men's : 1970-2000 : k8300
product code : k8300 : £ 125
  • 1970s/80s translucent shaded brown optyl frame marked
    VIENNALINE ROYAL and FRAME AUSTRIA

  • Can be glazed with Rx or sunglasses lenses.

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  • The story of Optyl starts with Wilhelm Anger in Austria at the end of

    WW2, with his father, brother Anton and sister Anneliese producing

    eyewear in Traun. By 1955 they were exporting to the world and half

    of Austria were wearing Anger. Experimenting with plastics from 1953,

    Anger invented and patented the material Optyl in 1964. These eyewear

    pioneers evolved, diversified and innovated - from their own Carerra

    and Viennaline ranges to buying the Christian Dior licence from Tura

    in 1966, to bringing in international designers as their business became

    a global brand. Those designers included Udo Proksch from art school

    in Austria, and Sweden's first eyewear designer Hans Ingvar Lindkvist,

    who worked for Anger from 1969, via designing for English firm

    Raphael's (Wiseman) in 1967 as 'Hans of Sweden'. Viennaline Royal

    was an exclusive range for men from Lindkvist for the Optyl Group, and

    as German designer Otto Huckenbeck was responsible for Viennaline,

    Lindkvist credits him too in the collection he bequeathed - now at the

    Nordic Museum Sweden. In this promotional material there are three

    similar "elegant" men's frames and note that Optyl had offices in

    Stockholm. Lindkvist worked for the Optyl Group for nine years and

    also created the boutique Cobra line and some of the early men's styles

    for Christian Dior. This frame is a great angular shape, not dissimilar to

    those in the advert, but leavened by a slotted bridge, the Optyl material

    (20 % lighter) and the horizontal fade in the brown translucent colour,

    which brings out the depth and tones. Viennaline Royal was a premiere

    range for men in this new material and we are pleased to be able to credit

    this illustrious Swedish designer for his substantial contribution to eyewear,

    and especially to the Optyl legend.

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