Etnia Barcelona // A Neon bright spring!

As usual, there is a burst of colour coming from our LA shoot, where Amy is wearing two smashing frames from the Ibiza Vol 2 collection of Etnia Barcelona. These colourful frames pay tribute to the creative energy of the island and the light that never goes out. These new models are an explosion of life, an homage to culture and tradition, cutting-edge, and the color is in contrast with the unique natural landscape of Ibiza.

Amy Roiland wearing Ibiza by Etnia Barcelona
Amy Roiland wearing Ibiza by Etnia Barcelona
Amy Roiland wearing Ibiza by Etnia Barcelona
Amy Roiland wearing Ibiza by Etnia Barcelona

In the early 2000s, Ibiza was enjoying the most creative moments, a heritage from the 70s, 80s and 90s, making the island a global epicentre of culture and fashion. Ibiza was one of Etnia Barcelona’s first collections and laid the foundations for the use of color in a market dominated by neutral tones. It was inspired by that creativity and the neon that dazzled against the black lights of Ibiza’s legendary nightclubs.

The collection acted as a declaration of intent for the brand: The emphasis on color at a time when glasses were always dark, along with culture and creativity, was woven into the Etnia Barcelona DNA.

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The collection is composed of four optical models and two sun models. With a contemporary retro style, the frames have flexible and extra chunky temples for a comfortable fit. They also combine solid, translucent fluorine colors with Havana prints, making this a sophisticated collection that is full of light.

Amy Roiland wearing Ibiza by Etnia Barcelona
Amy Roiland wearing Ibiza by Etnia Barcelona
Amy Roiland wearing Ibiza by Etnia Barcelona
Amy Roiland wearing Ibiza by Etnia Barcelona

Yellows, oranges, fucsias and electric blues in classic and timeless shapes that exude freedom and all the energy of the island and the Mediterranean culture of the brand. Unique textures and colors are achieved thanks to the artisanal production process used by Mazzucchelli to create the natural acetate of each frame and that of Barberini in developing the high quality mineral lenses.

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About Etnia Barcelona

Etnia Barcelona is an independent eyewear brand that was founded in 2001. All of the collections are created from start to finish by the brand’s design team, who monitor every step of the production process. What sets Etnia Barcelona apart is the use of color in each design, making it the eyewear industry’s most colorful brand. What’s more, every pair of glasses is crafted with the highest quality natural materials, such as natural acetate by Mazzucchelli and mineral glass lenses by Barberini.

The company has offices in Barcelona, Miami, Vancouver and Hong Kong, and can be found in over 60 countries with 14,000 points of sale throughout the world. They now have their first Flagship Store, located in the iconic Born neighborhood of Barcelona. This is a space devoted to eyewear culture that brings together the best the brand has to offer under one roof.

Etnia Barcelona’s tagline #BeAnartist dares everyone to express themselves freely with their designs, without holding back. Ever since, they have been so much more than just an eyewear brand. Etnia Barcelona is color, art, and culture, but above all, they symbolize the city that has watched them thrive: Barcelona. Barcelona is a whole way of life, a place that’s open to the world: it’s all simply a question of attitude.

Shooting: TEFdoesLA
Ibiza by Etnia Barcelona
Amy Roiland of aFashionNerd

Author: maarten weidema

After 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” for his efforts to promote independent eyewear to a community of 410.000 eyecare professionals.

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