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The best for summer sunglasses?
At Designer Sunnies, it’s no secret that summer is our favourite time of year. We all know that sunglasses are the ultimate fashion accessory with a pair available for almost every occasion, but they also do an amazing job of protecting our eyes from the sun at this time of year too.
If you’re jetting off on holiday soon or are just making the most of the sunshine back home, it’s likely that you might be thinking about your next designer sunnies purchase – but which sunglasses are best for summer?
During the summer months of June, July and August, designer sunglasses are an essential item as they protect your eyes from the sun and its harmful UVA and UVB rays. These are known to potentially damage your eyesight over time, so it’s always important to have your favourite pair handy when you are out and about on a sunny day, or relaxing by the pool, on the beach or in the garden. But when it comes to picking the perfect pair for summer, what should you keep in mind? Read on to find out more!
Which sunglasses are best for you to wear this summer?
When choosing the best pair of sunnies for summer, it’s definitely a good idea to go for designer sunglasses that have an oversized or wraparound frame. These will help to protect the soft tissue around your eyes and also stop you from squinting in the bright light which can lead to wrinkles.
In addition, polarised lenses will help to reduce the glare of the sun against the pool or the sea – something which is essential for summer holidays if you are planning on spending most of your time relaxing.
So keeping that in mind, here are some of our favourite sunglasses which are best for summer:
These Emporio Armani EA 9607/s designer sunnies have summer written all over them! With their oversized frames in a stylish black, they are the perfect pair to be seen in when you’re out and about exploring on holiday.
If the man in your life is looking for a new pair of designer sunnies for summer, we think this pair of Revo Guide S sunglasses are perfect! In a wraparound style with polarised lenses, they will do a great job of protecting their eyes and keeping them looking cool at the same time!
If you want to make a statement this summer, these designer sunnies from Just Cavalli are the ones to pick. In a butterfly style, these super oversized sunnies with tortoise frames are bound to get you noticed by the pool!
Now you know which sunglasses are best for summer you might be thinking about treating yourself to a brand new pair of designer sunnies before you go away. Well luckily for you, at Designer Sunnies we stock a wide range of designer sunglasses from a range of big-name designer brands such as Ray-Ban, Dolce & Gabbana and Michael Kors that are perfect for your next holiday. You’ll be spoilt for choice so why not visit our online sunglasses shop to buy a new pair for yourself today?
If you’re thinking of buying a new pair of designer sunglasses for your summer holiday, we’d love to know which brand you have in mind, so make sure you let us know and start the conversation by leaving a comment below!
Which brand sunglasses are the best?
If you’re a fan of designer sunglasses then you’ll know that they can be worn for almost any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a new pair to compliment that day to day outfit, or to protect your eyes from the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun when you are sunbathing, there is the perfect pair and style out there for you.
There are also uses for designer sun glasses that you may not have considered before. For example, they can be worn during any water based activities such as fishing to help reduce glare on the water and make it easier for you to see.
With so many designer sunglasses brands out there – from Michael Kors to Dolce & Gabbana, it can be hard to know which one is best. If you’re thinking about buying a new pair of sunglasses, how do you decide which brand of sunglasses is right for you?
If you are considering adding a new pair of designer sunnies to your collection, here we take a look at some of our favourite designer sunglasses brands and styles to help you decide which one to purchase next – the choice is yours!
The best brands of sunglasses for when you are out and about
When it comes to choosing a pair of designer sunnies to wear out and about on a sunny day, you need some that are comfortable, look trendy and stylish, but also give your eyes protection from the sun. Here are some examples of designer sunglasses that we think are the best for day to day use and wearing on the go:
These Bvlgari 0BV 8153B designer sunglasses are effortlessly stylish and can be worn for almost any occasion, making them the perfect option for day to day wear when out and about. We just love their turtledove frames and butterfly frame shape – how about you?
You won’t find a trendier pair of sunglasses then the Valentino VA4009. With their tortoiseshell inspired frames, these designer sunnies are perfect for both shopping trips as well as city breaks, ensuring you look classic and chic at all times!
