One more, the Etnia Barcelona eyewear brand makes patent its close relationship to the world of art and culture, placing to the fore one of the most emblematic artistic symbols of Barcelona: the Santa María del Mar Basilica which has been named as exceptional artistic heritage.
Santa María del Mar is a limited edition, numbered capsule collection that honors one of the most emblematic buildings of the Catalonian Capital. The Santa María del Mar Basilica is a leading exponent of Catalan Gothic architecture. Built by the citizens of Barcelona in the 14th century, it is currently considered one of the most important buildings in the city, and a masterpiece of medieval engineering.
Santa María del Mar is closely bound to Etnia Barcelona, not only as a historical reference in the city but also because it inhabits the same district of Barcelona. El Born, one of the most historical districts of the city, with a huge concentration of artistic and cultural heritage. The brand’s Flagship Store stands square in front of the Basilica, a fact that adds even greater significance to the capsule.
The new Etnia sunglasses capsule does not only capture the architectural beauty of the site, but has also drawn its inspiration from the colors and auras of light that filter through the stained-glass windows of Santa María del Mar. The light that through the deep colors and geometric patterns of the glass creates the special, magical atmosphere one finds inside Santa María del Mar.
The collection comprises 2 black acetate models: SANTA MARIA and ESPASERIA, the names of the streets that surround both the Basilica and the brand’s Flagship Store. The design to which the frames have been crafted faithfully reflects the gothic forms of the Basilica, with details that can be found both inside and outside of the building. Gilded overlays in 24K gold, with colored acetate on the inside of the frame, echoing the inner aspect of the stained-glass windows. Flower-shaped pins are designed to reflect the patterns featured on the main door into Santa María del Mar and overlays reflecting the entrance to the Basilica. Likewise, the trim on the hinges of the two models is engraved with the shape of a Gothic window. Each pair of SANTA MARIA glasses will be accompanied by an exclusive 24k gold-plated chain, with a detail inspired by the Basilica’s rosette and created with translucent colored acetates.
The designs in the collection are crafted in natural acetate, as is the case with all the brand’s collections, and boast HD mineral lenses that enhance outdoor colors and offer greater clarity – in all a unique visual experience.
The Santa María del Mar numbered edition, limited to 400 examples, is available at selected opticians.
ABOUT ETNIA BARCELONA
Etnia Barcelona was first born as an independent eyewear brand back in 2001. All its collections are developed from beginning to end by the brand’s own design team, which is fully responsible for the entire creative process. Above all, Etnia Barcelona stands out for its use of color in each and every one of its designs, making it currently the firm with the most color references in the entire eyewear sector. All its glasses are crafted in the highest quality natural materials, such as Mazzucchelli natural acetates and HD mineral lenses.
Today the firm boasts a presence in over 60 countries and more than 20,000 points of sale around the world. It operates out of its Barcelona HQ and has subsidiaries in Miami, Vancouver, and Hong Kong, in all, employing a multidisciplinary team of some 600 people.
#BeAnartist is the watchword of Etnia Barcelona. It is a call to express oneself freely through design. Etnia Barcelona embraces color, art, and culture but, more than anything else, it is a name intimately bound to the city in which it was born and has thrived. Barcelona stands for a lifestyle open to the world, nothing more nor less than a question of attitude.