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Opchat Magazine New products and services pagesNew Products and Services, January to March 2018

 



The MIC-Made in Cadore sunglasses collection for women
FYSH UK Spring 2018 Collection
BLACKFIN The Black Edition
Honeycomb lenses making it easier for the eyes to see better
Grafton Optical launch the I-PEN® Tear Film Osmolarity System by I-Med Pharma - a new standard for diagnosing Dry Eye Disease.
The New Ogi 9121 & 3134 for Spring
Tom Davies unveils first sterling silver sunglasses with rhodium lenses.
KLiiK denmark Spring 2018 Collection
New spring/summer 2019 fashion collection from Essilor® sun solution™ at the forefront in fashion trends.
Playing with Expectations, the Mykita way.
New Polarised MagnaShades available from Norville Group
EVATIK Spring 2018 Collection.
News alert: Transitions brand rejuvination
New Blackfin Arc in limited edition.
Maison Margiela connected to Mykita over a shared idea of the creative process.
Designer frame for Men, OKO’s AC43 modern, urban and with techno spirit.
Understated Lightweight Winner from Stepper.
Now available exclusively from Norville - Reactolite photochromic Lenses.
A new app is launched for young children, the "Kay Say and Match app"
FYSH UK 2018 Sunwear Collection.
DIGITAL REALITIES, the latest designs from Mykita Mylon.
KLiiK denmark January 2018 releases.
BLACKFIN –spring/summer 2018 collection.
EVATIK January 2018 releases.
Blitz Kidz from Norville.
FYSH announces January 2018 releases
Perfect Pitch from Stepper for 2018.
Louis Stone announce new Scandinavian Brand.


The MIC-Made in Cadore sunglasses collection for women

March 2018

Made in CaDORESky and snow, bark and rock, sun and water, grass and flowers. These are the natural elements that inspire the artistic concepts of Tiziano Tabacchi, designer of this new eyewear project that narrates the story of the land where Italian eyewear had its origins.

Source of inspiration and place of riveting magnificence, the Dolomites are the background for MIC-Made in Cadore, the new brand that retraces the legend of eyewear, starting from its place of origin.

The hallmark of all MIC eyewear is the metal detail on the sidepiece near the hinge: an iconic symbol that, in its elemental simplicity, echoes the outlines of the mountain.

Women’s sunglass styles are generous and square. The two-material version is made of metal with acetate inserts on the front, Aria, or an all-acetate version, Luce.

MIC-Made in Cadore is not just a brand, it is also a challenging project that grew out of the vision of a group of companies with strong ties to the area. The MIC collection is distributed by Immagine98.

FYSH UK Spring 2018 Collection

March 2018

Drawing inspiration from the latest runway looks and the color trends of the season, the new FYSH UK collection for Spring 2018 features a vast array of bold colors, intricate patterns, unique constructions and shapes. Thanks to the clever combination of bright color accents, translucent or textured motifs and innovative design elements, each frame is brought to life in a dramatic way. Top quality materials make these styles the perfect accessory for the strong, ambitious, game changing women who embrace individual style.

A soft, modified cat eye shape with a mono block front, style F-3599 (image on home page) stands out for the two-tone coloring. Laser cut for a step down, layered look along the browline and the outside front edges, the top, bottom and inside of the frame are color matched to the accent color on the front. This style comes in a mixed palette of cider eggplant, black red, orchid black and teal charcoal.

Another mono block metal frame with two-tone coloring is style F-3602. It features a laser cut, eye-catching dot pattern on the front and the temples. The edges along the browline and the temple are beveled and in contrasting colors to create textural depth. Available color options include black rose, brown champagne, burgundy grey and navy turquoise.

F3600 by FYSHStyle F-3604 is a metal, semi rimless style that won’t go unnoticed. The end pieces have a forked design that is also mirrored at the bridge. Finished with a printed multi-color, linear pattern, this style is available in color combinations of apricot fuchsia, black magenta, grey teal and purple lemon.

Featured in the brand-new FYSH UK campaign, styles F-3600 (Right) and F-3601 (lefy) are constructed with exclusive translucent patterned acetates reflecting one of the hottest trends of the season. F-3600 is a round frame offered in rich Japanese acetate in vibrant hues of cobalt F3601 by FYSHpurple, grey fade, brown smoke and nude. It features a custom 5 barrel hinge with a discreet engraved logo. F-3601 is a combination frame where the metal front is sandwiched between two acetate layers. The double wire temples and a barrel hinge complete this style that comes in cherry black, turquoise black, brown gold and storm gun.

Model F-3603 is a squared off cat-eye shape frame featuring a triple lamination with a leopard print at the browline and temples. The frame is cut down to expose the translucent acetate in shades of grey, brown, red and blue.

BLACKFIN The Black Edition

March2018

Silverdale by BlackfinAlways going one step further, redefining style, rewriting the very concept of elegance. In a word, amazing, yet again and even more so. Blackfin presents the new Blackfin Black Edition range, a collection that raises eyewear to a new level.

Twelve best-selling models, ten spectacle frames and two sunglasses, are now on offer with a new exclusive finish made possible by the Blackfin Nano-Plating™ treatment, the process the uses the physical depositing of metal vapours to create, molecule by molecule, a coating with an exceptional effect.

For this collection Blackfin has chosen an elegant glossy gold coating teamed with some of the colour shades that are most emblematic of this brand: black, white, red, brown, deep purple and blue.

