What are the key trends in your sunglass collection for 2017?
More than ever, materials and construction are just as important as shape and colour. Better materials built with the end product in mind help to create a sunglass that is mindful of the wearer and their everyday lives. Sunglasses are a very personal accessory and we want to make sure they work for you. We have put a lot of focus towards integrating materials into the design, using a dual-injection process. With this we are developing light-weight, functional sunglasses with some very cool colour combinations. Our end goal is to make you a sunglass that is beautiful, performs for your lifestyle and offers all-day comfort so you can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of our Happy Lens.
What lens technologies are you working with and can we expect anything new here?
At SPY, blue light technology is a key ingredient in everything we do, and we’re leading the pack when it comes to this colourful phenomenon. Our Happy Lens is designed to maximize the transmission of the sun’s long-wave blue light, while still blocking harmful short-wave blue light and UV rays. Research indicates that your eyes’ exposure to long-wave blue light, while out in the sun, brings about positive physiological changes, like increased mood and alertness. Our Happy Lens also offers premium colour and contrast enhancement, giving you better clarity of vision while also blocking glare.
What colour pallets and patterns are you using for your frames?
We are introducing a lot of colour accents. You can expect to see our Spectra™ lenses colouring up the line, as well as pop colour details on more neutral bases. Using the different materials, we can accent different parts of the sunglass with an injection of colour that highlights the technical aspect of the frame, but more importantly creates a great looking sunglass colourway.
If you do prescription glasses: what are the main trends here?
Within our optical line, we are putting focus on mixed materials. Plastics have been leading the trend, but that is slowly shifting. We definitely have our all acetate frames, but we also are exploring the combination of metal frames with acetate temples, and vice versa. When you have these mixed materials, you get eyewear that is as intricate as it is unique, with deep and rich colour treatments.
3 key products – names & features:
Whistler: A modernly designed aviator, the Whistler is a perfect fit for the weekend warrior. Its lightweight monel alloy and handmade acetate frame ensures style doesn’t sacrifice comfort and durability on your outdoor adventures. And whether atop a mountain or relaxing beachside, every skyline gets better with Happy Lens™, our colour and contrast enhancing technology, and available Trident™ polarization.
Montana: Confident, midsized frame featuring the Happy Lens™ and available with Trident™ polarization. Keeping it slick on the sides while balling big in the front, the Montana’s Grilamid® frame is sturdy like a 4×4 American classic and topped off with comfortable pin hinges. Available in five lens/frame color combinations, each Montana features custom SPY logo detailing on every temple.
Abel: Stainless steel makes a strong appearance in the Abel, wrapping around the front and blending in to an acetate face. This design feature gives the frame a unique look, but is not to be outdone by the beautiful colorways of the acetate front and temple tips. Keep it fashionable for any occasion in the Abel.