The best brands of sunglasses for Sunbathing
Have you got any summer holidays planned yet? If you need a brand new pair of designer sunnies to wear on your next day trip to the beach or by the pool in some far away destination, then you need to make sure you find some that will properly protect your eyes from the powerful UV rays of the sun. But don’t forget, you’ll also want to ensure that you look cool and trendy too!
Here’s some brands of designer sunglasses that we think will help you to look super cool and stylish the next time you go sunbathing:
Fancy looking like an old school Hollywood pin up like Marilyn Monroe the next time you are relaxing on the beach? Then we think this pair of red oversized sunnies from Michael Kors would be perfect! Not only do they look fabulous, but their oversized shape offers more coverage around your eyes which can help to give them maximum protection from the sun’s powerful UV rays, as well as protect soft tissue and prevent wrinkles too – what could be better than that?!
Make a statement by the pool with this super cool pair of aviator-style sunglasses from Carrera. With their white frame and brown lenses, they’ll not only do a great job of protecting your eyes from the sun, but they’ll also make sure that you look totally on trend too!
The best brands of sunglasses for Fishing
The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a new pair of designer sunnies to wear on your next fishing trip is that they need to have polarised lenses. These will help to protect your eyes from the glare of the sun while you’re on the water, ensure you don’t miss out on any of the action! Here’s our top picks for sunglasses that would be perfect for your next fishing trip:
These sporty oversized sunglasses from Oakley have polarised lenses and are made of lightweight plastic which makes them really comfortable to wear all day long. Plus, the O-Matter frame will provide protection against sun and wind, meaning that you can enjoy fishing whatever the weather!
How cool do these Revo Heading sunglasses look? They are really practical for fishing trips too, thanks to their trendy matte black frame and green coloured polarised lenses which will help to reduce glare on the water. They are also made from plastic and polycarbonate which makes them extremely long lasting – don’t head out for your next fishing trip without them!
Now you have discovered which brand sunglasses is best for you, you’re probably thinking about which pair to treat yourself to next. Well if that’s the case then you have definitely come to the right place, because at Designer Sunnies we stock a wide range of designer sunglasses from a range of big name designer brands such as Ray Ban, Dolce & Gabbana and Michael Kors. You’ll be spoilt for choice so why not visit our online sunglasses shop to buy a new pair for yourself today?
If you’re thinking of buying a brand new pair of designer sunglasses, we’d love to know which brand and occasion you have in mind, so make sure you let us know and start the conversation by leaving a comment below!
Get your designer sunglasses cheap
If you’re looking for a brand new pair of designer sunnies but are on a bit of a budget, it can be hard to know where to buy designer sunglasses cheap. You might automatically think that if you’re trying to watch what you’re spending then a new pair of designer sunglasses might be out of your price range – but the good news is that they can cost much less than you think!
Thanks to DesignerSunnies.com, you don’t need a bank balance the size of a celebrity’s in order to add some designer sunglasses brands to your collection. It might sound too good to be true, but we stock a wide range of designer sunglasses from some of the biggest names in fashion, all at fantastic prices – so it’s fair to say that we know a thing or two about getting a bargain!
If you’re looking to add a new pair of affordable designer sunnies to your collection, here we take a look at some key things that you need to keep in mind to ensure you get the best value for money possible – read on to find out more!
Research what style and brand fits your budget best
Buying a pair of designer sun glasses is definitely an investment, so you want to make sure you make the right decision! This means asking yourself what occasion you will wear them (Sunbathing? driving? Out and about?), what shape suits you best (Oversize? Aviator? Cat eye?) and what look you’re going for too (Chic? Classic? Trendy?) in order to ensure you pick the right pair of designer sunnies for you.