Sunset by BlackfinBlackfin Nano-Plating™ is an exclusive treatment, patented by this company, in which metal particles are vaporised in a vacuum, inducing sublimation that enables the particles to be deposited atom-by-atom onto the surfaces of the frame in order to obtain a final chromatic effect. Blackfin Nano-Plating™ makes it possible to create a frame of exceptional beauty with amazing colouration that is long lasting and resistant to wear and tear. Each detail will exude its brilliant splendour every day and do it forever!

Blackfin Black Edition: unmistakeable Blackfin style with an extra touch of exclusivity.



Blackfin eyewear is entirely conceived, designed and produced in Italy by Blackfin.

Honeycomb lenses making it easier for the eyes to see better

March 2018

Jai Kudo Honeycomb lenses

By using the patented technology of a natural interlocking honeycomb pattern, the lens filters oblique rays of light to encourage perpendicular rays of light to pass through the lens and the eyes focusing mechanism onto the retina. Many patients report that this helps to reduce glare, distortion and avoids over working the cornea and interior lens.

As a result, any inadequacy in the refractive power of the lens or cornea is slightly compensated for and clarity is improved.

Using advanced patented technology, the Honeycomb mesh is applied through a complex coating procedure. At first glance the lens appears completely clear but on closer inspection, or when the lens becomes misted, the Honeycomb mesh is just visible.

Honeycomb lenses protect against UVA and UVB rays up to 400 nanometres. They also offer the benefits of the Hydro+ coating of optimum clarity, scratch resistance, easy clean, anti-reflective and super-hydrophobic.

These lenses are ideal for use when working in artificial and low light conditions, when night driving and when reading and writing.

Honeycomb lenses are available in 1.5 CR39, 1.6 and 1.67 in stock single vision, freeform single vision, WIDEVIEW freeform progressives and OCCUPATIONAL lenses.

Grafton Optical launch the I-PEN® Tear Film Osmolarity System by I-Med Pharma - a new standard for diagnosing Dry Eye Disease.

March 2018

Grafton i pen

Exclusively available in the UK through Grafton Optical, the I-PEN® is the world’s first, hand-held, point-of-care, solid state electronic diagnostic device to detect and indirectly measure the elevated tear film osmolarity levels associated with mild, moderate and severe Dry Eye Disease.

• Quantitative measurement of osmolarity

• Affordable point-of-care test



• Quick and simple to use (takes less than 5 seconds per eye)

• Reproducible, accurate and reliable results

• Uses Single-Use-Sensors (SUS)

The I-PEN® is designed for use as an in-practice screening device both for patients presenting with dry eye symptoms and for all pre-and post-surgical patients. In addition, the I-PEN® is an invaluable asset for monitoring the progress of dry eye treatment therapies. The I-PEN® is for professional in-vivo diagnostic use only.

The I-PEN® complements Grafton’s growing portfolio of Dry Eye Disease diagnosis and treatment products and devices and will debut at Optrafair 2018 in the Grafton Dry Eye Centre on Stand C54. The Centre will showcase Grafton’s growing product range and will provide a one-stop-shop for optometrists and ophthalmologists wishing to offer their clients a specialist Dry Eye service.

Dry Eye disease is increasingly gaining momentum, both in its reported prevalence and its coverage in the industry media. More and more practices are now diversifying to incorporate services to diagnose, treat and manage the disease as they learn the significant benefits not only to their patients but also to their income.

The Grafton range of products provide a lucrative revenue stream for practices, providing diagnosis and treatment to sufferers of this growing condition which accounts for at least 30% of a practices patient demographic.

See the Grafton page on PHN here with links to their new website catalogue.

The new Ogi 9121 & 3134 for Spring

March 2018

OGI 9121Ogi continues its rich tradition of statement making styles and bold colour options with additions from its latest release.

The 3134 (right) is a sophisticatedly understated pair that utilizes a larger frame shape and dual materials to create an attractive, ultra wearable masculine style.

Its soft-square silhouette is comprised of beautifully marbled acetate and accented with subtle stainless steel temple detailing that adds a contemporary touch.

The 9121’s (news page) delicate, cat-eye silhouette is accentuated with a muted, yet eye catching palette of pastels.

Transparent touches of acetate, amongst a primarily translucent body, beautifully accent this perfectly balanced pair.

Tom Davies unveils first sterling silver sunglasses with rhodium lenses.

March 2018

TD Silver with Rhodium lensesBritish spectacles designer Tom Davies reveals the world’s first ever sunglasses featuring Rhodium coated lenses.

Following on from last years 24k gold lenses in an 18k gold aviator frame, Tom Davies is the first eyewear brand to incorporate Rhodium lenses into these navigator frames.

This exclusive frame is delightfully elegant and truly one of a kind. Rhodium lenses not only provide a surface that will resist scratches, water, fingerprints and tarnish but it goes beyond the level of protection provided by normal sunglass lenses.

“I am so excited to be the first designer to launch this exclusive product. I think these are my favourite sunglasses I have created.

I am delighted to showcase these frames at the Vision Expo East show in New York later this month.”

The Tom Davies first Silver 925 sunglasses featuring Rhodium lenses is now ready in Bespoke, Custom and Ready to Wear.

The frame is available to view by appointment with one of the Tom Davies sales representatives and will be unveiled at Vision Expo East this weekend.

