With their unmistakable blend of retro shapes and colours with hi-tech finishes and up-to-the-minute technology, Thierry Lasry sunglasses are designed to be noticed. Lasry’s modus operandi is to take a classic vintage form and play with its proportions – exaggerating corners, expanding the frame width or supersizing the entire piece, to create a curvaceous, luxurious style that is simultaneously familiar and surprising.
Lasry’s second trademark twist is his use of bold 1980s-inspired colour and pattern. While many of his elegant designs are available in sleek black or classic tortoiseshell, other lines feature acetates shot through with speckled, multi-hued composites of day-glo colours, vibrant jewel tones or vivid painterly flecks that are more than reminiscent of bright 80s clubwear. Lasry also takes advantage of a manufacturing process that involves building frames from thin sheets of acetate – he layers pieces of fishnet or lace in between for a neat, punchy homage to his favourite decade. Meanwhile, striking and unexpected contrasts come courtesy of innovative colour blocking techniques, including the addition of brightly coloured plastic pieces to the back of frame corners.
All Thierry Lasry sunglasses are handmade in France by experienced craftsman, using a mix of the best traditional and cutting-edge techniques, and his high quality acetate is sourced from famed Italian manufacturer Mazzucchelli.
Lasry may like to push the design envelope, but his innate good taste ensures that his sunglasses stay firmly on the right side of showy – glamorous and daring, certainly, but never glitzy or ostentatious. The purity of line and refinement of detail place the products’ superior workmanship centre stage; furthermore, there is no visible logo on Thierry Lasry sunglasses. The brand name is stamped onto the inside of the arms, alongside that of each particular model and, with titles such as Dirtymindy, Perky and Flirty, it’s no surprise that the product names themselves have garnered a cult following among Lasry’s independent, non conformist, fashion conscious customers.