HODINKEE Edition Stelvio Sunglasses

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HODINKEE has teamed up with motoring lifestyle brand Autodromo to deliver their latest work, the Stelvio sunglasses. Completely handmade in Japan, they’re named after the famous alpine pass – one of the finest driving roads in Italy – with each pair requiring over 130 operations to build and a month to complete. They are laser etched with a serial number, and made of the highest quality amber acetate in the world, with polarized cognac lenses. Each pair comes with a quilted leather carrying case inspired by some of our favorite vintage Ferraris. Numbers are limited here as only fifty pairs will be made.

Now Open | MYKITA NYC Store

Now Open | Mykita NYC Store

MYKITA, the eyewear specialists from Berlin, have opened up their first shop in the US and it happens to be in New York City. The Soho shop unites the company’s own design principles with optical precision made in Germany. The store’s architecture is based on the progressive composition of different elements and contrasting materials. The shop features purpose-designed furniture and a stage-like lighting concept. Its simplistic design is bold but retains the original character of the art deco factory building.

The all-white MYKITA Wall makes for an amazing presentation area giving the frames ample space to present themselves. Individual shelf elements inserted into the wall provide each model with its own little stage. In addition, out-of-service flight attendant trolleys that have circled the globe a thousand times are given a new lease of life here as a storage facility. The integrated “Relaxed Vision Center” is a special lab equipped with state-of-the-art precision instruments from Carl Zeiss research. Customers can consult the MYKITA in-house optometrist, who generates customized optical profiles and performs an exact adaptation of frame and lens to the wearer’s face. Quality, precision and products “made in Germany” are the common themes behind the partnership of MYKITA with the worldrenowned optical solutions specialist Zeiss.

The ceiling is lit up by a fluorescent-tube construct. The light installation is aligned with the old metal pipes from the original sprinkler system in a conscious reference to the building’s industrial heritage. This finishing touch unites the present with the architectural past.

A.P.C. x Retrosuperfuture for Spring 2013

A.P.C. x Retrosuperfuture for Spring 2013

A.P.C. and Retrosuperfuture recently teamed up to make a few pieces that are all about quality and delivering them at the best possible price rather than over-the-top branding. The limited edition glasses are for both men and women, with the shell’s being composed of 100% Italian acetate with Carl Zeiss engineered lenses, and entirely hand-made in Italy.

All silhouettes were designed by A.P.C. to work back to the Spring / Summer ’13 collection and are available at A.P.C. stores and select retailers worldwide as well as A.P.C.’s online store.

Linda Farrow Luxe Angular Frame Sunglasses

Linda Farrow Luxe Angular Frame Sunglasses

From Linda Farrow Luxe comes these angular-frame sunglasses. Linda Farrow eyewear has been iconic over the years to say the least and the designer continues to deliver impeccably designed pieces. They’re equal parts modern and elegant and feature all the fine detailings to make them worthy of recognition. This pair has gold-embossed arm details and are fitted with brown lenses. The frames are made in Japan with the utmost care and can now be had through MR PORTER.

Google | Project Glass

Google | Project Glass - Augmented Reality Eyewear

Google X, the California-based tech company’s low key development lab, has been developing this among several other creations for quite some time now and they’ve finally decided to let us in on what they’re cooking up. “A team within our Google[x] group started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment.” It’s a more vivid picture of what’s to come — augmented reality eyewear that puts the world at your eyelids. Imagine being able to ditch your beloved smartphone and go hands free while controlling and seeing navigation prompts through your shades. There’s a ton more we’ve yet to learn about Project Glass but atleast now our mouths are watering. Check the video below to see what the geniuses over at Google have envisioned thusfar. Dreams to reality, folks.

SUPER OPTICAL Line

SUPER OPTICAL Line Spring/Summer 2012

SUPER, known for their modern sunglass designs, have released their OPTICAL line, their first ever range of eyeglasses. They’ve essentially taken some of their top silhouettes and reworked them into eyeglasses, offering up some really diverse pieces. This introductory season we are launching the Basic, Ciccio, Flat Top Small, People, America, Paloma, giaguaro, 49er, Panama all of which have been chosen based on fit, size and weight. Their available in three different colorways — havana, black, and panama havana blonde — and are fitted with fine details of gold or silver metal and hardware.

SUPER eyeglasses are available now.

Tom Ford Special Edition Eyewear Collection

Tom Ford Special Edition Eyewear Collection Spring 2012

Tom Ford is set to release some pretty amazing optical frames in the coming months. They’re gold with precious water buffalo horn in a specially designed resin box, which comes with conditioning cream and chamois cloth for complete care of the horn. The frames are slated to be available from April through June in Tom Ford boutiques and select luxury department stores and are priced at $2,950.

Thom Browne x Dita Spring/Summer 2012 Eyewear

Thom Browne x Dita Spring/Summer 2012 Eyewear

New York designer Thom Browne continues his collaborative efforts with California-based eyewear manufacturer, Dita. The Spring 2012 offerings were inspired by architecture and machinery of the mid-20th century, giving us a variety of styles. Pieces are made from titanium, leather, 18k yellow and white gold, as well as zyl acetate with production taking place Japan. With the extreme that’s gone into each piece, it’s no surprise last season’s goods were so well-received. Expect the same thing this time around. Look for these to be available through the Thom Browne boutique in New York as well as select stockists worldwide including Restir.

In Stock | Thom Browne x Dita Fall/Winter 2011 Eyewear

In Stock | Thom Browne x Dita Fall/Winter 2011 Eyewear

We initially reported on Thom Browne’s first ever eyewear collection which is set to release for the Fall 2011 season a while back and it seems a few select shops have already taken stock of the goods. The shots here were taken at Hong Kong’s Dita boutique and give us detailed looks with highlights of a few key pieces. We knew this collection would be phenomenal and from what we’re seeing, Thom Browne did not disappoint.

The collection will feature 20 unique styles that draw inspiration from the professors, artists, politicians and architects of the 1940s to 1960s and will be made from acetate, with specifically developed color combinations that will be complimented by genuine leather and metal mesh side cups as well marked with Browne’s signature red, white and blue logo stripe.

The goods can be had now at Dita in Hong Kong and other select retailers worldwide. More looks from the collection below.

TAKAHIROMIYASHITA TheSoloIst. x Oliver Peoples 2012 Eyewear

TAKAHIROMIYASHITA TheSoloIst. x Oliver Peoples Capsule Collection

Japanese label The SoloIst and Los Angeles-based Oliver Peoples have teamed up once again for a small collection of eyewear. In total, three different styles will be available, with each dropping in two gradient colorways — black and light brown. As you’ll see from the shots above (and below), there’s a more classical style that’s been crafted and one that’s a bit more modern as well to appeal to a wider range of folks out there. The frames are set to drop in early Spring 2012 to the Japan/Asian market, though you can expect a small quantity to hit Oliver Peoples Boutiques as well.