KLiiK denmark Spring 2018 Collection

March 2018

K 610
Inspired by Scandinavian design and key fashion influences, KLiiK denmark translates the boldness of Northern European design into 10 new styles for Spring 2018.

Mixed materials, layered effects and vivid colors are some of the design elements that highlight the new collection. Each style is easy to wear while offering a unique, modern look, perfect for men and women requiring smaller eye sizes.

For the ladies, 7 new styles featuring unique patterns, fun textures and superb colors are released this spring.

K 610With a flattering squared off cat eye shape, model K-607 features a multi color marble acetate offered in vibrant shades of purple, turquoise, apricot and black. The linear metal inlay at the end pieces creates a color blocked effect that increases the allure of the frame.

A retro inspired squared off round shape, model K-608 blends translucent colorful acetate with a metal bridge and end pieces. Available in rich and bright colors of turquoise havana, cobalt havana, ginger havana and precious black gold.

Model K-610 (top left) offers a modern feminine take on the iconic club master styling. This combination frame is softened by the rounded shape and the forked design at the end pieces. Marble acetate accents the browline and completes the look in hues of teal, black, grey and brown.

K 610

Style K-611 (left) has a bold angular shape, dimmed with an ombre gradient coloration on the eye rim. Matched with a strong browline featuring a digitally printed tropical pattern giving a fresh, eye-catching edge to this stainless-steel frame. Offered in deep hues of blonde feather, grey feather, brown feather and teal feather.



K613
Spring 2018 introduces titanium frames into the KLiiK denmark collection for women: K-613, K-614 and K-615(Top Right) . All models feature a mono-block front and a metal insert in contrasting color at the top edge that extends outward at the end piece creating an interesting layered effect. The modified round shape of K-613 (rt) is available in black red, cobalt black, brown teal and wine gold. K-614 is a traditional round shape offered in navy turquoise, brown fuchsia, black gold and grey teal. K-615 combines a rectangular shape with color combinations of navy fuchsia, black white, brown champagne and wine black.


For men, 3 new styles with bold masculine shapes and a creative use of color and details are released this spring.

K 610
Featuring a mono-block front and a rectangular shape, model K-609 (left) is highlighted by two tone colorations around the full edge of the frame that give a subtle pop of color. This style is available in black red, grey cobalt and brown forest.

Offered in a classic color palette of matte grey, tort crystal and black crystal, the bold square shape of model K-612 is accentuated by a

keyhole bridge and a gradient acetate that creates a highlighted effect along the front of the frame.

Spring 2018 introduces a titanium frame into the collection for men as well. K-616 also features the layered effect by a metal insert in contrasting color at the top edge that extends outward at the end piece. Featuring a rectangular shape and a mono-block front, this style comes in brown forest, black cobalt and navy grey.

KLiiK denmark is produced by WestGroupe; for more information please visit www.kliik.com or www.westgroupe.com.

New spring/summer 2019 fashion collection from Essilor® sun solution™ at the forefront in fashion trends.

March 2018

Essilor Sun

Essilor® Sun Solution™, the Essilor Group division dedicated to sun plano lenses, presents the new collection of sun lenses for Spring Summer 2019 - Fashion.

A range of No Ordinary sun lenses that are ahead of the trends of the season, studied thanks to the collaboration with exceptional partners: Peclers Paris, the trend-forecasting agency, and Mazzucchelli 1849, the world’s trend setter in acetate design, together with the Essilor team, who every day are in contact with their clients to understand the market demands.

The result, once again, is a selection of No Ordinary sun lenses with advanced performance, innovative treatments and the most fashion-conscious colors. A source of inspiration to let the creative talents and eyewear designers’ creativity run free!

These are the trends for Spring Summer 2019:




Essilor Sun NO FILTER | AN ODE TO DISRUPTION

No filter incarnates the desire to break free from the dictates of picture perfect beauty. It stands for acceptance of one’s imperfections, fluidity and sensuality. Simple and sophisticated, No filter is poetic, raw and unretouched, inspired by the aesthetics of the pre-digital 90’s.


These are the colorways:

• OUTDATED: a cute and nostalgic light range of colors that resemble saturated color whitened over time. From powder pink to sophisticated lilac to purple.

• GINGER: orange tones inspired by human natural shades: hair, freckles, skin.

• NEO NUDES: nude tones get darker just like tights on skin, with taupe shades.

• IRIDESCENT TYE-DIE: blurred stains inspired by silk paintings slightly color the lens like an almost transparent tie-dye.

 

Essilor Sun

MODERN STANDARD | BE THE CHANGE

Modern standard expresses the need to reinvent a shared society, improving daily life and making it gentler. What brings people together is what matters, not what drives them apart.

The emphasis is on the content and the message, allowing for a pragmatic and functional re-design of style, simplified but never boring. Generic, ample and clean shapes allow for creativity without borders, becoming the new modern standard.

These are the colorways:

• URBAN DARKS: black and anthracite give a dramatic and sharp touch to design. Dark is the new black.

• PRIMARIES: saturated tones of the three primary colors – blue, red, yellow - evoke the industrial and functional codes.

 

 

MEDITERRANEAN FEELING | SPLENDOR OF YESTERYEAR
Essilor Sun
The richness and diversity of Mediterranean culture is what inspired this collection. The subtle mix and match of modesty and grandiloquence, heritage and modernity, call for mythical leisure and sunny conviviality. Mediterranean feeling is a story of transformation, a throwback to a joyful golden age. A blend of tried-and-true classics with a pop twist resulting in playful and surprising combinations.

