Every once in a while I get sent a press release that really excites me. This morning it was one from a brand I hadn’t heard of before: Black Eyewear.
The label’s glasses and sunglasses are designed by 67 year-old Robert Roope, a jazz fanatic who was born in Hull and managed to travel to different parts of the world, accumulating over a thousand vintage frames along the way. All of the frames for sale are inspired by and named after jazz musicians of the Forties, Fifties and Sixties.
I’ve not seen such a brilliant range of sunglasses in ages, and with prices starting at £70, these are now on top of my spring wish list.
Buy online from Retrospecs.
I’m not a big fan of Rodarte – it’s all too whimsical – but I do love their new collection for Opening Ceremony. The range of 50s-inspired sun glasses is just perfect!
My first ‘I want’ for 2011: Persol sunglasses
Really love these bits of jewellery from Shoreditch shop Caravan.
cat ring, £29
Bunny necklace, £69
Excellent, hunting-wear inspired tailoring by Paul Smith. The fox brooch is simply amazing.
I bought a new perfume yesterday, one I’ve been coveting for many years: Miller Harris’ Un Petit Rien. It’s a lighter version of the classic L’Air de Rien, a fragrance created for one of my all-time favourite style muses, Jane Birkin.
Here’s how the story goes: Working with perfumer Lyn Harris in her laboratory, Jane was introduced to Lyn’s many exquisite, raw materials. After listening to Jane talk extensively of her vibrant life, rekindling memories of her beloved France, Lyn went about translating these passions into a fragrance. While Lyn performed her finishing touches to the formula, Jane sat across from her doodling William Blake-style nymphs appearing from behind the signature Miller Harris flowers. These images now decorate the bottle and packaging, adding the final Birkin twist.
I love this scent, I think I’ve found my signature smell.
God I hate Friday afternoons when I get bored and start browsing the web… and keep finding stuff I like – such as this Cleo Ferin Mercury scarf for Rokit Designers Guild, a bargain at £20.