INAISCE Fall Winter 15/16 marks the first major collection in a year and a half from designer Jona Sees, and RIGARDS is  excited for the opportunity to have a role in this-anticipated return.

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Designed to complement a collection that invoked anthropological themes, the INAISCE x RIGARDS special eyewear project evolved from an investigation of the architectural lines and pure forms of Tomba Brion-Vega, the poetic vision of modern master Carlo Scarpa. They were fascinated with how Scarpa tried to bring together hard edges and austere angles with soft arcs. A master of detail and a connoisseur of materials, Scarpa’s passion reminds us that attention to the intricate and minute was something to be explored and honored.

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To design the collaborative frame, they drew on diverse aesthetics bridged by a focus on performance. The horn structure is hand-sculpted with a wraparound silhouette imparting a futuristic air. Keeping the lenses round against an angular outline echoes Scarpa’s frequent binary associations of soft versus hard and injects just a hint of steampunk. The slit at the third-eye and temple reference ancient Iggaak snow goggles, the ingenious innovation of traditional Inuit.

In a final step, the frame is hand-polished to a matte finish and endowed with RIGARDS’s signature Sanjuro technique. A surface treatment applied stroke by stroke entirely by hand, the Sanjuro finish produces a texture that is at once rough and elegant, adding a fingerprint-like uniqueness.

rigards.com and www.jonasees.com