Since our launch, we have used recycled acetate as the main material in our sunglasses. After extensive research and planning, we are now able to take our green mission further. For SS21, each and every Monokel Eyewear design has been made using a highly developed and innovative biodegradable acetate material. Our new acetate is still made mainly from cotton- and wood fibres, but it is now entirely biodegradable. To ensure that we continue to live by our words, and as a foundation for continuous improvement, third party lab tests and factory audits are conducted with each production run. Our new biodegradable material has many environmental advantages, the most obvious one being that they’ll eventually decompose rather than ending up in landfills or as microplastics in the oceans. We have always highlighted the importance of a long product life cycle. But there’s a limit to everything. Our glasses are still built to last, but not forever.
Three new shapes form the foundation of the collection. The ”Polly” is a wide oval frame with thick temples. The ”Memphis” presents sharper edges and a rectangular front. Medium wide, but vertically slim. Finally, the ”Forest” frame is distilled from our large collection of vintage reading glasses. The result is a round style crafted in thin bio-acetate with japanese hinges, stainless steel rivets and a key-hole nosebridge.
The collection was photographed on friends Alma, Malik, Filip, Tom and Amanda at our office in the Stockholm archipelago and in painter Johanna Robleto’s studio next door. Photographed by Annika berglund with still life images by Robert Sandgren.