledge and sharpening our eye, we
have no wind shield, no “hand protection,” not even
realized that we were happier spending our time wor-
a full-face helmet. So when it rains, trust us, you feel
king together and getting our nails dirty than sitting
the fucking rain right on your face. When the sun is
behind a desk, although I was getting paid well for this.
shining, you feel its warmth all over your body. When
I felt a bit like a “fraud” in the office because my own
you ride through a forest, you actually smell the forest.
added value to the company was not apparent to me.
I know that at least one of you had a connection to nature
As a contrast, when we would finish a motorcycle, I
before you started transforming motorbikes. What were you
could say exactly what I had done and why it would
work – or not.
Hugo: That’s right, I was a landscape designer.
Hugo: Like Fred said, I was always very impatient to
Fred: And I was the Head of European Marketing for an
meet up with him to work on our current projects
in the workshop. Even if in the end, we would never
So with these backgrounds, how come you quit and started
charge the people we were working for any money. But
to work as mechanics?
then we came to a point where our “creations” started
Fred: I would first of all like to say that I would have
becoming recognizable since we developed our own
never taken this leap if Hugo had not decided to come
signature style that you would not see anywhere else.
along with me. For five years, Hugo and I spent our
This leads us to sit around a table and ask ourselves if
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we shouldn’t take the chance to try to make a living
my hears, and always reminded me of those warriors
out of this particularity.
ready to bump into each other. When the time came to
Six years later it seems like you made the right choice. In
look for a name, blitz popped naturally into my mind.
your day-to-day experience, what are the most inspiring
I brought it up to Hugo – and he immediately loved it.
moments at your job?
Fred: When we place the gas tank on the almost fini-
What’s the creative process like at blitz before the actual
shed project. Then and only then do we get to take a
tools come out?
step back and see how beautiful and unique we can
Hugo: We never use sketches or Photoshop. Because
consider our last project. And of course, when the
with a pencil or a keyboard, you can design anything.
client comes over and sees the bike for the first time.
But when the time comes to make this drawing come
We never keep our customers posted on our “artistic
true in real life – it’s a whole different story.
direction” during our ongoing work. They only disco-
Fred: For us, the projects always start with a specific
ver their bike once it is fully finished. A that moment,
part of the bike, whether it’s a vintage tank, a head-
they are like a kid on Christmas Day.
light, a handlebar or a pair of tires. Then we always try
Hugo: Some of our customers are very powerful men
to integrate a part of the customer’s life into the pro-
in their jobs. Still, at that very moment, they are eight
ject. That’s why we always ask many personal details
years old again.
from our clients, so that we get to know them better.
And while we’re talking about inspiration, what about the
But at the same time, the clients don’t really have the right to
name “blitz?” It’s rather unusual for French speakers…
choose directly what they want?
Fred: I used to be, and still am, a big fan of American
Hugo: Exactly. As we like to say: “Once you step a foot
football. The first time I heard this word, it was during
in our workshop, you are ready to leave democracy be-
a game, because a “blitz” is the name given to a rush
hind.” We actually never look for customers. The cus-
attack in football. The sound of this word was nice to
tomers come to us. So they have to play by our rules.
Age 31 years | Residence Paris | Education Landscape Design degree | Hobbies Travelling the world on a vintage motorcycle, growing plants (especially Bonsai trees), living with nature as much as possible, sailing, fishing. | Life motto Be free. Whatever the cost. | Personal style I like to consider myself as a “modern cowboy” where the motorcycle has replaced the horse and the helmet has replaced the hat. | End of workday ritual In summer time, I like to go swimming right after the day in the workshop. People tend to give me the stink eye because I am sometimes “covered” with grease, but I do not care. Those same people are the ones who take a pee in the water with a happy face while they are doing it. | Next
big project Growing olive trees at my father’s house in the South of France. I can’t wait to use my own personal olive oil to cook. | Reasons for working with Fred He is the one who showed me how to work on an engine and that a motorcycle is never “dead”. Plus, he is the one driving our collaborations with other brands to have our own products made according to our ideas and designs.
