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Opchat Magazine New products and services pagesNew Products and Services, October to December 2017

 



Oliviero Contini: eyewear with sartorial style and sophistication.
A Zoobug Campaign: Camden Rockabillies by Leslie Edith.
Controlled Chaos from Mykita.
EVATIK announces new November 2017 releases.
A unique New Lensmeter from Mainline Optical Connections does a lot more and provides the coffee!
A Surprising mix of Hda® Technology & UV Printing: Introducing the New “Uv Designspiration” Collection by Okia.
Komono Optical’s FW17 New geometry collection: reshapes your looks.
Now you can measure acuities on your iPhone with the Kay app.
NEW YORK a collection Cosmopolitan Trends for Timeless Glasses
New Creative Direction for STEPPERS gives frame wearers Greater Individual Choice
Robert Rüdger: expert mix of technology and attention to detail makes for modern and sophisticated eyewear collection.
Introducing the New CCS By Coco Song Collection
EVATIK Fall 2017 Collectionwith
The Lightest Touch from Stepper for Men.
HOYA expands the Yuniku eyewear collection with new frame models and colours.
Louis Stone produces a frame for the Icy Trend of Crystal.

Oliviero Contini: eyewear with sartorial style and sophistication.

December 2017

OC 4260
A love for beauty, a passion for Italian goods and a wealth of artisanal expertise: these are the key ingredients in the new Oliviero Contini collection, the historic Area98 brand driven by the creative genius of the Italian designer by the same name.

Oliviero Contini has always been fascinated by Italy’s manufacturing traditions and it is from here that he has drawn inspiration for a new range of eyewear.




OC4255
Timelessly elegant, the range combines a vintage feel with modern appeal to create an unmistakeable style. Each model is produced using artisanal mastery and impeccable finishes in order to bring out the cultured, intellectual spirit of the men and women the brand is targeted at.

The result is a line of unique frames that are eminently wearable and never ostentatious, made using the best materials and according to the highest qualitative standards.

OC 4256
The new men’s models, in acetate or metal, feature both square and rounded shaping and use a range of classic colour options. Highlights include the metal OV4259 (home page) and OV4260 (top left) models: the former is semi-rimless while the second features a double bridge, with both pairs showcasing delicate colour contrasts and original patterning on the acetate temple ends.

The women’s models adopt a playful approach, with intense colours and stunning use of light. The cat-eye OV4255 model (above right) features a colour-contrast top section which accentuates the wearer’s gaze, while the broad frames of the OV4256 model (left)– another cat-eye design – capture your attention thanks to the exclusive acetates and jewel detailing positioned by the hinges on the temples.

 

A Zoobug Campaign: Camden Rockabillies by Leslie Edith.

November 2017

Zoobug 124ZOOBUG unveils its Spring/Summer 2018 collection of sunglasses in a London

A campaign featuring famous landmarks and neighborhoods of the city.

First in the series of stories is The Camden Rockabillies, a shoot highlighting directional metal frames with small lenses and edgy mirrors or 60s inspired tones for girls and boys. As lightweight, narrow metal eyewear styles trend in the adult collections, ZOOBUG has created a cool interpretation for kids, designed with the correct proportions for excellent comfort and safe protection from UV – as well as stylish fashion-forward designs that kids will love.

THE METAL PILOT (ZB7001) – for 4-9 years – comes in a choice of colours including purple with polarized pink mirrored lens, orange with polarized gold mirrored lenses, blue with polarized yellow gold mirrored lenses and green with polarized purple blue mirrored lens. The style has a double bridge feature and narrow metal temples.

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THE OVAL (ZB7002) – for 5-12 years – comes in pink with polarized ice blue mirrored lenses, green with polarized gold mirrored lenses, grey with polarized yellow gold mirrored lenses and white with polarized purple blue mirrored lenses.


QUIRKY SHAPES IN EYE-POPPING ACETATE



In keeping with 50s and 60s inspired fashion trends, a new Catseye and chic Aviator add to the mood where bold iconic shapes and retro colour combos have a modern, audacious individuality. Zoobug’s acetate has a chic finish and special patterns – a completely new direction in kid’s sunglass fashion!

