Monday, July 28, 2014

The Oliver Peoples Vintage Collection

From Oliver Peoples Founder and Creative Director, Larry Leight:
Encouraged by numerous requests from friends, family and long-time loyal customers, I was inspired to explore my personal archive of original Oliver Peoples designs. After losing myself in a time machine of memories, I rediscovered several iconic, brand-defining styles with original vintage-tinted glass lenses in rare shades.
Among these treasures were some of my favourites, including the OP-505, with filigreed antique metal temple detailing and the first style introduced in the Oliver Peoples 1986 debut collection and one of the first optical frames available with a clip-on sunglass option. Others were the OP-1955, a unique style recognized for its contrasting tortoise shell colors, and the O’Malley, named after LA Dodgers manager, Peter O’Malley, which is one of the most recognizable frames in Oliver Peoples’ history.

Convinced that interest in these classic styles is just as strong today as it was over twenty years ago, I wanted to make some available for some our select customers. Since very few pieces original pieces exist, and because it is essential that the same attention to detail, craftsmanship and the integrity of the original styles be retained, I reached out to the same Japanese factory to reproduce a limited quantity.
It was important to me that we visually re-introduce these brand-defining styles in a fitting and appropriate environment. Dragon Books, where we shot these images, offers a sophisticated, intellectual setting in which quality eyewear is almost expected among rare 1st Edition literary treasures. The hilltop Bel Air gallery embodies a discoverable quality synonymous with the Oliver Peoples brand and seemed the perfect location to showcase my favourite original styles: O’Malley, 1955 and OP 505.

With the acquisition of the original vintage archive and our ability to recreate the essence of each unique frame, we tapped into something no other eyewear designer had: timeless shapes, high quality, and function in beautiful styles and classic colors. While everyone else was focused on futuristic, experimental designs, Oliver Peoples moved in a more vintage, retro-inspired direction. Other designers in the industry followed. Today we strive to craft innovative styles for progressive individuals who set the trends worldwide.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Côte&Ciel Eyewear Pouches

A collaboration between Côte&Ciel and Mykita brings these fantastic, colourful eyewear pouches. They are made from Côte&Ciel’s signature diamond grip mesh neoprene. Durable and sleek they are a practical solution to keep your eyewear protected.

The inverted zip and safety lip prevents scratching the eyewear and an ingenious, integrated microfibre cleaning cloth allows you to keep your eyewear smudge- free.

In stock now at both the High St and St Heliers practices in a range of wonderful colours!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mortimer Hirst is on "The It List"

Mortimer Hirst featuring for a second time in “The It List” brought to you by Air New Zealand. This video clip presents the St Heliers village practice.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lindberg Buffalo Horn

The latest LINDBERG Horn eyewear is available now at Mortimer Hirst. Mortimer Hirst is Auckland’s exclusive stockist and one of only two stockists in New Zealand.

LINDBERG Horn is a unique, handcrafted combination of exclusive water buffalo horn and titanium.

LINDBERG believe this exclusive design, coupled with the unique combinations of Horn material and futuristic titanium creates a cool and modern style with an underlying sense of old-school luxury.

Horn is a natural product with fantastic inherent properties; it is attractive, extremely light and hypo-allergenic.

As Horn is one of nature’s products, individual nuances in colouration and pattern mean that each pair of glasses is always one of a kind. A pair of LINDBERG Horn eyewear is your own subtle, personal statement.

The front of the frame features layers of laminated Horn, giving this living and porous material greater strength and stability.

LINDBERG Horn is made from the Horns of unique water buffalo breeds from regions such as India, Vietnam, Africa, as well as South and Central America.

As each breed has its own special characteristics, LINDBERG are able to offer stunning colour combinations in a variety of frame designs.

Though the Horns of certain breeds can grow up to two metres in length, LINDBERG only considers the outermost part of the Horn of high enough quality for use in their eyewear. The water buffalo LINDBERG uses are not under threat.

LINDBERG never compromise when it comes to comfort. That is why the nose bridge, temples and hinges on LINDBERG Horn frames are made from titanium and can be individually adjusted for a perfect fit.

The element titanium is hypo-allergenic, light, strong and extremely flexible. In 1985, LINDBERG became the world’s first frame manufacturer to incorporate titanium into its designs.

Each piece of Lindberg Horn eyewear comes in its own beautiful presentation box.