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Sir iu s Titanium Collec t ion
Age 42 years | Residence Paris | Education International Marketing PhD | Hobbies Mechanics of course, travelling on vintage motorcycles, sports (roller hockey, squash, basket ball). I also tend to collect vintage Action Joe puppets I used to play with when I was a kid. | Life motto Do what you love, love what you do. | Personal
style I am highly inspired by ”militaria” clothes. And I tend to mix these vintage military clothes with some tailored pieces. | End of workday ritual Once I am done working on motorcycles at the workshop, my “second life” starts back home when I take care of communications such as emails, Facebook, Instagram, partnerships with fashion and accessories brands. | Next big project Hugo and I are starting a new motorcycle where sound will play a huge role to play. We’re currently working with a “sound geek” based in Los Angeles to design sounds, including the turn signals but also the engine once it’s spinning. This bike is the incarnation of what the motorcycle of the future should have looked like if we made it in the ‘80s. | Reasons for working
with Hugo Because he is my exact opposite. He is blond, I am dark haired. He is calm when I am nervous, and vice versa. And most importantly, because I highly respect his vision of what we should do on a daily basis.
The fact that your clients trust you so much might be one of the reasons why blitz has become way more than the name of a garage. It’s a full-fledged brand. You sell branded products like jackets, boots, shirts etc. How did you manage to pull this off? Fred: We do not consider blitz to be a brand. blitz is
for us by our friends at Bleu de Chauffe. It’s an expensive piece because it’s made in very small numbers, all in naturally tanned leather, entirely by hand. We knew right away that we would not sell many of them. Still we wanted to have such a tool roll for ourselves, mainly for our road trips. So Alex and Thierry, the co-
the expression of our vision of life: Being committed
founders of Bleu de Chauffe, designed and produced it
and true to yourself. We tend to think that if people
for us. It will never be their best-seller, still we all are
trust us, it is because they realize we are genuine and
surprised to see this product being bought online by
that we are really and purely passionate. It’s the same
people from all over the world.
for the brands we collaborate with: we never contact them, we simply don’t have time for this. The brands contact us and then we meet up with the people be-
You do seem to sell a lot of blitz clothes and accessories, though. In the bigger picture, how important is the right clothing style for you?
hind the brands. If the products as well as the history
Hugo: Very important. When we built our first motor-
of the brand and the philosophy of the people working
cycles, it was because the offer from existing brands
for it match with our vision, then we start talking
did not match our expectations. The same went for
about collaborative products, without consideration
clothing. So we had to look for vintage clothes such
for the “bankable” side of it.
as military and workwear in flea markets and secondhand stores to match with our motorcycles. We were
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then very happy when some brands, like Edwin Europe,
came to us and offered to help express our needs, even
I do not look like a fly. And the glasses themselves to
the craziest ones. And we are very happy to see those
perfectly protect me from sun beams.
crazy ideas come to life.
Hugo: I would love to find an unbreakable pair of
With that said, what would be the typical blitz “look” or
sunglasses because I tend to always sit down on them
Fred: A military-inspired jumper, a blue indigo pair of
Well, you surely handled yourself well dealing with sunglas-
jeans, a pair of workwear boots, some “cool” leather
ses in front of the camera, almost like professionals. It’s not
gloves, like the ones made by Agnelle on our behalf,
the first time you did this, right?
and a military-inspired leather jacket like the Coastal Command Jacket made on our behalf by Simmons Bilt
Fred: Nope, it’s not – but we still hate to do it. Modeling is really not our world!
Well, if you ever change your mind, that door is probably
Hugo: For me it’s a cowboy-checked shirt, a blue indigo
open... As a last question, please give our readers some
pair of jeans and jacket. And a knife! Just because you
inspiration to take home from this interview. What are you
guys dreaming of?
Let’s talk about eyewear for a bit. When you guys are featured
Fred: I do not have dreams. I have the chance to have
in films like Riding September, one can see that you’re riding
ideas that I try to make real. And right now, I’d love to
with jet helmets only, so eyewear is an important issue.
go cruise in Japan with Hugo for three months. Just to
What styles and materials do you prefer?
discover this country.
