Sunpocket x Colette
Although folding sunglasses are no recent innovation, they are enjoying something of a resurgence among the larger and more fashionable brands as of late.
Ray-Ban have introduced myriad variations of their classic 3025 Aviator silhouette to go with their pre-existing folding Wayfarer model; Persol continue to sell the PO 714, which served as fashion icon Steve McQueen’s signature shade, in abundance (although the limited edition McQueen colour way remains an elusive and sought after collector’s item); and now acclaimed Parisian concept store Colette team up with Swedish folding sunglass artisans Sunpocket to create a bold, exclusive new model.
Sunpocket’s products initially gained a cult following amongst the French ski community in the 1970s before becoming popular throughout Europe in the next decade, so their decision to team up with a contemporary and modish French company seems only natural.
Based on the classic Sunpocket II, these unisex sunglasses feature a cool, blue colour way befitting of a quirky French boutique that sells over 100 different brands of water in its specialist bar. Although Colette as a company has barely passed the age of majority in its home country, there is no sense of an uneven partnership in their merging with the veteran brand for this project – Colette’s logo is emblazoned on the right of the frame and Sunpocket’s on the left.
With five folding points of articulation, the Sunpocket x Colette frames fold tightly inwards to almost form a square, allowing for maximisation of storage space and easy portability.
Sunpocket x Colette folding sunglasses are available for purchase now exclusively from the Colette boutique or online at colette.fr.