Notes | July 6, 2016

Jean Francois Rey

words  Editorial staff

A return to the 1980s for eyewear designer Jean-François Rey who is celebrating 30 years of creativity with an exclusive line boasting a very trendy look: 1985. For this unique occasion, the French designer has chosen to reissue his most emblematic prescription glasses and sunglasses of the 1980s, faithfully respecting the original designs. This limited edition of 25 frames recreates the vintage spirit of the eighties with a perfectly balanced touch of modernism. The models display a pioneering off-the wall style which is still in evidence today and confirms the designer’s avant-garde spirit.

Jean-François Rey: a success story
Originally from Jura, the birthplace of French eyewear manufacture, Jean-François Rey conquered his passion for eyewear design. An international law student destined for a career in the diplomatic service, he had fun designing frames for his father’s company. In the purest tradition of French eyewear manufacture, which he has always defended (he owns a factory in the Jura, Ellaps), he learned the skills and decided to turn his passion into his profession.

A timeless line
Jean-François Rey is today relaunching his most emblematic models and taking a look at three decades which have made him a benchmark reference in high-end eyewear design. Thirty years later, the models are still current and timeless, testimony to the designer’s avant-garde spirit. The DNA and vintage codes of the line are are preserved and updated with today’s comfort and technology. The 1985 line pays tribute to a period which rocked our world and that of the designer: economic prosperity, creative freedom, liberated youth, frivolity, daring, crazy chic, etc. Not forgetting the legendary figures who revolutionized artistic creativity like Serge Gainsbourg, Madonna, Prince, David Bowie, Jean-Paul Goude, Andy Warhol, Karl Lagerfeld, Edwige Belmore, David Lynch, Roman Polanski and so many more.

The models
The collection revolves around 25 models: 8 prescription glasses and 17 sunglasses. The models are very original, with cult shapes and an off-the-wall style. The proud and daring design in the current collections highlights the unrestrained spirit of the 1980s. The range fully embraces the vintage style, right down to the choice of evocative names such as Magneto, Super 8, Viper and Kino. Highly sophisticated materials come in honey, amber, black and tortoise shell colors.