• EXCLUSIVE: Balmain to Debut New Eyewear With Startup Akoni

    7 days ago - By WWD

    PARIS - Balmain will be debuting its new eyewear collection on the runway at its men's show Friday, a premium line created with new licensee Akoni, a startup based in Switzerland that was co-founded by industry veteran Rosario Toscani.
    Nearly a year in the making, the line - initially a capsule of five sunglass styles before a broader offer including optical frames launches in September - was originally scheduled to be introduced on the runway with Balmain's women's collection in February. When the label's creative director Olivier Rousteing discovered the designs, however, he decided to...
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