Fred: I always wear glasses. Sunglasses in the day,
Hugo: I would love to travel around the world with all
“Yellow lens” glasses at night. I love the “pilote” metal
the transportation means I have at my disposal: vin-
frame for my night glasses.
tage motorcycle, vintage boat, vintage car, and maybe
Hugo: I wear sunglasses all the time. To protect my
train – like the Trans Siberian Railroad. A bit like
eyes from the sun, the rain and the dust. I love “pilote
Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s book Around the World
frames” made of metal, mostly.
in Eighty Days.
What do you expect from good sunglasses?
We can’t wait to hear about your next adventure. Thanks for
Fred: I expect my glasses to have a good design so that
having us over and all the inspiring moments. www.blitz-motorcycles.com
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EINSTOFFEN From apparel to eyewear photo RAP HAE L S C HM I T Z , t e x t A S T R I D S P I E R I N G
Although it might appear like a brand-new start-up, Swiss label EINSTOFFEN has been around since the year 2008. In the beginning, the product line mostly revolved around textiles, signaled by the moniker “stoff” (German for “fabrics”). Over the years, the assortment has constantly evolved and now includes shirts, watches, as well as eyewear – all with the common goal of enhancing the wearer’s individual style. For us at spectr, eyewear is naturally the most interesting among these fields, so we sat down with one of the four founders, Philippe Rieder, for a Brand Profile interview. Who founded the brand and what was your initial focus?
at large international design shows. That’s been our main approach
The original founders behind einstoffen were Ramon Büsser,
until today and has really kept our collection grounded so far.
Raphael Büsser, and Christian Gisler. We started out with T-shirts,
Making the leap from T-shirts to dress shirts sounds reasonable – but
followed by our “Dress Shirts for Heroes” campaign. As for myself,
what prompted you to make eyewear?
I helped them out from the beginning and wrote all the texts for
We were at some tradeshow when we noticed a large amount of
our small brand. Once we started producing eyewear in 2012,
wooden eyewear as a decorative gimmick. Ultimately we decided
I came onboard as a full-time employee. As of now, we are also
that it should also be possible to produce fully functional glasses
producing original Swiss watches.
from wood. So we did! We created a concept and went looking for
How did you decide to focus on producing T-shirts initially?
manufacturers. Our first line of models consisted of massive bam-
The three founders had the idea while traveling around South East
boo sunglasses – looking at our current collection, we have come
Asia and meeting a T-shirt designer in Bangkok, whose designs
quite a long way.
totally blew them away. They decided to produce his designs and
Initially, you´ve worked with a lot of trial and error. Why not just bring an
import them to Switzerland.
eyewear expert on board?
In the beginning, did you already have a clear idea of where the brand
We did! Pretty soon after launching, we secured distribution
would be headed?
in Germany and Switzerland. Practically all of our sales reps are
We always wanted to create fashion – fashion that’s outside the
trained opticians and work rather closely with us. They get to
norm and with an experimental edge. Initially, we also tried our
extensively test and inspect every single new collection and we are
hand at custom-made belts and shoes from Argentina. When it
happy to implement their feedback, as well as that of our custo-
comes to our T-shirts, we quickly found that we would not make it
mers. I think that if it wasn’t for our open-minded approach to all
into the stores with our tees – no matter how awesome the designs
their opinions, the entire venture into the eyewear segment would
were. That’s why in 2010 we decided to start our line of “Dress
have turned out rather short-lived. At this point we have also hired
shirts for heroes” – our first product designed entirely by ourselves.
several opticians in order to bring the feedback loop full-circle
All shirts have been inspired by characters from cult movies. The
and integrate it into the design process. I think that both of these
response has been amazing and especially skate shops are reporting
elements are key to our success: the open-mindedness of outsiders
just as much as the fundamental expertise of opticians and eyewear
So in hindsight, designing dress shirts was the right decision?
Absolutely! Even considering that none of us have had any formal
Are you in full control of designing all collections?
design training. Although, some of us did enlist at the textile aca-
Yes we are! Our designs are all created in-house, and our decision-
demy at a later point in time. But most of the time we simply took
making process is rather democratic. Everyone has the right to
inspiration from our environment and produced things we liked to
speak their mind.
have ourselves, much rather than looking at what was happening 148
What is your process?
