FUNKY AND FAB
MAKE A SPLASH
AXEL S Alicia 315
LIGHT THE WAY
TIME TO CHILL
Frost Goldene Gans
THE KEY(HOLE) TO SUCCESS
Several German brands transcend the everyday purpose of glasses and offer up eyewear that helps reveal a wearer’s true personality.
Messenger bags come and go. Purses get swapped out regularly-sometimes daily. Shoes change with the weather (or the purse). However, eyewear is the piece of an individual’s look that can make or break the intended aesthetic. It’s often the first thing others use to describe someone, and it can provide the world with a real look at the wearer’s approach to life. For anyone looking to make a lasting impression, the German-made collections and styles featured here are sure to get the job done-and then some.
DESIGNS TO REMEMBER
Axel S Designs was founded in 1974 by Axel Smidt and its Axel S. collection places importance importance on innovation and a fresh look. The company’s philosophy is described as showing “œfantasy and courage for the extraordinary.” Alicia 315 and Sophia 317 reflect this sensibility, as do AX940 and AX1060, which are handpainted.
With a production process that lasts weeks, Benner Eyewear Design is “œHeartmade in Germany.” The brand’s Cosmo Duo 19 has an upper rim that’s reminiscent of a bow, running in a different direction than we’re used to seeing.
Designed specifically for wearers with small faces, Colibris is German for hummingbird. Colibris Eyewear Classic collection features Kaspar and Klaas, both simple designs with riveted hinges. “œThe design is timeless, and the material we use is sustainable,” says Christina Hullerum, senior designer, Colibris. “œWe think that’s a very good combination.”
For those who like to move forward with a look back, Rigards Eyewear’s RG0008 has a real retro feel, thanks in part to its keyhole bridge. “œWhat makes this particular pair extra interesting is the compelling yin-yang look-courtesy of the richly variegated hues inherent to natural horn and the clever pairing of material and design,” explains Ti Kwa, creative director, Rigards.
OWP’s 1401 is proof positive that a bright, vibrant character is not reserved for 20-somethings. “œThe OWP Ladies’ Collection represents attention to detail and superb design,” asserts Johanna Schleich, product manager, OWP. “œWhether feminine and colorful or timelessly elegant, each of our creations impresses with its unique character and is thus the perfect statement for the 40-plus woman wearing glasses.”
With fantasy-inspired styles, Frost Eyewear’s Fairy Tales collection lets fiction become part of anyone’s reality. “œLife is not about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself and being happy,” says Marion Frost, designer, Frost Eyewear. “œMy job is to create these attractable lifestyle accessories.” With that in mind, Frost’s Golden Goose-inspired Goldene Gans is in good company, grouped with styles inspired by classic tales including Hansel and Gretel, Aladdin, Pinocchio, and Robin Hood, among others.
Other German-made eyewear worth noting include Eastern States Eyewear and UltraPalm Optical’s Cazal 8021 and 8022, Imago Eyewear’s Ultralight Collection, and the animal-kingdom-inspired children’s collection, MYKITA First.
Of course, the look only works if it’s backed up by the quality and longevity that all eyewear should have. Choose from these quality German-made brands to ensure that patients can make names for themselves with eyewear that suits their personalities.
Rachel Bozek is a freelance writer who includes the optical field as one of her areas of expertise.
WHERE TO FIND IT:
Axel S Design 771-8977-9070 • axel-s-design.com
Benner Eyewear Design 888-722-3322 • bennereyeweardesign.com
Colibris Eyewear colibris.eu
Eastern States Eyewear 800-645-3710 • eseyewear.com
Frost Eyewear 011-49-0-7841-6031-0 • pm-frost.de/en/index.php
Imago Eyewear 011-49-0-8024-9917-0 • imago-eyewear.de
MYKITA 973-669-0063 • mykita.com
OWP USA 877-569-7872 • owpusa.com
Rigards Eyewear rigards.com