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“Blink” Accessories: Cutler and Gross, SS’14

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Today is the Spring Equinox. The season change is official and as far as we’re concerned, there’s a very specific way of celebrating that. Yup, it’s time to invest in some fresh shades!

If you’re after style and substance (great design, quality craftsmanship, all sorts of UV protection) then there is only one label to hit as far as we’re concerned; Cutler and Gross.  It’s kind of like once you’ve flown first class, anything else just seems a dreadful compromise. Well, so it is with a pair of Cutler and Gross shades.

Cutler and Gross, SS'14 campaign

Cutler and Gross, SS'14 campaign

Cutler and Gross, SS'14 campaign

Cutler and Gross, SS'14 campaign

The new season collection is inspired by the ‘English Garden Party’ and there are some gorgeous new shapes and some wonderful new colours too, including some fabulous new mirrored lens tints.  The women’s frames are rather glamorous and the men’s are more relaxed for an effortlessly stylish look. Here are some of our favourites.

1111 Crystalline Violet, Cutler and Gross

1111 Crystalline Violet, Cutler and Gross

0736 Autumn, Cutler and Gross

0736 Autumn, Cutler and Gross

1119 Grad Brown Amber, Cutler and Gross

1119 Grad Brown Amber, Cutler and Gross

0740 Dark Turtle 07, Cutler and Gross

0740 Dark Turtle 07, Cutler and Gross

You can take a look at the whole collection on Cutler and Gross site, or see a great selection on Avenue 32. Obviously if you want to get the full experience you should pop into their Knightsbridge store where you may well bump into a superstar or two, including Rihanna who appears to be a fan, choosing to wear C&G shades to the AW’14 Chanel show.

If you’d like to see more accessories posts, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Menswear: Cutler and Gross and Harry

Friday, July 19th, 2013

We had a lovely evening sipping fizz with the gorgeous Marie and Alice from Cutler and Gross at the launch of a new collaborative venture. Cutler and Gross have teamed up with Harrys of London, the well respected gentlemen’s footwear and accessories brand.

Harrys have taken on Cutler and Gross’ iconic model 1032 sunglasses and developed some exclusive colour combinations, including a delicious bright infra-red mirrored lense.

Harrys 'bespoke' Cutler and Gross sunglasses

Harrys 'bespoke' Cutler and Gross sunglasses

Men of style, you definitely need these in your shades collection…

For more menswear posts, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: Giles for Cutler and Gross

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Did you love the Giles Deacon SS’13 show as much as we did? Well, I think it was gorgeous, and perfectly accessorized with these stunning shades made by Cutler and Gross. Named the ‘Baitors’ frame, they reflect the streamlined graphic details  seen in the collection. The classic oval shape is just oversized enough to look proportionally fresh without being too bonkers. The ‘Baitors’ are studded with some seriously chunky Swarovski crystals, and the topline is detailed with a row of delicate pearls- which we think look like wonderfully bejeweled eyebrows- and who wouldn’t want those!?!

These frames will be launched at retail from December 2012, so, uhm, keep your eye out for them!

giles cutler and gross gaitors

Giles Deacon SS'13 'Gaitor' shades, in collaboration with Cutler and Gross

Giles Deacon SS'13 'Gaitor' shades, in collaboration with Cutler and Gross

Giles Deacon SS'13 'Gaitor' shades, in collaboration with Cutler and Gross

Giles Deacon SS'13 'Gaitor' shades, in collaboration with Cutler and Gross

Giles Deacon SS'13 'Gaitor' shades, in collaboration with Cutler and Gross

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Jonathan Saunders, SS’13

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Last night I was lucky enough to be able to end day 3 of London Fashion Week at the Jonathan Saunders show. Thanks to Motilo and Jonathan Saunders for the ticket.

