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BARTON PERREIRA Is Setting Sail
Explaining the role of BARTON PERREIRA in the eyewear universe is like bringing sand to the beach. Totally unnecessary. What is super necessary, though, is finding a nice backdrop to showcase their latest collection. Which is why we revved up our yacht and dropped anchor 400 sea miles East of the Cypriot coast. At high sea on the luxury yacht, BARTON PERREIRA’s upscale eyewear really sparkled. And as the icing on the cake, designer and co-founder Patty Perreira found the time to season our photographic journey to the Mediterranean with exclusive insights on the latest collection.
Hi Patty, thanks for sending us off to Cyprus with some lovely new eyewear. Let’s start with a fundamental question: What would you say is the special appeal of BARTON PERREIRA eyewear?
BARTON PERREIRA has a commitment to style, handcrafted artistry, impeccable service and the use of premium quality materials. We strive to continuously craft timeless, sophisticated eyewear and work with select artisans that embrace our same values. BARTON PERREIRA was built with the goal of redefining the eyewear industry.
That’s an ambitious goal. How do you make it happen?
Through innovative technology, unparalleled design and impeccable craftsmanship. Every frame is architecturally sculpted by hand in Japan by best-in-class artisans using only high-quality materials. Through generations of expertise and a meticulous manufacturing process focused on perfecting every detail from the frame’s foundation to its deep, glossy finish, every frame is executed with precision, fit and design.
In past collections you have drawn inspiration from a variety of genres, while art influences often figured prominently. What is the inspiration behind your new collection?
Style is timeless. It’s less about trends but what accentuates your personal style. This collection is an homage to culture, style and generations. It’s a classic, yet modern collection that complements anyone, anywhere and of any age.
To what extent does your home base in Venice play a role in your new collection?
I am a native Angeleno. Venice Beach is home. It is where I live and work. Venice is forever evolving and it has a very strong core and DNA that I connect with. I think there is a California attitude in my design aesthetic.
With this California perspective in mind, do you pursue a specific design language in the new collection, for instance when it comes to shapes?
Shapes are key. It is important for me to design shapes that flatter people’s faces. We can play with angles and proportions to create balance and accentuate features.
Let’s talk about color palettes. In your acetate models, the use of beautiful, transparent materials in subtle colors is immediately noticeable. What do you like most about them?
I like the way light passes through transparent colors. I also like that the internal hardware beneath is exposed, which creates an architectural feel. When transparent frames are beveled, there is an interesting depth and dimension to them.
Speaking of interesting depth, your penchant for bestowing exotic names on your frames has been a constant feature. Do they all have a common origin?
Sometimes, but not always. It really depends on my mood and the character of each frame.
On some models you also like to play with material combinations. What is the appeal to you as a designer?
I love to combine materials. Titanium is great to pair with acetate to keep frames lightweight. I also love to add enamel and foil print textures to create unique color combinations and add dimension. Some new technologies have become available which have also allowed me to design interesting details.
Thanks for sharing your insights with SPECTR, Patty.
“The handsome shape and dropped endpiece appeal to me. The larger size offers great coverage from the sun.”
“I am drawn to angular shapes. »Tucker« and »Sotera« look great as a sunglass and as an optical frame. They are timeless designs that are both ageless and genderless.”
“I love the »Courtier« so much that we made it in two sizes. There is a legacy quality to the design and craftsmanship of this sunglass model.”
photography BELA RABA
production ALEXANDER PAPACOSTA at MOI OSTROV STUDIO
1st assistant ANNA MARGUERITA SCHOEN
styling LOIZOS SOFOKLEOUS & ANDREA IOANNOU
hair PANAYIOTIS ASSIOTIS
make-up CHLOE VOTSI with BABOR
models MILAN VAN EETEN & VICTORIA SAVECHKO at ACE MODELS
casting CARSTEN DROCHNER at DOPAMIN
retouch FLORIAN WAGNER at BAVARIANRETOUCH
special thanks to PRINCESS YACHTS CYPRUS