Visiting RVS Eyewear in Instanbul

Both Jasmin and I have a special love for RVS eyewear. Avant-garde design and amazing colour combinations at its best. In addition, all colour combinations are unique. Forget about mass production and boring product catalogues, from RSV you get a truly unique piece of art.

Vidal in the studio
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Visiting Vidal’s studio/showroom

I had the chance to meet Vidal, the founder and creative soul behind RVS eyewear. Vidal, who was born in New York but moved back to Istanbul together with his parents when he was a kid, is now based in Istanbul from where he runs his business. He invited me to his studio/showroom in the heart of the city to show me some of the novelties.

BABBA CANALES Vintage glassesRSV EYEWEARRSV EYEWEAR 

It all started with vintage frames

Vidal started off selling vintage eyewear. It wasn’t until years later he decided to create his own collection, which started with a few show pieces made out of left over acetate that he managed to get manufactured. When the pieces were done, Vidal asked Selima in New York to showcase his collection in the store, on a “sell or return” agreement. Luckily for Vidal the Selima shop turned out to be the perfect place for his collection – it sold out, which made it possible for him to continue his creative work.

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Vintage Casal from RVS vintage frames

Metal frames from RVS

Latest from RVS eyewear is the new metal collection, containing thinner frames but with the same playful shapes and colours as we’ve seen on his acetate collections before. Two fabulous shades featured below.

RVS metal frames Babba in RVS metal sunglasses

Keep up the good job, Vidal!

In the Sunset with MYKITA… Tunisia

babba canales wearing mykita decades babba canalesBabba Canales, glasses: MYKITA, skirt & top: RODEBJER, bag: SANDQVIST

I don’t think you can get these glasses anymore, at least not in this grey colour, but I love them so much. Comfy, classic and modern at the same time. Made out of Swedish Stainless Steel, no screws and very light weight.

Read more about MYKITA’s handmade production (here).

IN THE SAHARA DESERT, TUNISIA

SAHARA DESERT

I had one of the coolest moments in my life visiting the Sahara desert in Tunisia. Probably the most amazing place on earth, mind blowing.

I spent an afternoon in the desert, riding camels and playing around in the sand. I don’t even know how to explain the feeling. It’s a very incredible feeling watching the infinitive view of desert. Sand, sand and more sand. Very calming and beautiful.

sahara desert BONOCLE babba canales vintage sunglasses riding camels in TunisiaMe, Babba Canales, riding camels with my vintage Marie Claire sunnies.

Visiting Star Wars Land, Tunisia

STAR WARS LAND // BONOCLESTAR WARS LAND // BONOCLE

During my trip to Tunisia I took 2 days for going on a road trip. One of the highlights from the trip was definitely visiting Star Wars land, I had no clue Star Wars was filmed in the desert of Tunisia(!). So cool!

I spent the day together with my latest addition of sunglasses: these awesome shades from Hyde’s. I don’t think they’ve reached the stores yet, but watch out for updates because their latest collection is really awesome.

HYDES SUNGLASSES SS13 Barbara Canales

Pro tip: put prescription lenses in your sunglasses. It’s the best thing to do before a vacation. For a road trip spending the days sleeping in a bus, visiting the desert and very dry environments it’s simply impossible wearing contacts without getting your eyes extremely dry. I’m therefore very happy I had the time to put prescription lenses to these sunnies, and best thing: they look exactly like the original lenses.

Watch out: Sunny updates coming up!

Babba in Tunisia GIF

Amigos, I’ve been in sunny Tunisia the past week enjoying an amazing vacation! Riding camels in the Sahara desert, going on jeep safari, visiting berber people, Star Wars land, spending hours by the pool and simply wearing tons of sunglasses.

I will share my sunny moments of the week here soon. While waiting please enjoy this very lol gif of me wearing a selection of the sunglasses I brought to Tunisia. Stay tuned!