Femke Lippens

28 Jun
Fashion

Komono Drops Eyewear Collaboration with 3 Master students of The Antwerp Fashion Department

Once again, Belgian eyewear company Komono is teaming up with the fashion department of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Komono worked together with three master students in the creation of a pair of sunglasses linked to the students’ graduation collection. The result is a stunning collection of eyewear that is not only gorgeous, but also incredibly captivating.

Each pair of sunglasses was designed by a separate student from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, therefore the collection features an interesting variety of styles.

KOMONO X The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

Annemarie Saric was inspired by the concept of cars of the late ’70s and their aerodynamic quality. The futuristic glasses feature a shaped lens and intricate temple detailing. Formed by a cut-out and collage technique of vintage car parts, the glasses are characterized by their highly sculptural effect.

Investigating the duality between a fragile appearance and an extreme shape, Karolina Widecka proposes a capsule drenched in superstition and symbolism. She was inspired by ex-votos (an object left as an offering in fulfillment of a vow) and Mexican religious art. Widecka wanted the glasses to function as a token of protection for its wearer with its ‘broken glass’ upper bar.

The last pair, designed by Florentina Leitner, takes you straight back to the ’60s, but with a modern edge. Leitner used psychedelic art to create a pair of glasses that have been stretched and liquified to a vertigo or spiraling effect. The glasses are her way of paying tribute to art icons of those days like Peggy Guggenheim.

KOMONO X Karolina Widecka

Auction

At the initiative of the students, part of the proceedings of this sale will go to Survived and Punished, a US-based organization that supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence who have been incarcerated or targeted by law enforcement.

Komono has also created an exclusive colorway for each student, limited to one piece only. Those pieces will be sold during a 24h auction on Komono’s Instagram page on 1 July. The proceedings of the highest bid will be donated to Survived and Punished as well.

The glasses will be available for sale starting from 2 July through the brand’s online store, Komono flagship stores and selected retailers. But you’ll have to be quick! Only 25 pieces of each design will be sold.

A pair of sunglasses will be sold for a suggested retail price of €199.

KOMONO x Florentina Leitner

KOMONO X Annemarie Saric

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