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The Magician

4SEE Spotlight on DJ/Producer Stephen Fasano

The Magician, Stephen Fasane, Kitsune Tokyo. DJ, Magici Tape, SoundCloud , Potion label, the end of disco

The Magician

Photography Justin Carter
Interview Atsushi
Creative Director Keith S. Washington
All eyewear by Max Pittion

Famed for his ongoing monthly mixes “Magic Tape” consisting of under the radar, unreleased dance tunes, not to mention his former unit Aeroplane, Stephen Fasano aka “The Magician” based in Brussels continues evolving his musical influence through his own music label “Potion,” started in 2014. The Magician just released a brand new single “Shy” featuring Brayton Bowman on May 2nd from Potion and we caught him backstage right before his gig for the Kitsuné Club Night Parisian Tour in Tokyo.

 

Musical background – Instruments or DJing?

DJing background. Long time ago. Late 80’s — at the beginning of House music I guess. My uncle was a DJ, nothing commercial but a collector of obscure disco records. He gave me his turntables and a mixer, and a collection of obscure disco records.

You got lucky. 

Yeah in a way…, but I hated so many of those records! The late 70’s were, as they say, “the end of Disco” times and we were starving for Acid House coming from the US. Disco records don’t have BPM synchronized so that was the kind of time I practiced the beat match technique, mixing those with new House music. Then, after that, I slowly got into Techno, Drum ’n’ bass, Trip Hop — I have a big collection of DJ Krush from Mo Wax records, DJ Food, Ninja Tunes and those kinds of things. Those were the times I used to travel to the UK a lot and go record-digging.

From Brussels? 

Yes, I went to the UK once a month. Now it’s only 2 hours on a train but it was 4 hours on a boat to cross the canal and another 2 hours on the road back then, but that is nothing when you are a teenager — the absolute freedom! 

And went into production in those ages?

Yes, as I slowly started getting myself a sampling machine like AKAI or Roland, or the drum machines like TB303, I got those for around 100 bucks or something. Now it costs 3,000 US dollars or more and you know how crazy it is. 

The Magician, Stephen Fasane, Kitsune Tokyo. DJ, Magici Tape, SoundCloud , Potion label, the end of disco

Do you still use those set ups?

No, I rarely use them as those are equipped in the software nowadays. For working on demos, I just get into my computer and for the final production we bring vocals and instruments at the studio for live recording, which I really enjoy.

How did you get to know Kitsuné?

I was forming Aeroplane at that time around in 2008, we got approached by Kitsuné for a remix, and that was the first time I met Gildas (one of Kitsuneé’s founders). Then they booked us for tons of parties in London and Paris. After that, we signed for a single “I Don’t Know What You Do.”

How do you balance out Production and DJing? 

I would say 50/50 and I like it that way. I am inspired by the music that I play, the music that is around me if you know what I mean. I am rather a DJ in origin than a producer.  My music can evolve through playing and it’s a bit like a fashion. So for example when compared with 5 years ago I would say I was more Disco. Not in the melody line, but the base line or the compression of the sound, my sound is more Housey now. BPM between 120-122 is the best tempo ever, not too fast yet groovy. 

Memorable gigs?

Actually, Ageha in 2012, Japan was amazing. The speakers… the sound was totally amazing. 

Large audience or handful of people?

I actually do both and I played for only 200 yesterday in Seoul, played in front of an only 150-person audience the other day in Hong Kong and, to be honest, I like it much better than big festivals. You see the faces and the groove is more intense.

You are a vinyl collector but which format do you use when DJing?

I don’t play vinyl except at home and took a while to get used to it, but I use USB memory sticks. I still have 10,000 or more records at home — maybe its time to pull them out again and get inspired.

So, how come “The Magician”?

Well, it was my wife who named it. When I split from Aeroplane in 2010, my wife (then girlfriend) said at the time, “Now we have to think of a new name…, lets say “The Magician.” And I didn’t like it at all! (laughs). She says I have the “Magical” powers, but it sounds a bit arrogant you know. But slowly, having her designing these jackets, I understood the meaning of it that aligns with my concept to entertain the audience. And of course the branding side of it too. And after all, I own 10 other jackets of this kind.

