PHOTOGRAPHY: BERT SPANGEMACHER
TEXT: CHRISTINE LUZANO
SET DESIGN: STEPHANIE WÜSTEMANN
It’s good once in a while to indulge the material girl or boy in each of us, and what better way than with eyeglasses? Different materials have different unique strengths and features, such as durability, lightness, not to mention material beauty, so it’s important to choose a manufacturer or designer well-versed in the craft. From cool titanium, to dazzling diamonds, to understated wood and acetate, 4SEE dedicates this issue to material components and the brands that beautifully give them homage.
Titanium frames are pretty amazing: not only are they non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, and corrosion resistant, their high mechanical strength is a thing of wonder – considering how unbelievably light they feel on your face. But premium benefits come at a premium cost: titanium is more expensive than other materials and demands an almost intimate knowledge of it in order for a designer to accentuate its unique features. Enter BLACKFIN.
BLACKFIN is a company obsessed with quality and perfection, so it’s no wonder that they’ve adopted titanium as their “spirit animal.” We’re hard-pressed to think of any other eyewear company as dedicated to titanium and regards the element with such reverence. Using raw titanium exclusively from Japanese manufacturers who can guarantee its purity, BLACKFIN takes an artisan approach to create glasses that marry high-tech engineering with exquisite style. Frame fronts are sculpted from a solid block of pure titanium, while the temples are made from beta titanium to ensure flexibility. Each and every BLACKFIN frame is 100% conceived and lovingly produced in Italy.