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Black Eyewear Woman: MAEVE DOYLE

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Maeve Doyle is an art historian, buyer and consultant.  She lives and works in Mayfair, London, where she is known for her work with London’s Bankrobber Gallery together with Robin Barton, who is undoubtedly the world’s most famous dealer in Banksy artwork. Doyle has a wild appreciation for old Hollywood glamour, and a love for the idea of old Los Angeles.  She’s a woman with a seemingly bottomless well of stories and insights, which she shares regularly with art patrons on walking tours that start and end at Brown’s Hotel (if you’re lucky enough to get a spot on one). Doyle is always immaculately attired in black, with her bold Black Eyewear Blossom frames (named after jazz pianist Blossom Dearie) framing her bright-eyed, elfin face. Be sure to catch her melodious Canadian accent and delightful Irish humour on her regular guest spot talking all things visual on BBC’s ‘the Jo Good Show ‘.

 

We spoke to Doyle about the world of art, personal style, and the values that drive her…

 


 

How did you come to make Mayfair, London home? 

A Fairy Godmother said I had three wishes, I used one wish for our apartment in Mayfair – it was an idea inspired by by ‘My Fair Lady’, a rags to riches story of an ingenue with personality and charm crossed with ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ (a near neighbour).

 

What aspects of your relationship with the art world do you find personally fulfilling?

The theatre of the art world is very fulfilling, to find the right piece for a passionate collector along with its back story is an incredible feeling.

 

Artists/art to watch?

Tomo Campbell, Hugo Wilson, Dan Baldwin, Lily Ashley, but I would also watch a couple of new gallery’s –  for instance I’d watch Abby Hignell at Hignell gallery, or the boys and Cordelia at  Maddox Gallery. I’d look at what Marie Locke is showing at BLACKS (a members club on Dean Street), and I’d go to all of the new collaborations between art and shopping. Did you see Frank Cohen’s collection at Fortnum and Mason last autumn? Or Russell Young and Dale Chihuly at Harrods?  These museum quality shows in luxury shopping spaces are calling into question the relationship between beauty, shock, money, status, celebrity and what drives the market. Such interesting times.

 

What are some of your favourite haunts in London? 

Blacks, the cinema at 76 dean street, Tate Britian and the river boat ride to Tate Modern, Retro Women on Pembridge Road, Momo on Heddon Street, Frieze Art Fair and Frieze Masters are world class for people watching, Groucho during Frieze week, and Lou Lou’s any month of the year, except August or December. It is the people watching stuff dreams are made of.

 

What is it about the energy of old Los Angeles that inspires you?

Sheer determination, self belief, and an 18 hour a day work ethic.

 

You have fabulous style. What are the building blocks of your look? 

I rely on coats from PAPER LONDON –  Kelly (Townsend) and Philippa (Thackery) showed their first collection at DOYLE DEVERE in Notting Hill, and we have worked together ever since.  for me it’s the feeling I get from knowing the girls that keeps me connected to the brand.  The same principle applies to Robert Roope and Black Eyewear another building block for my look.

 

Your eyewear feels so distinctly ‘you’. How did you come to find your frames?

Robert pulled out a small number of frames for me to try at his Goodge street store, he is polite and direct with his opinions – It was Robert who picked Blossom for me, it was his opinion I listened to.

 

You’ve spoken about your eyewear having a transformative effect when you wear them in certain contexts, can you elaborate?

I think public appearances and having your photograph taken can be traumatic if you aren’t a trained model or actress! The glasses I wear give me  a confidence, like a superhero’s costume gives them super powers  – like Catwoman’s catsuit or Wonder Woman’s tiara.

 

In your experience, what should people look for when choosing frames for themselves?

Call 0207 637 2144 and ask for Robert.

 

Personal philosophy?

No amount of money can buy a bad day back.

 

 

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MAEVE DOYLE WEARS BLOSSOM IN MATT DARK TORTOISESHELL AND MATT BLACK. AVAILABLE ONLINE OR IN-STORE.

Cherry mag X Black Eyewear

 

Francesca Cristini features Black Eyewear ALICE frames in her ‘Office ready – winter edition’ editorial.

Read more here.