Why are you wearing that one today?

This is the one I am wearing this year and will be recognized with. The material is actually a cellophane. Last year it was more baggy style, but not like in the MC Hammer style though, Moroccan-Jewish style from the 1920s with the 3 buttons jackets and all. So for next year, it should be different. To me, DJing is entertainment and the core is to entertain the audience. And for that reason, I like to be dressed. 

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Any ritual before gigs?

Very simple. Text my wife that I am starting. And have one shot of vodka or two. 

It seems like there is a very strong bond there. Any kids? 

I have one little one, she is two and a half years old now. Now we are starting to have a lot of interactions and it is great fun.

Why are you based in Brussels?

Because I did not have the balls to move out (laughs). Well, it was just not the right time to move, my studio is in London and the business is there. And its only 2 hours on train. 

If you were to pick one city to move to?

Business-wise it would be London, but if I pick the best, I would say LA. The weather, and the food!

Favorite food?

I would say Italian and Japanese. And you can find both good ones in LA (laughs).

So, half and hour to go live, what are you playing today for a 2am slot?

I am selecting more straight House music, more energy than the last visit in 2012. A lot of people expect music that they know, but I will be playing things that are really new. Because I expect people to get surprised.

The Magician is the alias of talented DJ/Producer, Stephen Fasano. 

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Fashion

WAVEFORM

sunglasses and scarves

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Waveform

Photography TAKUYA UCHIYAMA
Creative Director / Fashion Editor KEITH S. WASHINGTON
Makeup YUKA WASHIZU
HAIR UCO
Model LENKA @ Wilhelmina Japan

Fashion mavens show us how two accessories—sunglasses and scarves—add up to be greater than the sum of their parts. Bold colors and exotic patterns add a whole new dimension to a looks based on beautiful pairs of sunglasses.

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Black dress with patent leather color by Bally, all scarves by Emporio Armani


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Coat by Issey Miyake, Green scarf by Pleats Please, Jacket by Emporio Armani

 

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White collared shirt and necklace by Emporio Armani, Multi striped sleeveless top by Issey Miyake, Scarf by Pleats Please

 

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Blue and patterned scarves by Pleats Please, Dress by Bally, White oxford by Giorgio Armani

 

orgreen-dye-701, or green eyewear from Copenhagen, Japanese made framesSunglasses by ØRGREEN DYE 701
Scarf by Pleats Please, Black dress by Emporio Armani, Nuns hat by stylist

 

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Eyewear Archive

Volume V

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Eyewear Archive Volume V

Photography BERT SPANGEMACHER
Text JUSTIN ROSS

This season’s selection contains a truly outstanding set of eyewear from brands that continue to amaze and inspire us with their constant innovation. They run the gamut from outrageous and bold to sleek and sophisticated, but what they all share is a personality that made us feel confident and powerful when we tried them on, and we are sure you will too!

robert-rüdger-rv013, austrian eyewear, wood material mix framesROBERT RÜDGER RV013
A careful combination of unusual materials such as buffalo horn, natural wood, and titanium give this pair a warmth and charm that really separates it from the pack.

 

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Cute pops of fuchsia on the temple tips and top rim accent these fun-loving frames with an exaggerated havana patterned acetate.

 

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These glasses from Alain Mikli are called “provocation” for a reason. A retro-effect is souped up and pushed to the max, but somehow manages to remain sophisticated and expensive with just the right pattern on the molded acetate bridge.

masahiro-maruyama-straight-mm-0020, Japanese eyewear, designer eyewear, Jerome boateng glassesMASAHIRO MARUYAMA STRAIGHT MM-0020 No. 3 Navy/Gold
These opulent glasses from Masahiro Maruyama are a favorite of German soccer star Boateng. The undulating geometry that almost encompasses the lenses, the asymmetrical gap in the navy acetate, and the inset lens that floats away from the gold at these points – a beautiful frame for unique individuals.

 

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Extremely light and exquisitely thin, these titanium matt grey frames feel snug and secure with a flush lens in a nice bright gradient gold color that pops.

