The Kirk family has been shaping optics for over a century. Since Sidney and Percy Kirk converted a dilapidated sewing machine into a lens cutter in 1919, they have pushed the boundaries of eyewear.
Kirk & Kirk, the British family business run by Jason and Karen Kirk, will be exhibiting for the first time at Pitti Uomo to introduce the first and only, hand-made acrylic sunglass collection in the world. It has taken five years to develop this unique material which is incredibly light and allows for a bold, chunky frame to be worn comfortably all day.
Creative Director Karen Kirk has a fascination with color analysis; where colors correspond to seasons, based upon variations of warm and cool tones. Enter Iris Lavender, Crimson Red, Cool Lilac, Cheeky Raspberry, Classic Tortoiseshell, and warmer tones including Corn Yellow, Tiger Orange, Earthly Walnut, and Zen Sage.
Complementing the distinct palette are its retro-inspired iconic shapes, each of which gives the collection its contemporary edge culminating with design innovation through a unique sandblasting technique that has enabled Kirk & Kirk to re-shape their very own grade of Italian acrylic.
“Throughout the creative design process I was focused on standout colors that are flattering to the wearer and their skin tone, rather than finding the right accessory to match an outfit.” – Kirk & Kirk designer, Karen Kirk.
In her quest to flex the design process, Karen Kirk also opted to incorporate the use of metal for the temples, juxtaposing the fronts and spring joints in matted acrylic with Alpaca Silver temples, an alloy of Copper, Nickel, and Zinc, often used in jewelry because of its flexibility and durability. Offset by a myriad of gradient lenses, this unique collection echoes a bold wave of sculptural inspiration.
For Pitti Uomo Kirk & Kirk is showcasing eight shapes, each available in eight colors plus a series of limited-edition colors for Spring/Summer ‘24. All frames are hand-crafted in Italy, finished to the highest optical standards, and fitted with fully protective high-grade lenses. Launching at Pitti Uomo in January and available in stores starting in February 2024.
About Kirk & Kirk
Kirk & Kirk was founded by British husband and wife team, Jason and Karen Kirk who, with over a century of optical experience running through their veins, run the business today from their studio in Brighton. intent on brightening our lives one frame at a time, Kirk & Kirk’s featherlight designs come in a kaleidoscopic array of colors, allowing the wearer to reflect their unique personality. No wonder Robert Downey Jnr, Questlove, Samuel L. Jackson, Lily Rabe, Pedro Pascal, and Morcheeba are fans.