In addition, if you have a particular designer sunglasses brand in mind, it’s also worth taking time to browse online and research what kind of price you can expect to pay for them. For example, high end fashion houses like Dolce & Gabbana and Prada are likely to be at the top end of your budget, however if a big brand name is important to you, then we recommend you stick with what you know and like to ensure you get as much use of out of your new designer sunnies purchase as possible!
Be careful when buying from websites like eBay
While you might be able to find the odd genuine pair of designer sunglasses on websites like eBay, the unfortunate truth is that more often than not they will be fake imitation versions instead. It’s always important to do your research before buying a pair of cheap designer sunglasses in order to spot fake sunglasses – you want to ensure you’re getting the genuine article and double check whether that super cheap price is too good to be true or not.
If you do decide to buy a pair of designer sunglasses online, it’s really important to check the following first to ensure they are the real deal:
- Always look for a mention of a model number within the description of the sunglasses. If one isn’t there, alarm bells should ring, and if there is then you should always search for it on the designer brand’s website to double check its authenticity
- Familiarise yourself with the models on the designer brand’s website to get a feel for how and when they use logos and labels – again, double check these against the cheaper version you have found.
- Look for a photo that shows the packaging that the designer sunnies will come in – does it look good quality and is the logo spelled correctly?
Don’t always buy straight from the brand’s own website
Although you can be 100% sure you’re buying the genuine article from the designer brand’s own website, you might be missing out on some special discounts that only an authorised dealer can offer. Plus, by buying from a retailer such as DesignerSunnies.com, you can be rest assured that not only are you getting a new pair of designer sunnies for a great price, they will also be completely authentic too and also carry the same manufacturer’s warranty that you’d get if you bought straight from the brand itself!
From brand new models to all time classics, all at fantastic prices, you will find your perfect pair of designer sunglasses at DesignerSunnies.com. Plus, UK customers benefit from free standard shipping and returns too – what could be better than that?!
Which pair of designer sunnies are you desperate to own next? We’d love to know, so make sure you join in the conversation by leaving your comments below.
The best brand of sunglasses for your eyes
When the sun comes out, what’s the first thing you reach for? Your favourite pair of designer sunglasses of course! As well as looking fashionable and complimenting your outfit, sunnies also have a practical use in that they can help to protect your eyes from the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun, which can damage your eyesight over time. In addition, they can also reduce glare and make it easier for you to see during any water based activities such as fishing, so it’s really important that you own at least one pair that you can keep handy when the sun is shining.
You might be thinking about buying a new pair of sunglasses, but with so many designer sunglasses brands and styles available it can be hard to know where to start. How do you decide which brand of sunglasses is right for you?
If you are wondering what is the best brand of sunglasses for your eyes, here we take a look at some popular designer sunglasses brands and styles to help you decide – read on to find out which option is best for you!
The best brand of sunglasses for Sunbathing
If you are looking for a brand new pair of sunglasses to wear during an upcoming holiday or day trip to the beach, you need some that will not only help you look cool and stylish, but that will properly protect your eyes from the powerful UV rays of the sun. If you’re planning on spending time by the pool or sea too, then you also should consider getting a pair with polarised lenses too. Here’s a look at some of our favourite brand of designer sunglasses that will not only help to look after your eye health, but are also super trendy and fashionable too:
We just love this pair of oversized and wraparound frames from Bvlgari. Not only do they offer more coverage around your eyes which can help to give them maximum protection from UV rays, but they also help to protect soft tissue and prevent wrinkles too! Plus best of all, the frames in black and pale gold are guaranteed to help you look your best around the pool, meaning that you can lie back and relax knowing that your sunglasses are not only stylish, but they are helping to keep your eyes safe too!
Aviator sunglasses are the perfect pair of sunglasses to wear by the pool! This timeless style will never go out of fashion, and this pair from Michael Kors even have polarised lenses too. This particular pair comes in a classic chocolate brown frame with gold features, and the polarised lenses will help to protect your eyes from the glare of the pool – they certainly tick the boxes for both style and practicality!
