Danish brand FLEYE, which is short for Fine Looking Eye, has been crafting feather-light and fashionable eyewear in their original designs since 2002. Made from allergy-friendly and feather-light materials, every design is born at FLEYE’s residence; an architect designed manor house in the idyllic countryside outside Copenhagen, Denmark.
The eyewear is hand made from allergy-friendly and feather-light materials such as acetate, beta-titanium, carbon fibre and buffalo horn. The lightness is crucial to ensure maximum comfort. The combination of these materials ensures lightness, strength, durability and flexibility.
“Eyewear is not just about improving eyesight. It is about communicating who you are.” – Annette Estø, Chief designer at FLEYE
above: Designer Annette Estø sketching new eyewear designs for Fleye
Danish nature and historic architecture have been the inspiration for FLEYE’s use of Scandinavian mythology when naming the frames. Inspiration is also found in fashion trends and foreign cultures where elements of impressions are molded into innovative frame designs with color and personality combined with Scandinavian simplicity and harmony.
FLEYE’s frame design is further characterized by a special designed titanium wire for nose pads which supports the comfort and eases adaptation of the frames.
above: FLEYE’s frame design is further characterized by a special designed titanium wire for nose pads which supports the comfort and eases adaptation of the frames.
FLEYE has several collections which include many wonderful frames; ACETATE, BETA TITANIUM, CARBON, RIMLESS, SUNGLASSES, CHILDREN’S and SPECIAL EDITIONS. In this post, I am sharing with you very few frames from each collection. Be sure to visit their site to see their complete selection.
Acetate is a comfortable and nickel-free plastic material from Italy which consists of several layers whereby a unique play of colours and pattern is created. The colours follow the current trends and are inspired by international fashion and fabric fairs. The materials’ lightness and flexibility as well as a special designed titanium wire for the nose pads support the frame’s comfort and facilitate adaptation of the frame.
above: Model LULU from the acetate collection
above: Model ABBY from the acetate collection
above: Model NELLIE from the acetate collection
Beta-titanium from Japan is characterised by its lightness, flexibility and strength. This nickel-free material is dyed using a special technique resulting in a hard, almost ceramic surface.
above: Model GABI from the Beta Titanium Collection
above: Model TESSA from the Beta Titanium Collection
above: Model DANG from the Beta Titanium Collection
Carbon fibre almost defies the laws of physics. The material is light as a feather yet tremendously strong. It is used in Formula 1 racing cars, aircraft, luxury yachts – and now in FLEYE’s new eyewear collection. When you get inside the carbon fibre material, you discover a world of fibres that criss-cross in various inspiring patterns. By using the natural texture created by the carbon fibre as a visually attractive detail on the glasses, the designers have created a unique look while retaining the material’s outstanding technical qualities.
above: Model AMY from the Carbon Collection
above: Model LOUI from the Carbon Collection
Temples for rimless may also be made from Italian nickel-free acetate which consists of several layers whereby a unique play of colours and pattern is created. The colours follow the current trends and are inspired by international fashion and fabric fairs. They have two subsets within their rimless collection; Inside Out and Traditional.
above: Model HELGA from the Inside Out Rimless Collection
above: Model IVA from the Inside Out Rimless Collection
above: Model KRAKA from the Traditional Rimless Collection
above: Model BURE from the Traditional Rimless Collection
FLEYE also carries a wonderful selection of their eyewear for children
HORN (EXCLUSIVE AND TRADITIONAL)
Exclusive horn eyewear handmade in nature’s own materials. The horn from selected Asian water buffaloes is combined with a variation of different materials from nature depending on the model: rosewood, ebony wood, beta-titanium, and 18 carat red- and white gold.
As horn is a natural material, colours and structure may vary. That means every single pair of horn glasses is unique. Horn requires treatment now and then using the enclosed beeswax.
HORN – EXCLUSIVE
above: Canadian actress Grace Chan in model Ori 915
above: Model NEPUR from the Exclusive Horn collection
above: Model BIFUR from the Exclusive Horn collection
HORN – TRADITIONAL
Their traditional horn collection is formed in classic fronts of beta-titanium in combination with hand-crafted temples of buffalo horn. The combination of these two materials creates an elegant synergy and harmony whereby each frame is unique with an incomparable soul and substance. The frame’s horn side bars are adapted by the use of heat and must be maintained continuously by using the accompanying oil for care of the material’s soft expression and shine.
above: Model FENJA from the Traditional Horn collection
above: Model EVIN from the Traditional Horn collection
Due to the fact that horn is a natural material, colour and structure of the material may vary.
FLEYE has launched a new eyewear collection created by world-famous Danish floral designer Nicolai Bergmann. The wonderful collection combines FLEYE’s unmistakeable use of expressive colours, forms and patterns with Nicolai Bergmann’s combination of European floral tradition, Japanese craftsmanship and Scandinavian minimalism.
above: Model LAYERS from the collaboration
above: Model FUNKY from the collaboration
above: Model COSMOS from the collaboration
Danish designer sunglasses by FLEYE. Exclusive sunglasses demand state-of-the-art quality. Polarized Carl Zeiss lenses with anti-reflective coating ensures perfect UV protection.
The cylindrical temple tips are a well-known feature of FLEYE sunglasses.
above: Model NIMA from the Sunglass collection
above: Model MARLEY from the Sunglass collection
The color-matching sun clip-on is another signature of the brand. It matches the shape and color of the individual frame 100% and essentially transforms the glasses into stylish sunglasses in an instant.
The unique clip-on produced in beta-titanium with polarized lightweight lenses is available in the same color as the frame and available for most models.
•FLEYE has won the international award Red Dot honorable mention 2013 for its design solution with adjustable nose pads on a beta-titanium wire that gracefully loops through the nose bridge. This makes individual adjustment possible and provides a perfect fit for any.
•FLEYE was the recipient of he 2014 Good Design Award.
•The “Eyewear of the Year” award has been presented to FLEYE for three consecutive years at the IOFT optical fair in Japan.