What's in Store: The Paris Purchases
Published on January 30, 2016
The annual SILMO World Optical Fair led us to "la Ville-Lumière" once again this past September. The distractions of the Supermoon and our beautiful surroundings could not divert our focus from the 900 exhibitors from across the globe showcasing the diversity of products and style trends influencing our purchases. [gallery size="medium" ids="2657,2654,2652"] The hand-made construction and intricate detailing of many of the frames we order restricts the delivery of much of our inventory be several months. While some back orders still remain in production, the majority of the finds from our adventure have reached our stores. The wait was well worth it. In this and subsequent posts I will be highlighting the innovations and styling techniques introduced by the designers of brands we revere. The financial investment and commitment to the research and development required to produce these remarkable objects is substantial. We would like to credit the visionaries before their concepts reach the mainstream! Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, in recent centuries using vitreous enamel, and in older periods also inlays of cut gemstones, glass, and other materials. Two exceptional applications of this decorative lacquering technique feature prominently on new models produced by Thom Browne and Chrome Hearts Eyewear. Windsor Rim treatments to the eye-wires of metal frames are once again in vogue. Applied with leather or acetate trim, like the example from Garrett Leight California Optical, below... ...or applied with delicate enamel detailing, as is the case regarding the Matsuda Eyewear frame, above. You are invited to view the new releases from these celebrated collections at our Flagship location.