Set in the stunning environment of Tate Modern, we entered in to the ‘Turbine Hall’ which was beautifully, dramatically lit and pumped full of dry ice. We were then directed into the ‘Tanks Lobby’ which was made slightly disorientating with cleverly placed mirrors. The linear, graphic, geometric nature of the location felt just perfect for Saunder’s sharp aesthetic.

The SS’13 collection was a study in contrasts. Sharply combined colour, textures, densities and finishes created a really exciting edge to even the simplest of silhouettes. Some of the styles had totally different coloured backs to fronts, creating a brilliantly chic graphic impact.

I don’t know if it was the particular shade of bottle green, the patent stripes or all of the sequins, but I was thinking of ‘Biba’ with a heavy dose of ‘Glam Rock meets Disco’ when trying to sum up the feel of this collection. ‘Gorgeous’, ‘desirable’ and ‘sexy’ would also work!

Here are my shots from the show. I think you’ll agree that I am no David Bailey, but I hope they are good enough to share the joy with you.

entering the Jonathan Saunders show through the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern

entering the Jonathan Saunders show through the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Jonathan Saunders, SS'13

Oh, and I mustn’t forget to mention those fabulous shades, care of Cutler and Gross.

For more from London Fashion Week, just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: Cutler and Gross ‘Project 0734′

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Cutler and Gross has launched an amazing competition with the London College of Fashion. It’s called ‘Project 0734′, which sounds like something from a spy novel, but in actual fact it’s the reference number for an iconic Cutler and Gross frame.

The students will be given the opportunity to creatively reinvent and reinterpret the 0734 frame using any creative medium from the world of design, photography or illustration. The winner will be awarded a one-year paid (yes, paid!) work placement as the brand’s first ever Design Assistant working alongside Cutler and Gross’s design director Marie Wilkinson. I have had the opportunity to work with Marie in the past, and I can tell you this is an opportunity not to be missed.

We’ll be watching the process develop with great interest through the Pinterest site dedicated to this competition.

 For more events, click here. For more Cutler and Gross posts, click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: Cutler and Gross for Alberta Ferretti

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Did you know that Cutler and Gross make sunglasses for some of the most directional, exciting and creative fashion labels? They have now added a new name to the list that already includes fabulous brands like Victoria Beckham and Giles Deacon. Announced during February’s Milan Fashion Week, Cutler and Gross are also now responsible for the production and distribution of the Alberta Ferretti eyewear collection.

“Cutler and Gross is a worldwide leader in the luxury eyewear field thanks to its expression of tradition and quality. They will be able to translate in the best way the elegant and sensual style that has always characterized the world of Alberta Ferretti” declares Massimo Ferretti, president of Aeffe.

The collection, for Autumn Winter ’12, comprises of six sunglass models which reflect the contemporary femininity and elegance that characterize the Alberta Ferretti world. The designs are inspired by the handmade decorations that come from the motives and linear shapes of the Ferretti ready to wear collection. We think that they are absolutely gorgeous. Well, what else would you expect from Cutler and Gross?

Cutler and Gross for Alberta Ferretti, AW'12

Cutler and Gross for Alberta Ferretti, AW'12

Cutler and Gross for Alberta Ferretti, AW'12

For more posts about Cutler and Gross, click here. For more on accessories, click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: Cutler and Gross, 70′s style

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

We do love the Cutler and Gross magazine. If you haven’t seen it, we would recommend you pop into the Knightsbridge store to pick up a copy. I have to say, this issue is particularly gorgeous. Here are some of images from my favourite shoot, celebrating Cutler and Gross taking a trip back to it’s pioneering past, showcasing some amazing ‘octag’ shades recalling styles launched first in 1972. Design Director, Marie Wilkinson says “They are oversized and fabulous, like an embroidered kaftan”. Beautiful.

