When it comes to elegant details that make an impact, Versace 19.69 from Windsor Eyes has serious fashion chops.
Established in Milan by Alessandro Versace in 2001, the elegant and stylish brand V19.69 Italia by Versace 19.69 Abbigliamento Sportivo SRL has been developed into the eyewear category by veteran manufacturer Windsor Eyes and was launched for spring/summer ’17 at Vision Expo East.
When asked about his inspiration, designer Pierluigi Martino looks no further than his own backyard: “Living and working in Italy is an endless source of inspiration, even from apparently non-significant details… from our wonderful mountains to the charm of our old-world villages and the glamorous street style of Milan,” Martino told VCPN. These inspirations can be seen in the brand’s on-trend shapes, crisp lines, contemporary forms and Italian-made materials.
The V19.69 Italia collection—designed for both women and men comprises 24 ophthalmic (15 for women and nine for men) and 12 (six each for women and men) sun styles utilizing traditional materials such as premium Italian metals to create a rich look and feel without sacrificing comfort. Many of the frames, such as the women’s VW1512 and men’s VM1504, seamlessly blend metals and acetates. “Frames and sunglasses, like all accessories, enhance the individual personality. We do hope our frames can make people feel self confident and comfortable about themselves,” the designer said. The brand finds originality in its designs by focusing on its target audience and their needs, not only on fashion trends.
Versace 19.69 frames showcase “elegant temple trims with subtle integration of the brand logo for a clean and polished finish.” Martino added, “We wanted to give just a touch of fashion, not to overshadow the person who is wearing it.” Women’s VM 1618, for example, offers whimsical metal temple hinges surrounding sparkling crystals. Men’s VM1601 shakes things up with a matte finish on the acetate frame and includes subtle metal accents on the temples and hinges.
Kaitlyn Robertson has been writing for more than a decade with eight years spent covering the optical industry.