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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.

aviatorstory_07Paco Wallaert, callsign ‘Paco’ wears RAY-BAN AVIATOR RB 3025Watch by BREITLING

aviatorstory_05Philipp Haidbauer wears IC! BERLIN ROADSTAR Pearl Grey, Teal Mirrored

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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

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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.

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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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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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SNAPPED N.Y.C. Part II

PERSOL

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SNAPPED: NYC Part II

Photographer LANCE CHESHIRE
Creative Director KEITH S.WASHINGTON
Editor ANNEMARIE LUCK
Location NEW YORK CITY

Just as a city breathes life into its people, so the people breathe personality into what they do and what they wear. In search of the heartbeat of cities around the world, 4SEE Magazin is taking to the streets for a new series feature.

In this edition: New Yorkers wearing Persol glasses. These are the people who make the world go round…

persolnyc_05NAME: Kumar Mitra
JOB: COOK
FRAME: PERSOL P0 3129S 24/57

persolnyc_08NAME: Norma Tarquino
JOB: Hero
FRAME: PERSOL 3128V 95

NAME: Rocio Ferrua
JOB: Hero
FRAME: PERSOL 31229S 24/57

persolnyc_04NAME: Jose R. Velez
JOB: Parking Lot Attendant
FRAME: P03132S 95/4N

persolnyc_07NAME: Gregory Wheeler
JOB: Shoe shine man
FRAME: PERSOL P0 3128V 95

persolnyc_01NAME: George Esposito
JOB: Butcher
FRAME: PERSOL P0 3132S 24/33

persolnyc_02NAME: Matilal Debroy
JOB: AD Board Worker
FRAME: PERSOL P0 3132V 95

persolnyc_09NAME: Kenny Redguard
JOB: Contruction Worker
FRAME: P0 2388S 1039/30