Zoobug 102ACETATE FOR MINI ROCKABILLIES:


THE CATSEYE (ZB5032) – for 5-12 years – comes in blue stripes with polarized pink gold mirrored lenses, fluo pink with polarized ice blue mirrored lenses, white with polarized purple mirrored lenses and clear grey with polarized yellow gold mirrored lenses.



THE AVA (ZB5028)
– for 4-9 years – comes in clear grey with polarized yellow gold mirrored lenses, fluo green with polarized purple blue mirrored lenses, fluo pink with polarized purple mirrored lenses and blue stripes with polarized gold grey lenses.


The new sunglasses collection includes three sizes for 0-3, 4-9 and 5-12 years, because it is vital that children have a frame that performs in all areas. All mirrored lenses featured are Category 3 polarised for 100% UV protection.

Controlled Chaos from Mykita.

November 2017

Nita by Mykita

Originating from a sharp pencil drawing on a clean sheet of paper, NITA continues the tradition of the poetic MYKITA / DAMIR DOMA stainless steel constructions with an entirely new look.

The scribble-like design presents a controlled sense of chaos.

A finely composed web design combined with monochromatic colourways in Black, Shiny Silver or Camou Green achieves a harmonious presence in the face.

EVATIK announces new November 2017 releases.

November 2017


State-of-the-art technology, top quality materials and refined design elements are showcased in the new EVATIK releases. Combining masculine styling with sophisticated patterns, textured details and subtle pops of color, the new styles provide a clean modern look that has an understated sense of luxury.

E9157
Made of Japanese titanium, model E-9157 is strong, corrosion-resistant, hypoallergenic and extremely lightweight.

The monobloc titanium front eliminates the need for eyerim soldering, while the large, square shaped nose pads evenly distribute the weight of the frame, providing for a more comfortable fit.

Refined details such as a beveling along the outside edge of the frame front with a subtle pop of color, paired with color blocked and ribbed patterned temples, give this frame a truly unique look.

Available colors include Brown Black, Black Red and Charcoal Grey.

Evatick E 9159

Model E-9159 is an ode to 90’s styling, but with a modern twist. A round shape – one of the most popular eyewear trends for 2017 – alongside a subtle easy-to-wear keyhole bridge matched by a sharp front with a diamond cut edge that creates a luxurious, architectural appeal and modernizes the vintage design.

Evatick E 9159
Thin, flexible stainless steel temples allow for a perfect fit and premium comfort, while screwless hinges provide a smooth temple movement as well as an interesting design element.




In addition to vintage Tortoise Black and Black, this model is available in Crystal Black, that has a glossy, transparent hue that gives a minimalistic look.

A unique New Lensmeter from Mainline Optical Connections does a lot more and provides the coffee!

November 2017

Design 1

Mainline Optical Connections have launched their NEW MLM6500 Auto Lensmeter which has endless amazing features.

The Lensmeter includes a Hartman Sensor giving fast and accurate measurements, and also takes UV & LTF Measurements.

For a LIMITED SPECIAL OFFER Mainline are giving a coffee machine away FREE so you can work on the Auto Lensmeter whilst enjoying a coffee!

Mainline Optical are sponsors of your free Opchat Independent News Service. Click here to read more about the Auto Lensmeter.

A Surprising mix of Hda® Technology & UV Printing: Introducing the New “Uv Designspiration” Collection by Okia.

November 2017


“UV Designspiration” is the name of the revolutionary collection resulting from OKIA’s latest developments in high definition eyewear.

Design 1 HDA® Technology is already renowned in the international world of optics and design as an extraordinary technology that allows the realization of unlimited colours and lifelike patterns on acetate frames, with a sensational high definition outcome. To further increase the three-dimensional effect, OKIA has combined this patented technology with UV printing, a form of digital printing that uses ultra-violet lights to dry or cure ink as it is printed.

