Clear Eyes

Clear Eyes

We're thinking there's some sort of special effects team working up in the skies of Beijing because I've thus far been here for two days with day one beginning like this.. intensely BLUE to the point where you can just about see Forbidden City from my hotel room…

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Then I woke up on day two to find this… smog-infested beyond belief.    

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I guess I won't be putting these new sunnies to good use then until I get back to London.  Finding out about sunglasses brands weren't really on my agenda or radar for this Asia trip but I found not one but two brands that are finding their own eyewear niche either within their own domestic market or on an international level.  ChairEYES is a Shanghai-based brand, designed by Yuan Chow, an ex-stylist who has been collecting vintage eyewear for years.  In search of the highest quality materials and eyewear craftsmenship, he began to create ChairEYES in Japan but has recently shifted production to Shanghai where he has found the right factories to show that Made in China (well, specifically Shanghai) can be as prestigious as Made in Italy/France/Japan).  The merit of a good pair of sunnies for me is normally in the weight, the feel of the acetate and the screw fixtures – all of which come up top notch in this pair of glasses called "Lance".  The finishing touches such as the embossed logo on the lens and the lovely curvaceous box seal the deal for me.  At just under RMB1000 (about ¬£100), ChairEYES doesn't break the bank but of course in his own home turf, he comes up against stiff competition with all the glossiness of the big brands.  However Yuan feels that the younger generation of customers are starting to get a feel for locally-made, homegrown brands, hence why ChairEYES is in a good number of stores in Shanghai and Beijing.  ChairEYES is most definitely eyeing up ambitiously on being the first Chinese-grown designer sunglasses brand to break through internationally and it will be interesting to see how quickly that happens.  

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Moo Piyasombatkul is a mouthful but her glasses are certainly memorable, having already caused waves by having Lady Gaga as a patron.  Having graduated in jewellery from Central Saint Martins, Bangkok-born Moo embarked on her signature style of casting ceramic mouldings and applying them to vintage or deadstock styles of eyeglasses, making many of her sunglasses styles limited in quantity and physicaly precious because of the fragile nature of the mouldings.  I met up with her in Bangkok for a lovely afternoon tea, which is incidentally what partially inspired those delicate mouldings adorning her eyewear.  Opening Ceremony and Browns are already fans of Moo's work and she's also getting personal orders through her Facebook page.  A pair of Moo piyasombatkul glasses is quite an investment but then again, her eyewear isn't the throwaway, shove-it-in-a-soft-case type.  Even the velveted and cushioned case indicates that her eyewear is more like an ornate piece of jewellery.  I'll be wearing them with care…   

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  1. Stephanie

    2012-05-31 at 5:07 AM

    HOLYMOLEY! Those sunnies are AMAZING! x
    Stephanie in Style

  2. Tian

    2012-05-31 at 5:14 AM

    Love the sunglasses, both pairs look amazing! I find it interesting that locally-made stuff is getting bigger in China.
    http://aspiringforever.blogspot.com

  3. Li

    2012-05-31 at 5:15 AM

    omg love it!

  4. Taylyn

    2012-05-31 at 5:52 AM

    You have awesome taste in sunshades! I love white shades for the summer. Take care!
    Taylyn.
    http://www.onlyforthesweetest.com

  5. Cristián Pavez Díaz

    2012-05-31 at 7:23 AM

    I loved Moo!! Nice sunglasses!!
    Greetings from Santiago, Chile.
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  6. High Fashion

    2012-05-31 at 7:48 AM

    The sunglasses are very chic and nice.
    Both are beautiful and amazing but I love white one most.

  7. Serdane

    2012-05-31 at 8:32 AM

    I love the second eyewear ! Very iconic !
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  8. Sheena

    2012-05-31 at 10:30 AM

    OMG Those glasse are to die for… Lucky u… 🙁
    Sheena
    http://sheenafab.com/wp/how-to-wear-sporty-chic/

  9. Théa

    2012-05-31 at 12:04 PM

    The second glasses are so great and funny!
    xo
    Théa Unknown
    http://theaisunknown.blogspot.com/

  10. calculator-girl

    2012-05-31 at 12:20 PM

    Love the second pair of sunglasses, very unique.

