Young ASOBISYSTEM Models Design Glasses Perfect for Everyday Fashion

19.September.2019 | FASHION

Glasses brand Zoff teamed up with famous models Saki Shibata, Yuri Suganuma and Rinko Murata to produce a branded glasses series that is perfect to wear “All Day, Every Day”. The girls designed these glasses to fit into and enhance your everyday life experiences. The Zoff CLASSIC Girls Collection -All Day, Every Day- series will be released across Japan from October 11, 2019. 

The main theme of this series is All Day, Every Day. From this, the three sub themes of morning, midday and evening were created and each model was put in charge of the designs for one of these themes. Shibata was in charge of ‘morning’ designs, Suganuma was in charge of ‘midday’ designs and Murata was in charge of ‘evening’ designs. Each model carefully thought of how the user would wear the glasses during their sub theme time in order to fully enhance their daily experiences. Each model also created a unique personal design out of metal for the temple tips of the glasses they designed. 

 

Before being released in stores, the glasses will be available to preorder from Zoff’s official online store from 11am (JST) on September 20. From the same day from 9pm, there will be a one-hour-long live broadcast where the models will showcase their creations.  A limited number of the glasses will be available to preorder during this live broadcast. 

 

There is also a lottery taking place with the chance to take part in the Zoff CLASSIC Girls Collection Special Event which consists of two parts: A tea session where you can listen to the girls’ stories on how they produced the glasses and even get some pointers on how to coordinate your look, and a special photography session with the three models. 

 

Designs by Saki Shibata

ZH191011 Available in 3 colours ¥7,000

These compact and circular-shaped rims are the perfect way to highlight your classic look or even a tomboy look. However you decide to wear these glasses, you will always look good with minimum effort. 

ZO192024  Available in 3 colours ¥9,000

The vintage style and matte coloured metal frame make these glasses perfect for both men and women. The carefully chosen size makes these extra special. 

Shibata’s statement on the personalised symbol:

“I want the wearer to feel good the moment they put on these glasses. I designed these glasses to give the wearer confidence to hold their head high and say: ‘Today is going to be a wonderful day and I am going to enjoy every moment of it.'”

 

Designs by Yuri Suganuma

ZP192020 Available in 3 colours ¥7,000

These frames are rectangular with soft round edges to make your face look smaller and your eyes look bigger. 

ZO191012 Available in 3 colours ¥9,000

A perfect mix between foxy and geeky, the roundness of these rims is subtle, adding a feminine touch to your look. Although you may get the impression that these glasses only go well with a few styles, they actually coordinate well with a surprisingly large range of styles.

Suganuma’s statement on the personalised symbol:

“My design is a heart rate to represent how the wearer will feel when they put these glasses on. I hope my glasses make your heart jump with excitement.” 

 

Designs by Rinko Murata 

ZP192019 Available in three colours ¥7,000

The metal frame is so beautiful that it is like wearing an accessory. The subtle colours of the frame make it perfect for casual clothing. If you are looking for something for everyday use, these are perfect. Big rims are trending right now. 

ZN191011 Available in three colours ¥9,000

There is a wonderful contrast between the different materials used and the circular-shaped lenses give a classic look. Switch the lenses for blue light blocking lenses to reduce the amount of blue light exposure from your computer and phone. 

Murata’s statement on the personal symbol:

“I etched my initials ‘rm’ into the design. I hope the wearer feels the power to transform into a brand new person whenever they put on these glasses. I hope my glasses provide a sense of comfort and confidence to the wearer.”

 

Whether you are a fan of the models or this is your first time hearing about them, you just have to check out their stylish designs which are suitable for men and women of all ages.

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    On March 2, 2019 Japanese model Saki Shibata, along with nine others, carried out a research project entitled “Research Lab on the Charms of Oki” (隠岐のお気に入り研究所) to come up with a travel plan for the Oki Islands.

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    Saki played back through her mind how overwhelmed she was by the islands’ nature and how warm and welcoming the locals were. All the other research members were absorbed in her talk and listened intently.

