“Luxury through material, quality through craft, innovative by design.” Mitsuhiro Matsuda’s legendary eyewear brand elevates opticals to art pieces. The brand merges architectural aesthetics with craftsmanship, using fine Japanese acetate, sterling silver, and 18k gold. With intricate details including hand-engraved filigrees and adjustable nose pads, Matsuda’s sunglasses can take over 250 steps to finish.
Matsuda achieved cult status in the 1980’s and 1990’s, appearing in high fashion editorials and Hollywood films like Terminator 2. The brand’s A/W 1996 collaboration with photographer Nan Goldin spawned a coffee table book, entitled Nan Goldin meets Yukio Kobayashi: Naked New York, which won an award from the Art Directors Club of New York. Matsuda articulates its strong ties to art and culture with heritage collections, as well as with new styles.
Partners include: Dover Street Market, SSENSE Canada, Barneys New York, Noodle Stories LA, Isetan Japan, GR8 Tokyo, One & Only Maldives, Storm Copenhagen, Santa Eulalia Barcelona, 10 Corso Como New York, Boon The Shop Seoul, RareMarket Seoul among many others.
Filling Pieces is an Amsterdam-based footwear label, established in 2009 by designer Guillaume Philibert. While studying architecture, Guillaume realized that there weren’t any premium high-quality sneakers out there for a reasonable price. Recognizing both a challenge and an opportunity, he started to design – following his vision of creating a unique shoe. A shoe that would bridge the gap between streetwear and high-end fashion.
Nowadays the collection consists of a variety of unique and contemporary models. All of them handmade with great care in Portugal, using only the finest Italian materials.
Since then Filling Pieces quickly evolved in a real global brand, working with selected retailers worldwide, from the renowned high-end department stores to independent boutique.
Partners include: Barneys New York, KITH NYC, Luisaviaroma Florence, United Arrows Japan, SSENSE Canada, Storm Copenhagen, Hypebeast and many more.
Under the creative direction of renowned design studio Mucho and in collaboration with such world-class artists as Malika Favre, Olimpia Zagnoli, Camille Walala, Damien Poulain or Amelia Graham, Arrels Barcelona wants to suffuse the world with its radical optimism, an attitude that permeates all its creations and that can be condensed into a slogan: “Yes Okay.
Partners include: Soho House Barcelona, Miami, Little Beach House, Isetan Japan, Club 21 Singapore, Boon The Shop Seoul, One & Only Maldives, Printemps Paris and many more.
“Antwerp heart, Italian hands"
LAURENCE D’ARI wants to share the passion and please women with a luxury range that is strong, charismatic and elegant. The models are inspired by vintage elements and aim to bridge the gap between past and present, offering frames with an edgy, but everyday femininity.
Laurence herself is very instinctive and translates this very clearly in her designs:
“Sunglasses can make or break an outfit. It’s that simple. The right sunglasses on the right person can uplift the simplest outfit to a very stylish level. I don’t follow trends and I don’t create for a defined target group. My designs are an expression of myself and who I am. I can only hope that my sunglasses will be picked up by women with a genuine and self-confident personality, daring to express themselves. Style has nothing to do with age. Everybody can make a stylish statement, you just have to believe it.”
In 1936, Georges Grimmeisen, an amateur tennis player, designed a shoe to play on clay, the Spring Court... and the “tennis shoe” was born, quickly replacing sneakers on the court. But far beyond illustrating a technical revolution, the history of the brand bears the imprint of a century of dreams and turmoil.
Spring Court emerged in the heart of an incredible movement of openness and the popularization of athletics. Until that point, sports had been reserved for professionals or the wealthiest of families, but the events of 1936 marked a radical change in the concept of athletics. For the first time, people took pleasure in the game and discovered the benefits of physical exercise, and clay tennis courts became accessible to amateurs. While Spring Court outfitted professionals for over 40 years, the brand is, above all, a powerful symbol of the gateway to leisure sports.
The late 60s were a turning point in the story of the G2. The tennis shoe was diverted from its original purpose to become a symbol of personal affirmation. For the first time, athletic shoes were worn outside of the sports arena. We protested, danced, and lived in Spring Court shoes. The tennis shoe was embraced by rock stars, artists and the population as a whole. It was worn as a statement, both strong and discreet, of a refusal to conform. Certainly the most symbolic figure of this period was John Lennon, who lived in his Spring Courts, going as far as to wear them at his wedding with Yoko Ono and on the cover of his legendary Abbey Road album. The evolution of fashion perfectly embodies the cultural revival of the time. The sleek, smart style of the 50s was shaken up by a declaration of youth and urban values. Spring Court has remained an established accessory of this revolution.
Partners include: Dover Street Market, Comme Des Garçons, Le Bon Marche, Isetan, Ron Herman, among others.