|Inspecs USA’s NASCAR Style No. NC1001 adds depth to the temples with
a carbon fiber insert.
|Style No. KL3652 in Clariti’s Konishi Lite collection offers a stainless steel front and TR-90 temples with unique coloration patterns.|
It’s a given in the world of today’s frames that comfort ranks right up there with fashion when it comes to what eyewear manufacturers look to bring to the table when they are designing their new collections. That’s not to say, however, that aesthetics aren’t important too—after all, people also want to look good. Recent innovations in eyewear technology take care of both and include improvements in hinges, the use of composite materials and inserts, and etching and machining to make a modern statement.
IT ALL HINGES ON…
Alain Mikli’s biolink hinge in its starck eyes collection is based on the human micro-clavicle. Like the human shoulder bone, this stainless steel
|A revolving hinge in götti’s spin & stow temples makes the new sunglass styles in the collection more functional and aesthetically pleasing.|
hinge rotates 360º, offering multidirectional flexibility. It is currently offered in the biosun line of nine sunglasses with styles that come in acetate, stainless steel, and injected grilamid.
Always on the cutting edge of technology, Tag Heuer’s new L-Type Lightweight sunglass from Premiere Vision puts wearer comfort in the forefront. It features titanium pivots, a flush-mounted hinge, and autoflex nosepads—all ensuring the utmost in comfort with a sleek aerodynamic design.
Signature uses an integrated hinge on Style No. HSM 992 in its Hart Shaffner Marx collection which makes the hinge invisible, providing aÂ clean design line at the hinge break. Metal trim detailing wrapped in woven leather on the temples adds a fashion component.
|Signature uses an integrated hinge on Style No. HSM 992 in its Hart Schaffner Marx collection which makes the hinge invisible.|
|The pierced stainless steel chassis with fleur de lis and dot patterns in l.a.Eyeworks’ Tuffy gives an airy appearance yet provides a solid weight.|
A revolving hinge in götti’s spin & stow temples makes the new sunglass styles in the collection more functional and aesthetically pleasing. The revolving temples are made from epoxy and the hinge allows the frames to become flat and easily fit into a pocket with a simple twist.
Carbon fiber is becoming increasingly important as a material because it offers a lighter weight than other metals. Its use in inserts provides unique styling while eliminating some of the weight in the temples. Style No. 6786L in Morel’s Lightec line features a carbon fiber sheet over a stainless steel core which is then covered with flexible polyurethane gum and colored. Inspecs USA’s NASCAR collection boasts a carbon fiber insert in Style No. NC1001 which adds depth to the temples.
Another material that is coming into its own is double-injection TR-90 memory plastic which provides durability, flexibility, and light weight.
|Style No. 6786L in Morel’s Lightec line features a carbon fiber sheet over a stainless steel core which is then covered with flexible polyurethane gum and colored.|
|Alain Mikli’s biolink hinge in its starck eyes collection rotates 360º, offering multidirectional flexibility (biosun Style No. 4 shown here).|
Distinctive color combinations and treatments give the frames high-end styling in addition to functionality. Style No. KL3652 in Clariti’s Konishi Lite collection offers a stainless steel front and TR-90 temples with unique coloration patterns.
MAKING AN IMPRESSION
Machining opens up endless possibilities in the world of design. l.a.Eyeworks’ recent releases, for example, include Tuffy, which boasts an elaborate “screen” throughout the front and on the temples with hand-finished Mazzucchelli acetate on the temple tips. The pierced stainless steel chassis with fleur de lis and dot patterns gives an airy appearance yet provides a solid weight.
With the constant evolution of eyewear technology, we can surely look forward to advancements in design and function in the year ahead.
Beth Schlau is Vice President, Editorial at First Vision Media Group.
WHERE TO FIND IT
Alain Mikli Ltd.
800-829-8032 • mikli.com
800-372-6372 • claritieyewear.com
727-771-7710 • inspecsusa.com
800-348-3337 • laeyeworks.com
800-526-8838 • morel-france.com
Premiere Vision, A luxury division
of Logo of the Americas Inc.
800-345-3733 • tagheuer.com/eyewear
800-765-3937 • sigeye.com