 

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Trend Report

ORGREEN OPTICS, COPENHAGEN

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Trend Report: Orgreen Optics

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Kim Sørensen
Store Manager

Located in a trendy neighborhood of Copenhagen, Ørgreen was founded in 1997 with a minimalistic approach that integrates clean lines and innovative colors. Designed in Denmark and handmade in Japan, Ørgreen combines the best of Danish design with superb Japanese craftsmanship. Subtle inspirations from street culture, extreme sports and classic cars also add to its uniqueness. Brands such as Barton Perreira, Celine, Thom Browne, Reiz, Goldsmith, Hoffman Horn and Little Paul & Joe are also available at their store.

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Selecting a perfect optical frame starts with a thorough eye test using the latest technology, followed by an in-depth consultation to provide the best solution for the customer’s lifestyle, face shape, skin tone and clothing style. “For us, quality starts with comfort and functionality, but it’s just as much a matter of aesthetics. Glasses are meant to improve your view on the world, but they will also refine the world’s view upon you,” explains Kim Sørensen, the store manager of Ørgreen.

For the upcoming season, his favorite pairs include the compact Reflector and the unisex Gloom with a vintage feel. As he points out, the trend is shifting to compactness and vintage-inspired details such as flat bases and thin rims, as well as mirrored lenses for sunglasses.

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Orgreen , Eyewear, Copenhagen eyewear, or green store, sunglasses, eyewear store display

Orgreen
Hauser Plads 30A, 2
1127 Copenhagen, Denmark
+45 3333 0359
www.orgreenoptics.com

 

Photo: Courtesy of Ørgreen

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AIRBORNE

4SEE takes you to the skies 'TOP GUN' style.

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AIRBORNE – Aviators Reloaded

Photography BERT SPANGEMACHER
Text JUSTIN S. ROSS
Photo Assistant ALEX KUEPER

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Top Gun, a movie that inspired a whole generation to imitate the effortlessly cool Aviator look spawned by Tom Cruises’s character in the film, 4SEE revisits the classic aviator look by visiting competition pilots from Red Bull and Breitling who take to the skies in impressive vintage aircraft.

There is a glassy, modern hangar, tucked away in the mountains of Austria, and filled with prime examples of the gorgeous airplanes that have lifted humans into the skies over the past century of aviation. In this little-known world, passionate pilots are pushing their limits every day to make aviation impossibilities possible.

These pilots are part of the Red Bull Flying Team, appropriately called “The Flying Bulls.” With their unparalleled enthusiasm for airplanes and the graceful art of flying, these ‘aerobatic’ pilots remind us of the proud traditions of aviation and the absolute miracle of humans taking flight in beautiful flying machines crafted out of heavy metals.

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Of course no pilot would be comfortable taking to the skies without a completely reliable set of instruments to help guide his flight and keep him oriented before returning safely to the ground. That is where Breitling comes in.

The heritage Swiss watchmaker built its reputation for absolutely reliable timepieces and beautifully crafted wristwatches. In the early twentieth century, Breitling began using its industry-leading technologies to create the most reliable flight instruments for civilian and military aircraft alike. In the 1950s, these two applications merged with the introduction of the Navitimer wrist chronograph.

Today, this association continues with Breitling supporting its own air show team called the Breitling Jet Team—and, of course, a pilot’s look isn’t complete without a sturdy, reliable, and multifunctional companion timepiece from Breitling.

Just like the exquisite vintage airplanes that these teams fly, quality in craft and superb design never goes out of style. As their name suggests, Aviator glasses have a long history of utilization in the aircraft industry, by both military and civilian pilots and air crew. Their unique shape with wide, tapered lenses actually cover a larger area of the eye and minimize the effects of wind and light hitting the ocular area. This aerodynamic effect has a huge advantage for pilots in that it protects their eyes and prevents blurred vision from teary eyes. They also provide maximum coverage to ward off glare from reflections and sun beams.

aviatorstory_01Jacques Bothelin, callsign ‘Speedy’ und Patrick Marchand, callsign ‘Gaston’ wear RAY-BAN AVIATOR RB 3025

aviatorstory_10Jacques Bothelin, callsign ‘Speedy’ wears RAY-BAN AVIATOR RB 3025 Watch by BREITLING

