The brief from this Lunetier was plain and simple. “I want a pair of frames that are a little bit special and different”.
So we pulled out some of our more unusual designs and as soon as these went on it was an instant hit!.
These very rare L Evrard of France “Batwing” frames are super rare and the first time (and quite possibly the last time) we’ve had them in our collection.
Absolutely love them!
This is the first time we’ve had this model in stock as it’s incredibly hard to find.
Although we have a soft spot for the Gucci designs of the 70’s, this 80’s design is one that we love and have been looking for for a while.
So we were over the moon when we came across both this Gold and Tortoise shell colour and the Silver and Marbled Grey version on one of our trips.
Although designed as eyeglasses, we think these would look equally good with a gradient brown tinted lens.
It’s slightly on the larger size and has a Cazal’esque feel about them.
A really nice find!
We love the 50’s and 60’s designs as they really led the way for eyewear as we know it today.
The majority were handcrafted by artisans in small workshops and had no name and many, as with this one, were gold filled. Although the gold quantity is low, it meant that the metal would stay corrosion free. After more than 50 years in storage this is evident with this frame.
This combination of an angular acetate front with gold metal temples, gives this frame a truly unique look.
As you know the Lunetier vintage store is working with Ed Cross fine art to introduce Cyrus Kabiru’ work to the world.
We have already had major interest in his pieces from individual collectors to A-list celebrities, notably a legendary soul singer who will be on the cover of the December Issue of Clash magazine wearing a pair of Cyrus’ frames (been sworn to secrecy but lets just say this person has always worn great eyewear).
Currently exhibiting at the Visiones Africaines group show in Paris until December 20th, he’s just had some of his images appear in the recent edition of Under The Influence magazine too with an editorial by Emma Cavendish.
If you haven’t seen any of Cyrus’ work yet then why not head down to the store where we have a large exhibition piece and a small installation with some of his designs.
Grab a copy of the magazine for a good read.
We had these vintage Vuarnet in stock earlier this year and they flew off the shelves. Since then we have been searching the globe for some more and on a recent buying trip managed to secure a few more pairs in both black and tortoise shell colours.
If lens comfort is important to you then you can’t get better than Vuarnet. Having started producing lenses for the French ski team in the late 60’s they built their reputation on lens innovation and technology.
This particular model has one of their highest grade mineral ambermatic lenses with the original Vuarnet logo etched in at the top.
This design now nicknamed “The Jay Z” (as he was photographed wearing them in an edition of Interview magazine) was handmade and produced in the mid 80’s as there was a demand from a loyal fan base for a more fashion conscious range but still incorporating the lens protection.
We don’t anticipate this stock to be around for long either.
In the late 70’s Persol collaborated with Italian car designer Pininfarina to bring us the PF 802.
The beautiful lines on this frame with subtle red detailing transform you back to an era when cars were really cars and Alfa Romeo produced the Spyder!
Not only is the frame incredibly hard to get hold of but it also included the legendary persol-matic lens which darkens in sunlight.
The design of this frame will certainly get you noticed but who wants a Pininfarina design not to stand out in the crowd I ask you……
Our customers are coming from all over the world at moment as the word keeps getting out.
Visiting London all the way from Qatar (boy do we need some of that sun over here) this Lunetier brightened up what was a very gloomy and wet day in Portobello.
As soon as she saw these vintage Jean Paul Gaultier steampunk sunglasses it was a very easy choice.
Hope you love them as much as we do. Don’t show off to much to your friends back home!
Look forward to seeing you again soon!
As per our previous post Lunetier regular and sunglass collector Djibril Cisse in the new Jimmy Kain design.
A few weeks ago we told you that something very special was coming and here they are.
We are delighted to be the exclusive worldwide stockists of new luxury eyewear brand Jimmy Kain.
The first capsule collection named “The King Midas” are all handmade in Italy using the best Mazzuchelli acetate and 18kt Gold detailing.
Even more special is that they are all individually numbered out of a worldwide production of only 50 pieces.
Each pair comes in an amazing croc skin case which is again individually numbered to correspond with the frames.
We have already had interest from around the globe with sunglass collector and premiership footballer Djibril Cisse being one of the first to secure this stunning frame.
If you’re after something super exclusive then you need look no further. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Although this is the first time these Lunetiers visited the store, we have actually known them for many years.
Having flown over from the U.S.A the store was one of their must visits for their vintage eywear fix.
Hope to see you all again very soon.
Left to right: Porsche Design, Christian Dior, Gianfranco Ferre, Boeing Carrera
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