Summer Shields by Childe

Last year I came across Australian Brand Childe and instantly fell in love with their collection, their story and their determination to do things their way. My collection of Sunglasses from them has steadily grown over the last 12 months so you can imagine how excited I was when I saw them pushing the boundaries – again- by releasing two very unique Shield sunglasses.

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CHILDE Tuppaware

You all know I love a good story. And the ‘Komodo’ Sunglass sure has a good one. Originally designed as an acetate frame with inspiration coming from the 1950’s sunglass era, the end result is far from today’s ‘wrap sports shields’ – this is designed for fashion, making a statement and the WOW factor. Childe designer Jon was discussing the idea with the manufacturer in the early stages, who suggested seeing the design in a single lens shield. When the sample arrived, Jon just knew it was the right way to go.

“When we received the sample it was WILD and we were like WOW so we just had to do it.”

You can still see the 1950’s detailing in the temples, but what grabs my attention is the butterfly shaping of the lens. It’s feminine but edgy, fashion but rock and unique in a way that the wearer just won’t care whether you like it or not. Everything that Childe stands for.

Available in 3 colourways which are all completely different to each other, this model is not ‘on trend’ – its leading the trends.

 

The words ‘Limited Edition’ get me Every. Single. Time. It’s seriously a problem haha. So when the ‘Tuppaware’ sunglass was being teased on Social Media, I was in. 200%, I was going to get myself a pair of them ASAP. Although I don’t wear them every day, when I do – on those occasions where I truly want to be noticed – they work a charm.

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CHILDE Tuppaware

Designed with inspiration and input from vocalist Shelly Fitspatrick of the Sydney band The Tuppaware Party, the Tuppaware model is an extreme sweeping Cats Eye perfect for narrow faces.

“Shelly loves a cat eye but she wanted something with more flair and we wanted to develop a style that embellished her confidence and on stage sass while performing” – Jon, CHILDE.

Tuppaware is sophisticated. It’s Sexy. It’s fun. It demands attention then poses for pictures looking sassy, classy and elegant before the wearer has a chance to think. If I ever get myself and my drums back to gigging, these will be my go-to pair for demanding the stage.

Also available in 3 different colourways, these limited edition sunnies are bound to be a highlight of any eyewear collection.

 

Both Shields are designed in Australia, hand made in Italy, in a 4 base curve and feature temples made from a plant based grilamide polymer. If you’re after something different this summer, the Childe website is well worth investigating. All of their designs are trend-breaking, high quality and really well priced – you won’t be sorry you searched.

Em x

 

 

 

Jono Hennessey: Australian Optics Royalty

Jonathan Hennessey Sceats is a name that is synonymous with eyewear in the Australian Optical Industry. Anyone that’s been in the industry for a decent length of time has ranged, or at the very least, come across the Sceats or Jono Hennessey collections.

Since the 1990’s when Jono sold the Sceats eyewear collection to focus on his own more ‘unique’ range, amazingly the name held onto its identity as a brands known for quality, comfort and bright and innovative work with colours and patterns. Sceats has now become an easy access and easy to wear range, while the Jono Hennessey Signature collection is focused on creating unique one-off pieces that are a more of a wearable expression of art.

I was lucky enough recently to come across a few of the current range, and was drawn to the carousel style of the Freesia 8466 1.

img_5940The shape is fairly universal but oh-so-comfy and tends to give the eye area a little bit of a lift without actually being even slightly cats eye. It’s all in the fit.

What makes these frames so lustworthy is that no two are ever the same: There is actually fabric cut individually for every single frame, which is enclosed  – laminated in fact – into the actetate to form the finished product. Each temple is different, and every single front is different. So even if you do happen to come across someone wearing the same frame, they will have a unique version of it, the colours will be in a different place within the frame.

It’s no wonder that stores are doing whatever they can to get this range in store. While there are plenty of others out there trying to be their version of ‘unique’, not many focus on the detail of fabric in each individual frame and still manage to pull off a range that appeals across such a wide demographic of wearer.

To be honest it has been a little while since I have seen this full collection, but I am counting down the days until I get to explore it some more at O=MEGA19 in Melbourne!

If you do get a chance to view this range, take the time to touch, feel, play and definitely try as many as you can on. Once you notice the details, it’s hard to move on.

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Featured Frame: Jono Hennessey,  Freesia 8466 1

M.

Childe Eyewear – Review ‘EXIT’

Recently I road tested the ‘Exit’ sunglass by @childe_co

Firstly, I just want to say that I had that dress on BEFORE the parcel arrived – I promise!!!So, let’s get straight into it !

C H I L D E is an Australian brand, with their range being made in Italy. Childe’s reputation is that of a rebel at a music festival- loud, non-apologetic and full of raw energy.


The first thing I noticed was that it is SUPER light and fits very comfortably. The lenses are beautifully clear to look through. From the image on their website I was expecting the lenses to be a very light blue but in fact they are a medium grey blue. Which does suit more light conditions. I wore them at the beach and didn’t have any difficulty with glare, and the blue hue was a softer version of grey than I’m used to, which is great for overcast conditions.
Minor disappointment that the design doesn’t have spring hinges on the temple, I know it’s a personal choice but I know my sunnies always stay in shape a lot longer with springs. This next point is more a fault of mine, but the shape was a little ‘off ‘ for my face. I LOVE the Heptagon shape, but the top of the lens was a little long (wide) and it looks a little unbalanced on my petite face. I think the shape will work well on anyone that doesn’t have as long and thin a face as I do.

PS…HOW COOL IS THE PATTERN ?!? I know, looks aren’t everything, but first impressions are, and this one has me hooked.

RRP in Australia is $190.00

Investment worthy? 8/10
– These are perfect if you want something that has a unique style, is good quality and offers good sun protection without the designer price tag.

E.

Coco Song CCS

Big doesn’t have to mean heavy

 

In Eyewear terms, big doesn’t necessarily have to mean bold. Or heavy.img_0280
These sunglasses from YNot are a long way from being ‘small’, but are probably the most delicate pair I own.
The black  frame is softened by the warm, soft gold tones on the bridge and temples, meaning they’re far from a solid black sunglass. 

 

But most importantly it’s the overall design I fell in love with- the laser etched detail around the edge of the lenses is beautifully intricate and just the right amount of feminine

img_0246And finally, the graduated Grey Lens is perfect for winter or overcast days, and doesn’t look too heavy on my face either. Although it’s not polarised or prescriptible, these sunglasses are still going straight to the top of my favourites list.
What’s not not love?!?

Eyewear: Y Not Italy

M.

 

Optical frame or Sunglass?

Featuring Marc Vincent Lublin

Never underestimate how good an optical frame can look with tinted lenses.

Any optical frame can have tinted sun lenses put in them whether you need prescription or not- which actually gives you complete control over what lenses you have put in them too!

For example, you can select whether or not you want polarised lenses, a  graduated or solid tint, what colour tint and if you want a mirror coating or not. And these days the options are almost limitless. You can opt for photochromic lenses, and also the density.

I honestly didn’t even know these sunglasses were an optical frame design with tinted lenses when I first saw them! It took me 3 weeks to figure it out, and that was only because the Rep told me.

So, whether you need prescription lenses or not, if you’re struggling to find sunglasses that you like, don’t be afraid to include optical frames in your search, you never know what you might come across.

Frame: Marc Vincent Lublin Marine