Don a pair of Eighties-inspired sunglasses from funky French designer Thierry Lasry and you instantly hit the heights of glamour—they simply scream Hollywood. The last word in ‘futuristic vintage’ eyewear, Lasry launched the eponymous handmade line in late 2006—with an optician father and fashion designer mother, such a creative destiny was clearly coded in his DNA.
Made using a process akin to sculpture, textures are created by combining sheets of different-colored acetate, as well as adding elements such as gold or silver flakes, or even fishnet. Playful gradients and dazzling crystals add an exciting twist to retro-inspired shapes and create chic looks like nothing else on the market.
Adored by a galaxy of stars, including luminaries such as Madonna, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Alba and Miley Cyrus, Lasry has been quoted as saying, “In the same way women think ‘Louboutin for shoes,’ I want them to think ‘Thierry Lasry for sunglasses.’” We caught up with the enfant prodige himself for the lowdown on his phenomenal success.
From the start I have stayed authentic and ignored trends. The only thing I follow is the evolution of what I find beautiful each season—it’s never influenced by ‘à la mode.’
Besides the comfort factor, my designs aim to be very flattering, and we pay incredible attention to detail (patterns on the inside, colored nose-pads or an extra piece of acetate sculpted on the front or back).
We never advertise, and we have no intention of doing so. The quality and designs speak for themselves—they are the true signature of the brand. We want to be featured in magazines because the editors are inspired by the sunglasses—not as a thank-you for advertising space.
We are more of a fashion brand than a sunglasses brand, and that’s why we have such a prestigious distribution worldwide—Colette, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Opening Ceremony, Dover Street Market, Lane Crawford, Net-à-Porter, and more.
Crystal embellishment happens at the very end of the process. Swarovski crystals give that extra touch of glamour and sophistication and help to take the sunglasses from chic ready-to-wear to the height of haute couture.