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Being a bargee’s child, theo designer Serge Bracké found his inspiration in his youth, on his parents’ boat where there’s never a shortage of ropes. Serge took two pieces of rope and formed a pair of glasses. The 2 pieces hold 2 lenses together. And by means of chemical engraving and laser cutting we made it happen. The frames are made of stainless steel, in order to offer the perfect balance between strength and flexibility.
James surprises once again with one wire James Van Vossel is not a designer that your invariably see sitting at a computer working on all kinds of complicated programmes. He is a doer. He prefers to retreat into his atelier where he spends hours experimenting with shapes and materials. He departs from a basic idea and he tries to give this idea shape in his atelier, without making extensive drawings in advance and calculating whether it is possible. No, according to James that only stifles his creativity. The result is never obvious and always surprising. This can also be said of the second collection that he devised for theo.
One wire Does one metal wire suffice to give shape to glasses? This was the challenge James gave himself. After numerous experiments he went to theo. The idea was appreciated, but the execution needed improving. That’s why theo took control of the design and made the glasses comfortable too by adding nose pads. James 3 and James 4 The round titanium wire runs along the top of the glasses and crosses over the bridge of the nose. James 3 has square lenses with rounded off corners and James 4 has round lenses. Both models are available in six colours.
Our eye-witness collection has always been a bit of an outsider. From the beginning, about 20 years ago now, the eye-witness frames were not like the others. For one thing, the frames are asymmetrical, just like a face. Our latest eye-witness models have gone ‘grunge’, looking as if they’re made from recycled trash. But appearances can be deceiving! Assembling the titanium pieces is quite a technical feat. It’s precision craftsmanship!
Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot and Judy Garland must be the most famous divas of all times. theo designer Patrick Hoet wanted to put the same ‘grandeur’ in an eyewear collection. He came up with four models, very much ‘in your face’. One frame seems to be caught in another one. The emphasis is always on the inside frame. Divas like to hide behind their sunglasses. You might say they use it as a mask, a shield. Our divas work in the same way. The wearer’s eyes are not visible from the sides. But make no mistake: with aMarilyn, Grace, Brigitte or Judy on your nose you may try to run, but you cannot hide!
theo wins golden V.AWARD for Optical frame in Hong Kong
Today, theo received a golden V.AWARD at the annual Hong Kong International Optical Fair and this for the second time in a row! theo won in the category ‘optical frame’ with the eye-witness model VA in colour 365.
The V.AWARDS are groundbreaking, since they are the first optical awards to be issued in Asia. There are 3 categories of awards: ‘optical glasses’, ‘sunglasses ’ and ‘technology’. theo is exhibiting at the annual Hong Kong International Optical Fair, together with other internationally renowned designer eyewear labels, at the ‘Visionaries of Styles’ (VOS) pavilion.
Our brains can be tricked to perceive a 2D drawing as a volume. We’re doing the same thing in this eye-witness model. Instead of giving the frame a certain thickness, the volume is created by simply outlining the front and back of the frames in lines, without ‘colouring it in’. Just like in a perspective drawing. An optical illusion like nothing you’ve ever seen before.