Cutler and Gross shades worn with vintage Turkish dancers bodice from samayalingvintage.com, necklace from Erikson Beamon

shades from Cutler and Gross, vintage jacket from Thea Porter, vintage skull cap from Linda Bee at Grays Antiques

both in shades from Cutler and Gross. He wears jacket from Junky Styling. She wears vintage Hungarian waistcoat from samayakingvintage.com, bracelet from Opium

for more posts about Cutler and Gross, click here. For more on accessories, click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Travels: Cutler and Gross arrives in Toronto

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Exciting times for one of my favourite British brands, Cutler and Gross. They are slowly but surely taking over the world and I was lucky enough to be in Toronto as they were about to open their newest outpost. I met the team as they were frantically unpacking the latest shipment of stock, including some wonderful archive styles. The cash desk was yet to arrive and the finishing touches were being put to their very own mini version of the ‘Museum’ room. Although the store has been designed by Toronto based ‘Fishtnk‘, it still maintains the Cutler and Gross signature look, including the picture wall of famous faces wearing C & G frames. The store is perfectly located in Yorkville, which is broadly speaking Toronto’s Knightsbridge, again reflecting the London flagship beautifully.

The doors open today (good luck Golta and team!) just in time for the world’s film industry and hottest movie stars to descend upon the city for the  Toronto International Film Festival.

You can read up on what Cutler and Gross have been up to in London here, and learn about Marie, their wonderful Design Director, here. Enjoy!

Cutler and Gross, Toronto

Cutler and Gross, Toronto

Cutler and Gross, Toronto

the 'Museum' room at Cutler and Gross, Toronto

the 'Museum' room at Cutler and Gross, Toronto

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Retail: Cutler and Gross launches ‘Museum’ and ‘Bespoke Service’

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

I was delighted to be invited to the launch of the latest project from Cutler and Gross. Its a brand that is very close to my heart after spending a short time working for this dynamic duo, so its wonderful to keep up to date on how this brilliant British brand is going from strength to strength with a global expansion underway. Cutler and Gross may well be spreading its wings around the world but the CEO, Majid Mohammadi, told me that he is absolutely committed to maintaining their incredible quality levels, wonderful brand values and inherent exclusivity. With that in mind, the team have launched a wonderful new service in their Knightsbridge flagship store.

Above this small but perfectly formed jewel box of a store, in a space that was formerly the workshop, Cutler and Gross have created a showcase for an additional four thousand carefully selected styles from their archive, the oldest of which date back to 1969, so if you can’t find quite what you need on the shop floor below, its highly likely that the team will be able to locate a frame that is absolutely perfect for you from this stunningly displayed collection. This is an ‘appointment only’ opportunity but one that will transform your view of buying a new pair of specs forever. In the privacy and glamour of this glossy, mirrored space you will be given the expert help of an experienced and knowledgeable eyewear consultant to assist you in selecting the most prefect frame shape, in any colour and lens shade combination.

If you are really, really fussy and can’t find exactly what you are after from this immense selection, why not indulge your ultimate ocular fantasies and go bespoke? Cutler and Gross are also offering to create unique ‘One Off’ frames, specifically designed for the client to their exact specifications of shape, colour and finish. Gosh, where would you begin! What an incredible opportunity.

The glamorous new 'Museum' space at Cutler and Gross

The glamorous new 'Museum' space at Cutler and Gross

The 'Bespoke Service' Mirror Room at Cutler and Gross

To secure you appointment in the ‘Museum’ space just email themuseum@cutlerandgross.com. If you’d like to learn more about Cutler and Gross, why not read our interview with Marie Wilkinson, the Creative Director.

Thanks again to Majid, Marie, Sophie, Salvatore and the team for all of the time that you gave me.  Good luck with the new venture!

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Interviews: Design Director of Cutler and Gross, Marie Wilkinson

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

A little while back, I had the good fortune to spend some time working for Cutler and Gross. It was a small diversion out of womenswear into the wonderful world of  glasses, and it was an experience that I treasure. Not only was it wonderful to work for such a well respected, design and quality oriented brand, the team there are a really special group of people. The atmosphere and ethos set by Tony Gross and Graham Cutler is core to this brands success. If you have never spent time in their Knightsbridge stores I urge you to do so.

