Text: Gideon Fong
"A tribe of Bedouin desert dwellers, maybe," Tim Coppens says the ideal customer for his new Linda Farrow Gallery collaboration sunglasses.
"I bought a book by Naoki Ishikawa, with pictures taken on Lhotse, the mountain next to Everest," he says. The images partly inspired the utilitarian design of the frames, which are built of stainless steel with rubberized acetate and nylon-coated mirrored lenses- an extension of the athletic luxury of his menswear.
"I wouldn't recommend them for a hardcore summit expedition," Coppens says. "These were first exploration into eyewear and seeing how they complete the Tim Coppens look. The mix of materials is really all about the aesthetic." Could a classic Coppens aviator be on the horizon? "I want to look into developing a pair with a longer lifespan, less seasonal, and loosened from collection concepts. Maybe in a smaller version."