London Calling, For A Short Time Only-------
It’s midlife, without the crisis. Graham Cutler and Tony Gross’ London-based eyewear label Cutler and Gross turns 40 this year, and they’re celebrating, not hand-wringing. The duo is toasting four decades of handmade shades—including that recent victory, the much requested pair sported by villain Mathieu Amalric in the latest Bond flick, Quantum of Solace—by heading stateside. New York real estate prevented a quick move into a permanent location, but one of the line’s long-term stockists, Selima Salaun, stepped in to help: The store is hosting a C&G pop-up shop in its Noho boutique through April.
“It was a really easy choice. I like their pieces because they’ve stayed really focused even through all these years,” Salaun said. “It’s not always easy to follow an independent path.” While you’ll still need to trek to London for the brand’s coveted designer collaborations, like the latest with Victoria Beckham for Spring 2010, chances are you won’t leave squinting: Over 400 styles are on offer (a few of our favorites, above), including vintage frames spanning the company’s entire career.
Frames, $425 each; Cutler and Gross’ temporary shop-in-shop runs from Friday, January 22, to Sunday, April 25, at Bond 07 by Selima, 7 Bond St., NYC, (212) 677-8487, www.selimaoptique.com.