Design 1 (left)Design 4

 

Applied on the HDA® patterns shown on the brow line of the frames, this unique technique adds texturing details that enrich the design and highlight its colors. The unmatched look&feel obtained through UV printing brings the customer’s experience to another level, as per OKIA’s mission and commitment to innovation. Design 4 (right)

Thanks to their creative features and the perfect combination of design and technology, every proposal from the “UV Designspiration” collection is not only an extremely cute frame but also an intriguing and fashionable accessory able to give a touch of boldness to any outfit.

Komono Optical’s FW17 New geometry collection: reshapes your looks.

November 2017


Komono FW 2017 ClovisThe popular Clovis style from Komono Opticals gains a geometric family this season.

Structural yet soft, these styles blend vibrant Italian acetate accents with sophisticated metal for the polished feel synonymous with KOMONO.

Available in a variety of contemporary colourways, this series includes: Clovis, Boris, Frankie, and Wilbur.

The original – panto-shaped Clovis returns for 2017 in Black, Champagne, Bourbon, and Tortoise.

Boris


The square (l)– newcomer Boris is a play on square lenses. With slightly curved edges, the Boris will turn heads in Black Silver and Tortoise Black.

Frankie

The cateye (l)– Frankie’s softly arched brow and gently sloping curves are at once versatile and chic. Available in Tortoise Gold, Black Tortoise and White Gold, Rosé Silver, and Bourbon Black,

 

Frankie will carry everyone’s look through the workday and into evening with style.

The oval – Wilbur’s angular twist on an oval lens will make an immediate statement. Fresh and confident, Wilbur is available in Tortoise and White Gold, Rosé and White Gold, and All Black.

Now you can measure acuities on your iPhone with the Kay app.

November 2017

Kays iSight proThe Kay iSight Test Professional app has been available for nearly one year for the download on ipads. A recent update now also allows for the app to be used on iphones.

Our iSight Pro vision testing app lets you measure and record near and distant visual acuity in children from 18 months of age through to adults. It is simple and intuitive to use, making your testing quick and easy.

The app uses British and US standard letters and Kay Picture optotypes for young children and others with a learning disability.


The Kay Picture Test is the only fully-validated picture vision test with accurate, recognisable pictures and evidence-based crowding. This app is CE marked as a medical device.

Download and try the app for free for 7 days. For full access, subscribe for only £24.99 per year, or £3.99 per month.

Features:

• Provides various testing distances

• Choice of letters or pictures for testing.

• Offers single, crowded and chart presentation.

• Displays LogMAR plus Snellen or Decimal notation.

• Easy to increase and decrease the size displayed.

• Simple to refresh the optotypes on screen.

• Records visual acuity results for each eye.

• Saves your results for later review in test history.

NEW YORK a collection with Cosmopolitan Trends for Timeless Glasses

November 2017

ZOOM on the model NY22 by OKO

This New York (NY)OKO by OKO collection is aptly named as it finds its inspiration from cosmopolitan and multicultural trends and movements just like this city which is often described as « the capital of the world».

It perfectly takes place in the DNA of the OKO by OKO Paris brand – eyewear designer for all. As a will of democratizing the "world optic", that is to say to make designer eyewear affordable and wearable for all and everywhere in the world !

Entirely manufactured in acetate – with exclusive and unique style-like stained or tortoise plates, the frame is equipped with metal side-arms, for an aesthetic and quality finish.

Y 22 by OKOAmong the releases launched this year, let’s zoom on the model NY22, with its pantoscopic shape it will seduce men and women adepting a retro, elegant, timeless and universal look.

Also newly released the model NY23, with its rectangular shape, it will seduce women demonstrating an elegant, timeless and universal look and the model NY24, with its "wayfarer" style.

Sure to attract both men and women accentuating a universal and timeless look – no matter what the shape – retro style is always trendy year after year !

New Creative Direction for STEPPERS gives frame wearers Greater Individual Choice

November 2017

STEPPERS has always been the ‘wild child’ in the STEPPER EYEWEAR brand portfolio.

STEPPER RangeFor 2018 this positioning is strengthened further with models designed under the creative direction of Saskia Stepper, daughter of STEPPER founder, Hans Stepper.

