Music gigs have not been spared from the pandemic: even our favourite Tiny Desk Concert series has gone the way of Tiny Desk (Home) Concert. But one music-oriented series that’s going strong, despite it all, is Ray-Ban Studios.
If you’re not familiar with the two-year-old Studios arm of the eyewear giant, just think of it as a creative initiative that invites some of the music industry’s coolest artistes to unleash their artistic vision in the form of capsule collections featuring the brand’s iconic eyewear models.
Just how cool, you ask? Consider alumni like the Bronx DJ duo The Martinez Brothers, electronic DJ and style star Honey Dijon, and the DJ/fashion designer Peggy Gou – easily star headliners for any top music festivals.
A bona fide creative, Patrick Mason is not only a prominent DJ, but he is also a model, fashion designer, art director, illustrator and Club Kid.
For its latest tie-up, Ray-Ban Studios is shining the spotlight on an exciting name in the techno music scene right now: German DJ Patrick Mason. A fixure of the Berlin techno scene, Mason is also one-half of music duo SRVD – the same people behind earworms like The Yard Man (2019) and Black On Black (2020) – who is known for his over-the-top set, flamboyant costumes, energetic dance moves and influences from the vogue scene.
The Ray-Ban Studios design that Mason created reworks the State Street model and is limited to 100 pieces worldwide.
When it comes to his Ray-Ban Studios creation, Mason’s design approach does not veer too far off from his personal Club Kid inclinations. Working with the State Street model (think of these square-framed glasses as the more exaggerated version of the classic Wayfarers), Mason splits the frame into three parts: an obsidian black upper, an amber effect on the lower part of the frame, and a UV-sensitive fluo green element wedged in between.
For an extra shot of drama, the glasses also come with L-sized eyewear chains that are magnetic and can be fixed to the metal balls on the temples. The design is also thoughtful – it comes with photochromatic lenses that will turn from clear to a grey tint when you step outdoors in the sun to give your peepers ample protection.
How your Ray-Ban Studios x Patrick Mason eyewear collection will be packaged – complete with an egg-like minaudiere.
Extremely limited in production, only 100 pieces of the made-in-Italy design have been produced worldwide. Dover Street Market Singapore is the only stockist in Singapore retailing it from Oct 26, with a super-exclusive run of just three sets going for $830 each.
If that is not enough to make die-hard collectors part with their money, perhaps the special egg-shaped packaging that Mason created to house the eyewear may do the trick.