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“Blink” Accessories: Fan Optics at BoB

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Back to Best of Britannia and I hope that you enjoyed our previous post about Jessica de Lotz, and here’s another British creative innovator that we think you should be looking out for (no pun intended…). Allow us to introduce you to Fan Optics, the passion project of design duo, Sarah Coburn (graphic designer) and Guillaume Furminger (product designer).

Fan was founded in 2010. Sarah and Guillaume discovered an almost abandoned British glasses manufacturer and set about reviving it’s fortunes, embracing the hand-making skills of the remaining few staff, hand in hand with Sarah and Guillaume’s aesthetic sensibilities and desire to create frames that are both well designed, relevant yet also instilled with a certain longevity that comes when products are made with care and attention to every detail. Fan use high quality Italian acetate to create their frames, but from vintage or ‘end-of-line’ stocks which ensures that each colour or finish of frame is only one of a limited edition run.

Sarah and Guillaume of FAN Optics

Sarah and Guillaume of FAN Optics

FAN Optics

FAN Optics

It was a delight to meet Sarah and Guillaume, and gain a brief insight into the passion they have for well designed, considerately produced, functional yet aesthetically pleasing glasses, especially as a proud specs wearer myself. If you’d like to have a try on yourself, here’s a list of their stockists.

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“Blink” Streetstyle: Copenhagen Fashion Week

Friday, August 31st, 2012
Copenhagen Fashion Week, August '12

Copenhagen Fashion Week, August '12

Copenhagen Fashion Week, August '12

Copenhagen Fashion Week, August '12

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“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.

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“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

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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

Blink Reports: Autumn ’11 ‘Accessories’

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

As you may have spotted on our frenzied tweets, August was a hectic month on the reports front. This was the first month when we had 8 reports to issue- and all with masses more pages than ever before… There was a collective sigh of relief when we finally sent the completed artwork to the printers, and smiles of glee when the finished reports arrived back looking incredibly impressive.

This was a mega month because we had the quarterly reports to create as well as the usual monthly ones. In celebration of that fact, we treated you to selected highlights from the ‘Graphics’ report yesterday, and today we have some pages from the ‘Accessories’ report for you. The total report runs at over 55 pages, featuring over 300 inspirational images.

If you’d like to see the full report offer, why not contact us or your nearest agent? Enjoy!

Blink Events: Field Day, The Finale

Friday, August 19th, 2011

So, here’s our final hit of coverage from Field Day. Its the last lot of streetstyle from the event and encompasses some expected looks (denim shorts) but worked in some fresh and innovative ways. We also saw real attention to detail with brilliant accessories just adding that wonderful ‘edge’ that we are always looking for with our streetstyle coverage. There were some surprisingly elegant looks too, which feel really interesting. So, over to the images and enough ponderings from us. What do you think? Be sure to drop us a comment and tell us what you love the most from this weeks imagery.

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

If you’d like to catch up on all of our previous Field Day posts, just click here. For all festival posts, click here. If you’re after streetstyle in general then, this is place for you to click. Enjoy!

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!

Events- Camp Bestival, Part 2: Style

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

So, following yesterday’s ‘scene setting’ Camp Bestival post we now have some style insight for you.

In between the fairytale themed fancy dressing up, we managed to spot some great looks at Camp Bestival. It was a mixture of festival standards- great denim shorts, pretty pattern and we were particularly impressed with the boys who pushed the boat out too (mostly embracing their inner rock star or ladylike side!). Its an excuse to cut loose and go for bright colour, eclectic layers, theatrical make up and something a little more extreme than your everyday. If only your Monday to Friday wardrobe looked like this, wouldn’t the office be a far more inspirational and exciting place to be?

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Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Events- 1234 Festival, Shoreditch

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

On Saturday 24th a few of our coolest “Blinkettes” headed down to the 1234 festival in Shoreditch. This fringe festival played host to over 40 bands and DJ collectives across four stages so there was plenty of choice in this years line up which features names like Rolo Tomassi, Dum Dum Girls, These New Puritans and Kids on Bridges– as well as inimitable Peter Hook. We think it was well worth the £20 ticket price to have this kind of festival feeling right on our doorstep.

As anticipated from the location, it was a brilliant place to style spot, with the achingly cool East London crowd rocking their best ‘laissez faire’ looks (we know you were all secretly planning your outfits for days, but don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone). There was lots of 90’s grunge- high waisted denim cut offs with DM’s and dark lipstick. Very Alice Dellal/ Courtney Love. We also spotted a few vintage romantics- bowler hats, ankle sock, boots and vintage ‘dress up’. Last but not least, the usual festival classics- that timeless Boho rock chick in floaty dresses with biker boots, antique jewelery, tousled locks and pouch bags.

Here’s a few of our favourite shots for you, and there’s more to follow over the next couple of days! Thanks to Amy and Jessica for the great work.

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1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch