Fashion M&M’s: Mykita x Maison Martin Margiela

Published March 31, 2014

Mykita, the German handmade sunglasses label with a cult following, is pairing with fellow cult favorite Maison Martin Margiela on a capsule collection, out this month. “Conceptual chemistry entering the field of vision,” is how Mykita’s Instagram describes the sleek designs. The lookbook echoes the sci-fi bent: Models stoically gaze through sunglasses at ice blue skies, radiating laser-beam-sharp coolness. The 10-piece collaboration includes six unisex styles of stainless steel frames in four colors each; and four styles of acetate frames styles in five colors each.

Mykita sunglasses are a rare breed–neither kitsch nor coasting on a major brand name (their past collaborations have been with indie darlings like Beth Ditto and Bernhard Willhelm). It’s hard to imagine a human touch involved in creating the metal and plastic pieces, but a behind-the-scenes video shows an disarmingly homey brick plant, bustling with stylish, young workers meticulously polishing and fastening away. For tech-savy millennials,  sunglasses have gone artisinal.  Let there be selfies.