My super cool friend from Zimbabwe put me onto this Italian shades brand after he discovered them on a recent trip to Milan. I was instantly hooked by that heavy in your hand 'this was made properly' feel, making them a good alternative to the everyfreakingwhere RayBans. The A/W'12 Humanism collection is 'inspired by what humanity has contributed to the world as we know it' so unsurprisingly, there is beaucoup de African inspired design. This black and white 'Afrika Moross' model is inspired by hand made illustrated prints, similar to those found on mud cloth.
Paying homage to the original masters of print, the Papyrus model is a nod to the Ancient Egyptian's, featuring intricate golden hieroglyphic prints.
Our personal favourite, the Ndebele model transfers the crazy colourful geometric patterns traditionally painted on houses by Ndebele women in South Africa on to a more portable canvas. A subtler way to do print.
The 'Sierra Leone' is "inspired by world culture and man’s ability to turn natural elements to art", seeking to do the same by wrapping the arms in soft fabric for a retro look.
Since Kanye West hasn't been seen leaving the house without his black Super Flat Top's, the brand has been rising on the hipster index. We love the thoughtful reflections incorporated into the pieces and the handmade quality. In all our exploring of African design, we're yet to come across an amazing sunglasses brand, which is sad considering there is so much sun! In the meantime, we'll be keeping our eyes peeled behind our SUPERs.
From €163, www.retrosuperfuture.com