In the first step, we design the overall guidelines for our collection.
beauty. And we also thought that the minimalist, rather reduced design also suits our overall brand imagery.
Then one of us tackles the first design sketches with a small team until we ultimately decide on the final design of each product with
What is the brand philosophy behind einstoffen?
a democratic vote. Our sales reps, employees, and customers are
In the bigger picture, our goal is to create things that people find
also free to share their opinion. This input can lead to final tweaks
pleasant. Small treasured pieces for people with an open mind, a
and adjustments to ensure that our frames are a great fit.
passion for style, and a sense of humor. We want to represent the
And where do you manufacture your collections?
open-minded side of Switzerland. The intersection of an idyllic,
Our frames are manufactured by an outstanding company in
raw Alpine environment and the pulse of an urban metropolis.
Hongkong. The hinges are made in Germany, the acetate is provi-
That’s the design aesthetic we are celebrating! But we opened our
ded by Mazzucchelli. All our watches are made in Switzerland, and
second office in Berlin for a specific reason: The city’s do-it-your-
our shirts are made in Istanbul. We know our business partners
self metropolitan spirit allows for a large amount of creative liber-
personally – many of them for a number of years – and check in
ties that we are lacking in Switzerland. Switzerland oftentimes has
several times per year to ensure that work conditions and quality
a tendency towards self-limitation and isolation. Nevertheless, we
levels are up to par.
still love our hometown of St. Gallen. It’s a bit sleepier around here
How many of you guys actually wear glasses and where did you sell your
and we’re always just a stone’s throw away from natural beauty
first piece of eyewear?
such as mountains, forests, and lakes. We actually need both – the
Three out of four. And we are all passionate about wearing sunglas-
uncompromising drive of the metropolis and the down-to-earth
ses. Well, at the time, we handled our entire distribution via our
attitude of the Alpine back country.
online store. The response was overwhelmingly positive and we
What separates einstoffen glasses from competitors? What makes your
quickly noticed that our bamboo sunglasses struck a chord. Back
label and your products stand out?
then, there were hardly any wooden frames in that price class, so
einstoffen is not necessarily an optical brand in the classic sense.
trend-savvy opticians were quick to respond. But right upon ente-
That also becomes apparent by our material combinations and all
ring into the optical market, we soon noticed that we had to refine
the delicate details such as our weird frame names and the extra-
and improve our offering in order to remain competitive. The
vagant shapes and materials. We never considered ourselves to
past four years have been a steady learning process for us, and we
be THE wooden eyewear label and – as opposed to other brands
thank our customers for their patience along the way! But looking
– have been banking on flexibility and delicate shapes quite early
at today’s collection compared to our very first models, I think it’s
on, particularly styles that work well for women. What’s more, our
safe to say that we have come a long way in our evolution. It’s been
selection is rather broad, which allows us to cover a wide spectrum
worth the wait.
of facial shapes and price segments.
How did you decide on the three main materials acetate, wood, and
A little association game at the end.
The typical EINSTOFFEN customer...
First of all, we really appreciate natural and regenerative raw
... will notice intuitively, that the label is a great fit. They are open
materials. Second, we love to experiment with different materials.
to experiment and don’t always take themselves too seriously.
We chose wood and stone since these are both equally aesthetically
Those characteristics signal a good connection with our brand. Fairness is...
pleasing and comfortable to wear. We also opted for acetate with the demands of our opticians in mind – acetate tips are much easier to mold and adjust – and it has become a staple in all our collections. Looking ahead, will you remain within your three materials?
