Akoni Eyewear X WINNIE Fall/Winter 2024

WINNIE is partnering with Akoni to celebrate their sharing values and passion for artistic heritage, technical innovation, tailoring, and craftsmanship with a timeless yet modern approach symbolizing luxury in its purest form.

“WINNIE for me has always been about creating beautiful things and AKONI has the same mindset, frames were integral to the BEATNIK look, and as such, it made perfect sense to partner with a company that embodies the same morals, in that ‘FRAMING VISIONARIES’ space” expressed WINNIE’s Founder and Creative Director, Idris Balogun.

AKONI X WINNIE ERIS
ERIS

“We at Akoni are standing for honest luxury and deep research for materials and new technologies so we thought that the collaboration with WINNIE will enhance our core values of artisanal practices with modern design. It’s definitely a very precise universe, the one that will be presented at WINNIE’s Paris fashion show”

AKONI X WINNIE COSMO
COSMO

“I received my first library card at the age of twelve and thus my reading journey began.” Idris Balogun’s besotted love for art and creative subcultures is a social affair. This season, Balogun shepherds, as much as he fashions, a collection for a cast and a market driven by the aura of community. His synopsis: “A force backed by togetherness – sent to a hopeful state of mind.”

AKONI X WINNIE COPERNICO
COPERNICO

This is how Balogun does fashion. Founded in 2018 with clothing entirely manufactured in New York, the label is an homage to his grandmother, PRINCESS WINIFRED DADEMU, and this particular season is defined by a bold reverence for the artist TED JOANS and the “BEAT GENERATION”.

AKONI X WINNIE JUNO TWO
JUNO TWO

There is no ‘one’ or ‘another’ – it’s all about unifying. This season WINNIE imagines pilgrimages and a high-octane strength in clothing (fan of ‘60s Jazz bravado, which no doubt chucks a sensual spirit in the narrative). But back to the clothes: sophistication and fuss-free, dynamic functionality appear in equal measure, starring front and center on the brand’s mood board.

AKONI X WINNIE JUNO
JUNO

On the technical lane, the inspiration of Ted Joans extends to an ambiance of Joans’ work, informed by his surrounding environment; he employed many mediums such as poetry, sculpture, and painting. The poetry and art of TED JOANS are heavily inspired by the characters he surrounded himself with including the likes of JAMES BALDWIN, DON CHERRY, FELA KUTI, and ANDRE BRETON to name a few.

AKONI X WINNIE EUROPA
EUROPA

Balogun’s fashion excels at eulogizing customers with a contained poise that’s entirely his own. There’s a brilliance to the pieces – which feel light to the touch, providing added comfort. WINNIE’s offerings, which continue to adapt to the times we live in, are in constant expansion mode. Balogun is considered a narrative of freedom, a far-flung concept that’s been deprived of society recently.

Plays on function, subtly distorted shapes, and a rooted color palette are further exploration – and assertion – of meticulous fabrications and craftsmanship, elements that help bring back meaningful clothing on track, amplifying the lexicon of luxury ready to wear. Tailoring is at the forefront of Balogun’s design pedigree, the silhouette is sleek with ease and cool without trying. At HARDY AIMES, Balogun learned to cut a jacket to give the illusion of a short torso which gives the perception of longer legs, a look Balogun still champions. A three-button silhouette is introduced for the season, accompanying the classic double-breasted silhouette with hand-stitched buttonholes, a staple for the brand and an ode to Balogun’s first role as an apprentice on the prestigious SAVILE ROW.

The rhino skin artwork inspired by TED JOANS’s favorite animal helps bring a playful compliment to the collection, utilized here in a sheer silk and cotton blend to encourage layering. The color brown has been a long staple of Joans’s work and as such carries through the collection, with hints of rose, ivory, and nut. The quintessential beatnik stripe reintroduced, partnered with hand-knit cashmere sweaters made with a traceable and sustainable factory in Magnolia where they herd the cashmere goats and weave the yarns. A bridge between artists and artisans, emotion and craft, continue to be the defining rules the label embodies.

Showing at the AMERICAN LIBRARY in Paris, a befitting home for a collection influenced by philosophy, literature, and art, TED JOANS an expat himself frequented the library in his time, and signed copies of his work live in the archives. Libraries, once a beacon of community and research, today we utilize a handheld metal slab more than we do our local libraries, a call to bring an audience back to the library.

Collaborations for the season include HOKA, a French sportswear brand creating high comfort and lightweight running shoes. Akoni, Japanese-made Swiss eyewear crafted to last, is a brand that represents the same codes of the WINNIE label.

Akoni X Winnie fashion show man wearing Cosmo frame

 

About the AKONI x WINNIE partnership

WINNIE is partnering with Akoni to celebrate their sharing values and passion for artistic heritage, technical innovation, tailoring, and craftsmanship with a timeless yet modern approach symbolizing luxury in its purest form.

“WINNIE for me has always been about creating beautiful things and AKONI has the same mindset, frames were integral to the BEATNIK look, and as such, it made perfect sense to partner with a company that embodies the same morals, in that ‘FRAMING VISIONARIES’ space” expressed WINNIE’s Founder and Creative Director, Idris Balogun “We at Akoni are standing for honest luxury and deep research for materials and new technologies so we thought that the collaboration with WINNIE will enhance our core values of artisanal practices with modern design. It’s definitely a very precise universe, the one that will be presented at WINNIE’s Paris fashion show”

About Akoni

Although they came from distinct backgrounds and different parts of the globe, the friends that joined together to form Akoni Group in 2019 were united and driven by one shared conviction: they were certain that by merging their talents and experiences, they could create an entirely new type of luxury eyewear company, one that honestly delivers exceptional products by relying on only the best designs, materials, craftsmanship, technologies, and care. The name they selected for this new venture made very clear the exacting standard that the founders intended to meet—Akoni, Latin for “priceless; worthy of admiration.”

Perfectly complementing the founders’ experience and expertise, Akoni Group relies on the world’s finest eyewear craftspeople. These leading artisans, based in Japan, have long been celebrated for their unmatched precision, dedication, and skills. Their finesse and mastery guarantee the final quality that completes the distinct vision that lies behind Akoni, a new type of eyewear company.

SILMO PARIS 20-23 September 2024