Master of taste Tom Ford has released a special collection of sunglasses and optical frames designed for the eyewear connoisseur.
The 11-piece Tom Ford Private Eyewear Collection became available yesterday on TOMFORD.com.
The humber 11 is not accidental: this number pays homage to the designer’s 11 years in the industry creating eyewear. His optics are created using premium materials like real buffalo horn, high-grade Japanese titanium and photochromic lenses that darken and lighten automatically, depending on the light conditions.
The five Private Collection Sunglass styles include the TOM N.2, a timeless style made of shiny black or shiny striped green horn and featuring the signature metal T at the temples. The new TOM N.8 is a generously rounded aviator shape with a thick bridge, offered in shiny black horn with light brown photochromic lenses. TOM N.10 follows similar lines but with a lighter and more spacious double-bar bridge. The curving, streamlined TOM N.4 and TOM N.6 reinvent the aviator from titanium in shiny rose gold, light ruthenium, and black. Their cross-front frames—a TOM FORD signature—and light brown or smoke-with-silver-mirror photochromic lenses create a head-turning look.
Six Private Collection Optical frames echo several of the sunglass styles, but in slightly more subdued form. TOM N.1 is an aviator shape made of black horn with light smoke optical lenses. TOM N.3 is a double-bar wayfarer, offered in striped dark brown horn with blue lenses, or light brown horn with light brown lenses. TOM N.5 is a classic style that was made iconic by Colin Firth in “A Single Man.” For the Private Collection, it is offered in black horn with green lenses or striped brown horn with light brown lenses. A more rounded version of this silhouette, TOM N.7, is made of strikingly pale, light brown horn.
The minimalist TOM N.11 is a horn version of the sleek and slightly geometric frame pictured in the previous TOM FORD Autumn/Winter 2015 Eyewear campaign. Metal detailing accents the bridge and temples and blue lenses enhance the striking look. The new TOM N.9 is a more subtle and ultra-wearable iteration of this style, made of striped dark brown horn with light green lenses.
Says Ford of the line, “These are the frames that I personally wear and in some instances originally designed only for myself. This is truly my own private collection. In most cases these editions of my favorite frames have been produced in new elevated materials that are uncommon in most commercially produced frames.”