Exclusive to Concept, THE ROW is a marriage in style, design philosophy and ideas. Aptly titled ‘a serious collection of eyewear’, these frames from Oliver Peoples are full of ambition. The aim? Capture the story of a New York City professional woman, with a series of frames based around feminine inspiration and vintage fashion.
First, the meshing of brands. For the first time in its history Oliver Peoples has combined with another designer, the eponymous THE ROW. The understated, urban elegance that serves as OP’s hallmark here combines with a wide-eyed Southern Californian influence. The results are fantastic: six unique frames, all based on old Oliver Peoples’ classics.
Just as a teaser, let’s take a look at a few of these masterful pieces. DON’T BOTHER ME is a take on the classic BOTHER ME frame, a vintage-inspired 80s-esque retro shape, that channels the techno-urban sci-fi of Ridley’s Scott’s Blade Runner in its design. With the remix, THE ROW goes further. Gone are all hints of colour: everything is replaced by the jet black sheen of a noir sunglass. It is gorgeous, a stunning tribute to the original.
AFTER MIDNIGHT – an exceptionally understated piece – feels and looks New York. Again influenced by 80s design, the wide ovals of its frame summon a cultural heritage deep behind this period. The image of the writer, the beat poet, jazz deep in the heart of a midnight Big Apple – all are communicated with a simplicity and flair. Thin strips of titanium, a small engraving: that’s all it takes with a master in design.
Finally, the undisputed classic of any Oliver Peoples’ range: O’MALLEY NYC. Here remodelled, larger and with a shocking colour pallet. This is the centre of the collection, the spring from which all inspiration comes. Feminine and confident: a fantastic show stopper.
All of these sunglasses are available at Concept. Now. Pop down to our Newcastle clinics in Gosforth or Tynemouth and take a peep. Perfect preparation for any connoisseur of fashion waiting for the sunny season which hides just over the horizon.