Each pair of Cutler and Gross frames is entirely hand-made and follows in excess of 30 processes that have been set in place since the first pair was handcrafted in 1969. Until very recently, this took place above the Knightsbridge shop, but in 1982 manufacturing moved to the traditional sunglass manufacturing region of Cadore, Italy. The manufacturing process that Cutler and Gross specialize in is truly a labour of love, with each individual frame being treated as a bespoke creation that takes four weeks to handcraft.

Before the manufacturing process begins, enormous amounts of care and thought goes into the design. When Cutler and Gross started making frames in the 1960s inspiration came from a piece of furniture, a rare slice of film noir or an imaginary concept. Today, design is the responsibility of Design Director Marie Wilkinson, who joined the company in 1982 as an apprentice under Mr Cutler and Mr Gross. Marie expertly marries the heritage and history of Cutler and Gross with future trends. She works closely with Creative Director Monica Chong, and each season they work on themes and concepts for the new collections.

We recently caught up with Marie and we are extremely grateful that she agreed to answer some of our questions.

Tell us about your current design crush
Vidal Sassoon haircuts.

Which comes first for you, the brand’s own handwriting or trends?
The brand’s own handwriting comes first as I know from past experience, Cutler and Gross styles often set the trends.

Do you think commerciality or creativity is the most important?
I think commercial should mean that the glasses should appeal to a broad group of people and this in turn should feed  the creativity.

Does the idea of sustainability impact on your collection at all?
Yes , in that we have used  Vintage sheet acetate in our collections and we have even up-cycled unused stock acetate to create new sheets in a fabulous new tortoiseshell effect.

What are you currently working on and how is it shaping up?
I am working on Fall Winter 2012 ideas for our own collections and for Victoria Beckham’s collection.

What or who are your longest standing design influences?
Mr Cutler and Mr Gross

What’s currently inspiring you?
1950’s furniture with brass legs.

Has your role at Cutler and Gross developed in the way that you anticipated?
Beyond my wildest dreams!

How would you describe your personal design aesthetic?
Louise Brooks in a frock!

What was your first fashion memory?
The short A line mini dresses my impossibly glamorous Godmother wore when she came to our house for afternoon tea in the 1960’s.

Any advise on choosing the perfect frame?

Above all else the shape and the colour has to suit your face , your haircut and personality. Be honest with yourself and don’t just buy the latest ‘trend’. If your face suits ‘cat’s eyes’ only; embrace the cat!

What is currently tempting you into making a purchase?
Maison Martin Margiela with their fabulous furniture.

Sunglasses indoors… Fashion fabulous or fashion faux pas?
Fashion fabulous.

What’s the best thing about your job?
The opportunity to work with such huge creative talents.

Any future projects that you’d like to tell us about?
Designing exclusive glasses for the new Cutler and Gross showrooms in London, Toronto and New York that will be open by the end of this year.

What 3 words best describe what Cutler and Gross stand for?
Stylish, handmade, hand-polished.

Pencil and paper or computer and mouse?
Pencil and paper.

Tell us about your most fabulous fashion moment

The time when I went to Elton John’s home to show him the collection and he loved the glasses and personally made me tea, served in Versace tea cups. He is the most charming host.

Who would you love to work with, past or present?
Ann Demeulemeester.

I feel most creative when…
the sun is shining

Any final word of advice?
I think it is important to have a mentor.
I had the most wonderful mentors in Mr Cutler and Mr Gross, for which I am very grateful.

Marie Wilkinson, Design Director at Cutler and Gross

from the Spring Summer '11 collection, 'The Mermaid and the Officer'

from the Spring Summer '11 collection, 'The Mermaid and the Officer'

Tony Gross and Graham Cutler

Thanks again to Marie for the fabulous interview. If you’d like to read more inspirational interviews, just click here. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy