Cabrio EyewearCabrio Eyeweardesign Contact: Bieke Hoet
The use of new materials and techniques creates added values and aesthetics in eyewear design. This is basically the idea and motivation of the Cabrio collection.
Driven by curiosity, Bieke Hoet continuously explores new materials, techniques and manufacturers. A virtual library has grown during the years.
Through trial and error, by pushing a material to its edge of performance, by applying techniques unknown in the eyewear business, new concepts with new added values are created.
klaverstraat 71 Bruges 8000 Belgium
Emanuelle LebasEmanuelle Lebas
70S EYEWEAR COLLECTIONS WITH A TWIST
“Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot … and my own grandmother. They are the sources of inspiration for the eyewear collections I designed,” said Brussels award-winning designer Emmanuelle Lebas. Somewhat surreal collections consisting of 27 frames: 20 optical and 7 sunglasses, in different colours, shapes and materials. And inspired by iconic women from the 70s.
“In my childhood memories, I see my grandmother and her sister as iconic women with large glasses. I admired them, just like the stars of the 60s and 70s. I want to pass on that iconic look to all women over the age of 25,” says designer Emmanuelle. “Because you have to admit: such glasses give you personality.”
NOT TOO FEMININE
The names of the glasses also refer to icons from the 70s or to some of Lebas’ loved ones – Brigitte, Jessica and Maria are just a few examples. The frames are made from sustainable cotton and metal, and available in different round, rectangular, small and large models. You can also choose from multiple colours: turtle print, transparent pink, malachite green, orange, nude, gold…
“The focus of the collections is on women – although there are a few unisex models – but the glasses are deliberately not too feminine,” according to Lebas. “I did not want the collections to be too chic, but to be one with a great eye for detail.
ID DESIGNER EMMANUELLE LEBAS
The Belgian designer Emmanuelle Lebas graduated in 2013 as a fashion designer at the Academy of La Cambre in Brussels, after which she immersed herself in the art of making shoes and accessories. She gained experience working with Belgian fashion designer Cathy Pill, clothing brand Cheap Monday and French designer Robert Clergerie, with whom she collaborated to further strengthen her unique vision of the sculptural shoe. Her collections have already been sold through the American Opening Ceremony label.
In 2012 Emmanuelle won the Codefrisko/PURE prize for her collection “If you bring the water, I’ll bring the matches”. A year later she won the Weekend Fashion Award with a collection inspired by both the Serena Williams wardrobe and the ancient Greco-Roman sculptures. Long dresses with a sporty touch. A mix of past and present.
For her creations Emmanuelle Lebas commutes between Brussels and the French capital.
BinôcheBinôche Contact: Biche Gino
Power of the brand
binôche is a Belgian brand that prides itself on its roots. Our collections are designed in Antwerp and manufactured in France and Italy. By working closely with our production companies and sharing know-how, expertise and vision we create frames that are as unique as the people who wear them.This year we celebrate twenty years of creating revealing eye-catchers.
Our take on eyewear is what gives our brand its characteristic personality. Our glasses aren’t just meant to improve sight, they’re little works of art.
Wetstraat 67 Antwerpen 2060 Belgium
HOETHOETdesign Contact: Bieke HOET
Hoet has launched the ‘Made in Belgium’ 3D laser-printed eyeglasses made of titanium. The 3D technology offers a number of unprecedented options in terms of design and in addition, this technology is eco-friendly – a feature that must not be overlooked.
Design: the front part is made of titanium with an open structure that varies per model. When using only classical production techniques, it is nearly impossible to achieve similar frames. The 3D laser-printed HC collection includes 4 models. For the best possible comfort these eyeglasses are available in various lens and bridge sizes and are equipped with adjustable temples. The models H2 and F2 even have moveable nose pads.
Eco-friendly: This technology produces eyeglasses without creating any waste, while using a very low amount of energy. An additional eco-friendly aspect is that there is no need for the production of stock.
The Hoet Couture eyeglasses are modern and beautiful. Quality and comfort as always are the basic precepts. They are rust-proof and anti-allergic, light, yet durable and well-fitting and each available in 5 size combinations for nose and glasses.
A pair of eyeglasses, custom made and personalized with your own name engraved in the temple!
klaverstraat 71 Bruges 8000 belgium
Jefferson EyewearJefferson Eyewear Contact: Gerd Booten
Komorebi EyewearKomorebi Eyewear Contact: Brent De Coorde
Komorebi is a new belgian design eyewear brand which stands for transparancy, light and a reflecting design. As a mark to your personality…
hertshage 10 bus 2 Aalst 9300 België
Odette LunettesOdette Lunettes
Meir 85 Antwerp 2000 Belgium
Theo EyewearTheo Eyewear
What began as a memo… on an order form has developed into the slogan for the most headstrong Belgian brand of spectacles: ’theo loves you’. To this very day the motto connects everything theo does, every decision, every collection. It was the love for their clients that made Wim Somers and Patrick Hoet, opticians with their own store, decide to design and present a collection under the name of theo. Why? Well, simple: because they wanted to offer their clients something other than the mainstream glasses that were selling at the time. So, in 1989, the first theo glasses became a fact. And they were groundbreaking. With every following collection, it became increasingly easier to reach the consumer. Today, more than 20 years later, theo is sold in 1,400 stores across 50 countries… and theo loves them all!
Originally theo only addressed the avant-garde. Later however, the glasses began to appeal to a wider audience. But theo always had a soft spot for the individualist. So in order to generate interest among trendsetters again, ‘Eye-witness’ was launched in May 1995. These spectacles were apparently unfinished and asymmetrical. Eye-witness wearers are often men and women who are kindred spirits. The Eye-witness line still exists today and every year new models are launched.
In 2004, theo announced its co-operation with the German-Belgian designer Christoph Broich. This cross-pollination between fashion and eyewear proved a hit. The sunglasses Broich and theo were recognisable by the safety pin in the spring. Four years later, theo started collaborating with Belgian designer Tim Van Steenbergen on its new collection of sunglasses. The two Antwerp labels joined forces and have since been producing spectacles that radiate glamour and sophistication. In 2012, theo & Tim presented their forth collection together. And they are working hard on the next one.
To celebrate its 20th birthday, theo presented the ‘VinGtage’ collection at Mido 2007. theo is famous for its small glasses, of course, making this ‘Vingtage’ collection (vingt ans d’age! = 20 years in French – one of Belgium’s official languages) quite a departure. The focus has definitely shifted from the eyes to the face. Yet these glasses are in no way similar to what people wore some forty years ago – these are spectacles for the present times, and indeed spectacular.
theo like to be unpredictable. For a new optical collection in 2010, theo started working with James Van Vossel, a creative spirit who was given carte blanche, resulting in a series with no equivalent. More models to come!
The theo headquarters are located in Antwerp. Mik and Toon, two of the three sons of Big Boss Wim Somers, joined the business a few years ago. Third son Jan joined his mother Jamme at the theo – Somers Optiek store. Nowadays, more than thirty people work for theo in Europe, the US and Japan. So this small family business has developed into a major player in the international optics market. Patrick Hoet sold his shares to Wim about 15 years ago. Nevertheless Patrick stays exclusive designer for theo. Meanwhile theo has its own design team that works together closely with Patrick.
And so, theo keeps on surprising!
theo loves you!
Headquarters Arsenaalstraat 3 Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
Flagship Store Theo – Somers Optiek Antwerpen 2000 Belgium