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Hit the slopes with Bollé and Revo

Winter sports season is here! If you have a trip to the snow planned in the coming months, don’t forget to check if your eyewear needs an update. If there is ever a time to protect your eyes, it’s when being outside in the snow all day…

When in the snowy mountains, UV-rays can get up to ten times higher than normal, so wearing sunglasses or goggles with high-quality glasses is not a luxury, it really is a necessity. These UV-rays can damage your eyes permanently. Not the kind of souvenir you want to take home from your holiday, right?

We want to highlight two brands here, that have had snow goggles in their collections for years now. They both work with the best athletes in snow sports out there, so you can be sure their goggles will work for you as well.

 

Let’s start with Bollé. This brand first added ski goggles to its collection in the 1960s. You can adjust the shield of your goggles to fit different weather conditions: from good weather to poor/night conditions. All shields are photochromatic and protect your eyes to the fullest while giving you the best visual conditions possible. You can even buy a Bollé ski helmet with integrated goggles!

 

Revo introduced the world to its first pair of ski goggles in 1996. Their shields have their famous special protective coatings and are of course photochromatic. Revo’s current collection of goggles was created together with Bode Miller, one of the most decorated male skiers in US history. Without a doubt, he knows how a good pair of ski goggles should perform in order for you to perform your best on the slopes. 

Whether you go with Bollé or Revo, you can be sure you give your eyes the best protection possible with both brands. Enjoy your winter!




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Etnia Barcelona Foundation X Open Arms

Etnia Barcelona Foundation X Open Arms

Buying cool sunglasses and at the same time helping NGO Open Arms. Is that possible, you may ask. Thanks to the Etnia Barcelona Foundation X Open Arms collaboration it is. When you buy the Solidarity Pack 100% of profits go directly to Open Arms.

Open Arms is a humanitarian, non-governmental, and non-profit organization whose mission it is to protect the life of the most vulnerable in emergency situations in international waters. They found a perfect partner in Etnia Barcelona. This Spanish eyewear brand has had its own foundation that focuses on solidarity projects for years.

 

For Open Arms, Etnia Barcelona created the Solidarity Pack that consists of a pair of bright red sunglasses made from biodegradable acetate with HD polarized sunglasses, a neoprene cord and the #LIFE sweatshirt from Open Arms. You can buy it online at the Etnia Barcelona website or in the flagship store in Barcelona and all profits (100%!) go to Open Arms.

 

Yesterday, December 1st, the documentary ‘Our Voices’ was presented to the press: during a trip to the Malakasa and Ritsona refugee camps in Athens, three survivors tell their story in a bid to open people’s eyes about the difficulties of the migration crisis. To get people’s attention on the project, the Etnia Barcelona flagship store was completely wrapped in gold thermal blankets for that day, showing their solidarity with people in search of a better life in Europe. 

Besides this special edition pair of sunglasses, Etnia Barcelona has a large collection of glasses and sunglasses. Have a look at them in our showroom.

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Supreme X Carrera. The coolest cats out there.

Supreme X Carrera. The coolest cats out there.

It's one of the coolest brands out there: Supreme. Known for its red and white logo and its multiple collaborations with other brands that are as diverse as Skittles, Louis Vuitton, or Hästens. And now, Carrera is added to that famous list as well...

Supreme started out as a skater brand, and it still is. But their collaborations with other brands have attracted so much attention over the years, that you’d almost forget they sell ‘normal’ clothes and accessories as well. These collaborations give the public products they already know, but with a Supreme sauce over it and of course, a Supreme logo on it. To give you an idea, here are some cool examples…

Above: Supreme X Skitttles / Below: Supreme X Stanley

Above: Supreme X Butterfly / Below: Supreme X Hästens

Back to Carrera. This eyewear company has been making eyewear since 1956. It was named after an open road racing event in Mexico in the early 1950s, that was considered to be one of the most dangerous car races in the world. In the 1970s Carrera successfully collaborated with another company that loves car racing as much as they do: Porsche Design. Together, they launched an eyewear collection with some futuristic shield designs that to this day are considered to be iconic.