... extremely important to us – no matter who we are working with. An einstoffen product needs to be fair for everyone involved. The customer, the supplier, as well as the retailer should always be
Experimentation and combinations of materials are an integral part
satisfied with their end of the business relationship. In the future...
of our company – just like the Swiss mountains and the slightly ironic names of our eyewear models. So it’s rather unlikely that we
... we are looking to expand our line of prescription models by a few
will limit ourselves to wood, stone, and acetate. Our latest collec-
more frame designs. Our goal is to have a collection of about 100
tion already marks an increased amount of titanium and metal.
pieces. Additionally, we want to put an increasing focus on titanium
Quick question aside Philippe: When did watches enter into the picture?
and wood hybrids. We are also really fond of micro engravings and
We do not consider eyewear and clothing as separate categories,
miniature artworks. At the next opti, we will also be showcasing
but parts of a whole. Ultimately, both are fashion accessories
our first models with clippers. Pretty retro, they also came out
that manifest the individual style of their wearer. Both segments
pretty cool. Wow! This is already quite a lot!
continue to cross-pollinate and inspire each other. With that
It is. And in early summer we will be launching our Black Collec-
said, expanding into watches was just a logical step. All of us are
tion. Also expect some surprises in the watches segment.
great watches enthusiasts and with Time Bandits, our first watch collection, we also fulfilled our personal dream of making products manufactured in Switzerland. A genuine Swiss watch is a thing of 150
We can’t wait to see more, Philippe!
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POHLMANN photos S T E FAN D ON G US Stylists like to be in charge, especially when it comes to coordinating outfits and looks for fashion and eyewear photo shoots. Stylists also seamlessly apply this control impulse to their private lives, where their own appearance becomes the focus of much consideration. And even if the stylist decides to go for a minimalistic look, you can bet that much thought has gone into selecting – and balancing – every single piece of clothing and accessory. Our frequent collaborator Jochen Pohlmann is one of those masters in the art of making a favorable appearance. Whenever the Berlin native enters the room – on SPECTR photo shoots or otherwise – his presence can instantly be felt. And not just because of his personal styling. gl a ss e s L U N E T T E S K O L L EK T I O N shir t whi t e F R U IT OF T H E L O O M shir t bl u e J IL S AN D ER ja cke t C HE AP M ON D AY b elt AC N E p a nts AM I sho e s N IK E so cks NE W BAL AN C E ne ckl a ce T HE GOOD S T O R E
COLOR MANIA Au revoir tristesse! Let’s escape the boring realities of everyday life by putting on some bright pink glasses. Or how about some baby blue ones? Any way you want it, this is a great season for vibrant colors. There’s never been a wider variety of choices, supplemented by style upgrades such as double bridges in models by fleye, blackfin, and invu. Or how about the double colorways presented by silhouette? Amazing!
FLEYE »S a d i k u« Perfect triple play of gold, red, and acetate with a wooden look.
BLACKFIN »S aint Mar tin« The matted finish adds an extra sense of texture to these intriguing frames.
INVU »T1700 B« This frame is part of the invu Trend Collection and also available in Rose Gold.
L.G.R »Tu areg« Replete with the signature style
of l.g.r frames – the simple upper top bar.
ETNIA BARCELONA »le m arais sun« Playful details at the temple tips raise the style bar.
Y O H J I YA M A M O T O »YY7010« Edgy and extravagant – minimalist design meets rich color. Also note the matching colorways on all joints.
SILHOUETTE »Ar thur Arbe ss e r for Silhoue tt e« Exclusive design from an upcoming young fashion designer from Milan.