The best sunglasses for Fishing
When it comes to choosing a pair of sunglasses to wear on your next fishing trip, there are several things that you need to consider. Firstly, it’s important to buy a pair of sunglasses with polarised lenses to protect your eyes from the glare of the sun while you’re on the water. And secondly, they can also help to protect your eyes from the danger of fish hooks – we’re sure a trip to the A&E department is something that you would prefer to avoid! If you are looking for a new pair on sunglasses to wear fishing, here are some brands and styles that we think would be perfect for you:
These lightweight sunglasses from Calvin Klein are made of polycarbonate, which makes them really comfortable to wear all day. In addition, their lenses are polarised in a brown/copper colour, which makes them perfect for wearing during both freshwater and seawater trips – they really are the perfect all rounder’s for fishing!
Not only does this pair of Oakley sunglasses look cool, but they are really practical for fishing trips too! The wraparound frame gives your eyes the ultimate amount of coverage, and the lenses are polarised to maximise your fishing experience and prevent glare from ruining your day by the water.
Out and about – the best brands of sunglasses to wear
When you are out and about on a sunny day, you need a comfortable pair of sunglasses that will not only give your eyes the protection that they need, but will be easy to take off as you browse the shops or do some sightseeing indoors. Here are our top picks for sunglasses brands that are perfect for wearing on the go:
With their stylish gunmetal grey frames, this pair of Emporio Armani sunglasses are the perfect pair for men to wear while they are out and about. They are made of lightweight plastic which makes them really wearer friendly, and they are also polarised which can help to ensure that glare doesn’t get in the way of your plans!
What lady doesn’t love the look of a pair of trendy cats eye sunglasses? This versatile style from Dolce & Gabbana, with their black polka dot frames will compliment almost any outfit, giving you a cool and slightly edgy look as you spend the day exploring.
Now you know which brand and style of sunglasses are best for you eyes (depending on the occasion you want to wear them for), you might be thinking about treating yourself to a brand new pair. Well luckily for you, at Designer Sunnies we stock a wide range of designer sunglasses from a range of big name designer brands such as Ray Ban, Dolce & Gabbana and Michael Kors. You’ll be spoilt for choice so why not visit our online sunglasses shop to buy a new pair for yourself today?
If you’re thinking of buying a new pair of sunglasses, we’d love to know which brand and occasion you have in mind, so make sure you let us know and start the conversation by leaving a comment below!
How much are designer sunglasses?
Whether the word designer is used to describe sunglasses, shoes or handbags, you may automatically presume that these items are going to be much more expensive than their equivalents from high street brands – however this is not always the case. With designer sunglasses, we are firm believers that you are paying for the quality of the product, as well as a renowned designer brand name that you can trust!
If you’re a follower of fashion who wants to buy a new pair of sunglasses, you may think that a pair of designer sunnies might be out of your price range. However, here we take a look at the cost of some different styles from a couple of big designer sunglasses brands to show you how affordable they can be. The hardest part will certainly be deciding which ones to add to your sunglasses collection first!
Designer sunglasses for under £100
You might be surprised to learn that you can own a fabulous pair of designer sunglasses for less than £100 – yes, you read that right! Some designer sunglasses brands are much more affordable than you think – read on to see for yourself.
Who doesn’t love grabbing a bargain? When purchasing a pair of designer sunglasses, it’s always worth checking to see if any are in the sale. For example, on Designer Sunnies this pair of Calvin Klein CK1156s 046 are currently down from £72 to £28. With their stand out red frames, these sunglasses provide a cool look for women that is bound to create some attention – so make sure you grab them before they all go!
Men don’t have to miss out when it comes to getting a great deal too! These Lacoste L126s 214 in Havana are down from £55 to £25 – proving that sometimes buying designer sunglasses really can be much more cost effective than you think!
The brightly coloured Valentino V627s 526 in fuchsia are the perfect pair of designer sunglasses for creating a bold statement. You’re guaranteed to get noticed when you wear this bold pair of sunglasses on your next shopping trip – all for just £97.
