Opti Munich: State of independence

Lucy Patchett rounds up some of the eye-catching independent eyewear

Berlin-based brand Kreuzbergkinder launches the Suspirium collection, which takes its inspiration from Suspiria, a cult-classic, Italian, witchcraft movie released in 1977 and remade in 2018.

Designer Ioana A Serbanescu aims to reflect otherworldly fairy tales and folklore, a dark style deeply rooted in ‘underground’ Berlin and intrinsic to the Kreuzbergkinder identity. The frames are made of Mazzucchelli M49 bio-acetate, available in rich colours of burgundy, petrol and classic polished black, with options in both optic and sunglasses.

They are said to have striking elements that demand attention. A slot in the shape of a ‘K’ is carved out of the temples so the wearer can accessorise with a chain as a more comfortable, yet stylish, addition.

German eyewear brand Markus T created a limited-edition collection of four frames, inspired by each season, as part of its 25th anniversary celebration. All spectacles are made of titanium and TMi, a self-developed lightweight material that is recyclable, anti-allergenic and enables the development of ultra-flat and narrow frames with high flexibility. These bespoke designs are exclusively given out as prizes in a social media lottery at tradeshows throughout the year.

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