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aviatorstory_13Philipp Haidbauer wears DANIEL HECHTER DHE S202-2

aviatorstory_02The Breitling-Jet-Team flies in formation with L-39C Albatros Jets. In 2016, the pilots demonstrate their skills from September 23rd to 25th at the Miramar Air Show, California, USA, during the San Francisco Fleet Week from October 8th to 9th, as well as at the Huntington Beach Air Show, California, USA from October 22nd to 23th. For more information visit:
www.breitling-jet-team.com

These aviator style sunglasses look right at home next to the awe-inspiring aircraft flown by pilots of the competition air teams from Red Bull and Breitling. Today, these teams regularly fly in competitions. Not only to challenge the pilots, but also to maintain the vintage aircraft, celebrate the history of aviation, and thrill crowds of onlookers.

Ultimately, our admiration for brave pilots and their intrepid style fuels our love of the aviator style. The sleek style lines of pilot’s uniforms are echoed in the thin metal frames of Aviator glasses today. Evoking both a commanding sense of style and an adventurous, jetsetting lifestyle, Aviator glasses have become a timeless classic, and an emblem of cool that makes us want to take to the skies ‘Top Gun’-style.

aviatorstory_11Raimund Riedmann wears RANDOLPH AVIATOR Gun Metal58mm

aviatorstory_14Raimund Riedmann wears LINDBERG 8703

aviatorstory_12Mirko Flaim wears IC! BERLIN PANORAMA Chrome-Black, Silver Mirrored

aviatorstory_08Raimund Riedmann wears TOMSKINGSFIELD Havana Tortoise

The spectacular Hangar-7 near the Salzburg Airport houses the Flying Bulls’ airplanes. The aviation museum is open everyday from 9am to 10pm with free admission. Do not miss the restaurant IKARUS. By the way — guests arriving by plane pull in directly in front of Hangar-7.

www.hangar-7.com      

www.flyingbulls.at

 

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Label Profiler

COBLENS

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Label Profiler: COBLENS

Photography BERT SPANGEMACHER
Text CHRISTINE LUZANO
Set Design PAUL BONCOEUR

STRAIGHT OUT OF COBLENS.

No other metal impresses quite like titanium. Remarkably strong, yet unbelievably light, flexible, and hypoallergenic to boot, titanium embodies tradition and technology. And for contemporary German eyewear manufacturer COBLENS, titanium – quite simply – is “The One.”

Coblens uses titanium exclusively when designing their hand-made metal frames. And just like titanium, there’s nothing quite like a Coblens original. All components and raw materials are produced according to founders Ralf Schmidt and Nils Kaesemann’s designs and exacting standards. Different alloys are custom-matched for specific components like eye wires, hinges, temples, and nose pads. Lacquer paint is never used: durable PVD coating transforms the frame into different tints of metal. This also adds an extra layer of protection – think titanium on top of titanium – and what results is a lasting mechanical masterpiece.

One of the latest Coblens campaigns, aptly titled “Zentralflughafen,” is as original as the collection. Part vintage, part state-of-the-art, we see a contemporary re-imagining of the Harry Palmer British spy series, which originally starred Michael Cain. The narrative unfolds when a secret agent drops sunglasses throughout Berlin Central Airport with messages for Western agents inscribed on the temples. A cheeky nod, perhaps, as sunglasses are a fashion staple of every spy!

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Trend Report

Zerezes x Insecta, SAO PAULO

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Trend Report: SAO PAULO

Text MIO HAYASHI

Zerezes x Insecta

Launched in 2012, Zerezes was started by a group of friends at university in order to fulfill their personal wish—they liked wooden sunglasses made in the US, but shipping was not available to Brazil, so they developed their own. Brazil was under construction for the World Cup and the Olympics at the time and so there were many rare woods being discarded.

Today their glasses are worn by a wide range of clients, from trendsetters to everyday consumers. They believe that products can have a long life span without needing to follow trends. Their best selling frames are the square style Votto, and the rounded Zeg in dark Jacarandá wood.

