Curated collections of protective eyewear, new lens coatings and colourful frames: OT rounds up the latest launches
Spectacles: A paradigm shift
Kenmark Eyewear, which holds the eyewear licenses for brands including Vera Wang, Zac Posen and Lilly Pulitzer, has launched its first independent collection. The Paradigm eyewear Spring 2020 collection takes inspiration from emerging trends and vintage looks, with styles drawn from the ‘70s and ‘80s. The range offers eleven optical frames and eight sunglasses in a selection of sizes, including petite and wider fits. Packaging for the eyewear is made with recycled materials, while the metal used throughout the collection is stainless steel with nickel-free plating, making it durable and recyclable.
PPE: Protective eyewear
Luxottica has introduced an initiative to help meet the demand for protective eyewear. The ‘Shield Your Eyes’ curated collection brings together products from its portfolio including Oakley. The Oakley models offer a wider area of coverage, and select models that are PPE-certified. For the first time, customers will have also access to the Eye Safety Systems (ESS) selection, designed for military, first responders and industrial use including PPE-certified models.
Spray: Hygiene solutions
Scope Eyecare has introduced Optase Protect, an anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial spray for daily control of harmful germs that live on the eyelids and surrounding skin. The company says the preservative-fee, pH balanced solution contains high purity hypochlorous acid.
Italian eyewear brand, Blackfin, has launched a new line of lightweight optical frames. The Blackfin Razor line are made from 1mm titanium sheet, using micromechanical processes custom-engineered to produce the frame styles. The ‘Annie’ frame is delicate with large round rims, while the ‘Zara’ version features a contoured, hexagonal shape. Both styles are available in monochrome black, metallic powder pink, bright metallic blue, metallic burgundy red, bright metallic violet and optic white. Frames are also available in two-tone variations including white/polished silver, dark metallic Bordeaux/polished silver, or nano-plated champagne light gold combined with raspberry or bright metallic blue.
Spectacles: Collection of colours
Silhouette has introduced four new colours to its Momentum collection, updating the collection that first launched last year. The frames are inspired by the traditional aesthetics of a watch, and now include four new shades including Cassis Sundown, Caramel Brick, Dark Denim and Champagne Jungle.
Coating: Crystal clear
Shamir Lens has brought forward the launch of its Glacier Plus Anti-Fog coating to help meet the need for anti-fog eyewear in the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said the coating was originally created for sports vision to stop the rear surface of the lens from fogging during strenuous sporting activities. The solution does not need activation with cloths and sprays, which Shamir suggests makes it a more hygienic option and reduces the need to return to practices for activation cloths. A 1 July update to the coating allows for easier cleaning.
The coating is available in 1.53, 1.59 and 1.6 indices. The company are offering practitioners a pair for personal use at 50% discount to help those working in practice with PPE.
Spectacles: Hit the road
Eyespace Eyewear has introduced the new Land Rover Eyewear collection for men, with ‘adventure-ready’ designs drawn together with technical innovation. The stainless steel model offers a robust finish but slender appearance. The temples feature subtle etchings of the Land Rover branding along with a premium rubberised finish. The Miller frame is available in navy blue and black colourways.