EXCLUSIVES EYEWEAR FROM A TALENTED DESIGNER
WITH A GIFT FOR COLOURS AND SHAPES
Marni is an Italian brand of high-end pret-a-porter eyewear, for the chic modern woman searching for that exclusive look. The impressive range of accessories, which includes Marni eyewear, is a typical example of what the brand is all about.
Consuelo Castiglioni, the brand’s creator, develops highly original collections with quirky and timeless designs. She works with unusual shapes, unexpected colour blends and quirky overlay techniques. This highly intimate brand uses each one of these details in the design of its glasses and sunglasses. The Marni philosophy: be free, surprise yourself, have fun.
Marni’s eyewear collections
Marni launched its women’s eyewear collection in 2005. With the same playful and elegant spirit of a clothing range, Marni glasses are available in unique shapes and rare colours. This originality is expressed to its full potential through the artisanal craftmanship that is such a prominent feature of the Italian workshop where the eyewear is made. Marni does not grant licenses, and this is one of the key reasons for the outstanding quality of its fashion accessories.
Whatever the season, Marni glasses always feature two key elements: an unexpected shape and the designer’s mastery of colour. In the spring, they display luminous, fluorescent colours, while the winter collection features a brand-specific pallet of greens, blues and light purples. This subtle, brand-specific colour work can be seen in each new eyewear range.
Marni sunglasses are a cat-walk mainstay that flirt unashamedly with originality, featuring acetate overlays, blends of acetate and metal, and above all, an array of colours unique to Marni collections. Marni models simply can’t be assigned to any one style, making them perfect for women in search of their own unique look.
Marni: a look back over a family story
Consuelo’s marriage to Gianni Castiglioni marked her entry into a Milan family that prospered in the 70s manufacturing fur pieces for fashion houses such as Dior and Fendi.
But the 90s saw a steep decline in sales caused by a new-found contempt for fur clothes. The Castiglioni family sought new inspiration, so the self-taught Consuelo designed a new pret-a-porter collection. She managed to renew fur’s tainted image by treating it like a textile.
In 1994, Marni – a contraction of Pietro Castiglioni’s children Marina and Gianni – was born, enjoying immediate success. Today, the brand has a presence in every capital city of the world and has managed to retain its exclusivity.
For CARLOTTI, it is the highly exclusive nature of Marni and its collections that make the brand so attractive.