C.É.J Havana Brown Sunglasses
Our longest project to date has been the design of our perfect sunglasses form. Researching photographs from the 20th century always seemed to produce the most interesting ideas. There was not only more substance and character in their looks back then but more integrity in their build quality. The frames added something to someone, a little power or definition, rather than attempting the fraught design mission of adding nothing and disappearing. Importantly they used harder and visually sharper glass lenses rather than flawed plastic ones which scratch and warp easily. They also had hefty and resilient hinges built to last.
We set to work with the best acetate frame maker in the Veneto and the best family run glass lens maker in the same region. We opted for the best hardware too wishing for a long lived friend rather than a short-lived acquaintance. The result wasn't a single design but two equally strong but very different looking frames. These represent the highest possible quality build for a pair of sunglasses.
C.É.J (in Matte Light Amber or Matte Havana Brown) - Named after Charles-Édouard (Le Corbusier) Jeanneret(-Gris), the father of Modern architecture. When you have 17 UNESCO sites under your belt you need one pair of really really good glasses, one pair that make you look like you need a fancy doppelganger. The C.É.J adds a sense of strength and intelligence to your look.