Maison Kitsuné, together with Oliver Peoples, is pleased to announce a special edition collaborative capsule collection of eyewear. Masaya Kuroki, cofounder of Maison Kitsuné, was taken with the quality and craftsmanship of the luxury California-based eyewear brand and sought out the partnership. "We were really excited to work with Oliver Peoples, a brand whose savoir-faire and expertise are highly inspiring," says Masaya Kuroki. The alignment of the brands, driven by a similar distinguished aesthetic and minimalist design philosophy was a natural fit.
The launch of this eyewear collaboration coincides with the new Maison Kitsuné Tokyo store opening. Oliver Peoples and Maison Kitsuné propose an invitation to travel from Paris to Tokyo via Los Angeles with this made-in-Japan line. This inspiration gives birth to the frame names, Tokyo (the optical version) and Paris (the sunglass). More than just accessories, the styles offer a new perspective of the art of living around the world.
"I have always loved traveling to Paris and Tokyo," says Larry Leight, Oliver Peoples Founder and Creative Director. "They are two cities that have been truly inspiring to me. I have great respect for Maison Kitsuné and was excited to work together on their first venture into eyewear."
The Oliver Peoples x Maison Kitsuné capsule collection includes two vintage inspired styles that take cues from the 1950’s. The designs combine quality materials, fine detailing and technical excellence with a minimalist aesthetic. Remaining true to Oliver Peoples iconic styling, these re-interpreted classics enhance the ready-to-wear men's and women's looks of the Maison Kitsuné Spring-Summer 2013 collection.
The Tokyo optical model is a bold design featuring a retro inspired antique gold plaque and a keyhole bridge. Hand crafted of substantial acetate, the unisex frame is available in three classic colors including Black, Golden Light Tortoise and 8108, a recognizable custom Oliver Peoples gradient hue. Unique to this design, Tokyo is offered with a removable metal clip-on sunglass that has complimentary colorful lenses. The combination of vintage
elements with the tailored design evokes images of 1950s style icons.
The Paris is an elegant sunglass featuring an upswept rounded shape and vintage pin detailing. The feminine design is slightly oversized and is flattering on many face shapes. Available in progressive color combinations, such as Dark Tortoise acetate with Green Mirror lenses, the style is a striking take on a chic, classic.
A fourth color—Vintage Brown Tortoise—in both Tokyo and Paris is available in limited edition exclusively at Oliver Peoples and Maison Kitsuné boutiques. The collection will debut on February 14th, 2013 in Maison Kistuné and Oliver Peoples boutiques, and arrive at authorized retailers in June 2013.
See photos from the Tokyo store opening on the Fashion Peoples blog HERE.