TEF Vintage Expo // Blast from the Past

A blast from the past, when it comes to the amazing eyewear on display as well as the antiquity of this event, which was created by TEF four years ago at 100% Optical. TEF didn’t even really have a website back then, so this event never really got shown online, but the frames that vintage eyewear collector Robbin Palmen brought with him at that event are just to breathtaking to not show to you guys!

3D mock up by TEF Mag
Realisation at 100% Optical London
3D mock up by TEF Mag
Realisation at 100% Optical London

First of all, we were so pleased with how MediaTen, the organisers of 100%optical, understood our concept and helped us to create this booth looking even better than our original renderings, and Optical Marketing Group for supplying their little three stands.

Vintage eyewear collector Ronbin Palmen.
Realisation at 100% Optical London
Vintage eyewear collector Robin with the crew of Metronome

And of course, collector Robbin who flew in from Amsterdam (under massive insurance) along with just a small part of his collection, which was still hundreds of beautiful vintage frame designs that caught everyone’s attention at the show!

Lanvin and Philippe Chevalilier (60s/70s)
Patrick Kelly for Grace Jones (1980s)
Philippe Chevallier
Pierre Cardin

Vintage designs by Lanvin, Philippe Chevallier, Patrick Kelly and Pierre Cardin.

Anglo American Eyewear
L-R: Stendhal - Robert la Roche - Valentino - Valentino

Vintage designs by Anglo American Eyewear, Pucci, Courreges, Stendhal, Robert la Roche and Valentino.

Alain Mikli
Mikli for Claude Montana
Thierry Mugler
Moschino by Persol

Vintage designs by Alain Mikli, Thierry Mugler, Mikli for Claude Montana and Moschino by Persol.

Paloma Picasso - Alain Mikli - Paloma Picasso
Gianni Versace - Bottom: Casanova Right: Top: Yves Saint Laurent - Bottom: Christian Dior
Leathers L-R: Emmanuelle Khahn (python) - Claudia Carlotti (lizard)- unsigned (python)- Hans Winkel Design (lizard)

Vintage designs by Paloma Picasso , Alain Mikli, Paloma Picasso, Gianni Versace, Casanova, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Neostyle,  Alitalia, Christian Dior Monsieur, Nina Ricci, Emmanuelle Khahn, Claudia Carlotti, and Hans Winkel Design.

I love all this unique vintage frame designs and the mark they left on current collections! Can’t wait to see the world get back to normal and shows actually happening again to show you guys more of these wonderful pieces of art!

TEF Vintage Expo shall return! Somewhere in time!

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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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