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Christmas Opening Hours at Black Eyewear

 

As christmas fast approaches we wanted to make you aware of our Christmas opening and closing times:

 


 

St Albans store

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours
Saturday 24th December – 9am – 1pm

Christmas Day – Closed

Boxing Day – Closed

Tuesday 27th – Closed

Wednesday 28th – 9am – 5pm

Thursday 29th – 9am – 5pm

Friday 30th – 9am – 5pm

Saturday 31st – 9am – 5pm

Sunday 1st – Closed

Monday 2nd – Closed

Tuesday 3rd – 9am-5pm

 

 

Goodge Street store
Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

 

Saturday 24th December – 10:30am-6pm

Christmas Day – Closed

Boxing Day – Closed

Tuesday 27th – Closed

Wednesday 28th – 10:30am-6pm

Thursday 29th – 10:30am-6pm

Friday 30th – 10:30am-6pm

Saturday 31st – 10:30am-6pm

Sunday 1st – Closed

Monday 2nd – Closed

Tuesday 3rd – 12pm-6pm


 

 

Gift guide: Black Eyewear’s best and brightest of the season

Last minute gift? You still have time to receive your frames before christmas. Order before the 21st December. Here’s our edit of Black Eyewear’s customer favourites and top sellers:

 

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COLTRANE in petrol | £177 This is one of the giants of eyewear design. It features the classic keyhole bridge and straight ‘spatula’ sides that create support by side pressure as opposed to the ‘hockey end side’ that hooks round the ears. This model has been popular for over 60 years and counting…

 

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NINA in turquoise | £177 A playful, enjoyable design that warms the heart. For lovers of life everywhere.

 

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ZOOT in lavender | £197 A bold crowd favourite. This iconic medium size solid round frame with a wide side makes it suitable for the wind and sun.

 

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ALICE in matt marmalade | £177 This 1950s inspired cat eye classic was inspired by the polaroid shapes of the period. Perennial favourite of fashionistas everywhere, from Los Angeles to Paris.

 

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TOOTS in clear crystal | £177 Dedicated to the genius of Toots Thielemans. This round shape has a high joint position rather than a joint at the centre. The perfect round frame for any face.

 

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CANNONBALL in amber havana | £197 An extra large solid and bold quadra frame with a wide fitting bridge. This design is for large faces and strong characters familiar to great musicians who create great music.

 

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BIRD in matt black | £187 For the intellectual and/or musician in your family. This Quadra shape with a three pin trim on front and side is a heavy duty ‘library’ frame that was the workhorse model for on/off reading frames of the 1950s. They were a sign that wearers were clever, worked in a library and read lots of books. They were often worn by jazz musicians, probably to keep the smoke out of their eyes.

 

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DEEDEE in red transparent | £177 A curving upper rim cat eye of mid Atlantic origin, usually adorned with diamante décor. This style was seen among the audience at the 1958 classic festival ‘Jazz on a summer’s Day’.

 

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BLOSSOM in pastel lilac | £197 This model has something magical about its shape because it seems to suit most faces; Its like having a favourite mirror where, for some reason, your reflection constantly looks good.

 

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WEBSTER in wood olive | £197 This large frame has a three pin decor on the front and sides, which was popular in America in the 50s and 60s and worn by many musicians of that period. It has a solid look, a deep shape, and has a large keyhole bridge suitable for large faces.

 

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WOODY in light tan | £177 A favourite of Fitzrovia creatives. If any frame design ruled the optical world then Woody is king. It has influenced frame design around the globe. This design is the shape which is most geometrically suitable for the structure of the face.

 

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BUDDY in medium tortoiseshell | £177 This 1950s classic shape has a keyhole bridge that is suitable for average and larger faces that need wider bridge fittings. The wider bridge allows the top rims to position themselves along or below the brow line which can shorten a longer face as well as fitting snugly into the face architecture.

 

Black Eyewear Christmas Giveaway Competition T&Cs

 

We’re giving away two pairs of Black Eyewear sunglasses over the next week.

How to enter:

 

You can enter via facebook or Instagram or both! 

 

Follow us on Facebook and like and comment on our competition posts to enter.

on Instagram, like and tag a friend’s name on one of our Christmas competition posts.

 

Good luck and Merry Christmas everyone!

 

Terms and Conditions (the short version):

 

Competition closes on Monday 19/12/16 at 11:59PM GMT. Prize draw winners will be chosen at random on the 20/12/2016 and announced on the same day on the Black Eyewear Facebook and Instagram pages. Winners must claim their prize by the 22/12/2016 at 11.59PM GMT by direct messaging us from the social media platform where they entered with their postage details. If they fail to contact us within this period of two days, they will lose the prize and a second draw will be organised to select a new winner.

 

No alternatives or cash substitute is available. We cannot guarantee the colour of the frames won.

 

The competition is open worldwide.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS (THE long VERSION):

 

  1. The promoter is: Black Eyewear Ltd (company no.01439463] whose registered office is at Mercer House, 15 High Street, Redbourn, Hertfordshire, AL3 7LE.
  2. The competition is open internationally to anyone aged 13 years or over except employees of Black Eyewear and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via http://www.instagram.com/blackeywear and  www.facebook.com/blackeyewear.
  6. Only one entry per post will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person on one post will be disqualified.
  7. Closing date for entry will be Monday 19/12/16 at 11:59PM GMT. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  9. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:

YOU CAN ENTER VIA FACEBOOK and/OR INSTAGRAM 

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AND LIKE AND COMMENT ON OUR COMPETITION POSTS TO ENTER.

ON INSTAGRAM, LIKE AND TAG A FRIEND’S NAME ON ONE OF OUR CHRISTMAS COMPETITION POSTS.

  1. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  2. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  3. The prizes are as follows:

One pair of black eyewear sunglasses per winner, of which there will be two winners. Your choice of frames (depending on availability). 

The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

 

  1. Winners will be chosen at random by software, from all entries received and verified by Promoter and or its agents.
  2. The winner will be announced on Instagram/Facebook on 20th December 2016. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize before end of day GMT 22/12/12, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  3. The promoter will notify the winner when the prize will be delivered.
  4. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  5. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  6. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
  7. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  8. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by direct messaging us on Facebook or Instagram
  9. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  10. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Black Eyewear and not to any other party.

 

Black Eyewear Man: BABS ODUNLAMI

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Babs Odunlami is a London-based men’s stylist with a deeply rooted respect and affinity for menswear.   A project manager by day, Odunlami works within some of London’s top tier financial institutions.  He founded the men’s lifestyle brand “aTribeCalledStyle” which serves as style inspiration to gentlemen globally while also providing niche wardrobe consultancy services.

 

We spoke to him about his early style influences, great design and how to choose eyewear.  

 


 

When did menswear first become important to you?

I have been passionate about style from a young age, but I’ll say menswear became an important part of my life during my teenage years. My personal style was shaped from an early age by sartorial influences from my grandfather, a clergyman and my father, a Chartered Accountant who rose to senior management in an investment bank before retiring. Strict dress codes and maintenance of a corporate image in the banks at the time meant my father paid a lot of attention to his appearance. I keenly admired his dress sense and slowly nurtured my style aspirations. Often dressed up in well-tailored suits, immaculate white shirts and leather shoes buffed to a mirror shine, The influence of these men WAS integral to the formation of my personal style.

 

How would you describe your personal style? 

Classic.

 

What are the essential building blocks for creating a look? 

I’ve always been an advocate of keeping it simple. Elegance means simplicity and I’d say the essential building blocks for creating a look very much hinges on wardrobe staples like the Navy Blazer, a well tailored navy/grey suit and plenty of crisp white shirts to mention a few. Not forgetting good shoes of course, in the words of Hardy Aimes, “it is totally impossible to be well dressed in cheap shoes”.

 

How has living in London inspired your craft? 

London is arguably the best city to live in and I’ll happily debate this with anyone who differs in opinion. Living in a culturally diverse city like London with a hive of activities lends itself naturally as inspiration. All I have to do is step out of my front door and enter into a world of inspiration everyday. 

 

What drew you to Black Eyewear?

I started wearing prescription glasses a few years back and it proved difficult to find a suitable “off the shelf” pair. Following hours of online research and a visit to the Goodge Street atelier, I was instantly won over. I tried on the “Cannonball” and the rest was history. I’m yet to find any other pair of eyewear that is aesthetically pleasing and functional in equal measure. Needless to say that having my eyewear named after one of my favourite jazz musicians “Cannonball Adderley” adds a rather distinct pleasure. 

 

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What tips do you have for others when selecting eyewear? 

Know your facial bone structure and find a suitable pair. Not many things are as distasteful as poor fitting eyewear, it’s one of the first things you notice when you meet someone.  

 

Who are your go-tos for accessories?

1.) Alfred Dunhill for luggage and cardholders, I love their simplicity and the fact most of their items are made locally in the Walthamstow factory.