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Asked how many glasses he owns, one of the founders, Luiz comments he has two Zerezes glasses. He adds that Mykita makes the best glasses, and his other favorites are Epokhe and Oliver Peoples.

Their first pop-up shop in Rio de Janeiro opened last September in collaboration with the shoe brand Odde. Their third and newest shop just opened in São Paulo, this time with another shoe brand, Inspecta. ¨We are really excited to have a store [there]. Zerezes is growing slowly, but is quite strong in Rio. Our expectation is to grow in São Paulo, too.¨

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Zerezes x Insecta
Rua Artur De Azevedo, 499
Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil
Tel +55 21 3494 4674
www.zerezes.com.br

Photo: courtesy of Zerezes

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Immortality of Japan

Timeless tastemakers know how to keep it real at any age.

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IMMORTALITY OF JAPAN

Photography VIEN TRAN @ Wilhelmina Japan
Creative Director KEITH S. WASHINGTON
Make-Up PERCY @ Les Doigts
Hair AKIRA YAMADA @ Wilhelmina Japan
Producer KANAKO OSHIMA

Timeless tastemakers know how to keep it real at any age.

OldNipponInside_05Fumio Hatanaka (69) wears PERSOL PO 0649 95/58
Blazer by Bally, tuxedo shirt by John Lawrence Sullivan

 

OldNipponInside_06Michie Fukaya (65) wears IC! BERLIN 67 Nixenstrasse in electric magenta red Coat by Bally, hat and shirt by Giorgio Armani

 

OldNipponInside_02Nakayama (age unknown) wears ØRGREEN Rhapsody 619 in mat navy blue/sandblasted gold Blazer by Bally, sweater and pants by Giorgio Armani

 

OldNipponInside_03Shinichi Kasai (70) wears RAY-BAN Light Ray RB4224 Leather jacket and pants by Loewe, shirt and headscarves by Yohji Yamamoto, shoes by Issey Miyake

 

OldNipponInside_04Katsumi Onoda (74) wears ETNIA BARCELONA Angels in rdhvCoat and belt by Loewe, shirt by Giorgio Armani

 

OldNipponInside_01Nobuyoshi Fukuya (73) wears MOSCOT Keppe in blackSuit by Emporio Armani, shirt by John Lawrence Sullivan, leather belt by JW Weston

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Label Profiler

Ray Ban

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Label Profiler: Ray Ban

Photography BERT SPANGEMACHER
Text CHRISTINE LUZANO
Set Design PAUL BONCOEUR

 

RAY-BAN. AS REAL AS IT GETS.

Effortless style is at the heart of RAY-BAN’s DNA. And that, in essence, is what makes a person who slips on a pair look cool without fear or stigma from trying to look cool. Ray-Ban is a brand that carries legitimate street cred that’s due as much to the famous faces who’ve donned their legendary frames, to the brand’s credo to authenticity and fearless reinvention.

Always contemporary and always on trend, Ray-Ban is known for taking many of its distinctive round and retro-inspired designs and adding modern twists, and its 2016 Spring/Summer collection is no exception. Take the Erika frame, for example. While the shape looks all too familiar, Ray-Ban re-invents the classic round, Erika optical frame with light weight nylon fiber and gradient rubber.

An iconic keyhole bridge and signature fine Ray-Ban shaped temples makes for a fun, distinctive look that can take you from work to weekend and back again. Available in violet, blue or gray gradient tones for those looking for a more modern style, or rubber black or rubber Havana for the more

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Fashion

Eyewear Archive

Volume IV

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Eyewear Archive IV

Photography BERT SPANGEMACHER
Text JUSTIN ROSS

This season’s standout frames are a perfect blend of futuristic eyewear making use of the latest technologies to propel the industry forward, modern updates to beloved classics, and an unparalleled attention to detail that creates eyewear which endures through the ages.

 

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EYEBAN 7285 549 9007
Keyhole temple tips, fine engraving, gold nose pads, and an almost impossibly thin frame are just some of the Japanese ingenuity and precision evident in the details of these delicate and refined black and gold frames from Eyeban 7285.