  11. Rhoda

    2012-05-31 at 12:33 PM

    those are such cool sunglasses!
    http://www.styleandshades.blogspot.com

  12. Your Coffee Break

    2012-05-31 at 12:38 PM

    Yes, not the greatest day to wear those sunnies. But i am amazed how stunning those are!! Definitely need a pair, or two..
    Your Coffee Break xoxo

  13. Camille

    2012-05-31 at 1:52 PM

    These glasses are amazing !!!! 🙂

  14. Christen Brandli

    2012-05-31 at 3:50 PM
  15. welovefur

    2012-05-31 at 4:15 PM

    Quelli che preferisco sono i CHAIREYES
    Un bacio
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  16. Daniella

    2012-05-31 at 4:45 PM

    I’ve never seen such a unique pair of sunglasses! Amazing. X

  17. Girls Off Fifth

    2012-05-31 at 6:08 PM

    u can pull of anything! love the Moo shades girl.
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  18. Heather Cobbing

    2012-05-31 at 6:18 PM

    Amaz weather changes you have caught there!!
    Sunnies wise both are super amaz but am loving the first pair immensely indeed 🙂

  19. Jessie

    2012-05-31 at 7:08 PM

    Love the shades,and they contrast really well with your hair!
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  20. Amy Rose

    2012-05-31 at 8:52 PM

    Great post, I especially love the second pair of sunnies because they remind me slightly of last season’s Prada. A very minimalist and paired down take on it 🙂
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    http://lanvinmyman.blogspot.co.uk/
    -Amy Rose

  21. vogueworld

    2012-06-01 at 2:33 AM

    You’re beautiful! Wonderful outfit. I love your sunglasses!)

  22. celine outlet shop

    2012-06-01 at 7:20 AM

    You’re beautiful!

  23. Emmanuelle Blue

    2012-06-01 at 10:50 AM

    hihi absolutely love those sunglasses! They look super cute specialy on you!!
    Hope to visit Beijing soon!

  24. Duck

    2012-06-01 at 11:33 AM

    Woah Beijing is HUGE!

  25. sanju

    2012-06-01 at 7:31 PM

    woow those glasses are too cute love the detailss i really look up to your blog you are my inspiration please check out my blog it would make my day 🙂 eco-alice.blogspot.com

  26. OLEYA

    2012-06-01 at 7:41 PM

    The second glasses are soo cute. ADORABLE!!!
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  27. women's accessories

    2012-06-01 at 8:07 PM

    Products like those uber chic sunglasses are going to make the word “Made in China” dignified and trustworthy again. Those pictures are amazing, you literally have a bird’s eye view of Beijing. And oh, chairEYES is a rather curious name for sunglasses.

  28. Deadly Bite

    2012-06-02 at 12:55 AM

    Amazing views of the city! Well… at least it was amazing on day 1 (LOL). How could the sky change so much from one day to another? O__O

  29. paper cup machines

    2012-06-02 at 5:07 AM

    Really love the blog. It’s adorable!

  30. hvogue

    2012-06-02 at 7:26 AM

    It looks so cool.

  31. hvogue

    2012-06-02 at 7:27 AM

    It looks so cool.

  32. Radhia

    2012-06-03 at 1:50 PM

    I love your dress 🙂
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  33. Lisa Price

    2012-06-13 at 11:44 PM

    Fab sunnies!
    Xo,
    Lisa
    http://www.lisapriceinc.com
    @LPriceSOright

  34. Xinsiqi1

    2012-08-21 at 3:42 AM

    You’re beautiful! Wonderful outfit. I love your sunglasses!
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  35. Eyespectacle

    2013-01-18 at 12:46 PM

    Hi Susie! I love it when you talk about Sunglasses as this is my passion! Designing and talking about them is what I do for a living and I am always after some interesting and obscure brands (in a good way, as in blanking out the sun!)… your are the go-to gal for this 😉
    x
    Sandra

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