2.) It’s a split between Drakes of London and Viola Milano for ties. The former for cashmere ties and latter for silk folds.

3.) Montblanc – a “Montblanc” fountain pen effortlessly adds style to my signature.

4.) My glasses are an integral part of my daily life; I can’t leave out Black Eyewear

 

What does great design mean to you? 

Great design to me is a product of creativity and meticulous craftsmanship. Aesthetics and functionality are yardsticks for great design.

 

Who do you look to for style inspiration?

Style to me transcends items of clothing. It should be evident in the way one lives and an individual that has managed to communicate this seamless blend over the years is Mr. Ralph Lauren.

 

What’s next for aTribeCalledStyle?

The plan is to offer a line of classic menswear. This would give me the ultimate sense of satisfaction.

 

 

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BABS ODUNLAMI WEARS CANNONBALL IN CRYSTAL CLEAR, TWO TONE GREY AND AMBER HAVANA. AVAILABLE ONLINE OR IN-STORE.

 

 

Robert Roope, designer and founder of Black Eyewear, was recently featured on We Wear Perfume.

Click Here for his thoughts on fragrance And why he wears Karl Lagerfeld for Men.

 

Robert Roope on fragrance

 

Black Eyewear at London Fashion Week SS17.  The lady wears TRIXIE Red Cat Eye sunglasses.

 

London Fashion Week SS17

 

Black Eyewear TRIXIE Cat Eye Sunglasses

It was such a pleasure to be exhibiting at Goodwood Revival Recently.  It is always the highlight of our calendar!

 

Here Creative Producer and Casting Director Anna Krokogheya wears the Black Eyewear ABBEY Pastel Lilac cat eye sunglasses with one of the iconic revival cars.

 

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Cat Eye sunglasses

BLACK EYEWEAR had a fantastic time at 100 Percent Optical 2016.

 

Thanks to BIBLIOTHEQUE Design for our amazing display units.

 

It was great to see old friends (SPECKY WREN) and meet new!

 

Black Eyewear at 100% Optical

 

Black Eyewear at 100% Optical

 

Black Eyewear at 100% Optical

The LENA and COLTRANE look sensational as Black Eyewear walks the cathedral catwalk, St Albans Fashion Week 2015.

 

Photos Courtesy of:

Michelle Becker, Pink Soul Pictures

Stephanie Belton

Alesandro Pelosi

 

 

 

 

Black Eyewear at SAFW 2015

 

 

Black Eyewear at SAFW 2015

 

 

St Albans Fashion Week 2015

Introducing ZIGGY

 

This New Model is available in several colours as glasses or sunglasses.

 

Black Eyewear 'Ziggy'

 

Black Eyewear 'Ziggy'

 

Black Eyewear 'Ziggy'

 

Black Eyewear had a blast at Goodwood Revival last weekend.  There was interest in our glasses from a new generation of vintage enthusiasts and we caught up with some familiar faces from St Albans.  As always the atmosphere was fantastic and we received wonderful feedback about Black Eyewear and Robert Roope’s designs.

 

 

Black Eyewear at Goodwood Revival

 

Black Eyewear at Goodwood Revival 2015

 

Black Eyewear at Goodwood Revival 2015

Black Eyewear was chosen to attend LCM SS16 from the 12-15 June at Victoria House.  Here are some pics from the weekend.

 

LCM SS16 Victoria House

 

Black Eyewear at LCM SS16

 

Black Eyewear at LCM SS16

Black Eyewear has collaborated with jewellery designer Scott Wilson

and created gorgeous eyewear for Contemporary womenswear brand

Solace London.  Here are some of the unique and fashionable pieces.

 

Black Eyewear for Solace London

 

Black Eyewear for Solace London

 

Black Eyewear for Solace London

Black Eyewear at 100% Optical, Excel London.

 

100% Optical 2015

 

Black Eyewear at 100% Optical 2015

 

Black Eyewear at 100% Optical 2015

 

Haven’t seen the wonderful Bright Old Things campaign at Selfridges yet?

Don’t worry, it’s been extended into March!

 

Black Eyewear at Selfridges

 

Black Eyewear at Selfridges

 

Black Eyewear at Selfridges

Black Eyewear collaborated with Menswear designer Nicomede Talavera.

The results were visible on the catwalk for the London Collections: Men AW15.

Black Eyewear for Nicomede Talavara