Polo Ralph Lauren
This pair of Polo Ralph Lauren PH4109 559087 designer sunglasses are just £100 – great value for a big name brand such as this. In a cool matte blue, this pair of stylish shades are bound to enhance any outfit!
Designer sunglasses for over £100
If you fancy treating yourself and spending slightly more than £100 on a pair of designer sunglasses, then the good news is that you still don’t have to break the bank – you can still bag a pair of fashionable designer sunglasses from a big name brand for much less than you may think!
Who doesn’t wish that they had a pair of Michael Kors designer sunglasses as part of their sunglasses collection? If you’ve ever thought “how much are designer sunglasses?” then you’re in for a shock – because you can pick up a trendy black pair of MK2034 Island Tropics on Designer Sunnies for just £115!
Love the look of the classic Wayfarer Ray Bans but think you’ll be eating beans for the next month if you buy them? At Designer Sunnies, we sell these iconic sunglasses for just £120, much less than the RRP of £161!
Dream of owning a pair of Prada designer sunglasses? If you think this designer brand is out of your price range then you may be pleasantly surprised to learn than you can get your hands on a pair for next to nothing. Take these beautiful oversized pair in black for example – they are £130 instead of an RRP of £173 and are guaranteed to look great when you wear them by the pool on your next holiday!
Dolce and Gabbana
Think that a pair of Dolce and Gabbana designer sunglasses will come with a fairly hefty price tag? This pair of women’s DG2144 Sicilian Taste pilot sunglasses in cool silver and gold are £135 (RRP £173) – meaning that you can own your own piece of this legendary Italian fashion house for much less than you may have initially thought.
Tips for buying designer sunglasses
It’s no secret that designer sunglasses are one of the most counterfeited items in the world – and if you want to buy a pair, then you need to ensure that you are spending your hard earned cash on the genuine article. If you want to buy a pair of designer sunglasses, here are some tips to keep in mind to ensure that you don’t fall foul of the fakers:
- Always buy designer sunglasses from a reputable retailer
- Check the logo on the sunglasses – is it misspelled in any way?
- It’s also a good idea to check the model number/serial number (often found on one of the arms) with a pair on the designer’s website
- The quality of designer sunglasses should always be excellent – if they feel flimsy, or come in unbranded packaging, then this should start the alarm bells ringing!
Now that you’ve discovered how much designer sunglasses cost, if you feel inspired to own a pair of for yourself, then you have come to the right place. At Designer Sunnies we stock a wide range of designer sunglasses from a range of big name designer brands such as Ray Ban, Prada and Michael Kors. Visit our online sunglasses shop to buy a new pair for yourself today!
Are you thinking of buying a pair of designer sunglasses? Which designer brand and style has caught your eye? We’d love to know what you think, so make sure you share your thoughts by leaving a comment below!
With the addition of brand new Valentino sunglasses on our website, we are looking back at Valentino as a brand. Valentino was founded in 1960 by Valentino Garavani and is part of the Valentino Fashion Group. It is headquartered in Milan, and its creative direction is in Rome. And for Valentino Garavani, fashion has always been a passion. As he said: “Even as a young boy, my passion was to design, and I have been very lucky to be able to do what I have loved all my life. There can be few greater gifts than that”. So let’s look back at the iconic Valentino brand.
Looking back at the history of the Valentino brand
Born in Lombardy in Italy, Valentino moved to Paris when he was only 17 years old to study at the École des Beaux-Arts and at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. He then found an apprenticeship with Jean Dessès and joined Guy Laroche for two years. Valentino then decided to return to Italy and set up in Rome in 1959.
And in 1960, Garavani opened a fashion house on Via Condotti in Rome with the backing of his father and his father’s associate. Resembling a “maison de couture”, the brand also became famous for its red dresses, soon known in the fashion industry as “Valentino red”. They even founded a line: RED Valentino (standing for Romantic Eccentric Dress) and representing the iconic colour. The real international debut took place in 1962 in Florence.
