Tim Coppens has lined up another collaboration.
The buzzy designer, who also serves as creative director for Under Armour’s UAS contemporary sportswear collection, has now teamed with Mykita for a collection of eyewear.
Coppens has worked with the Berlin-based eyewear firm to create the Tequila, a unisex sunglass model that will be available in five colorways: black/navy; black/silver; two shades of gray; gray/rainbow, and brown/gold. The frame will debut during Coppens’ fall show at Pitti Uomo later this month, where he is the featured designer.
Tequila is the female character that Coppens envisioned as a muse for his fall collection. Like the character, the sunglasses have a “Nineties dirt bike vibe” that was “translated into an uncompromising, modern eyewear design,” according to the companies.
“I have always admired Mykita for as long as I can remember and felt their approach was similar to ours,” Coppens said. “We share a desire to create an authentic product that has relevance now but also looks to the future by incorporating innovative technology and craftsmanship.”
The Tequila has a streamlined silhouette and an elongated keyhole bridge. The frame is created using a 3-D printing technology called Selective Laser Sintering that produces a pigmented, matte finish intended to contrast with the mirrored lenses.
“We easily connected over our sense of aesthetics,” said Mykita creative director Moritz Krueger. “Tim shares our preoccupation with modern materials and production and…for Tequila, we introduce a new milling process for the lenses, which are cut from a cylindrical shield. This adds to the model’s linear look, and also creates the distinctive vertical reflections.”
The Mykita + Tim Coppens Tequila will be available beginning in April at Mykita’s shops, select fashion retailers and online. It will retail for $599.