Linda Farrow Eyewear Opens Latest Boutique in Los Angeles

U.K.-based luxury eyewear brand Linda Farrow today opens its third U.S. stand-alone store at 8409 Melrose Place in Los Angeles. The store follows Bal Harbour and New York locations opened within the last 18 months, reinforcing the brand’s presence in the U.S. The brand dabbled in the L.A. retail scene with a pop-up at Platform in Culver City.
The store follows the same creative direction as the units in New York and Miami, embracing femininity and masculinity, light, texture and color, all within 1,055 square feet. Founder and creative director Simon Jablon worked closely on the store’s identity to create an atmosphere of earthy luxury within a compact footprint.

An exterior view of Linda Farrow’s Melrose Place boutique. 
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“Los Angeles has its own unique vibe and take on the international fashion scene, which is something we at Linda Farrow embrace and relate to. We couldn’t be more excited to have found the ideal space in one of best shopping streets in the world, Melrose Place,” said Jablon.
Mixing materials such as cast concrete and rough plaster with more polished elements like onyx, brass, and peach suede, the space creates a mix of textures to provide a backdrop for the glasses, which are displayed within

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The Row, Oliver Peoples Team on Second Eyewear Collection

SHADY BUSINESS: It’s The Row and Oliver Peoples round deux.
Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen’s sportswear brand has teamed with the luxury eyewear label on a follow-up range of sunglasses. Their first collection was released in 2015.
Both brands declined to comment on the designs, but provided a mood to speak for their aesthetic inclinations instead. The mix of pictures features Bob Dylan, Naomi Campbell and a heavy serving of the Nineties’ foremost icy blonde, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. A publicist for Calvin Klein during the brand’s Kate Moss era, Bessette-Kennedy’s minimalist style was often punctuated with small, ovular sunglasses.
This seems the tipping point for the four-style collection of smaller-scale frames. There are two riffs on aviator styles made of wire, while acetate frames come in a sleek Wayfarer style and a mod rectangular shape. The collection is priced from $ 455 to $ 645 and will be released in Oliver Peoples stores this week.

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Karl Lagerfeld Renews Long-Term Eyewear License With Marchon

EYE SEE: Karl Lagerfeld and Marchon Eyewear Inc., are renewing their global eyewear licensing agreement until 2023.
The alliance covers the exclusive design, development, production and distribution of men’s and women’s ophthalmic and sunglass collections under the Karl Lagerfeld brand name. The companies linked up in 2007, with the debut collections launching the following year.
Following the relaunch of the Lagerfeld brand in 2012, they inked a five-year agreement in 2013, which was due to expire next year.
“Over the past 10 years, Marchon has proved to be a trusted partner that shares our passion for premium quality product and cutting-edge design innovation,” said Pier Paolo Righi, chief executive officer of Karl Lagerfeld.
“As we continue to grow our overall business, we look forward to further expanding our iconic eyewear across the globe,” he added.
Nicola Zotta, ceo and president of Marchon — which also produces eyewear for brands such as Calvin Klein, Chloé, Marni and Salvatore Ferragamo — said it was proud of the long-standing relationship.
“We look forward to continuing to collaborate with this innovative, fashion-conscious brand to captivate our consumers and successfully grow the Karl Lagerfeld eyewear business globally,” he said.
Karl Lagerfeld has a network of more than 80 mono-brand points of sale

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Kiton Launches Eyewear Line in Paris

NEAPOLITAN STYLE: Italian tailoring brand Kiton launched its eyewear with a gourmet soiree at its Paris store on Friday night. Amid its suits, chef Nino di Costanzo served the best of Neapolitan cuisine, a nod to the brand’s southern Italian roots.
Over aubergine bruschetta and crunchy sfogliatella, the region’s cream-stuffed pastry, Kiton chief executive officer Antonio De Matteis explained: “The glasses are supposed to be like a good suit. Every piece is custom-made for us and carefully assembled one by one.”
The eight styles of optical frames and sunglasses in 12 colors are made of titanium and cellulose acetate that is produced for Kiton by Mazzucchelli. The frames’ screws mimic those of Kiton’s tailoring scissors, while the lenses come from Barberini.
According to De Matteis, it’s the first time this Italian optics specialist produced a lens as thin and as flat as this one. “It’s a so-called basic lens 2. Usually, the industry uses a lens 6, so this makes the glasses ultra-light, while keeping a high performance,” the executive explained.
The men’s collection, which retails between 400 euros, or $ 446 at current exchange, and 700 euros, or $ 782, is slated to grow by two to three styles per season, while a ladies’ line

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The Row, Oliver Peoples Link for Eyewear Collection

The Row and Oliver Peoples have linked up for a new eyewear collection that will debut during the clothing label’s Paris Fashion Week presentation.
The six styles, which will come in both optical and sunglass options, will be available in stores beginning in January. The collection will be labeled The Row x Oliver Peoples.
The frames are feminine reinterpretations of long-time Oliver Peoples designs, including the O’Malley style, which will be renamed O’Malley NYC and which marks the first time the Los Angeles-based eyewear company has allowed an outside designer to adopt the frame. The sunglass options all feature custom mineral-glass color lenses unique to The Row’s collection.
“Oliver Peoples is singularly focused on eyewear and in this sense they are experts in the category,” said Ashley Olsen, adding the tie-up will help the sisters’ brand move their eyewear to the next level.
“We felt optical was just as important as sun,” added Mary-Kate Olsen, who said that was why they chose to adapt the O’Malley style.
The frames, which range from $ 350 to $ 600 at retail, incorporate key Oliver Peoples signatures such as wire ridges and discreetly placed logo plaques.
“We sat down together at the beginning of this project with a very clear objective

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Stella McCartney Launches Falabella Eyewear

Stella McCartney reinterpreted her hit Falabella handbag in her new winter eyewear collection with a range of four sunglasses and two optical styles that feature the Falabella chain details.
The frames come in black, tortoise, rose pink and matte green. The overall eyewear range, which is done in a new partnership with Kering Eyewear (it was previously done through a license with Luxottica), also features a new kids collection of cat eye styles. A limited edition of 500 black Falabella’s with a hand-stitched gold metal chain at the top of the frame will be sold at Stella McCartney stores and online, as well as department and specialty stores. The specialty frames ring in at a tidy $ 675 a pair.

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