• About Séamus

    Originally from Northern Ireland, I came to England seventeen years ago. My first proper job was in an opticians and I have never left the industry since (apart from one month at a bespoke shirt makers). I have sixteen years experience of the eyewear industry and have a passion for handmade spectacles and sunglasses with an eye on innovation in design.

  • Res/Rei. Hand made in Italy, with love!

    Friday, November 18, 2011

    I have finally received my new collection of eyewear called Res/Rei which I saw in Paris in September. I am really pleased they are here and they are just as amazing as I remember. As I mentioned in my report on Silmo, the Paris optical trade show, I first met the designer Olivieri a few years ago when the project was just an idea in his head. Now that they have finally been developed, manufactured and launched, It is the most exciting new concept I have seen in a while. They are beautifully made and there is a real desire for these frames to seen as durable and long lasting, indeed they are labelled “Hand made with love in Italy.” The hinges have springs that have a very wide flex but even better is that the hinges are replaceable should they wear out. Something which is not possible on other spring hinges and that is why I have never stocked a brand that features spring hinges till now.

    There are ten models and around four colours in each. All except the jet black feature a sand blasted matte finish which has a pleasing tactile quality. The acetate in the arms is a full five millimetres thick which is nearly twice the norm. Olivieri told me this is to make the arms heavier which shifts the centre of gravity further back thus making them feel lighter and more comfortable on your nose. Three of the models have what I can only describe as an invisible bridge. A clever design detail that really sets them apart.

    They have produced this video which show some of the lengths they go to to produce a product they have immense pride in. Come and see them soon.

    RES/REI Handmade in Italy with love. from Res Rei on Vimeo.


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