These are the colorways:

• FRESCO BLUE: natural blues inspired by old traditional pigments used in Mediterranean decoration.

• OLIVE: variation of green shades for a real homage to Mediterranean nature from the succulent plants to olive trees.

• SPECTACULAR BOUQUET : exotic flowers treated in a vintage style : the new summer essential.

Essilor® Sun Solution™ believes that its Spring Summer 2019 collection for Fashion will offer its No Ordinary clients a burst of inspiration and originality that will enhance their creations.

Playing with Expectations, the Mykita way.

March 2018

Alasie and Yuma from MykitaWith roots in both Fifties and Seventies style, the experimental aspect of ALASIE comes from wearing this flamboyant, rounded butterfly shape as an optical frame instead of sunglasses as one might expect.

YUMA, another new model stands for a more traditional appeal. Oval glasses are making a comeback and deservedly so – this is a flattering shape.

Slightly larger proportions lend the versatile style a bohemian, feminine flair. With a refined mix of sleek metallic temples and subtly tinted, sheer acetates, both models express a sophistication that is entirely present-day.

 

ALASIE and YUMA from the MYKITA LITE collection are now available at MYKITA Shops as well as selected opticians worldwide.

New Polarised MagnaShades available from Norville Group

March 2018

Norville PeepersA convenient solution for prescription users, MagnaShade offers a great alternative to carrying additional spectacles with the quick option of conversion to sunglasses. With a great choice of designs and classic colours, the lightweight magnetic overshade snaps effortlessly on to the front of the frame via concealed magnets.

• Lightweight, TR90 polycarbonate frames
• Available in three colours of five contemporary designs
• Innovative magnetic polarised sunshade design.
• Suitable for plus prescriptions up to +4.00. No restrictions for minus prescriptions.

Featuring five designs and with a varied choice of eye shapes there is sure to be a frame to suit your customer’s tastes. Combine that with the very affordable price MagnaShades are certain to make a great addition to your practice range.
MagnaShade kit includes:
Rx glazeable frame, polarising clip plus zip case to carry frame and clip – all for £11.25 complete.

EVATIK Spring 2018 Collection.

March 2018

Evatik 9162Modern, clean and refined: EVATIK launches 5 new styles for Spring 2018 that capture the true essence of distinct style.

Drawing inspiration from European eyewear trends and architectural design elements, the new styles combine top quality materials, unique constructions and pops of colors creating a minimalistic and contemporary masculine look that has an understated luxury.

Featured in the new EVATIK campaign, model E-9162 (above left) is a combination frame where a diamond cut acetate front is matched with metal temples. Screwless barrel hinges ensure a smooth temple movement while adding an architectural inspired design element to this contemporary style that is offered in hues of black, tortoise black and grey.

Evatik 9163With a titanium mono-block square front, model E-9163 exhibits a metal inlay along the browline that creates a sporty, shield look. Contrasting colorations of black/navy, black/charcoal and brown/black provide an added touch of style to this frame.

Also featuring a titanium flat front is model E-9165 (shown in News headline), a combination frame with an angular square shape perfect for the professional who likes to stand out with style. The browline to the end pieces are wrapped in acetate in contrasting colors, creating combinations of black/grey, tortoise/black and navy/gun.

Two stainless steel frames complete the EVATIK Spring 2018 collection.

Evatik 9164Semi rimless model E-9164 features two tone coloring with a cut down stripe showcased on the end pieces and the temples. This sporty style is offered in navy/grey, brown/black and black/navy.

Style E-9168 features a striped pattern that is laser etched along the temples and is finished with a metal inlay at the hinge break. A thin line is engraved around the perimeter of the frame and finished in a secondary coloration for a subtle pop of color. This style is available in combinations of charcoal/red, black/cobalt and navy/gun.

News alert: Transitions brand rejuvination

March 2018

Transitions LogoA new Transitions Optical brand identity with supporting consumer media campaign themed ‘Light Under Control’ is being launched in the coming months.

 

“‘Light Under Control’ aims to bring new wearers into the photochromic category by showcasing how relevant our lenses are for the fast-paced lives people live today,” said Chrystel Barranger, president of photochromics, Transitions Optical.

For our VIP Younger customers we would like to offer a glimpse of the first elements of this new identity and positioning. New branded material and an opportunity to leverage widespread advertising will follow soon. Look out for translated materials in your region on this trade portal.

This innovative and modern new branding and positioning gives clearer consumer benefits, represents younger lifestyles, presents a more fun attitude, and more exciting presentation of the technology.

This is Transitions as you have never seen us before.

The direction for the overall brand rejuvenation is inspired by research showing that 87 percent of eyeglass wearers report being sensitive to light.

New campaign imagery, colour palette and messaging will emphasise a renewed focus on light – on how we need it, embrace it and can be protected from its harmful elements.

The new logo features a diagonal split design, which evokes the familiar feeling of swiping on mobile phones, moving throughout one’s day and the filtering technology of Transitions® lenses.

New Blackfin Arc in limited edition.

March 2018

ARC BF 822Blackfin, the brand of titanium eyewear 100% made in Italy, proudly presents the model ARC in limited edition.

This sunglass, winner of many international prizes and the star of the new 2018 campaign, is now to be presented in a special limited edition of just 499 pieces in each of the three colour combinations.

