October sees London’s iconic Somerset House showcase the first solo exhibition in the UK of the late Malian photographer, Malick Sidebé. Sidibé is celebrated for his black and white images chronicling the lives and culture of the Malian capital, Bamako, in the wake of the country’s independence in 1960. The exhibition presents 45 original prints from the 1960s and 1970s based around the themes of: Tiep à Bamako / Nightlife in Bamako, Au Fleuve Niger / Beside the Niger River, Le Studio / The Studio.
Our friends at Darkroom have curated an exclusive retail space to run alongside the much anticipated exhibition, inspired by Africa, Mali and Sidebé’s work. Larke frames and sunglasses in limited acetates can be found in good company, sitting alongside an edit of specially sourced handmade jewellery, textiles, homewares and a selection of rare vinyl.
The Courtyard Gallery, Somerset House, London WC2R 1LA. 06 October 2016 – 15 January 2017
LARKE’s collaborative eyewear series with Turnbull & Asser continues for another season, the latest sunwear offering ‘Roark’ was showcased alongside their Spring Summer 2017 collection during London Collections: Men this weekend.
The suitably opulent Christie’s HQ on Ryder Street served as the ultimate backdrop to showcase ‘Velocity: The Heir and Hero’. The collection for the forthcoming summer season steers full throttle back to the ritzy heydays of 1970s Monte Carlo where inspiration was sourced in the prowess and infamous revelry of Grand Prix playboy victors on and off the prestigious Circuit de Monaco.
‘ROARK’ sunglasses are exclusively available online and in-store at Turnbull & Asser.
LARKE’s collaboration with womenswear designer Holly Fulton continued this season with a second series of eyewear debuting at London Fashion Week this weekend. Drawing inspiration from visionary British artist David Inshaw, the painters graphic mossy aesthetic and penchant for the surreal was a clear presence in the collection. Our bold, linear RADUS handmade frame was showcased in an exclusive colour palette of dirty pink, cream, gloss black and earthy green, and fitted with contrasting sports luxe mirror sun lenses – another key theme present throughout the winter seasons collection namely in outerwear and knitwear pieces.
London Collections: Men AW16 saw the reveal of our latest collaborative project with luxury gentlemen’s outfitter Turnbull & Asser. With a shared ethos for manufacturing in England and fastidious craftsmanship, the exclusive eyewear series made its debut at Turnbull & Asser’s LC:M presentation alongside their Autumn Winter 2016 collection entitled ‘The Artist and The Architect’ at the prestigious RSA Vaults in central London.
Hailed by British GQ’s editorial team as one of ‘The best looks from the LC:M AW16 catwalks’, Turnbull & Asser’s literary inspired collection of formal and informal attire is the ideal sartorial accompaniment for the four exclusive eyewear designs.
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This week’s Stylist magazine sees our monochrome Darkroom collaboration sunglasses gracing the cover in an elegant still life set, styled by renowned interiors stylist Emilio Pimentel-Reid. Celebrating one of our favourite independent London located shops and stockist, Darkroom, the suitably styled cover showcases a refined edit of their curated designers in a distinct palette of black, white and gold.
We are thrilled to announce LARKE’s debut stockist in the United States, Dover Street Market New York. The world renowned concept store is now carrying a curated edit of both men’s and women’s sunglass styles.
The New York store located in Murray Hill is Rei Kawakubo’s third Dover Street Market location, following London and Ginza. Not only is the space a curatorial masterpiece with many unique products and designer collections on sale, it also features many integrated art installations, from murals to staircase experiences. The sprawling seven-story space, which occupies a stately Beaux-Arts building on Lexington Avenue and 30th Street is a sight to behold and an experience to relish.
Our second exclusive partnership for the Spring Summer 2016 season sees the classic LOCKE model reappropriated in vibrant tones of tangerine, candy pink and moss green and fitted with gradient colour sun lenses for renowned womenswear designer Holly Fulton.
The limited edition LARKE for Holly Fulton frames are available to pre-order, retailing at £395 – please contact email@example.com for more information.
LARKE’s latest collaborative eyewear range debuted at London Fashion Week this weekend. Working in collaboration with Le Kilt’s Creative Director, Samantha McCoach on a series of 1960s inspired frames assembled in two-tone acetate combinations to compliment the seasons youthful colour palette.
LE KILT : STUPID GIRL : SPRING SUMMER 2016
For Spring Summer 2016, the kilt is re-imagined in traditional and contemporary Linton Tweeds, designed and woven in Scotland. In addition, this season also sees the introduction of a classic mini and a tailored two-piece. These are accessorised with a range of 1960s-inspired frames formed in collaboration between Le Kilt and British eyewear brand, LARKE optics. Playful fabric combinations allude to the youthful spirit of the collection, whilst McCoach also seeks to redefine the balance between tradition and modernity through the re-appropriation of iconic silhouettes.
In her continued exploration of the classic female wardrobe, the collection forms an extension of Creative Director, Samantha McCoach’s own subcultural uniform. Against the backdrop of legendary live music venue, the 100 Club, Le Kilt’s SS16 presentation embodies the characteristic attitude of counterculture and nonconformity.
The limited edition LARKE x Le Kilt sunglasses are available to pre-order, retailing at £395 – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Photography : Chris Rhodes
Styling : Alex Carl
The highly anticipated annual celebration of craftsmanship Wallpaper* Handmade, gathers the world’s finest creative minds and manufacturing talents to create a veritable feast of design excellence. The results are showcased in Milan during Salone del Mobile and the production process duly documented in the August issue of Wallpaper*.
Browse the full roster of Handmade 2015 designers and their collaborative creations here.
Vanity set by Larke Optics and Frank / Photography – Felicity Ingram
Inspired by the French ivory vanity sets that were de rigueur during the late 19th century, Larke Optics and Frank have created a modern-day dresser set which comprises a hand mirror, three accessory trays, a lidded box and a vase. Made from Larke’s signature luminous acetates, each piece has been crafted using the tools and techniques of spectacle production.
We recently had the honour of being commissioned by Wallpaper* to design and create a series of products in collaboration with London based design studio FRANK for the sixth annual Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition.
Our collaborative concept was realised in the form of a vanity set, entirely handmade in our workshop from rare and obsolete cellulose acetate material. Comprising of six individual and lightweight elements specifically relating in scale, the same way as eyewear does to the body, the modular series comprises a hand mirror, three accessory trays, a lidded box and a vase. The trio of tray units sit individually or overlaid upon another, in conjunction with the additional three unique elements.
Utilising materials made specifically for the purpose of eyewear production, the varied colours and
patterns of which come alive at small-scale. Each singular piece has been crafted and finished using the specialist tools and traditional fastidious techniques of handmade spectacle production, in turn informing the scale, detailing and surface finishing.
These common objects having an alternative, unexpected vocabulary of form and finish; that of spectacles and the curated edit of materials. Resulting in a sophisticated yet functional contemporary vanity set that lends itself to a modern living environment.
Handmade is Wallpaper’s most proudly ambitious annual project, a groundbreaking exhibition dedicated to the marriage of craftsmanship and design and the spirit of customisation. Acting as patron and creative director, Wallpaper* has for the past five years cherry-picked a selection of some of the world’s finest designers, artists, makers and manufacturers, commissioning unique furnishings, fittings, installations and artworks. The resulting one-off products are showcased during the annual Salone del Mobile, where the Handmade exhibition has become the must-see of the week.
Wallpaper* Arcade, Via San Gregorio 43, Milan – April 14-18 2015