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Futuristic Flat-Fronted Eyewear

Koché & Thierry Lasry's Cobalt Line Channels the 80s Era

— November 7, 2018 — Fashion
Parisian brand Koché channels the talents of eyewear designer Thierry Lasry on the label's latest Cobalt line. The collection is comprised of a selection of sunglasses, which originally made its debut at the label's Spring/Summer 2019 runway show. Each piece is constructed by hand in France using premium acetate materials drawn from Mazzucchelli, an Italian manufacturing company. The eyewear in the Cobalt line are flat-fronted and boast a juxtaposing inspiration of futuristic design elements and an 80s influence.

The name of the label is inspired by the superhero named 'Cobalt Man' and it translates through the structure and clean cut of the sunglasses' frames. Founder Christelle Kocher explained that a special technique was used to create the unconventional shape "on top of the glasses: cut and beveled."
Trend Themes
1. Flat-fronted Eyewear - There is potential for this style to disrupt the traditional curved lens and frame design of eyewear.
2. Handmade Premium Acetate Eyewear - This trend highlights the growing demand for bespoke and high-quality eyewear for consumers who value craftsmanship and exclusivity.
3. Futuristic 80s-inspired Design Elements - This trend could inspire innovation in the fashion and design industries by blending futuristic and retro elements for a unique aesthetic.
Industry Implications
1. Eyewear Manufacturing - Companies involved in eyewear manufacturing can explore the potential of flat-fronted, handmade, premium acetate eyewear and embrace this trend.
2. Fashion Design - Fashion designers can incorporate futuristic 80s-inspired design elements into their clothing and accessories for a modern yet nostalgic feel.
3. Luxury Goods - Luxury brands can position themselves as leaders of the handmade premium acetate eyewear trend by offering exclusive and customized products.
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