These incredible handmade French 1950’s sunglasses are just one of six similar designs we picked up from a recent buying trip to Europe.
They have a stunning mother of pearl frame, with beautiful gold detailing. They also still have their untouched green glass mineral lenses.
These really have to be seen in person to fully appreciate them.
We get asked all the time about which are our favourite brands.
Although it’s way to difficult to have a favourite, we certainly always have Emmanuelle Khanh in the short list.
She started out out as a model in the 60’s for Givenchy before starting her own range of couture clothing and eyewear in the 70’s.
The sunglass model in question is one of the iconic and all time classic EK designs with Python Skin detailing.
We have just acquired a nice collection of vintage EK sunglasses which we’ll be releasing over the coming weeks.
A real show stopper!
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……
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.
For those who visited the “Framed” exhibition over the last few weeks these are instantly recognizable.
This stunning Cyrus Kabiru piece entitled “Humming Bird” was hanging at the entrance of the London College Of Fashion for the duration of the show. It again show Cyrus’ creativity with found objects on the streets of Nairobi.
With the exhibition now sadly over this piece, measuring over 1.7m in length will now be on display at the Lunetier store for those who would like to see it.
We are delighted to have this on show and so far the response has been a lot of WOW’s!
This is only the second time we have got involved in eyewear which is not from a bye gone era. We first saw Cyrus’ work at the framed exhibition in London and was completely blown away by it and his story.
So we were off course delighted when we were approached by Ed Cross and Emma Cavendish, who look after Cyrus’ work, if we would like to stock some of his pieces.
Recently appointed fellow of TEDGlobal 2012, Cyrus Kabiru is a self-taught painter and sculpture living and working in Nairobi, Kenya. His paintings show life in Nairobi with wit and charm as he depicts figures with bulging eyes satirising the everyday experiences of an important African capital city. Working with found objects his sculpture is built on the notion of, in Kabiru’s own words, ‘giving trash a second chance.’ Weaving together materials such as bottle tops, shoe polish tins, wire and cutlery he is most well-known for his series of wearable eyewear sculpture, C-STUNNERS.
C-STUNNERS are a series of wearable eyewear sculpture which sit on the boundary between art, performance, fashion and design. Innovative pieces of art, each telling their own story and made from working with found objects from the artist’s immediate environment his work is inspired by the childhood memories of growing up in an area of Nairobi surrounded by rubbish. Kabiru is pioneering a new form of artwork for a generation of artists living and working in Kenya.
Fundamental to Kabiru’s work is a commitment to working with nature and with different communities in Kenya. Kabiru’s initiative, Outreach, run solely by Kabiru works to engage with rural communities in Kenya teaching people how to work with the environment and waste found in the surrounding areas through workshops. Recently Kabiru worked with Kamba carvers, who mass produce wooden sculpture, largely for a tourist market, teaching them how to use other materials to avoid the continuing cutting of trees which has created adverse conditions for rainfall in the region.
Kabiru’s work has been exhibited in Africa and Europe most recently at the London College of Fashion.
Artist Statement from Cyrus Kabiru:
I call them the C-STUNNERS©. The original idea was inspired by memories of my father’s
childhood where he dropped his glasses by accident and a lorry which by chance happened to be fatefully passing by ran over them, shattering them completely. It goes without saying that he received a very thorough beating from my grandfather. From that day on my father hated glasses.
I admired sun-glasses though, but wearing them was an impossibility because of my father’s attitude towards them and I thus decided that when I grew up I would pick up from where the lorry left off.
Many of my friends despised me as I continued nurturing that dream, along with the additional name calling while being told that it was all nonsense. The argument was that it was a strange way of art.What they never knew was that this was my dream and I had made it my hobby as well.
Now all grown up this dream has come to pass and now I have my own eyewear line which I call THE C- STUNNERS. I have realized the dream and as my grandfather once said “When you truly dream a dream of your lifetime, never go back to sleep” and I, well, I am neither relenting nor dozing back to sleep.
C-Stunners have rocked the regional media and more so the tastes and imagination of art lovers with local television stations having interviews and discussions about them. The press have had columns and pages dedicated to them. My dream is to make them the classic choice of even aliens, who are beyond the international levels. I have been arrested once for almost 8 hours because of wearing them. For now, the sky is the limit.
For more information and prices on Cyrus’ work please contact the store or visit us to see a small installation of some of his frames.
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