The Natori Co. has signed a licensing agreement with Zyloware Eyewear to manufacture, market and distribute Natori Eyewear. This will mark the lingerie and apparel company’s entrance into the eyewear field.
The collection of ophthalmic frames, designed by Josie Natori, chief executive officer of the Natori Co., will be available at retail in August. The frames will initially be sold nationwide through select, independent eyecare practitioners. With 12 optical and five sunglass styles, the brand will offer a range of prescriptive choices.
Chris Shyer, president of Zyloware, an 86-year-old family business, described Natori Eyewear as “luxury that is attainable.”
“The diverse range of models will thrive in this economic climate,” said Shyer.
The Natori Eyewear collection will comprise three groups: Iconic, Indulgent and Modern. The Iconic styles include creative revivals of the classic tortoise frame, playful animal prints and geometrics, some emblazoned with the Natori family crest. The Indulgent group includes lavish embellishments such as Swarovski crystals and mother-of-pearl inlays. The Modern frames focus on different textures and combinations of different materials. Each group will have approximately four styles and two to three colors. The wholesale price range for optical eyewear is $79.95 to $89.95. The sunglasses wholesale for $90.
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“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia