Earlier this year, casual Brazilian eyewear brand Chilli Beans collaborated with bounce music artist Big Freedia on a collection of sunglasses and optical frames. They’ve hit a home run again working with YACHT, a playful duo—Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans—that makes dance music among other creative and thought-provoking endeavors (Evans also works as a science journalist, for example). The new “Make Your Face Smile” collection surprises with its subtle details, from architectural nose bridges to YACHT’s signature “smiangle” (a smiling triangle). Not to mention the high-quality frames and cases, which seem far and away worth their affordable price point of around $65.
“The collection is all black and white, because we always like to begin with a set of constraints when we make albums or tackle design projects,” Evans tells CH. “That, and being a creative duo, duality and contrast make sense to our brains—finding ways to make opposites complementary is what we’re all about. Each pair of sunglasses in the collection represents a little bit of both of us.” The unisex frames are sturdy, wearable and of course create some seriously good vibes—making them the perfect accessory.
With upwards of nine frame designs, the impressive collection offers everything from silly to simple. The “Eskimo” glasses for example, feature smiley-shaped cut-outs inspired by the slits in the first known sunglasses ever made (carved from ivory or wood to prevent snow blindness in the Arctic regions). Other styles pay homage to clear ’90s telephones, Groucho Marx and even the Memphis Group. Peruse the rest of the collection, now available for between $65 and $75 at Chilli Beans online.
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