Established in England in 1924 as an outerwear firm, Belstaff has emerged as a contemporary luxury brand. Still rooted in the label’s motorsports heritage, the men’s collections explore a new sense of rugged elegance, with high-quality fabrications and refined silhouettes. The eyewear collection to be released in SS17 features luxe materials such as hand stitch leather and titanium, and is entirely hand made in Japan.
Sun Buddies is a premium eyewear line from Sweden based fashion brand and retailer Très Bien. The original frame takes inspiration from the sunglasses worn by actress Bibi Andersson in Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 film, Persona. The collection got a head start when friends and colleagues in the fashion industry started wearing them. Collaborations with designers, photographers and artists are essential and the name ‘Sun Buddies’ is a homage to these friends and creatives. Sun Buddies can be found in top fashion stores worldwide including Dover Street Market, Liberty, MyTheresa, Opening Ceremony and Matches Fashion.
The story behind Grey Ant is one that warms the cockles of even the darkest, coldest fashion heart. As a kid growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Grant Krajecki started making clothes after stumbling upon his mother’s sewing machine. He turned his dream into a business in 1998 when he started a clothing line called Grey Ant. Year after year, the label pumped out cool hip huggers, loud printed t-shirts and other styles that were far different from the trends that dominated the runways. In 2004, former intern Natalie Levy joined the label as a partner and two years later, the duo introduced sunglasses into their line.
When the label was accepted to take part in the CFDA’s very first Incubator program in 2010, everything changed. It was there that Krajecki and Levy decided to stop designing clothing under the Grey Ant name and turned their focus entirely on sunglasses. Surprisingly, this change was instrumental in their success and even granted them a finalist spot in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2014. Now with a roster of major celebrity fans (including Beyoncé) the label is chugging on, producing chunky, oversized frames that their clientele loves to hide behind.