‘New colouring techniques, faster ‘concept-to-market’ times and process innovations allowing for shorter production runs, mean STEPPERS can now be more experimental,’ reveals Peter Reeve, Managing Director STEPPER UK. ‘With this freedom, STEPPERS reacts quickly to style trends, appealing to an emerging modern tribe of customers who like spontaneity and are attracted to trying whatever is new.’

There is a great sense of vigour in the latest STEPPERS frames.

For example, the STS-10080 is more athletic in its design than it is classic. The TX5 material allows for enormous flexibility in design and this frame shows how this is put to good use as the design seems to flow in harmony with the facial contours of the wearer.

‘A STEPPERS is an extension of your personality and style, rather than dictating it,’ explains Peter. The individual’s design confidence is reinforced by the minimal presence of a logo, with only a small ‘S’ visible on the temple tips.

Whilst looking good, the STS-10080 still embraces the company’s ‘comfort and fit’ philosophy, so it feels good on too. With skin friendly properties and a weight of just 7.3g the frame will feel good all day.

The STS-10080 has a choice of two colours: blue and grey. Both colours are in a matt finish with Stainless Steel temple highlight details.

Saskia has been involved in the STEPPER EYEWEAR business since a child in the early 1970’s. After school she would visit the factory to have lunch and complete her homework before helping with the simpler manufacturing tasks such as putting caps on hinges and washing and drying the frames under the supervision of her father (Hans Stepper).

Today Saskia is a board member of STEPPER EYEWEAR from where, with particular skills in styling and colouring, she has been an important influencer in delivering the considerable success of the company in recent years. Saskia (see picture) is also the ‘face’ of STEPPERS, reinforcing the individual free spirit of the brand.

Robert Rüdger: expert mix of technology and attention to detail makes for modern and sophisticated eyewear collection.

October 2017

Lightness, simplicity and elegance. Three words that sum up the FW 2017 collection by Robert Rüdger, the eyewear brand produced by Area98 in collaboration with legendary designer Rudi Himmelfreundpointner.

RR051The undisputed star of the new collection is the exclusive High Density Cellulose Acetate (HDCA), an innovative and extremely light form of acetate whose denser molecular structure makes the eyewear more resistant and flexible, allowing for a sleeker design and extraordinary comfort. Both the calibre and thickness of the frames are reduced and combined with soft lines and neutral colours to create super-light frames bursting with a unisex, contemporary feel.

RR052The RR051 (r) and RR052 (l) models feature an extra-sleek front section in HDCA acetate, lightweight temples in the same colour variation and elegant rivets in silver or gold.

The RR051 is the more masculine of the two models on account of its square shape and classic colours, while a version with mirror yellow/green sunglasses lenses is also available. The second model, which features more delicate lines and a profile that slants upwards slightly, experiments with lively yet understated colours – it’s the perfect choice for the career woman who wants her style to stand out from the crowd.

RR049The vintage-inspired RR049 (r) frames have a minimalist feel, with the front section in HDCA acetate and a double bridge. The lower bridge is in the keyhole style, with its upper counterpart features colour-contrast metal. This model is also available in a sunglasses version with mirror silver lenses.

RR050

 

The “dandy” RR050 model (l) completes the collection: a hi-tech take on the classic round frames, it features titanium and HDCA acetate, with a sophisticated incision along the bridge.

Introducing the New CCS By Coco Song Collection

October 2017

Natural Inspiration, Colour Experimentation and Transparent Elements:

Following on the wave of the extraordinary success enjoyed by the launch collection unveiled at Mido, Area98 is ready to welcome the new CCS by Coco Song collection for the FW 2017 season.

CCS 104 C 1Designed for young women with an eye on the latest trends, CCS by Coco Song takes some of the elements that have made Coco Song so successful – think silk, dried flowers and feathers – and reinterprets them to create fresh, light, easy-to-wear frames with sparse decoration and innovative colour choices. The oriental inspiration of the mother brand gives way to an explosion of contemporary energy which – through transparent, crystalline acetates and pearly colours – makes for a collection of modern, versatile accessories ideal for anyone wishing to stand out from the crowd courtesy of a hit of romantic femininity.