A little bit more about Valentino sunglasses
Associated with glamour, exclusivity and style, the Valentino sunglasses are a classic in fashion. They provide harmony of contrasts, profound features, expressions of femininity and iconic elements. The brand also specialised in designing wedding dresses and got famous in contact with personalities. Indeed, they designed wedding dresses for Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lopez, Courtney Cox, Sophie Hunter and Princess Madeleine of Sweden.
Regarding Valentino sunglasses, we would recommend looking at the new collection in order to find the perfect pair for you. We particularly recommend the VA2009 3004E6 sunglasses for their trendy, original and feminine design. With their brand new collection in 2017, Valentino will certainly keep on surprising you. So visit DesignerSunnies.com today and grab your own pair of Valentino sunglasses.
Summer has just arrived and we are proud to say that we are welcoming to our website a fantastic new brand: Dolce & Gabbana. Having added two equally well-known Italian brands earlier this year (Prada and Bvlgari), we feel that the addition of Dolce and Gabbana will compliment our list of Italian brands perfectly and be a great option for summer sunglasses. And it is also a great occasion for us to look back at the past of such a famous brand. Because, as Stefano Gabbana once said: “Italians know that what matters is style, not fashion. Italian style does not have social or age boundaries”.
Some History On Dolce & Gabbana
Created in in 1985 in Milan by Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Dolce & Gabbana is a luxury Italian brand renowned worldwide. But it wasn’t always the case. The two designers met in in 1980 in Milan while working in the same fashion house. In 1985, they presented their first women’s collection in Milan, where they opened their first store a year later. From 1989 onwards, they began designing underwear, swimming costumes, men’s collections and even launched their first perfume. They also started to export their products to Japan and other countries, including the United States.
By the end of the 1990s, the company was already successful. Its revenues were around $500 million then and even reached $633 million in 2003. International recognition was helped a lot by the fact that Madonna wore a Dolce and Gabbana jacket to the premiere of Truth or Dare: In Bed with Madonna at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. They then partnered with her in 1993 to design over 1500 costumes for “The Girlie” tour. And in 2010 she designed a collection of sunglasses titled MDG. The connection between the singer and the brand then seemed obvious. Madonna even stated: “Their clothes are sexy with a sense of humor—like me”.
Dolce and Gabbana Sunglasses
If one thing is definitely worth noticing, it is the very fast ascension of this iconic brand. Indeed, in less than ten years they turned their small Milanese atelier into an international fashion empire. And they are now famous worldwide, appealing to a lot of people with their rock, trendy and wild and wacky style. They themselves describe their own style as ideal for the young and glamorous trendsetters of the world. And they can also boast having celebrity fans. Among them are Madonna, Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie, Reece Witherspoon and Eva Longoria.
So if you want to grab your own pair of Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses, visit DesignerSunnies today and check out all of our models, such as these DG4237 31278G sunglasses. With their feminine floral print and trendy Cat Eye frame, they will be a perfect accessory for the summer.
Founded in 1917 by Giuseppe Ratti, Persol is an Italian luxury eyewear brand, specialised in sunglasses and optical frames. The name comes from the Italian expression per il sole, meaning “For the sun”. Originally producing glasses for pilots and sports drivers, it is now famous for its durable sports sunglasses. Given the anniversary of 100 years of Persol, we decided to look at the history of the brand. And Persol History is definitely an interesting one.
The brand has evolved a lot since its creation in 1917 in Turin when Ratti, a photographer and owner of Berry Opticians, began the adventure in a small courtyard. Soon adopted by the Armed Forces and by air forces around the world, the first Protector glasses were already boasting innovation and quality.
Innovation and Technology: On the road to International fame
Persol History then evolved and the brand created its own trademarks: crystal lenses, the Silver Arrow and the Meflecto patent. In the late 1930s, the introduction of the Meflecto system was a great mark of technology and innovation. The first flexible stem, along with a flexible bridge, it created comfortable curve and improved fitting.
