Thursday, 2 May 2013

An unexpected present...

The past week has been all about presents for me. One particular present wasn't for my birthday (though the timing was almost perfect!) and completely unexpected. My friend Francesca, who is an optician, sent me two incredibly beautiful 50's "gems" from her archive. You must know that Francesca is one of the first people that inspired my passion for eyewear (unknowingly and unknown to me at the time), she sold these incredibly quirky glasses, filled with attitude and something unseen in in the relatively fashion un-savvy small town her shop was in (a million years away from trendsetting Paris or New York!), in the pretty much rural Veneto region.

I was around 16 at the time and had no idea I was going to design eyewear one day, Francesca's syster Federica, who is one of my best friends from high school owned a different pair of glasses for each day of the week (well, maybe I am exaggerating...but only just!), some where chunky and round, a la Iris Epfel, some crazy geometric and always in the brightest colours you had ever seen; you name it, she had it sitting on her tiny nose.

Well in true Francesca-style here are two new beauties, with attitude to add to my collection!

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle

photo by Eyespectacle


photo by Eyespectacle
photo by Eyespectacle



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