ARC BF822 With its front in pure titanium and patented Swordfish beta-titanium temples, ARC is available in opaque black/metallic grey with silver mirrored lenses, metallic tropical blue with blue mirrored graduated-tint lenses and metallic red with bright red mirrored lenses.

The arch, a structural support element, lends an original connotation to this frame, as the name implies. But the arch can also be seen as the span of a bridge, in this case embracing the lenses and enclosing them in a single piece of metal.

Blackfin eyewear is entirely conceived, designed and produced in Italy by Blackfin.

Maison Margiela connected to Mykita over a shared idea of the creative process.

February 2018

Mykita margiela
Beginning their collaborative exchange in 2013, MYKITA and Maison Margiela connected over a shared idea of the creative process.

MYKITA routinely goes beyond the confines of the eyewear industry setting new standards in design and manufacturing with artful products. Maison Margiela stands for iconoclastic fashion design.


Both design houses are known for the reinterpretation of historical forms, a radical experimentation with constructions and an unconventional approach
to materials.


MYKITA and Maison Margiela are centred on the idea of the creative collective pushing visible logos and conventional luxury codes into the background. The common focus lies in challenging and creating new aesthetic codes. Designs that merge artisanal techniques with high technology reveal a unique focus on material and construction, as well as predilection for elements of illusion and trompe l’oeil.

Under the creative direction of British couturier John Galliano, Maison Margiela continues to push the boundaries of modern fashion while celebrating its heritage. Inspired by Galliano’s proposition of ‘unconscious glamour’ MYKITA introduces striking new eyewear concept, ECHO.

Delivering glamour with a futuristic and playful spin, the collection represents a new direction in the ever-evolving MYKITA + MAISON MARGIELA aesthetic, as well as the continuing creative bond between the Parisian fashion house and the modern manufactory in Berlin.

ECHO


Mykita Echo
ECHO mixes eyewear iconography, fusing a feminine cat-eye shape with a sun visor derived from sports eyewear, to propose a new, contemporary elegance. Oversized yet ultra lightweight, the models showcase the unique possibilities of the MYLON material and the technology of 3D manufacturing.


The combination of archetypal eyewear silhouettes with a progressive composition of material, construction and surface is a present day echo of past glamour.

A little background knowledge on MAISON MARGIELA

Maison Margiela is a French fashion House, founded in Paris in 1988 by Belgian designer Martin Margiela.

Both masculine and feminine, oftentimes fusing the two genders, the House takes a cerebral approach to deconstructing, reinventing and redefining men’s and womenswear silhouettes. Since 2012, Maison Margiela has held the official ‘Haute Couture’ appellation from the Féderation


Française de la Couture for its collection entitled ‘Artisanal’. In 2014, British couturier John Galliano was appointed as the House’s Creative Director. Margiela’s uncompromising approach to its iconoclast heritage is cast through Galliano’s poetic vision of Haute Couture, marrying conceptualism with artistry, mystery with modern elegance.

Designer frame for Men, OKO’s AC43 modern, urban and with techno spirit.

February 2018

OKO AC43After the unrivalled success of OKO by OKO showing at the 100% Optical Show recently another amazing style is launched.

Designed by OKO by OKO Paris, the designer frame AC43 seeks out men of modern times.

The textured and woven faces reveal through the 4 colour mixes (Black&Gun; Black&Orange; Gun&Black; Gun&Orange) providing a halftone and contrasted design inspired by a printed circuit board.

This design ‘touch’ offers immediately a modern, techno and urban style. Geeky but not just for Geeks!

OKO AC43 Blue GoldMade of inlaid steel in a generous size (55-18) here is a frame with character for men who are in phase with their time, conscious of their appearance and what they project in the workplace.

A logo is found on the temple, creative but not ostentatious with a distinctive sign at the bottom of the side pieces recognizable as the emblematic OKO turtle.

The frame design concept provides elegance and yet is offbeat to give life to modern ideas which retain the DNA of the OKO brand. Characteristics that are designed for all, are affordable for all, remain faithful to the main values of quality, comfort and innovation in the choice of both design and materials.

OKO by OKO, designer eyewear for all since 1999.

Understated Lightweight Winner from Stepper.

February 2018

Ipad SayIt isn’t always those who shout the loudest that get heard. This is certainly true of the SI-60125 as it has quietly developed into a very strong performer in the STEPPER men’s frame offering.

Finding fans amongst discerning yet conservative men, the frame has proved popular since its introduction.

Subtle, understated styling belies an advanced construction combining a Beta-Titanium front with Titanium sides, bonded together using sophisticated laser welding techniques. The frame’s larger styling benefits from the use of these lightweight metals too as it weighs only 12.7g.

The simple frame design continues its modest approach with an outward finish in a monotone matt metallic effect in a choice of three handsome colour options.

Frame embellishment is limited to a single vertical groove about half way down the side which aligns with a subtle ‘STEPPER’ ident, both stamped into the tough Titanium metal.



As a contrast, the inside of the frame features complementary colouring and finish adds ‘cut-a-dash’ to this otherwise reserved frame.

‘This frame embodies STEPPER’s approach to classic men’s styling,’ comments Peter Reeve, Managing Director, STEPPER (UK) Limited. ‘It simply looks right from the moment you first see it. Pick it up and the lightness of the Titanium plus the tactile quality of the finish means it feels right before you put it on,’ adds Peter, ‘Wear it and it looks great on most faces.’

Now available exclusively from Norville - Reactolite photochromic Lenses.

