Accessories: Italian Crafted Eyewear Inspired by Modern African Cities
[Image credits: Victoria and Tripoli Limited Edition Sunglasses for the Corviglia Ski Club – L G R]
Denoting the name of founder Luca Gnecchi Ruscone, the initials L G R represent a range of Italian handcrafted eyewear inspired by Africa. Luca was born in Italy but his family has strong ties to East Africa and it was between these two parts of the world that Luca spent his childhood. His father lives in Kenya, his mother was born in Eritrea which is where his grandfather opened an optical store in the 1930s, selling frames imported from Italy. It was a chance discovery of one of these classically styled frames that inspired Luca to set up his own eyewear range. Having found a pair of sunglasses Luca sought out the original manufacturer to create a line that captured the timeless elegance of a time gone by.
Bringing old-school glamour to modern-day, L G R evokes a bygone era of screen sirens and effortless sophistication; think Sophia Loren, Dorothy Dandridge, Audrey Hepburn, and Grace Kelly and the languid hazy days of holidays in the sun. Luca wanted to combine the two worlds that inspired him and L G R merges the adventure of Africa with the glamour of the Riviera in styles that pay homage to some of Africa’s exciting and inspiring cities; Asmara, Casablanca, Dakar, Kampala, Cape Town, Luanda, Tripoli, Mogadishu, Freetown, Livingstone, Cairo, and Mombasa are just a few of the one included. The L G R range comprises sunglasses and optical frames for men and women and also sees collaborations with some of the world’s most exclusive clubs and companies.
[Image credits: from top, Siwa, Marrakech, Freetown, Niger, October
and Mogadishu Sunglasses – L G R]
Each frame is built by one person from start to finish showcasing the exceptional craftsmanship of Italian artisans who have honed their skills over many years. Every frame used is composed of an ultra-durable celluloid acetate which allows the frame to bend to fit when worn for greater comfort and the tempered lenses are made from high-quality anti-scratch mineral glass.
… out comes the sun, out comes the sunnies
Sunglasses prices from several retail sites range from: €220-€325 / £199-£283 / $385
For further information about LGR and to find a stockist visit: www.lgr-sunglasses.com