Barn’s – Limited Edition eyewear
Contrary to the big name companies that offer mass produced standardized eyeglasses, Barn’s since 2012, proposes a radical and innovative approach to luxury eyewear.
Bernard Benouaiche the creative mind behind Barn’s, combines in each frame the expertise and know-how of a luxury eyewear maker with the elegance of a jeweller’s craftsmanship.
Each model is guaranteed as unique because each new creation is produced in a single series of 99 pieces according to colour; the unique serial number can be found on the branch of the frames.
The Hugues met Bernard in Paris to hear the story that each Barn’s frame has to tell and about the passion he puts in every piece.
H. Bernard how did it all begin?
Growing in-between the artistic world of my mother (a sculptor) and the scientific circle of friends of my father (a dental surgeon) has given me the right mix of boldness in creation and desire to incessantly redefine aesthetics of the great canons of beauty.
As a certified and trained optician, I have created my own brand in 2012, to which I gave my nickname “Barn's”, specialized in custom-made eyewear, handmade in France.
“B. Barn's” launch came 2 years after. The concept is based to make lines in limited edition, 99 pieces by colour and reference, with real handmade techniques in France.
H. Which is the most iconic frame of your collection?
I believe it would be “ABBEY”, a hippie-chic pair frames, bestseller in the concept store Colette – Paris.
This creation plays with transparency, materials and volumes to create a model whose lines embody lightness and airiness. Composed of cellulose acetate and 24 carat gold, the model further distinguishes itself by its original shape and twisted crossbar with a “stirrup nose” which reinforces the airy nature of the creation.
ABBEY’S lenses are fabricated and certified by Essilor. The frames are mounted onto ceramic plates to ensure optimal comfort and resistance when put to the test.
H. How would you define your style?
The fashion press defines my style as "Retro-futurist".
H. Who or what inspires your drawings?
Everything can bring inspiration to me, though I really need only two things: some good music and harmonious subjects.
H. What makes the “perfect” frames?
The right pair of glasses is the one you love! Nothing more! The perfect pair is the one that extends and defines our personality.
H. Who would you like see wearing your glasses?
Some of our customers include artists such as Ornella Muti, Christophe Lambert or Beyoncé and Jay-z... But also I'm really proud when clients, like you and me Instagram themselves with a pair of Barn’s!
H. What comes next for Barns?
Many things are planned, but you will have to follow us to discover more!
H. The corner (bar or restaurant) of your city you like most and your favourite holiday destination.
I live in Deauville, a city where horses are our kings! There is one place there, in front of the beach, where you see horses galloping by the sea... Amazing!
Holidays is when I am inspired and drawing for a new collection.