 

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COBLENS Sauerstoffmaske in matt black
These lightweight titanium frames gently wrap around for total protection and visibility. The titanium nose pads and cool green temple tips complete these sleek and sensible pair of glasses.

 

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IC! BERLIN Franck C. in matt Gold
These shades with their calm, cool blue-grey lenses housed in a brushed acetate frame with matching temples and the unique
ic! Berlin hinge in thick gold are full of personality.

 

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ALLIED METAL WORKS A120 Matte Antique Gold Metal/Dark Tortoise ZYL
These frames exemplify what happens when great minds think alike, featuring the signature screwless hinge system from Allied Metal Works and Barton Perreira’s unmatched sophistication in design.

 

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ANDERNE Aeroplane MBK-M
We love the uncompromisingly bold look of these shades by Anderne with their eye-catching mirrored lenses in purple and fun flip-up shades.

 

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Fine Craftsmanship

KBL

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Fine Craftsmanship: KBL

In the eyewear industry, a lot of smaller labels manage to shine with their collections off the beaten tracks. Individuality is in high demand and what accessory offers more personality than eyewear? Good design, high-quality materials and perfect workmanship provide the basis for success. Most important, though, are the personality, heart and soul the people behind the brands put into their work. 4SEE asked Ralph Albrecht, designer and co-owner of KBL about his strategies and plans for the future.

KBL means “kind of bohemian lifestyle“, a perfect summary for the fresh label’s philosophy: The brand designs eyewear for people who live and love the cosmopolitan spirit. Their frames are no status symbols, but rather an expression of style-consciousness, fun and lust for life. KBL’s friendly prices fit perfectly into that picture. The label was founded in 2009 by Adam and Kara Mendelsohn and Dave Barton in New York. Ralph Albrecht joined in 2011 to expand KBL’s range to European markets.

Then the three founders left KBL. Ralph Albrecht still believed in the label, with his several decades of experience in the eyewear business and after working with well-known brands like Alain Mikli, Oliver Peoples and Barton Perreira. The experienced frame manufacturer recognized the brand’s potential in time as well and invested in KBL Eyewear. Today it is one of the hippest labels and firmly at home on the noses of true trendsetters.

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Ralph, how did you manage to evolve KBL as a brand?
I developed a new strategy for KBL. This included the meaning of the name, a new, high-quality and extremely sturdy joint and the lifestyle aspect that holds everything together. We started engraving the silhouette of the Empire State Building into the temples of the frames, no other building encompasses big city life just like it. And that is exactly the feeling we want to convey with our eyewear.


You simply took design matters into your own hands…

Yes! We needed a new collection and there were only a few designs to develop further. I know manufacturing processes inside out, so I simply picked up pen and paper myself. I have more than enough ideas and the professionals working at our producers can transform them into functioning frames. My first design, the All American Rocket, went straight into serial production – without any prototype whatsoever. That design is still an absolute bestseller today.

Where do you get your ideas?
I get inspired by frames from the 60s, 70s or 80s. The designs were great, but they do not work for us today anymore. So I change them in a way that lets them keep their essence while creating something completely new. But architecture, watches or shoes lend inspiration for new glasses, too.

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Which materials do you use?
We mainly use Italian acetate and titanium from Japan. We put a lot of value on extremely high-quality production. Our temples, for example, are lasered from acetate, not milled. It is simply more exact and there is less material to scrap, so it is good for the environment as well. We combine standardized production quality with manual work. That includes assembling and polishing the frames by experienced workers in our Japanese production sites. But the lenses are something special, too, we have a cooperation with the renowned Italian manufacturer Barberini so we can offer extraordinary colour gradients.

What can we expect from KBL in the future?
We are about to launch two special collections: KBL photochromatic with mineral lenses which tint under sun light in a gradient. When you breathe on the lenses, the KBL photochromic logo appears. We will present KBL pure classic at the SILMO 2016, the most important optician faire in Paris – we combine beta titanium with features from the 80s and 90s and let these defining areas for the eyewear industry shine again. We will offer these models in different sizes, ranging up to oversize models. One thing is for sure: We will not run out of ideas any time soon.

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