Retail Buyers Guide: Goggles FW17/18
What is THE hot new trend in your goggle line for FW17/18?
Quiksilver goggles this year will be back to cylindrical frames. We still have a part of our range (made in Italy), using french lenses, and handmade painting. Textured jacquards strap, nice patches details in Leather or PU, silicon print etc…
Lenses: What are your most popular tints? Are there any technical innovations to talk about for next season?
The best colour tint we are using in the Quiksilver range is the HD lens tint, a kind of pink – amber mix of tint, which offer you the best contrast to your eyes. This is our most popular lens tint, and advised for all weather.
We also introduce photochromic lenses in our middle range from Q1 to Fenom Art series spherical and flat lens, a perfect compromise when you want to wear your goggle with the same lens for all weather.
Are you doing spherical or cylindrical or both versions?
We do both, spherical was the main part of our range, but the cylindrical big frames are coming stronger, we introduce this year a new frameless cylindrical the QS_RC.
Frames: What system(s) are you working with? Any innovations / new features here?
Not for winter 18 but we have a big project in the pipeline…
For this year, we improved the side clips on the Hubble goggle, we added a rotative side clip which helps you to get a better fit on your face. Whatever way you want to wear the goggle, on your head, under or on top of the your helmet, the frame will sit well on your face.
What about the colour and pattern highlights for 17/18? Are they tied to other parts of your range / product offerings?
Our full range assortment is linked to the snow outerwear Quiksilver, profiting the strength of the outerwear. We use noble materials and handmade manufacturing, we always have 3 segments in our range, with dark colours. Black frame and black lenses, (our Fantom collection), for our street range, with army , mustard colours, and also a bright segment with pop colours like green, yellow and different kinds of blue.
Please talk us through your 3 key models for FW17/18?
The 3 key products we have this year for men, are the
HUBBLE frame with the best peripheral vision you can find on the market, thanks to the multibase lens shape construction, super lightweight, with the new rotative side clip the Hubble will fit all head shapes.
QS RC frame based on the QSR with spherical lens shape. We introduce the QSRC, on the trend of “vintage frame” with futuristic look, the QS RC will be the success of the season.
QS R frame big success of the last year. This rimless frame became the best seller in the Quiksilver range, the QSR frame is one of the most aggressive prices on the market with this type of frame, and if you have a small budget but you want to look like a a pro rider, the QSR is your goggle.