CCS 105 C06The new CCS by Coco Song collection includes two models, the CCS 104 (rt), with a round, slightly cat-eye shape, and the squarer CCS 105 (lt). The models are available in six different colour options. Three are more vivid, more intense, with multi-coloured flowers on the front sections and bright, silky colours on the temples. The remaining three are more understated, with elegant laminate feather and leaves in the acetates, which are presented in super-glamorous pastel shades. The result is a sophisticated, dynamic and lively collection, perfect for the under-35 female audience it has been designed for.

EVATIK Fall 2017 Collection

October 2017

Masculine styling, sophisticated patterns, textural details, and subtle pops of color provide a clean yet modern look to the new EVATIK Fall 2017 releases. Inspired by the latest eyewear trends, the new collection offers round and angular shapes with refined, contemporary design elements that cleverly combine uncompromised engineering with an understated sense of luxury to appeal to today’s modern man.

Evatik 9152Constructed from Mazzucchelli gradient acetate, EVATIK E-9152 features a retro eye shape inspired by 1970s styling.

The solid color along the brow blends harmoniously with a smoky pattern, creating textural depth; while the decorative rivets on the end piece adds detail to the clean design. The custom engraved OBE UNO flex hinge provides for a discreet logo. E-9152 is available in dashing hues of Brown, Blue and Black.

Evatik 9153EVATIK E-9153 is clean and minimalistic thanks to a thin stainless steel profile and beveled edged brow, providing a timeless and light result. The intricate, textural temple finish is created by acid etching, which gives a luxurious feel to the frame. Carefully selected pops of color on the inside front and temples offer a contemporary and sporty aesthetic. E-9153 is available in sporty color combinations of Brown Orange, Navy Blue and Black Red.

Evatik 9154For those men looking to make a statement, EVATIK E-9154 fits the bill. Inspired by the fashion trend of contrasting patterns, a diamond etched pattern across the brow and temples seamlessly flow into a linear pattern for an updated and eye-catching, textured look. Both patterns are clean and precise thanks to state of the art laser cutting. Modern and masculine, E-9154 features a rectangular eye shape, 5-barrel hinges for a secure and lasting fit, and is offered in classic hues of Black Graphite, Brown Black and Navy Graphite.

Evatik 9155EVATIK E-9155 plays with acetate contrasts. The solid color along the brow and temple is coupled with a translucent bottom eye rim providing a bold and modern twist to the crystal trend seen all over the runways this season. The square shape and the dropped bridge create a downtown geek-chic look that will suit a variety of face shapes. The custom engraved OBE UNO flex hinge provides for a discreet logo. Available colors include Tort Crystal, Navy Crystal and Black Crystal.

Evatik 9156EVATIK E-9156 capitalizes on the continued popularity of round frames as well as the new-found demand for metals. Combining Japanese mono-block titanium front with beta titanium temples, E-9156 is strong, corrosion-resistant, hypoallergenic and extremely lightweight. A laser cut split temple adds a subtle touch to an otherwise clean design while a custom titanium end cap on the temple tips is engraved with an “E”, providing a discreet logo. This modern take on a retro look is available in Black, Grey and Brown Taupe.

Evatik 9167Designed around a custom hinge, EVATIK E-9166 and E-9167(right) exude sleek sophistication. Fronts are constructed from a single block of stainless steel, eliminating the need for soldering and providing a stronger, more aesthetically pleasing design. A thin, pinstripe design is laser etched into the temples and the raised temple décor helps to highlight the custom hinge. Two-tone coloring ensures a high fashion look. E-9166 offers a modern twist on the timeless oversized aviator, an iconic design reminiscent of the 70’s that is making a big impact for the Fall/Winter season. The square, contoured shape has a step-down along the double brow bar, which is achieved through a precise laser etching technique, creating an interesting design element. Available colors include Black Red, Navy Black and Brown Black. E-9167 has a slightly more sporty appeal due to its rectangular eye shape, which provides an effortlessly masculine look. Navy Gun, Black Red and Grey Blue are the color options for this frame.

The Lightest Touch from Stepper for Men.

October 2017

Stepper

In addition to the uninterrupted peripheral vision, STEPPPER believe the subtle sophistication of a minimalist rimless frame is a major factor in its popularity.

