Eyes Down

Eyes Down

A surprising encounter with a familiar face came bearing gifts this week as eyewear designer Mauricio Stein got in touch with me to say that he had a collaboration with ASOS dropping online.  I first got to grips with Stein (or Maustein as he wishes his moniker to be) and his eyewear when I tried on his sunglasses that he made with another young designer Cher de la Cruz in the now-defunct Machine-A in a shoot for Time Out magazine back in 2010.

Mauricio hails from Brazil and graduated in industrial design in 2004 before making the move to London and started developing eyewear for the high street heavy hitters including Topshop, Topman, Urban Outfitters, Zara and Mango.  In 2010, he launched his eyewear label Maustein, and since then he has been busy bee-ing himself with other one-off collaborations with a young London crew of designers such as Asger Juel Larsen, William Richard Green and Lucas Nascimento.

Now we have a fairly diverse MauStein x ASOS collection that has just launched on the site, ranging from ¬£45 to ¬£70 for what are quite unique frames.  "It‚Äôs really exciting as ASOS its global and can reach so many people that wouldn‚Äôt know me from my past collections," says Mauricio in an email.  



Seeing as Mauricio already worked with ASOS beforehand, a proper Maustein-branded collaboration was easy to get off the ground and so together with accessories buyer Vicky Hodder, they worked on a unisex sunglasses collection that had inklings of some of Mauricio's earlier collaborations.  Therefore we have the resurrection of half-rim frame that he did with Cher de la Cruz, this time using a rounder and chunkier shape to accentuate the black & ivory marble and demi brown acetates.  Understandably these are the pricier frames because of the acetates and in person, they do feel quite solid and sturdy as designer eyewear goes.

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We also have a plethora of rimless metal styles that were influenced by everything from Victorian sunglasses to the 1995 film Hackers.  Mauricio akes some of the minimal and compact scale of Victorian spectacles and colours the lenses in solid smoke, blue and aqua tints, which remind him of his pre-teen sunglasses from back in the early 90s.  The steampunk aesthetic is definitey something that infiltrates Maustein's eyewear in general but here, these rimless glasses are rather delicate, with cut-out lens details that are a simplification of Art Nouveau lines, albeit more symmetrical and precise.  The curves of Art Nouveau influence the metallic temples of the glasses.  My favourite lens shape has to be the rounded teardrops, which to me is a more unique take on the classic cat-eye shape.  The rounded squares and octagons are for when I feeling like I want to look like a mad scientist or break into Elton John song.     







Finally we have two extreme feline styles, influenced by the 40s and updated with hand cut mesh metal arms to give them a more industrial feel.  

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Some of his diverse inspiration imagery… 



Mauricio will be launching his Maustein label properly for S/S 13 but here's a reminder of some of his past work…

…his distinctive half-rim frames for Cher de la Cruz, which I had the early pleasure of roadtesting… 


… his own metal-grill flip frames for S/S 11… 

Maustein bulletproof SS11

…more rounded flippy action for menswear designer Asger Juel Larsen in an early S/S 10 collection… 

Maustein x Asger Juel Larsen SS10

… some stitched-up semi-circular frames for knitwear designer Lucas Nascimento's S/S 11 show in Brazil…

Lucas Nascimento Fashion RIO SS11

… and some rounded chunky frames for menswear designer William Richard Green's S/S 11 collection.

Maustein X William Richard Green SS11


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  1. Haidee

    2012-04-15 at 3:39 PM
  2. Sophie

    2012-04-15 at 3:43 PM

    Such innovative designs! I adore the sunglasses so much!

  3. coline

    2012-04-15 at 4:05 PM

    ahh! i love sunglasses so so muchhh!!

  4. Nastya K

    2012-04-15 at 4:12 PM

    I love these all sunglasses! thank you for inspiration!

  5. Tara India

    2012-04-15 at 5:02 PM

    These are incredible, I love the 40s inspired ones! xox

  6. maya.autumn

    2012-04-15 at 5:44 PM

    oh my god
    they are actually the best sunglasses i’ve seen this year

  7. Oh, it is fashion.

    2012-04-15 at 6:27 PM

    Really nice pics, love the glasses!!
    Love your blog!

  8. Serdane

    2012-04-15 at 8:23 PM

    That’s the eyewear I’m looking for this summer !

  9. becca

    2012-04-15 at 8:59 PM

    sunglasses make an outfit, love this post, it’s inspired me for summer xx

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    2012-04-15 at 9:39 PM

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  11. Sóley

    2012-04-16 at 12:33 AM

    Love the mirror picture + flippy glasses. *drools*
    we are purple

  12. Natasha Fatah

    2012-04-16 at 3:14 AM

    Those glasses are awesome!

  13. Preta

    2012-04-16 at 10:30 AM
  14. Nathan Niche

    2012-04-16 at 11:22 AM

    as of u, i too am a huge fan or quirky sunglasses!!
    i recently did a post on PERIDOT LONDON launching its first sunglasses range and i think u’d like it! take a look at them at my blog link:
    xx nathan.niche

  15. Carol

    2012-04-18 at 1:53 AM

    I love your Blog !
    I just posted beautiful photos from the windows in Beverly Hills ! Check it !!!

  16. Deadly Bite

    2012-04-25 at 1:34 AM

    Those metal grill glasses are super! And I love your black and white look in that pic above! ^^

  17. In-Home Eyeglasses Trial

    2013-04-23 at 7:13 AM

    Stunning !! I can’t imagine these kind of sunglasses. I like it very much because it is different from market.

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