GAMINE NYC - Infinity in the frames
GAMINE is the new eyewear project founded in New York City by a young multi skilled trio of cosmopolites. The Hugues met Elena Kibalchich, co-founder and in charge of design, art and philosophy.
H. GAMINE is a great project. Tell us more about it.
We are three enthusiasts living between United States and Europe, world travelers, esthetes, dreamers. Each of us has a different background in art, IT, music, fashion, we have different interests, but we have mutual hobby - eyewear. GAMINE is a New York based company, founded in 2015. Really proud and happy having our hand made production in Italy, having a possibility to work with established brands in eyewear business such as Mazzucchelli acetate and Carl Zeiss vision lenses.
H. How would you define your style?
Our esthetic and idea is to play with round lenses only. Circles for us represent unity, infinity, without beginning and end, also this is our protective symbol. Round lenses as we know are not good for every shape of face, but we play with frames that people don't even notice that all our models have round lenses.
H. GAMINE is mainly inspired by…?
As global travelers, we are getting inspiration from people, cultures and different specific things that we find interesting for us. Big influence is architecture and geometric shapes.
H. What do you think will be the next big hit for eyewear?
We don't follow ant trends. Working for a quit long time in fashion and art business, we found and established our strong vision and esthetic. We have a lot of projects on a side and we simply don't have time to follow any trends. We prefer to spend our free time traveling getting inspired and create. Our eyewear represents ourselves at every stage of our life.
H. Any trick for our readers on how to choose the right pair of shades?
There are no tricks for choosing the right pair...It's usually our mood, state of our mind or spontaneous decision to try something new, to use it as an accessory or hide it from people, or simply cover it from the sun. The wearer does all the rest with its personal touch!
H. Who would you like see wearing your glasses?
We were very happy to see Lady Gaga who was spotted wearing GAMINE sunglasses in New York City. We are happy to see different people wearing our eyewear, it doesn't matter if it's a celebrity or not.
H. What comes next for GAMINE?
We are working on our third collection which will include optics. We also have a very interesting collaboration, but for the present it's a secret...
H. The corner (bar or restaurant) of your city you like most, your favorite holiday destination.
In NYC you can always see us somewhere in Williamsburg / Chinatown or Bushwick. Some of the favorite spots are Flower Shop and Happy Ending.