February 2018

Reactolite n1 Boasting fast activation and fade back in comparison to other leading brands, Reactolite is back.

With natural colours such as brown and grey, Reactolite can be applied to most resin lenses and materials to give the customer the widest range of photochromic options on their lens requirements.

Designed and produced fully in the United Kingdom, the lifetime cycle tests have surpassed over 3000 activations.

Reactolite
Not only this, a premium scratch resistant hard coating is included on the layer stack.

Fully AR compatible and available in two types of activation densities of 15% or 40% LTF.

Norville also have a performance enhanced Anti-Reflection to complement and improve

Reactolite performance even further. From Norville

A new app is launched for young children, the "Kay Say and Match app"

February 2018

Ipad Say
The new Kay Say and Match app provides a fun way to help very young children to practise and learn the Kay Picture optotypes prior to having an eye test. The app is aimed at children from 15 months of age who are just learning to talk, and to help children over 24 months learn to match.


Learning the picture names and the concept of matching improves a child’s confidence to perform the picture vision test at the earliest possible age.

There are four games in the app, three of which are free to download and use on an iPad or iPhone. The fourth game is an in-app purchase costing £2.99.



The Name game teaches the names and sounds of the six Kay Picture optotypes. Knowing the picture names will give the child confidence to perform a professional vision test earlier than otherwise.


Kay 2 in 1 from Kay app

 

The three Match games associate the six pictures with cartoon animations to help children to learn the concept of matching the same picture. The games are fun and easy, with sounds and cheering rewards.

The Practice game simulates the key aspects of a vision test, where the picture to be matched is shown separately, remembered, then matched.

 

Say and Match from Kay

 

The Test game is an in-app purchase. This provides a speaking matching card to be used during a professional vision test.

Each picture says its name when touched, making it easier for the examiner to hear which picture has been chosen, and more fun for the child.

 

This is particularly helpful for children with some additional needs, such as autism.

The app can be downloaded from the App Store here

 

FYSH UK 2018 Sunwear Collection.

February 2018

WestGroupe announce the launch of the 2018 FYSH UK sunwear collection. Boasting 9 new models, each available in 3 colorways, the 2018 sunwear collection cleverly mixes the latest eyewear trends with FYSH UK’s outstanding use of bright colors, unique patterns and innovative design elements. Exclusive acetates, metal detailing and hues reflecting the Pantone trends for the season highlight the new collection. Whether it is a cat-eye or a sleek aviator, every style ensures an eye-catching look that is as glamorous and original as the confident woman who wears it.

Gradient or glitter or…both!

Available in a wonderful color palette of tangerine honey, pecan blush and blue ocean, the flirty modified cat-eye shape of style F-2020 is accentuated by the gradient translucent acetate that creates a highlighted effect along the front of the frame.

A sexy, squared off cat-eye is brought to life with gradient glitter acetate in style F-2027. This exclusive acetate is cut down along the browline and the bridge for unique detailing. Sophisticated hues of rose shimmer, storm shimmer and sky shimmer increase the glamour quotient of this frame.

Leather details
FYSH 2021Styles F-2021 (l) and F-2022 give a modern twist to the classic aviator with sleek metal frames wrapped in genuine leather: a one-of-a-kind detail that adds a rock and roll edge to these styles highlighting the metal bridges and temples.

Both models feature textured temples and acetate temple tips. F-2021 features a single metal bridge and is available in brown boa gold, black boa gun and salmon rose gold, while style F-2022 stands out by a double metal bridge and is offered in brown boa gold, black boa gun and ivory gold.


Playing with metal details

The mixing of materials continues to be one of the hottest trends this season, both in fashion and eyewear.

FYSH 2023
Styles F-2023, F-2024 and F-2025 are combinations frames where the metal front is sandwiched between two acetate layers. F-2023 is a modified cat-eye that features a traditional metal bridge and is offered in patterned acetates in rich vibrant hues: black weave gun, peacock cobalt and peacock brown.

FYSH 2024Styles F-2024 and F-2025 stand out for the eye-catching metal detail showcased on the bridge, which creates an original double bridge effect. The oversized, squared off cat-eye shape of F-2024 is available in deep bright hues of black feather, brown feather and teal feather. F-2025 is a classic cat-eye shape with unique beautiful iridescent acetates with animal patterns in chameleon, leopard or snakeskin.

Cat-eye model F-2026 exhibits a tonal or contrasting metal inlay along the browline that continues to the temples, adding a touch of sophistication to the design.

Featuring exclusive patterned acetates on the front and temple tips, this style is offered in black smoke as well as in two translucent options reflecting the popular crystal trend: crystal silver and crystal gold black.

To finish off this fabulous collection, model F-2028 is a squared off cat-eye shape frame constructed of rich pearlized acetate in three extremely polished colors of stone, ivory and midnight.


DIGITAL REALITIES, the latest designs from Mykita Mylon.

February 2018


Mykita MylonAbstract spaces inhabited by objects captured in fantastic detail under theatrical lighting– the new MYKITA MYLON campaign journeys into hyperreality.

Using entirely computer-generated imagery (CGI) the distinctive material, construction and texture of MYKITA MYLON is illustrated at a level of detail that goes beyond the possibilities of photography.

MYLON is made from fine polyamide powder fused into solid objects using a 3D printing technology called Selective Laser Sintering.

The fine powdery particles that make up the otherworldly backdrop in the campaign are also a nod to the MYLON material and method.