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    A “geopark” is a location with valuable geological features and forms and promotes the well-being of people living there through education and tourism.

     

    Japan has nine officially-designated UNESCO Global Geoparks, one of them being the Oki Islands. Check out the video above which includes drone footage showcasing the expanse of nature there. It makes you want to see it with your very own eyes.

    The group subsequently went on to creating a travel plan for the Oki Islands. Each member wrote down where they wanted to visit in Oki amongst other things.

    They asked questions to the Geopark associate such as whether you can fish squid there, do skydiving and so on. When the group were asked what they had written down, all 9 of them had said they wanted to try eating Okigyu, or “Oki Beef.” Local food is an absolute must to include on any travel plan.

    Saki and her fellow research members’ original plan is complete, full of ways to feel the full power of Oki’s nature.

    After learning about Oki, everybody got to try specialty products from the island. They lapped up the flavours of Oki while listening to Saki speak more about her time there.

    Oki is famous for “Haruka,” a type of Iwagaki oyster. They are a brand of oyster raised in the beautiful waters of Nakanoshima in the town of Ama. They also tried other local delights such as turbo sazae rice balls, seaweed miso soup, sake lees crackers and kojouyu miso, fukugi tea and more.

    Obsidian

    Salted Polvorón Cookies (Oki Kisen Shoji) / Sake Lees Crackers (Oki Brewery) / Sake Lees Soap (jimono) / Fukugi Mist (jimono) / Fukugi Tea (Amacho Sakura no Ie)

    At the end of the event, Saki and the members were given an obsidian key ring and batch of Oki souvenirs from the associate. Though the event took place in Tokyo, everybody was able to get their fill of Oki.

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    clear frames and their natural appearance

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    Left: Zoff – ¥7,000 (Before Tax) / Right: Zoff – ¥7,000 (Before Tax)

     

     

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    Left: OWNDAYS – ¥10,980 (Before Tax) / Right: Zoff – ¥9,000 (Before Tax)

     

     

    playing around with unique glasses

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    While an outfit like this will make you feel proper, paying attention to the size and material while taking into account the overall balance will have you looking even more dapper.

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    Left: Zoff – ¥9,000 (Before Tax) / Right: JINS – ¥12,000 (Before Tax)

     

     

    my new standard

    Everyone has their ‘go-to’ outfits. By adding just some little changes to your go-to you can experience a whole new you.

    My long-sleeved trench coat coupled with the loose pants makes for a tight balance. Combining this with glasses that have a defined colour and shape brings the whole mood of the look together.

    When I look in the mirror, I see an unfamiliar me. A new me.

    Model’s Glasses: JINS – ¥12,000 (Before Tax)

    Left: Zoff – ¥9,000 (Before Tax) / Right: JINS – ¥5,000 (Before Tax)

     

    Find the glasses that you look the look of and discover a you that you never knew existed too.

     

    Source: https://asbs.jp/archives/37286

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    Saki Shibata loves travel, both in her personal and work life. She was recently appointed ambassador of the Tokunoshima Island Gem Project.

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    To know the products, Saki must first learn about the people making them and where. She gets her hands on a tourist guidebook of Tokunoshima and studies. The island is approximately 470km south of mainland Kagoshima. It takes about an hour to get from there to the island in a plane. It’s also famous for triathlons and bullfighting.

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    There is a rare and unusual product made from the island’s sugarcane “Shima no Napoleon.” It’s a type of sugarcane shochu sold on the island, outside of which only Amami Ōshima has special approval to make it, a neighbouring island. Saki saw the alcohol in shops and restaurants on Tokunoshima.

    Sugarcane shochu demands delicate control and management in the production process. Multiple types of storage vessels are used to contain it. Saki felt even more so just how special Shima no Napoleon is when she saw the place it was being made.

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    You can get them in stylish pouches or high quality packaging for that proper souvenir feel. The box type is really cute!

    The manager also kindly showed us around the factory. He has a wonderful smile!

    Saki was healed by the harmonious and peaceful atmosphere of everybody working.

    The next place Saki headed to was Tomita, an industrial association in Tokunoshima where they make raw peanuts. Tokunoshima is a producer of peanuts which has earned them the name Jimame, or “land of legumes.”

    The reason they sell the peanuts raw is because they want people to eat them with the flavour of their choosing at home. They also come with some simple recipes. Also, when planted, the raw peanuts give rise to sprouts in just a few days. People planting their own peanuts is something they want to encourage too.

    Let’s take a look at some of the other wonderful products. The Papaya Spice, a product of Okayama, goes well sprinkled lightly on meat, helping to bring out the meat’s full flavour. It’s packed with papaya enzymes and is supposed to be good when dieting.

     

    The Buta Miso is an accompaniment to a meal and is made from Berkshire pig, ginger, peanuts and other ingredients.

    If you want to visit Tokunoshima but haven’t got time then we’ve got some good news for you! If you’re in Tokyo between February 9 and March 8 this year, all of the “gems” you’ve seen up to now and more can be bought at Rito Kitchen in Nihonbashi. These are available for a limited time only, so head on over ASAP and enjoy the flavours of Tokunoshima.

     

    ■Information

    Rito Kitchen Nihonbashi

    Address: YUITO Nihonbashi Muromachi Nomura Building Floor B1F, 2-4-3 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-6225-2095

     

    Here are the products that Saki was most interested in when visiting Tokunoshima.

     

    The first is Shima no Hachimitsu, or “Island Honey” made by Shigeaki Maeda. This raw honey contains no sugar or additives. It has a very organic flavour that lets you taste the nature of Tokunoshima.

    Mr. Maeda handles every part of the manual labour effort when creating his honey, from collecting bees to operating the centrifuge to packaging. He understands customers may become worried as the concentrated honey solidifies when it’s stored below 14℃ (though this does not affect its quality, he explains), so he sells it from springtime.

    Contact:Shigeaki Maeda #201 5553-8 Kamezu Tokunoshima-cho Oshimagun Kagoshina

     

    This is called a Great Green Turban. You often see them spanning 20cm on Amami Ōshima, and you can even prep and cook them. Saki made them herself during her stay and enjoyed pasta and curry.

    Blue Shell, a Great Green Turban workshop, uses their mother-of-pearls to create beautiful stamps. Each and every one is handmade by the owner Umeyama, so all of them have their own unique forms and shapes.

     

    You can’t miss out on products made with oranges native to Tokunoshima either. The Dressing Candy, a brand of ponzu, is made with orange juice and fine powder and uses absolutely no agrochemicals. It’s a product that’s hard to get your hands on anywhere else.

     

    The 100% orange juice too is full of nutritional value and has even been called a “high power food.”

    Tokunoshima Airport is nicknamed Kodakara Kuukou, or “the airport treasured with children.” This comes from the high birth rate up and down the island. When you exit the airport you see women dubbed Nesugatayama as they look like the mountains when laying down. The airport is supposed to give you very good luck!

    Try discovering the beautiful charms of Tokunoshima yourself too like Saki, the ambassador of the Tokunoshima Island Gem Project, and be sure to visit Rito Kitchen too to enjoy the natural flavours of the island if you can’t make the trip.

  • Kiko Mizuhara Appears at the Opening of Glasses Store Zoff at Mong Kok in Hong Kong

    22.October.2018 | FASHION

    Japanese glasses brand Zoff opened its fifth Hong Kong branch at Langham Place in Mong Kok on October 10. American-Japanese model, actress and designer Kiko Mizuhara is used as the face of the brand’s new Zoff Secret Agent series which is being sold in Hong Kong and China, but she also attended the store’s opening event on October 20.

    Operation

    Undercover

    Seducation

    On-the-move

    Mizuhara brought the latest fashion culture from Japan to the street of Hong Kong for Zoff Hong Kong’s new season theme ‘Future Tokyo Vision SPY’ and debuted their four new secret agent styles: Operation, Undercover, Seduction and On-the-move.

    She received a warm reception and huge round of applause when she stepped onto stage and greeted the locals in Cantonese. She was asked by the event moderator about her impression of Zoff: “I have had the opportunity to appear in Zoff’s commercials and ads since I was about 20 years old. Their concepts are always packed with creative ideas. They often are able to seek out fantastic characters. I find that aspect of them interesting and believe it align with my own concept. I enjoy becoming someone other than me and creating with them.”

     

    When asked about the glasses she was wearing on staged, she explained: “Today’s style is futuristic. I thought I’d try something different from my usual self so I picked out these sunglasses.”

     

    If you’re looking to find the latest styles in Japan then be sure to check out Zoff’s glasses range.

  • Winnie the Pooh Glasses Line to be Released by Zoff

    27.August.2018 | FASHION

    To celebrate the Japanese release of Christopher Robin on September 14, glasses brand Zoff have announced a new and original Winnie the Pooh series of glasses. The line will be released in-store in Japan nationwide on September 14. The Zoff online store is taking early orders from August 31.

    There are 25 designs to choose from split across two different lines. The London Line features cute prints of the characters on the temple while the Honey Line are made of metal to give a classic look. The series uses exclusive artwork that reflects the story of the movie, and each frame has metal parts that symbolize Pooh’s favourite food in the world – honey. The glasses are for both kids and adults alike.

     

    London Line
    The colours are the front have been selected so they can be worn in most situations. The sides have a mellow tone and are coloured in a way perfect for co-ordinating with autumn and winter fashion. There are 16 pairs in the line-up with four types and four temple designs. They come in oval, square and stylish fox shapes.

     

    ・Frame Shape

    Catalog No.: ZA181051 – Oval shape worn by people across all ages. Leaves a gentle impression.

    Catalog No.: ZA181052 – Square shape that makes you look smart and punctual.

    Catalog No.: ZA181053 – Large-shaped glasses that are a trend right now and easy to co-ordinate with glasses fashion.

    Catalog No.: ZA181054 – Fox-shaped glasses that bring out femininity and personality.

     

    ・Temple Design

    The temple designs were drawn specially for the release of the movie. The concept behind them is ‘Pooh leaving the forest for the first time and going to London.’

    Saying: A city-like vibe with typography of Pooh’s famous sayings.
    Friends: A fun design featuring Pooh’s pals Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore.

    Flags: A cool Union Jack design that screams London.
    Woods: A relaxing scene inside Pooh’s forest.

     

    Honey Line
    This line has metal frames and incorporates elements of glasses trends. They give off the shine of melty honey and are decorated with honeycomb studs . This stylish line can be enjoyed not just by Pooh fans but lovers of jewellery too.

    Catalog No.: ZS182001 – The fox shape that stops at the eyeline emits a sense of elegance while the frontside honeycomb parts leave an impression of luxury.

    Catalog No.: ZS182002 – A sweet design inspired by runny honey with elegant thin rims.

    Catalog No.: ZS182003 – This design jumps on the trend of oversized glasses. The honeycomb shaped studs on the sides make you look cool.

    Peek into the world of Winnie the Pooh with this new glasses range.

     

    ■Information
    Disney Collection Created by Zoff “Winnie the Pooh Series”
    Available: Zoff stores, Zoff online store, Zoff Rakuten, ZOZOTOWN and elsewhere
    Release Date: September 14, 2018
    Pre-orders: From August 31 via the Zoff online store
    Price: ¥7,000-¥9,000 (Pre-Tax)
    *Comes with original design glasses case and cloth.
    Types: London Line – 16 Pairs (4 Shapes, 4 Designs) / Honey Line – 9 Pairs (3 Shapes, 3 Colours)
    Webpage: http://www.zoff.co.jp/sp/disney-collection

    *Winnie the Pooh Series to go live on the website on August 31

     

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