For the Supreme X Carrera collaboration, they took inspiration from a vintage pair of Carrera goggles. Both companies keep silent about which frame exactly, but we suspect it has to be the Porsche Design Carrera 5600 ski goggles. They do look a lot alike, don’t they?

 

Above: promotion picture of the original Porsche Design Carrera 5600 goggles / Below: Supreme X Carrera

So, which one do you prefer? The original or the Supreme edition?!

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TOM FORD SS22: a glimpse of what’s to come

TOM FORD SS22: a glimpse of what’s to come

On September 13th, Tom Ford closed NY Fashion Week with his SS22 show. The King of Glamour showed his view of what’s to come in the world of fashion. And with that, he also gave a very sneak peek of where he might be going next with his eyewear collection…

When you hear ‘Tom Ford’, you know there will be glamour. So, it might come as somewhat of a surprise that his SS22 show was built around sportswear. That’s right. Shorts, racer back tanks and sweatpants. But fear not. Everything in true Tom Ford style, which means lots of sparkle, gold lamé fabric, sequins and satin.

His clothes weren’t the only thing referencing sportswear. Ford send four models down the catwalk wearing sunglasses. Two of them wore a shield-like frame that perfectly fits the sport-meets-street trend we’ve been seeing more and more of. But, just like the clothes, this frame is still more glamour than sports with its shiny gold detail and mirroring shield lens.

The other frame is reminiscing of those frames Neo wears in the Matrix. Small, but again in a shiny version. A gold frame with golden, mirroring glasses.

In the mood for more Tom Ford? We've got a showroom full of Tom Ford frames!

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Maison Henry Jullien

Maison Henry Jullien

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Face à Face

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Masunaga

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Wild child Iris Apfel: ‘More is more, and less is a bore.’

Wild child Iris Apfel: ‘More is more, and less is a bore.’

Not a lot of people make it to a hundred years old, but Iris Apfel is turning 100 on the 29th of August. Iris is living proof of how choosing original and bold glasses can give you an iconic look. Here’s to more years of Apfel’s great style and energy!

Her name might not ring a bell with everyone, but you’ve likely seen her image somewhere before. She’s a businesswoman, an interior designer, but most of all a fashion icon. Even more so now than in her younger days. She loves big jewelry – she’s often seen wearing multiple statement necklaces and bangles up to her elbows – lots of colors and of course big glasses. Her most iconic pair has to be the black rounded ones she’s pictured with so often.

We’ve used the happy occasion of Apfel’s birthday to highlight some oversized frames from our showroom that have the potential to become as iconic as Iris’ pair. There are the usual suspects who are known for their love of big and bold, like Tom Ford and Victoria Beckham Eyewear, but we also found some great examples by brands you might not expect.

Have a look and you might find your next pair of glasses that can make you a fashion icon too. And you can use what Iris Apfel always says as an excuse to go wild: ‘More is more, and less is a bore!’

Tom Ford

Balmain

Victoria Beckham

Cazal

Res/Rei

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The ECO Ocean beach clean-up

The ECO Ocean beach clean-up

ECO Eyewear is taking their beach clean-ups from the coasts of the USA to Europe. Together with members of the ECO Eyewear family, they have dedicated themselves to cleaning up beaches so that coastal and ocean ecosystems can recover and improve.

It’s no secret that the oceans of the world are suffering from all the waste that we people dump everywhere. Turtles caught in fishnets. Fish who try to eat plastic waste. We’ve all seen the images and they’re not pretty. And it’s not just in the water where you can see the damage all that plastic causes. A lot of beaches are in pretty bad condition too, which has a serious effect on the ecosystem on land as well.

 

With their Ocean collection, ECO Eyewear is already trying to make the oceans a little bit cleaner. They turned over 30 tons of ocean plastic into cool eyewear. And now they are joining forces with people all over the world in a bid to make our beaches cleaner too. They started their beach clean-ups in the United States on the coasts of Miami, Orange County, and NYC, and are now taking them to Europe.

 

Portugal and Italy are the first countries where ECO beach clean-ups have been organized, and hopefully, more are soon to follow. If you want to get involved and start a beach clean-up in your city, you can contact ECO Eyewear and they will help you to get started. As they say at ECO ‘all big changes come in the form of many small ones’!