The MYKITA MYLON campaign was developed with Berlin interdisciplinary design studio Colors And The Kids (CATK).

KLiiK denmark January 2018 releases.

February 2018

Custom laminations, unique patterns, translucent colors and original finishes are some of the design elements that highlight the new KLiiK denmark collection. Inspired by Scandinavian design and key fashion influences, the KLiiK denmark collection is the perfect petite fit frame for men and women.

Two new styles for women that incorporate patterns with contrasting colors stand out.

Klik 602
The flattering subtle cat eye shape, style K-602 (l) is an authentic design masterpiece. Featured in custom acetates where two different acetates are laminated side by side on the front and temples to give a distinct look. Complete with a matte finish, each colorway has a different pattern to create a more understated, refined look. Available in tiger stripe and wood grain in oak black, walnut black and maple black.

K-606, a modified square shape in stainless steel, features a subtle, contemporary pad printed pattern on the lower part of the frame front, creating textured detail. The brow line coloration comes in tonal or contrasting colors which is offered in black teal, brown taupe, wine and blueberry.

There are two new releases for men in bold, masculine shapes and sporty detailing that are striking.


Klik 602Style K-603 (r) is a bold square shape frame balanced by a thin custom acetate made with side by side lamination technique seen on the front and temples.

To complete the look, a metal end cap gives a touch of sophistication. This style is available in blends of wood grain patterns in color combinations of walnut black, oak black and ebony black.

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Klik 602

The modified square shape of style K-605(l) has a racing stripe detail along the bridge and the temples, which is achieved through precise laser etching technique, creating a sporty design element. This effortlessly contemporary frame comes in navy black, grey gun and black gun.


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Klik 602
Unisex style K-604(r) features a vintage inspired squared off round shape, with a keyhole bridge and a 5 barrel rectangular hinge that shines through the translucent acetate at the end piece for a retro feel.

Available colors are translucent, understated and neutral color combinations that include sand smoke, grey smoke and turquoise smoke. Also available in the trendy crystal acetate.

BLACKFIN –spring/summer 2018 collection.

February 2018

Year Two of Phase Three (II – III) has been conceived to reach even further beyond Blackfin’s usual vision, with a spring/summer 2018 eyewear collection in which the retro futuristic concept blends into a contemporary balance of shapes that plough a new furrow in the personality of the brand.

The spectacle frames anticipate the new stylistic journey undertaken by the brand, a journey that will find its complete expression in the sunglass models created for the summer of 2018.

Blackfin 830
Alongside the new models that revisit the original Blackfin identity, a contemporary influence inspired by the most current of urban structures emerges in the two frames Bonita Bay BF830 (left) and Ocean Ridge BF831. Gleanings of modernist architecture take form in a special three-dimensional process producing rims with a triangular section emphasised by two-tone colouring.
The version for women Bonita Bay has a soft, slightly elongated silhouette defined by delicate and very feminine shadings such as white gold, raspberry pink or burgundy red.

The version for men, Ocean Ridge, on the other hand, has an ample square shape expressed in warm shades of black, blue, gunmetal grey or dark brown always teamed with a contrasting colour.

Blackfin 833
The perfect balance between the past and future can be seen in the two models Elliott Key BF833 (left) and Marrowstone BF832(below right), in which an iconic retro shape, the symbol of an intellectual, slightly bourgeois style, emblematic of a particular era, has now been redesigned using a sophisticated titanium production process in which the slab of titanium is milled on two levels to give the front a two-dimensional volume creating an original bas-relief effect on the top rim.

 

BF 832 from BlackfinThe result is a pair of frames that cleverly blend a 1950s-inspired design with a state-of-the-art construction technique capable of imbuing the frame with futuristic connotations: the perfect mix that is the essence of Blackfin.

In the model for women Elliott Key the top rim and temples are given emphasis by such pastel colours as ultraviolet – the 2018 Pantone colour – baby blue, yellow ochre, powder pink or ruby red teamed with a front in silver, dark grey or muddy brown.

The model for men Marrowstone features mainly a range of military colours, from black to opaque yellow, from military green to muddy brown, all with a front in polished or brushed silver and grey.

BF 824 from BlackfinThe range features the brand new Blackfin reading glasses: Lamar BF824, a frame without a top rim, its generous, sculpted lines accentuated by a choice of colours ranging from such classic shades as black, gunmetal grey and navy blue as well as livelier shades like ruby red and orange.

Blackfin eyewear is entirely conceived, designed and produced in Italy by Blackfin.

If the Made-in-Italy concept is a fixed point, neomadeinitaly is our strong point. Our heritage from the past and our respect for the beauty that surrounds us guide our code of ethics. All Blackfin eyewear is made of the purest titanium in the world using a production process that for us is a true ritual.

EVATIK January 2018 releases.

January 2018

Combining masculine styling with custom laminations, textured details and subtle colors, the new EVATIK releases provide a minimalistic, modern look that has an understated luxury. Drawing inspiration from European eyewear trends and architectural design elements, the new styles are sophisticated, capturing the true essence of distinct style.

E 9158

Model E-9158 features two different acetates where the front layer is pushed and pulled into the back acetate layer, creating a unique, one of a kind look. A straighter brow line gives a sporty style to this contemporary model that is offered in black/blue, brown stripe and black stripe.



E 9160
Stainless steel style E-9160 combines minimalistic design with classic masculine patterns.