The model 649 made Persol even more renowned. Originally created for tram drivers in 1957, it got very successful. Especially when Marcello Mastroianni wore them in the film Divorce Italian Style in 1961. The brand then took part in several expeditions in order to test its lenses in extreme conditions and stay on top of technological innovation. From Siberia to the Himalaya and to the Paris-Dakar race, Persol sunglasses were tested and approved everywhere.
“Persol Sport” emerged in 1990, aiming especially at people involved in sporting activities. In 1994, Persol was in 40 countries around the world. Famous personalities have brought Persol’s fame even higher: sportsmen, businessmen and particularly international cinema celebrities. Only to name a few: Steve McQueen, Greta Garbo and Jean Alesi. More recently, some of the famous brand ambassadors include Leonardo Di Caprio, Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling.
Persol History Today
Today Persol is still an iconic brand for sunglasses and keeps evolving. The famous 649 model transformed into the new 9649. Keeping its legendary shape but disclosing thinner and lighter profiles. The collaboration between Persol and the 67th Venice International Film Festival in 2010 proved again the long and lasting relationship between Persol and Cinema.
The 714 model worn by Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair was relaunched in 2010 in an exclusive edition. Recent appearances of Persol glasses in movies include Jesse Eisenberg in Now You See Me 2, Ryan Gosling in La La Land, Daniel Craig in Casino Royale and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2. As they write on their own website: “Persol’s long ‘filmography’ began in the 1960s and continues to grow, marking a truly special and magical love story with the movie industry.”
With a fresh new website, the beginning of 2017 also brings two significant new brands. We are getting very Italian this year with the addition of the luxurious and well-known Italian brands, Prada and Bvlgari. Here we take a look at the past and the road to international fame for these two iconic Italian brands.
Prada : Leading the Way in Italian Brands
Quite surprisingly, for such a globally iconic brand, Prada has always remained a family business. Created in the capital of fashion, Milan, in 1913 by Mario Prada, it was at the very beginning a store in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It sold trunks, beauty cases and leather bags. Things have changed a lot since then. One big change includes becoming the “Official Supplier to the Italian Royal Household” and the taking over by the women in the family. After Mario Prada, his daughter Luisa Prada succeeded him and her own daughter Miuccia Prada then succeeded her.
In 1977, Miuccia Prada joined forces with an Italian Businessman, Patrizio Bertelli –who later became her husband, to develop the Prada label. In the late 1980s, Prada became international, opening stores in New York, Madrid, London, Paris and Tokyo. Stating the obvious, Prada is being primarily a sunglasses brand. I was not until 2000 that they launched their sunglasses and eyewear collections. Prada then never stopped growing, launching fragrances, phones, exhibitions and films. They can also boast having celebrity fans. Among their biggest fans are Uma Thurman, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman and Cameron Diaz.
Even older than Prada, Bvlgari is one of the oldest Italian brands/jewellery houses, founded in 1884 by Sotirio Voulgaris. Being a Greek immigrant to Italy, he originally wanted the name “Bulgari” as a phonetic version of his name. It then became “Bvlgari” in order to reinforce the Greek roots of the company. A family business as well, Bvlgari evolved in the hands of Constantino and Giorgio, Sotirio’s sons. Giorgio’s son Gianni initiated the internationalization of the company in the 1970s, opening shops in New York, Geneva, Monte-Carlo and Paris.
The company then moved to his brothers Nicola and Paolo, before Francesco Trapani, Lia Trapani’s (Sotirio’s granddaughter) son. Today, with 230 retail locations worldwide, and selling handbags, watches, fragrances, hotels and sunglasses, one can say the global brand Bvlgari has made its way in the fashion industry. True to its roots, Bvlgari style features ancient elements of Roman, Greek, and Italian Renaissance. It later introduced Parisian and Art Deco arts. The compact rounded forms of their sunglasses feature generous gems and various colors. Famous Bvlgari fans include Elizabeth Taylor, whose belongings were even put on display as part of the 125 anniversary exhibition.