Buying spectacles is an extremely personal and individual experience, and Gentle Monster understands how you need to select glasses that are stylish yet functional. The Korean eyewear brand are renowned for their artistic flair and experimenting with conceptual pieces that are completely original.
Gentle Monster’s more subtle, everyday range of eyewear is heavily influenced by vintage aesthetics, with a selection of frame shapes inspired by iconic styles from the fifties through to the seventies. The popular ‘Buddy Holly’ glasses and brow line specs are modernised with sleek lines and unusual materials, resulting in glasses that are unique, fresh and modern.
Their most recent collection, entitled ‘Future Vintage’, certainly embodies the brand’s signature design ethos. Each pair is handmade, delicately carved from a sheet of acetate and finished with precision.
In order to fully express their creativity and imagination, Gentle Monster collaborates with artists and designers that push the boundaries of the eyewear fashion industry. Allowing the brand to freely explore different materials and concepts within a potentially limited fixed shape, the results are nothing short of revolutionary.
For example, taking inspiration from nature, a pair of glasses have been designed that allow grass and soil to be embedded into the rim of the frame (a little hazardous for everyday use); another style takes its cue from the fictional hero Zorro, resulting in a series of masks with various moustaches and (of course) an identical pair of appropriate spectacles in various shades.
Others inspirations include a Eurasian Eagle Owl, an aquarium and a robot! Intrigued? Why not admire their line of innovative eyewear whilst purchasing a pair of vintage specs that succeeds in making a truly essential item cool, chic and stylish.
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