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can lend an air of distinction. The latter is definitely the case with sol sol ito, the reduce-to-the-max eyewear label founded by designers
Monika Fink and Sandra Kaufmann. Their creative line of sunglasses and prescription models is characterized by three major design features: interchangeable double bridges, replacement nosepads, as well as screw-less hinges. The duo’s signature design style has already won numerous honors, including last year’s German Design Award. Next to a sense of functionality and high quality standards, the designs separate sol sol ito from the rest of the pack.With nods to the Bauhaus movement
and the finest examples of Swiss eyewear craftsmanship, every single frame combines individual style and outstanding form language into a complete package. Plus, every series is limited to 50 pairs each, which definitely makes these pieces coveted eye catchers. For this issue’s Editor’s Choice, we took models »10A« and »23F« for a spin around Cape Town. 182
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THE SPECTR BICYCLE
A special cooperation with up cycles
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photos ST E FAN D ON G US , t e x t A S T R I D S P I E R I N G Every now and then, it’s helpful to set our sights beyond the world of eyewear design and do some “out of the box” thinking. After all, you never know what might happen... This was the case when, at the end of last year, we crossed paths with the three guys behind upcoming bicycle brand up cycles. After getting on with them like a house on fire, it didn’t take long for a new idea to take shape: enter the SPECTR Bicycle! First of all, here’s what you need to know about the bike smiths. Julien Bezoge, Jérémy Laurent, and Stephan Helms have two major things in common: a passion for bicycles and deep commitment to a sustainable lifestyle. In April 2015, the three joined forces and founded up cycles wunschrad. Instead of manufacturing brand-new cycles from
scratch, the three decided to leverage spare parts from quality vintage bikes – for instance French bicycle frames from the 1970s – into oneof-a-kind refurbished masterpieces. Looking at the final results, we instantly saw that the three knew their craft. After all, tinkering with old bikes has been their long-time hobby. Julien was formerly the head of a workshop in London, before working on the development of bamboo-based bikes in France. At the same time, Stephan built a business sourcing and reselling vintage bikes in Cologne, Germany. And before Jérémy joined the two in Cologne, he was in charge of refurbishing used spare parts at workshops in Paris and Glasgow. In other words, up cycles is a match made in heaven, and whenever the three take on a new project, they also make sure that it fits the new owner’s personal style and budget. After all, the customized bikes are more than mere means of transportation. They are what the Germans call a “Wunschrad” – a “dream bicycle” – and a perfect blend of style, design, and sustainable mobility. Taking care of the environment is part of the company’s founding mission, and also extends into the way the three owners buy food and clothing. “We want to live conscious, mindful, and sustainable lives. Ultimately, this not only improves our own quality of life, but also benefits the environment.” A true one-of-a-kind piece of engineering, the SPECTR Bicycle was custom-made for our magazine from the highest grade historic components. The frame dates back to the 1970s and comes directly from the private collection of French pro bike racer Raymon Poulidor. The saddle and handles are made by Brooks, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of genuine leather saddles and accessories. The mud guards are crafted from bamboo and the 7-speed internally geared hub comes replete with reverse gear. We here at SPECTR are proud to work with such resourceful partners, and we’re ready to spread the love: The SPECTR bike will soon be raffled off online, so watch our website and social media channels! 210
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M AY B A C H
maybach is one of the world’s grandest luxury brands. With a strong
»The Melod y I«
eyewear for quite some time now – always using premium materials,
foundation in the automotive segment, the label has been offering
t u r t l e n e c k T O M M Y H I L F IG E R , d re s s A S O S
always offering top-of-the-line manufacturing quality. The 2017 collection continues the heritage with top-shelf materials such as titanium, buffalo horn, rare woods that are refined with gold, rose gold, platinum, and ruthenium. Select sunglasses feature 24-karat
»The V isionar y I I«
gold reflective coating. Some models carry the Fleur-de-Maybach, a
j a c k e t J E N N I F E R PA RY L A K , t ur tle neck SAMSOE SAMSOE
proprietary ornamental pattern specifically created for maybach. The latest maybach collection also makes a strong fashion statement. Next to frames in a finely-dosed oversized look and harmonic panto shapes, the line makes bold forays into high-fashion territory with sleek double bridges or branded brow line inlays. For this Collection Shoot, photographer Heli Hinkel captures the maybach collection in front of an aesthetically fitting backdrop. The understated, simple color palette and winter mood enhance the bold luxury finish of the featured products, and set the mood of heading to the Cresta Run in St. Moritz. Luxury with a modern finish has hardly ever looked this pretty. 213
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j a c k e t P U L L & BE A R , s c a r f S E L F M A DE , s h a w l M A RC O’P O L O
»The C apt ain I«
j a c k e t R I C H E R T BE I L
M AY B A C H »The Ar t-Ma s te r I«
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»The Ma s te r I I«
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»The V isionar y I I«
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M AY B A C H »The Melod y I«
s h i r t A S O S , p u l lo v e r T O P S H O P
»The A dmiral I«
jacket &OTHERSTORIES, l a c e t o p RO S A M U N DE
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