LOFTxTEF Awards Winners Circle

The first edition of the LOFTxTEF Awards (a collaboration between LOFT Eyewear Shows and TEF Magazine) was held on the 22nd of March, at the LOFT Independence Party. After going through 105 submissions, the grand jury nominated 6 brands for each of the 4 categories, being Fashion Frame, Fashion Sunglass, Technical Frame, and Technical Sunglass.

Excitement grew after the online voting by opticians from all over the world, in the facebook groups of both LEF and TEF. Those votes each counted as a single vote that was to be added to the votes of the celebrity judges:

Errin Morgan – Eyecare Business Magazine |  James Spina – 20/20 Magazine  |  Cristina Frasca – LYF Magazine |  Deirdre Carroll – Invision Magazine  |  Maarten Weidema – TEF Magazine |  Louis Fullagar – Luxury Eyewear Forum |  Richard Mewha – LOFT Eyewear Shows |  Julia Gogosha – Gogosha Optique |  Micki Lorelli – Juno Beach Optical |  Stephanie Haenes – Art of Optiks  |  Darryl Glover – Eye See Euphoria |  Pierce Voorthuis – Georgetown Opticians |  Blaž Oberč – Laibach & York

If you missed it in person, here are the winners of the first LOFTxTEF Awards, for their excellence in eyewear design!


In the category Fashion Frame, the TEFFIE went to Blake Kuwahara for his amazing LARABEE design. While expanding on his signature “frame-within-a-frame” laminated construction, Kuwahara deconstructs the inner silhouette and continues to explore negative space this season.

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In the category Technical Frame, the new aluminum APOLLO design by Theo Eyewear received the award. Aluminum has created the potential for mankind to fly far away into space and forever change the way it looks at the world, the universe and itself. That got theo thinking… Why not change the way people see the world close by and around them and also use aluminum to achieve it?

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Best Technical Sunglass was won by Rolf Spectacles for their new titanium glasses that made the leap from rapid prototyping to crafting a high-end titanium product. Driven by the wish of creating fresh innovations, they found inspiration in a world that is limitless. The result is one of the most exceptional and future-forward collections among the ROLF family.

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In the category Fashion Sunglass, a second TEFFIE went to Blake Kuwahara for his uber-cool MOORE frame, that uses the same deconstruction principle of negative space as his LARABEE model.

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The winners of the LOFTxTEF Awards represent bold and innovative designers that are setting new standards for excellence in eyewear design. We congratulate the winners of this year. Hats off to the celebrity judges, as well as the voting retailers of LEF and TEF for their cooperation! Until next year!

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