Jonathan Adler’s second collection for REM Eyewear has the Midas touch.

Influenced by mid-century Americana, modern art and global pop culture, the Jonathan Adler sun collection from REM Eyewear delivers glamorous statement pieces. The St. Tropez and Buenos Aires models offer oversized and modified cat-eye silhouettes, respectively, which are elevated to a luxe level with a striking gold leaf pattern. Classically beautiful, the Malibu features a rich malachite design and oversized round shape for those who love simple, elegant styling. A timelessly chic frame with a modified square silhouette, Havana, gives off retro panache.

The designer was on hand at Vision Expo East, and VCPN had the pleasure of chatting with him about growing up in a small town, his adorable mutt Foxy Lady and what makes eyewear design so different from his day job.

MICHELE SILVER: What are the highlights of the second collection?

JONATHAN ADLER: It’s a continuing evolution of my brand which is all about modern American glamour. We’re pushing the limits with new techniques and fabrications and trying to simulate natural materials like marble and malachite and doing a lot of gold splatters.

SILVER: What design details from your home furnishings are carried over?

ADLER: Certainly the motifs like the marble and gold splatter. There’s always nifty little touches like the interior patterns.

SILVER: What part of the eyewear design process has been the most surprising or interesting to you?

ADLER: In my [interior design]life, I get to make, like, a billion things every day, and I have this incredible freedom. In eyewear there are certain things you need to commit to so it’s more like an industrial design process. It’s really fabulous to try in the beginning to think, ‘What are we trying to communicate? What are the details that we’re going to signify in our glasses?’ It’s a very fun branding process and project.

SILVER:What has been the best thing about working with REM Eyewear?

ADLER: In addition to making great stuff and having nifty sunglasses that I get to wear, my favorite thing is hanging with Mike [Hundert]. He’s really fun. We had a three-hour dinner the other night and we realized that we didn’t discuss business for one second. That is how I like to roll.


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