Eriks Huvudsaker

Erik Engkvist is a proud eyewear nerd with total insight in the world of facefashion. At erikshuvudsaker.se, which kind of translates "eriks-head-things", you can read about the latest spectacle news, the hottest sunglasses, most trendy hats and of course, bow ties!

My own Silmo Paris Retrospective

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This post is written as a collaboration with Silmo Paris

My own Silmo Paris Retrospective starts with my first visit at 2014. During the first years of the new millennium, Silmo slowly takes its place as one of the most important eyewear shows in the world. When they change concept in 2015, they are not just a trade show. They have become the worlds largest department stores for face-fashion.

This anniversary year also saw the birth of Silmo in Sydney, following the opening of Silmo Istanbul in 2014.

I just love being at Silmo, discovering new brands, new trends and getting to know the brands even more. They all have a very distinct point of view and lots of personality. I can’t wait to see what this years Xtra-show has to offer.

And lets not forget, Happy 50th Birthday Silmo!

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Eyewear fashion at Silmo Paris in the 90´s

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This post is a collaboration with Silmo Paris

The eyewear fashion at Silmo Paris in the 90´s was just as eclectic as the fashion in general during this decade. We are being introduced to the ”nerd”. We start wearing quite clean designs and much smaller glasses than before. And the end of the decade presents the ”Matrix” frame.

At Silmo in Paris, all this could be experienced. As a next step to celebrate good eyewear design, the Silmo D´Or Award was presented for the first time in 1994. Ever since, brands can compete in various categories for the prestigious award.

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How Gucci broke my heart

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The Gucci spring/summer 2018 collection is just a dream for all of us eyewear fashionistas out here. With clear influences from the 70´s and with bedazzling the sh*t out of the frames. Gucci ones again shows that they know what they are doing.

But still, I can’t help to be a tiny bit heartbroken by the fact that all of these designs already have been seen on the independent eyewear scene for quite some time. Let me give you some background to how this works.

So, even if Gucci owns the designs and the brand, it is all made as a license brand from Kering Eyewear. They handle all the production and usually also the designs. And there are a few giants out there working in the same way and yes, the got cash! They can pretty much do anything and together with really strong brands they sometimes create just random collections. But like the case with Gucci they are really taking it to the next level.

Smaller, independent brands, usually works with tight budgets when creating their eyewear magic. So, when they in the past has created collections similar to this one, they might make a name for themselves but it is hard to reach the public and the luxury scene. That is why I am bit heartbroken because I have seen amazing designs like these before. Of course I am happy that the Gucci spring/summer 2018 collection makes a fashion statement with the eyewear collection, but still, I wish the sender had been one of my many friends in the independent scene. No hating. Just loving.

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How do I find the perfect eyewear?

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This post is written in collaboration with Stureoptikern

How do I find the perfect eyewear? Yes, that is a question I get quite a lot and you know what? It is so much fun when I get to help people find the perfect match for their face.

My beautiful blog colleague Stina have been looking for a new pair of eyewear for quite some time. She has been arranging votes and polls on Facebook and instagram but I think it has rather made her confused than helped her. So, she asked me for some expertise help and we headed to Stureoptikern in downtown Stockholm to try out a frame for her.

Of course, you always have to take your prescription in consideration when choosing, but I always start with one simple question – Who are you? And Stina, she is just so much fun and full of crazy ideas. Still, she wants to look her age and she needs eyewear that works for many different occasions.

The first impulse is black, classic frames that always works. But then we tried out round frames, cat-eyes, aviators and even some jungle themed Anna Karin Karlsson frames. What  did she choose at last? You will just have to wait and see…How do I find the perfect eyewear? How do I find the perfect eyewear? How do I find the perfect eyewear? How do I find the perfect eyewear? How do I find the perfect eyewear? How do I find the perfect eyewear? How do I find the perfect eyewear? How do I find the perfect eyewear? How do I find the perfect eyewear?

The SILMO 50 years retrospective

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This post is written in cooperation with SILMO Paris

The SILMO 50 years retrospective has now brought us to the 80´s. This is the decade when the trade show really began to take form. In 1981 they moved to Paris, from 1982 it was decided to always take place during the autumn and in 1985 the very first Spectacle Show at SILMO attracted more than 13.000 visitors and 355 exhibitors.

