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5 Influential Indie Eyewear Brands in Milan

The world of eyewear fashion descended to cosmopolitan Milan this weekend, and already the impressive Mido exhibition was teeming with indie labels that sourced their inspiration from the nineties - from steampunk homages to Jean Paul Gautier to minimalist metal rounds. I took a detour through the expansive domain in search of the quirky and eccentric, a taste of tomorrow's designers that throw down the gauntlet to the ubiquitous, mechanised perfections surrounding us in our daily lives. Here are my favourite 5 secrets that I found in the home of the fashionistas: 1. Metronome Bisei is a designer that agrees with us to the core. A celebration of dystopian imperfection, yet discovering beauty

When Eyewear and Music Collide

We at Spectacle Emporium love curating! We get goose-pimples when seeing a collection that blows our mind. And sometimes we just have to go a bit crazy in order to bring the very best to Birmingham. We owe it to you. Over the next few weeks and months we shall be bringing in some new styles and a few new indie brands. It's a bit like finding that special band that no-one had heard of, only for the group to become something globally exceptional a few years later. When Oasis released their EP Supersonic, I knew that this was want I wanted to listen to as a buzzing 15 year old. I started buying the Melody Maker and NME to catch up on what Oasis, and other indie bands, were up to. What began as

British Eyewear Designers Make An Impact In London 2018

What an incredible weekend we had at 100% Optical, London! This was our fourth visit in 5 years and we're delighted to report that it's thriving. The UK finally has a trade-show to be proud of and that will attract internationally renowned indie brands as well as showcasing some homegrown talents. This year was easily the biggest and best yet. I don't think I managed to see everything, but what I did see was a plethora of choice that isn't readily found in the shores of England - never-mind Birmingham! Metronome is a case in point, a brand borne out of a passion for eyewear by the brilliantly eccentric designer Bisei Iwamoto. Though not fluent in English, Bisei's words for his craft were not

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