Kirk & Kirk – Vivarium
This may not come as a surprise to you, but we really do love our eyewear ranges here at Ocean! We travel to the best international exhibits to meet with the finest creators of eyewear in the world. At that point we then individually select the frames to bring back to Halifax for you to enjoy!
That may sound like quite the process, however, it makes a world of difference for our office! It means that we don’t just have generically styled and humdrum collections for you to choose from.
The arrival of a completely new collection is always an exciting event, and recently we had the great pleasure of opening up quite a special box from Kirk & Kirk. Launched in September 2014 at Silmo, in Paris, these were a must have for us as soon as we saw them.
Jason and Karen Kirk have quite the pedigree as eyewear designers, so when they announced their
new venture, we knew it was going to be special.
Sidney and Percy Kirk first opened their workshop creating eyewear in 1919 in London, UK. Renowned for their innovation and style, the Kirk Brothers soon became a benchmark to be compared against. Three generations later, Jason and Karen Kirk are doing it all again!
One thing that we become quite nerdilly obsessed about, attention to detail – Kirk & Kirk has this in bucket loads!
Their inaugural ophthalmic collection is called Vivarium. Vivarium is inspired by the Victorian obsession with science and nature, each frame is named after a famous scientist of that era – models include such great names as Curie, Fleming, Darwin and Carson.
Beautifully handmade in France, the frames balance a strong look, with contemporary styles and fashion leading shapes. Kirk & Kirk have sourced an exceptional Italian acrylic material to create the frames with, allowing for a unique colour palette. The metallic finish to the colours gives a warmth and depth which just isn’t available in any other material.
The collection features blue, bordeaux, anthracite, brown, green and silver colours. Describing them does not really do them justice, though, you need to try them on and see how the colour subtly alters as you move your head. In some ways it almost seems like the frame is alive!
The idea of life is brought out in another unique feature that the collection has – decorative pins. Each frame features two pins made in either 925 sterling silver or 9 carat gold, crafted with incredible detail by artisan jewellers in England. Studying the workmanship that the pins features really highlights the attention to detail that Kirk & Kirk have used when creating this collection.
Intricate and whimsical, delicate and yet bold all at the same time you can be sure that you will be in touch with your inner Victorian Dandy when you choose Kirk & Kirk Vivarium!