AKONI and WINNIE have just teamed up to transcend your typical partnership. AKONI, a standout luxury eyewear brand, and WINNIE, the contemporary fashion label curated by Idris Balogun, share a similar creative vision: a commitment to a meticulous process of fine, intricate tailoring. It’s not just a meeting of two brands; it’s a celebration of a shared mindset, a mutual ethos finding expression in everyday details.
AKONI, synonymous with Japanese-made Swiss eyewear, embraces a philosophy of honest luxury and deep research into materials and technologies, and, as expressed by AKONI, the eyewear collaboration enhances the brand’s dedication to artisanal practices and timeless luxury.
The collection, displayed at The American Library in Paris, explores a play on function, distorted shapes, and a rooted color palette. Tailoring takes center stage in Balogun’s designs, featuring sleek silhouettes with an cool vibe inspired by his time at HARDY AIMES.
“WINNIE for me has always been about creating beautiful things and AKONI have the same mindset, frames were integral to the BEATNIK look and as such, it made perfect sense to partner with a company that embodies the same morals, in that ‘FRAMING VISIONARIES’ space.”– Idris Balogun, Founder and Creative Director of WINNIE