Cult sunglasses label ZANZAN has finally come out with a new collection – and not a minute too soon. If you’ve still got a summer holiday ahead of you – or even if you don’t and just want to look supremely cool whether the sun shines or not – then snap up a pair of these frames because they are enduringly fabulous.
I first came across the brand when I wrote about their launch three years ago. Set up by East London-based design duo Gareth Townshend and Megan Trimble, the brand inspiration comes from everything from 1970’s Maltese gangsters to Voodoo goddesses of love.
The latest collection is just as intriguing. Handmade in their workshop in England using vintage Italian acetate, each frame is given a limited run so that they are as unique as their names would suggest: Erzuli (Voodoo goddess of love), Mizaru (the See No Evil monkey), and Avida Dollars (a Breton term for Salvador Dali).
Though the names may be odd, the frames are anything but. The Erzuli is a curved cat-eye shape in classic tortoishell, the Ortolan is a bold heptagonal shape in glossy black acetate, and the Avida Dollars a classic rounded shape made from a distinctive matte ‘Art Deco’ acetate.
I waited all summer for this collection to come out, as ZANZAN don’t follow the fashion seasons.
They’re just too damn cool.
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