Yet, with any minimalist design it is the attention to detail where the design becomes a winner or a loser.

‘The skill of creating a successful minimalist rimless frame is in the precision of its execution and its delight is in the detail,’ explains Peter Reeve, Managing Director STEPPER (UK) Ltd. ‘For example, at first glance SI-83408 looks as though it might not have a hinge. But a closer look reveals a discreet hinge which allows the frame to be folded, when not in use, as a conventional frame.’

 

Super-fine, elegant lines belie the strength and durability of this frame; constructed almost entirely from Beta Titanium. This super-light (the frame weighs just 4.6g) and durable material is a logical choice, but not without its challenges.

Beta Titanium has the strength, lightness and hypoallergenic qualities of Titanium and adds an almost ‘plastic’ flexibility. However, like Titanium, Beta Titanium is notoriously difficult to manufacture and, although Titanium is already a very expensive material, Beta Titanium is considerably more expensive still.

A subtle ‘honeycomb’ relief can be seen on the temple, creating texture to the otherwise simple form. This detail is created by pressing the metal under immense pressure.

With the application of STEPPER’s creativity and manufacturing processes, the resulting frame’s sublime looks are clean and simple. ‘What is clear is the popularity of this frame,’ continues Peter. ‘Since its launch the SI-83408 has become one of our best sellers,’ continued Peter.

The SI-83408 is available in Gold, Gun-Metal and Burgundy colours.

HOYA expands the Yuniku eyewear collection with new frame models and colours.

October 2017

Yuniku frames from HoyaHOYA Vision Care Company, a key player in the global market for ophthalmic lenses, and Materialise, a leading provider of advanced 3D printing solutions, are pleased to announce the addition of four new frame models and two new colours to the Yuniku eyewear collection.

 

 

Yuniku frames from HoyaAn infusion of fuchsia and aubergine throughout highlights the feminine in each of us in a strong or subtle setting.


The signature minimalistic style continues in the new shapes and fluent lines of the frames. The Yuniku14 and Yuniku15 models exude female elegance, whereas Yuniku13 flatters both male and female wearers in a sleek yet understated way. The collection now consists of 15 timeless designs.

Yuniku frames from Hoya

The Cabrio collection by Hoet, which was added to the Yuniku base collection in February 2017, has been expanded with the DS9 model.

The perforations just above the nose bridge and on the arms and the sloping transition from the front to the temple can only be achieved with 3D laser-printing technology.


The cavity in which the spring hinge is mounted is also created during the printing process, making this seemingly simple pair of spectacles both technically advanced and unique in its category. The collection now consists of 7 eyeframes.

Launched to wide acclaim at Silmo 2016, Yuniku represents a breakthrough in the optical industry because it transforms the way lenses are prescribed. Traditionally, the selected frame and its position of wear were a given. The lens design could only be optimised and customised within the limitations these posed, with potentially adverse effects on vision – a frame-centric approach.

Yuniku, by contrast, uses a vision-centric approach. It takes into account the customer’s facial features and visual requirements, and calculates the ideal position of wear for optimal visual performance. The selected frame is then 3D printed based on these individual parameters. This approach enables eyewear that is perfectly tailored to the visual and aesthetic needs of the customer, without compromising on style or fit.

Louis Stone produces a frame for the Icy Trend of Crystal.

October 2017

Key style trend for Spring Summer 2018:

ICY frame from Louis StoneLouis Stone noticed an influx of crystal/transparent frames from top designers at Vision Expo West in Las Vegas. Speakers also discussed simplifying design and going back to their roots, which inspired the crystal trend that we'll be a part of come next year.

Trends showed large, square plastics, maintaining that geek chic effect in a more discreet direction.

Mentions have also been made towards a move away from acetates and towards metals in 2018.

 

Crystal clear just like our crystal black shot frame (pictured) which embraces this trend but maintains a classic touch with its ebony black temples.

When it comes to size? Go large or go home!

Frame colours show contrasting colours between frame rims and temples, raised edges, texture, patterns.

Crystal frames are available from Louis Stone, spectacle frame, case and optical instrument distributor established in 1950.

 

 
 
 
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