But enough with numbers, what did the eyewear fashion look like? You could find lots of BIG eyewear from Christian Dior and artsy eyewear from Alain Mikli. I would have loved to visit SILMO Paris during this era!

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KREWE Eyewear

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KREWE Eyewear was founded in 2013 by Stirling Barrett, a New
Orleans native and creative entrepreneur. His vision of the city as a thriving cultural hub was his inspiration for launching KREWE. His team passionately believes in spreading the
culture of New Orleans and its celebration of individual style, one frame at a time.

KREWE Eyewear was named after the local Mardi Gras krewes, a creative group that comes together to ride in a parade. Stirling explains in an interview with Hollywood Reporter: ”Our whole goal is to celebrate individual style, that’s why our product is not a branded product. ”Krewe” really fit with that identity in the sense of [this] is a creative group coming together. We feel like the people that relate to our story are part of that creative group. If you have any kind of relation to New Orleans, you are instantly transported back by that five letter name.”

Continually, the best frames we produce are inspired by locations, [like] the wrought iron [in the city’s architecture] that’s inspiring St. Louis. Ultimately we really draw inspiration from the city.”

Pictures courtesy of krewe.com

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Joseph Haver Eyewear

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Joseph Haver Eyewear was founded in 2015 by certified optometrist Joseph Haver. With two decades of experience, he launched his brand driven by the vision of fashion, uniqueness and quality merge. Haver’s appreciation of eyewear heritage together with an eye for innovation led him to explore 60’s space-age design and the futuristic legacy of André Courrèges with updated, modern approach in terms of technology and aesthetics.

Joseph Haver Eyewear collection is free of seasonal definition. He constantly develops while keeping bold, geometric presence and eccentric quality, achieved by playing with proportion, form and function. Nine styles of sunglasses for men and women are defined by purity of squares, circles, triangles and octagons. His use of contrasting lens and flat surfaces, duplicated, rotated and corresponding with pop culture milestones, as the logo of the I-D Magazine or the ski mask as a status symbol of the disco era.

Despite of slightly oversized shape and wide profile, the frames stay distinctively comfortable and light. The handmade production in a small family factory in Italy from finest Mazzucchelli acetates gives anatomical preciseness. As in case of emphasized temples, following the ear outlines. A slim palette of black, white, red, grey and tortoise emphasizes the collection’s graphic appearance and keeps it classic at the same time.

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Eyewear: Silmo 50 years part 1

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This post is written as a collaboration with SILMO Paris.

2017 is a key year and an anniversary year, as Silmo Paris 2017 is celebrating its half century, all the while looking to the future and emphasizing its pivotal role in the domestic and international optics and eyewear sector.

In May 1967, together with other eyewear manufacturers, Morel helped create the first Eyewear and Optics Show, which until then had simply been included in a section of the International Plastics Show held in Oyonnax. In an exhibition hall measuring 1500 m2 specially constructed by the town, this independent show featured 70 exhibitors, nine of whom were from outside France.

Three years later, in 1970, the Eyewear and Optics Show was permanently designated ”Silmo” (Salon international de la lunetterie, de l’optique oculaire et du matériel pour opticiens). It was only moved to Paris in 1981, as it became clear over the years that the Oyonnax valley did not offer the easiest access. It now takes place in the autumn so as not to compete with the Mido which is held in the spring.

So, if we take it from the start. What did fashion look like in 1967 when Silmo was born?

#TEFdoesStockholm: Carl Oaks

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The swedish summer nights are magical and filled with inspiration. And one of these nights a few years ago, the brand Carl Oaks was born. It is all about good looking, affordable and hand crafted wooden sunglasses. Every frame is manufactured using recycled material and for each pair of sunglasses they plant one tree somewhere in the world. The frame Björsund comes with a metallic clip on for stylish sunny days.

#TGIE: DROMe SS17

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Italian fashion label DROMe, designed by Creative Director Marianna Rosati, is an urban collection of evening and daywear, where the style is utterly sophisticated, fusing fabrics and leather with elaborated details, favouring a minimal approach. For the Spring/Summer 2017 runway they presented some amazing eyewear that really catches you eye.

Pictures courtesy of drome.it

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