Thierry Lasry eyewear
With their unmistakable blend of retro shapes and colours with hi-tech finishes and up-to-the-minute technology, Thierry Lasry sunglasses are designed to be noticed. Lasry’s modus operandi is to take a classic vintage form and play with its proportions – exaggerating corners, expanding the frame width or supersizing the entire piece, to create a curvaceous, luxurious style that is simultaneously familiar and surprising.
Lasry’s second trademark twist is his use of bold 1980s-inspired colour and pattern. While many of his elegant designs are available in sleek black or classic tortoiseshell, other lines feature acetates shot through with speckled, multi-hued composites of day-glo colours, vibrant jewel tones or vivid painterly flecks that are more than reminiscent of bright 80s clubwear. Lasry also takes advantage of a manufacturing process that involves building frames from thin sheets of acetate – he layers pieces of fishnet or lace in between for a neat, punchy homage to his favourite decade. Meanwhile, striking and unexpected contrasts come courtesy of innovative colour blocking techniques, including the addition of brightly coloured plastic pieces to the back of frame corners, inspired by a childhood obsession with Lego.
Yet despite this playful approach to design, Lasry is deadly serious about the quality of his products. All Thierry Lasry sunglasses are handmade in France by experienced craftsman, using a mix of the best traditional and cutting-edge techniques, and his high quality acetate is sourced from famed Italian manufacturer Mazzucchelli. That Lasry has such high standards for Thierry Lasry eyewear is no surprise – his father was a renowned Parisian optician who stocked only the most exceptional and stylish glasses collections in his elegant store. His mother, meanwhile, was a fashion designer who encouraged the young Thierry to find his own unique sense of style. The Thierry Lasry brand, launched in 2006, is perhaps the inevitable result of this singular upbringing.
Lasry may like to push the design envelope, but his innate good taste ensures that his sunglasses stay firmly on the right side of showy – glamorous and daring, certainly, but never glitzy or ostentatious. The purity of line and refinement of detail place the products’ superior workmanship centre stage; furthermore, there is no visible logo on Thierry Lasry sunglasses. The brand name is stamped onto the inside of the arms, alongside that of each particular model and, with titles such as Dirtymindy, Perky and Flirty, it’s no surprise that the product names themselves have garnered a cult following among Lasry’s independent, non conformist, fashion conscious customers.
The rest of the style world has certainly fallen in love with Thierry Lasry. For spring/summer 2015, he teamed up with Italian fashion house Fendi to create a capsule collection of ultra-feminine sunglasses “for a strong, sensual and elegant woman”. For this particular line, Lasry patterned his acetate with graphic designs from the Fendi archives of the 1980s and 1990s – a match made in fashion heaven.
Lasry was handpicked by über-cool Paris fashion store Colette to design a pair of Batman themed sunglasses to celebrate the superhero’s 75th birthday, in partnership with Warner Bros and DC Comics. And he has also collaborated with US interior design powerhouse Kelly Wearstler to recreate his classic Axxxexxxy style using her trademark gold and marble finishes as inspiration. The four-piece collection is a masterclass in glamour and opulence tempered by a cool restraint and an eye for elegant proportions.
An iconic brand in the making? We’d say that Thierry Lasry is well on his way.
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