K3 was another brand which really caught my attention during Silmo Paris 2016. It is a very new brand to the eyewear industry. They only started in 2015 and the brand is about breaking the traditional way of using materials and what finishings to apply to give them another look. The entire collection is handmade in their own factory in Italy. K3 offer both optical and sunglasses ranges. Seeing them at the show, both ranges were just as impressive to me. Sometimes I find certain brands may have a stronger optical frames compared to the sunglasses and vice versa.
The use of acetate and metal was definitely rather clever. Some of the acetate frames had dented details which gave the frames the extra edge to stand out from the crowd. I also loved the way they mix acetate with metal. It is of course not a new technique but the way K3 have combined the two together was refreshing and there was a very modern feel to the collection. It just flowed really well.
The sunglasses styles were just as impressive and for someone who is normally not a fan of metal frames, I was hooked on them. I really liked the way they have manipulated the metal and explored a different way of using it to create a new look to the traditional metal frames. Metal frames as we know them, have always been a thin bar but with K3 they have used the metal differently to give the illusion of sunk in lenses. I was quite a fan of that.
To me, the brand felt very dynamic, young and refreshing. They have different names for each different finishing they use for the acetate frames, they are as follows: earth, cage, marble, burnt, river, stone, lava and clear. They all explore the different textures and looks acetate can offer to break away from the traditional smooth finishing. If you want something a bit different without going down the OTT route, I say give K3 a look. Throughout the collection, all the colours for the frame are either in black or grey which is perfect for someone who wants to make a statement without being too colourful. At the moment they have no stockists in the UK but you can take a look at their website and view the collection here. If you see something you fancy, you can always contact them via their website.