In celebration of Pride Month in June, CFDA Los Angeles eyewear designers Barton Perreira, Blake Kuwahara and l.a.Eyeworks unite to design limited-edition sunglasses to benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Barton Perreira revives beloved archive styles with vibrant, mirrored rainbow lenses, while Blake Kuwahara crafts a colorful rendition of his Chambers frame in custom-made acetate. For its design, l.a.Eyeworks offers the chunky AMORTINI frame in custom rainbow and crystal acetate with blue topaz sun lenses. All sunglasses come with an exuberant rainbow print cleaning cloth made from recycled PET plastic bottles, a nod to the brands commitment to sustainability.
A percentage of the sales of these special sunglass styles will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center, a nonprofit organization that has been providing programs in health, social services and housing, culture and education, and leadership and advocacy for the LGBT community since 1969. The brands’ contributions will directly benefit the Senior Services programs of the Los Angeles LGBT Center (www.lalgbtcenter.org).
“We believe in diversity, equality and inclusivity at Barton Perreira. It’s an honor to collaborate with fellow CFDA eyewear designers to commemorate Pride and support the tremendous work of the Center,” says Patty Perreira, Co-Founder and Designer of Barton Perreira.
“Last year, I posted a rendering of the CHAMBERS in rainbow in honor of Pride Month. It received such a positive response, that we decided custom make the acetate and produce the frame. I think the timing couldn’t be more appropriate to celebrate not only our LGBTQ community, but also what we all hope will be the end of the pandemic,” says Blake Kuwahara.
“This is such an important time to be emphatic in our recognition and support of the spectrum of identities that Pride celebrates.” notes l.a.Eyeworks co-founder/designer Gai Gherardi, “The ‘amor’ in the name of our dedicated frame, AMORTINI, echoes our oft-repeated encouragement to ‘Love One Another.’”
ABOUT BARTON PERREIRA
Bill Barton and Patty Perreira innovated the art of seeing at some of fashion’s most iconic brands. In 2007, these eyewear legends set off on their own journey, coming together to create Barton Perreira. Their vision was clear. An independent brand that sees things differently, taking the time to invest in craftsmanship that produces nothing less than the finest eyewear in the world. Distinguished for their passionate attention to each one-of-a-kind detail, Japan’s leading artisans ensure every facet of Barton Perreira eyewear is brought to life with precision and virtuosity. Barton Perreira is sold at its flagship retail boutiques in New York City, Aspen, Nashville, and Kansas City, as well as exclusive optical accounts and the finest department stores and boutiques worldwide. To view the collection, visit: www.bartonperreira.com
ABOUT BLAKE KUWAHARA
Blake Kuwahara debuted his eponymous eyewear collection in 2015 with his artful but wearable design ethos and signature “frame-within-a-frame” concept. By using a proprietary lamination process, Kuwahara creates a deliberate design tension by fusing two distinctive silhouettes. Kuwahara’s designs are available in high-end optical boutiques worldwide and in such discriminating specialty retailers as L’Eclaireur (Paris), Selfridges (London), Harrods (London), Isetan (Tokyo), Hotoveli (New York), H. Lorenzo (LA), and The Archive (San Francisco). www.blakekuwahara.com
ABOUT LA EYEWORKS
l.a.Eyeworks makes imaginative and uniquely crafted frames that change the way people think about eyewear. Designed in Los Angeles by co-founders Barbara McReynolds and Gai Gherardi, l.a.Eyeworks’ award-winning glasses are known for their bold shapes, imaginative handling of materials, and expressive use of color. With trademark wit, socially charged messages, and a spirit of creative adventure, the provocative brand vocabulary of l.a.Eyeworks has infiltrated the pop culture landscape from fashion to publishing to art and film. l.a.Eyeworks is a privately owned house of optical imagination, encompassing two namesake retail stores in Los Angeles and a wholesale company that channels its influential designs to a global network of independent opticians and retailers. www.laeyeworks.com