Cat-eyes: behind the design

You don’t have to travel far to experience a world of contrasts where the weird meets the wonderful, the old complements the new, the exciting sits atop the tame. You just need to take the Overground into East London.

Shoreditch architecture demands to be seen. A unique backdrop where layers of design ideas are remodelled and traces of the former remain visible. Starts and stops, a stream of ideas, swatches of colour, disparate elements and fragments forming a cohesive whole.

The new cat-eye collection follows a similar story, where the elegance of the 50s is layered with the new for a contemporary urban scene. We embraced the old, but allowed the new to broaden our creative vision and perception of what is possible.

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With tapered corners that accentuate feminine face features, the cat-eye became a symbol of post-war poise and excess. Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly all wore cat-eyes, ensuring the silhouette’s enduring popularity and iconic status.

The richness of this heritage provided us with a playful foundation – to experiment and interpret this classic shape through our latest styles, to modernise individual elements and build a contemporary extension to a vintage line.

Handcrafted in Mazzucchelli acetate, the colours of block tortoiseshell and grey pearl Havana feel classic, with a nostalgic nod to the days of headscarves and leather driving gloves. 

Distinctive yet versatile, these styles offer plenty of shade for eyes to hide behind. Or you can accentuate your eyes with warm gradient-lens tones. Try them out and see how the graphic silhouettes and near-sculptural presence reinvent your look.