Bent front end pieces are back
interview with Fabio Stramare
BENT FRONT END PIECES AND WIDE TEMPLES ARE BACK FOR THE SS 2021 SEASON OF DANDY’S. A TRIBUTE TO THE BEAUTY OF PAST YEARS
I have no idea when the ‘curved nose’ shaping originated.
Certainly, in the 50s and 60s, the maitres de la lunetterie emphasised this workmanship by proposing cat shapes with very accentuated ends, which, however, were rotated towards the back and embellished with rhinestones and very elaborate workmanship.
This was made possible thanks to the extreme workability of celluloid, the material used at the time to manufacture frames.
From celluloid to cellulose acetate
However, celluloid was banned due to its extreme flammability, making it very dangerous to transport and store; it was replaced by cellulose acetate. A much safer material in all respects.
With this new material, however, the ‘curved nose’ workmanship got lost.
Acetate is a material that has memory and tends to return to its original state, so the bend in the nose tended to straighten.
At the end of the 1990s, we developed a technology that allowed us to bend the nose by losing the material’s memory, so the bend remains constant over time.
The models coming out in the SS2021 season, in addition to having a curved nose and a large temple, have the distinctive ‘television’ shaping at the front; at the back, they are ‘blade’ shaped to remove weight and complete the shaping.
The hinges are riveted as they used to be.
The result is an extremely solid pair of glasses with a sophisticated design.