Haffmans & Neumeister: Catalina

The historical Aviator, reinvented

The Aviator is the most recognizable sunglass design in existence. Its origins are traced to early USAF eyewear, designed to fully cover the eyes and periphery from sun glare. No longer solely a sign of masculinity, the present-day Aviator can be worn by anyone, and without irony. Executed with thin sweeping lines that follow the natural curves of a face, the Aviator may just be the perfect all-around frame.

Historical icons with a modern twist

Haffmans & Neumeister’s sun collection, is a methodically curated tour through the timeline of eyewear’s historical icons. By selecting the typical shape of each style’s respective era and subjecting it to a dogmatic design process, they create surprising, reduced sheet-metal silhouettes.Their sun collection concept challenges the perception of what is and is not a sunglass. By fitting an ophthalmic frame with a deeply saturated, solid tint that obscures the eyewire and masks the eyes, Haffmans & Neumeister create an entirely new persona for both the frame and the wearer.

Shooting: TEFdoesLA
Eyewear: Catalina by Haffmans & Neumeister
Model: Amy Roiland of aFashionNerd

Author: maarten weidemaAfter being a freelance eyewear designer since 1999, TEF founder Maarten Weidema now solely writes about his fellow designers in the optical industry. His passionate mission is to promote independent eyewear to the international optical arena, backed up by a large group of bloggers and journalists from all over the world. He has recently been awarded "International Optical Personality of the Year", "Leading Innovator in Optical Social Media Marketing", "Social Media Marketing Company of the Year" and received several awards for "best eyewear blog" for his efforts to promote independent eyewear to a community of 517.000 eyecare professionals.

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