Using precise laser etching, the gingham pattern is carved on the front of the frame. Architectural elements are incorporated on the temples that feature a stepped design to ensure uncompromising comfort without a spring hinge.

A subtle pop of color on the temples and inside of the frame adds the finishing touch. Available colors include navy/grey, black/cobalt and brown/olive.

Blitz Kidz from Norville.


January 2018

Three new flexible plastic frames, designed for babies and toddlers.


Blitz KidsFYSH

BK045

With crystal colour round eye, flexible rubber hinges and protective nose piece this frame is designed with safety and comfort in mind. Available in Blue and Pink and one eye size of 39-14-110.



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BK046
Similar style to BK046 but with solid colour also available in Blue and Pink. The entire inner side of the frame is lined with soft rubber to protect against knocks. Available in 38–16–125 and 40-16-125



Blitz KidsFYSHBK047
Constructed from flexible plastic, this standard hinged frame offers a great alternative with metal pin detailing on the temple creating a more mature look. A choice of two colours Pink/Purple and Blue/White. Frame size 41-16-125



Norville offer complete glazed packages in both CR39 and Trivex

FYSH announces January 2018 releases

January 2018

Playing to its strengths of glamour and innovation, FYSH launches four new styles that perfectly combine the latest runway looks with the Pantone trends for the season. Capitalizing on the growing demand for mixed material frames, the new releases offer unique combinations of bright acetates with metal accents such as double metal bridges and metal inlays creating the perfect fit for today’s confident, professional woman.

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Style F-3595
is a mono-block stainless steel frame with a unique square shape. It features a contrasting, double metal bridge that continues across the brow line and into the temples. Hand-painted colorations create a gradient effect that is sealed with a clear epoxy for a high gloss finish and stand out in black/gold, brown/gold, sapphire/silver and burgundy/black.


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Flat metal front with a traditional eye rim for easy rx’ing, style F-3596 is laser engraved with a baroque inspired design on the end pieces and temples. Offered in tonal or contrasting colors, finished with a clear coat for a high shine finish. This frame comes in only a larger fit with colorations of black/gold, cobalt/silver, cherry/rose and teal/turquoise.



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F-3597
is a one-of-a-kind combination frame. The front features a double layer acetate where the top layer is in a solid color and is cut down to reveal the patterned acetate below it. Then, a metal inlay with a laser etched design frames the browline continued around the outside of the frame front creating textural depth. This style comes in a rich palette of purple, brown, teal and grey.



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Style F-3598
is a semi rimless combination frame in four unique patterns that are achieved by metallic fibers embedded into the acetate. Delicately complimented by the metal temples plated in trending classic hues of gold and rose gold. Combinations are crystal/gold, crystal/black, crystal/white and crystal rose.

Perfect Pitch from Stepper for 2018.

January 2018

Stepper SI 95219

Creating a feminine rimless frame is a fine balancing act. Maintaining the subtle finesse of minimal eyewear, with its ‘vision-without-borders’ appeal, whilst responding to the desire for jewellery-like aesthetics, constructed from the most suitable materials is not easy.

Bring everything together harmoniously and you have perfection.

‘One such ‘perfect’ rimless frame is the SI-95219,’ states Peter Reeve, Managing Director STEPPER (UK) Ltd. ‘When a frame looks and feels as good as this (and also bears the STEPPER name), you know you have perfect eyewear.’

The SI-95219 is a sophisticated woman’s rimless frame that balances vision needs, attractiveness, lightness, fit and materials to match both the needs and desires of the wearer.





The appeal goes further. Every STEPPER frame is first designed around the contours of the face for fit and manufactured from lighter materials (in this case Beta-Titanium) with hypoallergenic properties – so the attractiveness is literally more than skin deep

The relationship between all these variables are drawn together in ideal measure with the SI-95219. To add individualised appeal to this frame, the colouring needs to match the taste and skin tone of the wearer. To accomplish this, this frame comes in a number of popular colourways.

‘The finesse of putting these elements together, the skill of understanding their relationship and the benefits each element offers the wearer is an artistry STEPPER has been refining for decades; it’s what we’re good at,’ concludes Peter.

Louis Stone announce new Scandinavian Brand. Just a teaser but it's on the way.

January 2018

Louis Stone Scandi Style

When we think of Scandinavian fashions, the first thing that comes to mind is modern and slick. The word 'light' also means a lot where this style is concerned. Anything delicate, discreet and understated would epitomise the trend and Britain views Northern European fashion as very forward-thinking, sometimes even a 'cut above', innovative style.

Companies from such countries have even now opened up branches and offices here in the UK in order to 'break' the market.

With particular attention to pastel colours and natural metals, what we personally enjoy about Scandi style is how many metal frames are accompanied by pastel-coloured tips at the end of their spectacle's temples.

In eyewear, Northern Europe has a strong association with high quality. After all, quality and reliability is expected in these countries for all health services, be it dental, medicinal or optical. The public are prepared to pay a premium price for these services, but in return have high expectations.

Quality goods that come to mind from such countries are also jewellery, cars, furniture (e.g. IKEA), etc. As with Scandinavian fashion, Louis Stone prides itself on high quality spectacle frames, cases and optical instruments.

Louis Stone is proud to announce that we will be releasing a high fashion, Scandinavian-inspired collection later in 2018.

Keep your eyes open for it - brand name currently under wraps and top secret! - Opchat will keep you informed as usual.

 
 
 
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