For the first collection OH MY EYES has commissioned renowned Italian eyewear designer Marco Galleani who has worked in the eyewear industry since the 1980s for brands such as YSL, Gucci, Prada, Balenciaga, Miu Miu and Roberto Cavalli among many others.
For OH MY EYES Marco Galleani has designed a unique collection consisting of six unisex models in two colour combinations each. They are made using the best available Japanese titanium and Italian cellulose acetate, based on cotton and wood.
Quality and transparency are core values for OH MY EYES. The sunglasses are handmade in Sabae, Japan, which is where Japanese eyewear production started more than 100 years ago. Craftsmen from Sabae were the first to produce frames in light yet robust titanium, which is nickel-free and corrosion resistant.
The cellulose acetate is based on cotton and is a very natural material. When I use a metal I prefer titanium, which is nickel-free.
“When I started the new collection for OH MY EYES it was important for me to combine different materials. The cellulose acetate is based on cotton and is a very natural material. When I use a metal I prefer titanium, which is nickel-free. This combination, together with the Japanese craftsmanship, is a very good match,” Marco says.
Marco Galleani has created a new technically challenging concept, called The Clip, as a recurring theme throughout the OH MY EYES collection. The starting point for his design process was Scandinavian modernism.
“I’ve been inspired by technical details in furniture, architecture and lamp design seen in Scandinavian modernism for the first collection for OH MY EYES. The result is ‘The Clip’ – an eyewear construction where the frame is anchored by a special clip that partly replaces the screw,” Marco says and highlights the OH-01 model which is constructed with a metal bar of titanium and a frame in cellulose acetate, representing this hanging sunglass construction seen throughout the collection.