Designer and style expert - Mr Flyy Campbell

 We just love the style that Mr Flyy Campbell oozes and as he seems to love our frames we thought we’d introduce you to his world of style. Menswear designer and style expert Mr Flyy Campbell hails from London, he’s not only a recognised fashion designer with an extensive background in print and textile design collaborating with some of our biggest brands like Harrods, John Lewis and ben Sherman he is also a recognised fashion blogger and style Guru. He’s definitely one to keep an eye on and if you’re in need of a bit of style inspiration look no further here’s just a few of his latest looks that have made our jaws drop!

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If you want some inspiration you can keep up to date with Mr Flyy Campbell by checking out his blog! 

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Sarah Vaughan.

 Bringing you the wonderful jazz vocalist and inspiration behind our ‘SARAH’ frames, Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990).  Born into a very religious family, at the age of seven she started to play piano and sing in her local church choir and her love for music grew from there. Throughout her teenage years she would sneak into clubs to play on stage and be inspired by other musicians, then at the age of 18 she won the Amateur night at the Apollo theatre, then in 1943 she was contracted her to open for Ella Fitzgerald and her singing career blossomed from there. Later she would be known as ‘Sassy’ or ‘Sailor’ for her salty speech. 

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These slightly rectangular frames are inspired by Sarah’s slightly wild and rule breaking personality. We’ve decided to share with you a live version of 'Tenderly' recorded in 1958. 

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'SARAH’- Black 

Sundays with Cleo Laine

Dame Cleo Laine (1927-current), the English jazz, pop singer and actress and the inspiration behind our ‘CLEO’ frame! Unlike a lot of jazz singers of the 50’s Cleo didn’t start her professional singing career till her mid twenties when she successfully auditioned for the ‘Johnny Dankworth seven band’. Laine known for her scat singing and vocal range is the only female performer to have received Grammy nominations in all three genres jazz, pop and classical music.

                                  

These rounded over sized frames, which have been dedicated to Cleo Laine, full of glamour and style we feel match her personality perfectly.  This performance of ‘Woman Talk’ in 1665 really shows of her incredible vocal range. 

'CLEO'- Havana 

Ella Fitzgerald

 Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996), American jazz vocalist with a vocal range that spanned over three octaves! No wonder she was know as the ‘Queen of jazz’ and is the inspiration behind our ‘ELLA’ frames.  Fitzgerald started off her singing career at the age of 17 when she started to perform at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York. It was here that she won the opportunity to compete in the ‘amateur nights’ where she was originally planning to dance, luckily of us she was intimidated by a dance duo and opted to sing, from there she went on to have a 60- year recording career recording over 70 albums, winning 14 Grammys, awarded the National Medal of Arts and finally the presidential medal of freedom by George H. W. Bush. 

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With such a successful career within jazz she just had to have a place within our frames too! A strong bold shape for a strong bold jazz singer. With so many awe inspiring records its hard to decide on our favourite but today we’ve decided that it would be 'lets fall in love' recorded in 1959! 

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 ’ELLA’- Black

A day with Peggy Lee

 Today we have decided to delve into the world of American jazz singer, songwriter, composer and inspiration behind our ‘PEGGY’ frames, Peggy Lee (1920-2002).  Lee started out her singing career whilst she was still at high school, playing for small sums on local radio stations.  It was a few years later when she was playing at the Buttery room that her career really started to take off. She was spotted by bandleader, Benny Goodman and played with him for two years.  Lee reached her first number one hit in 1942 with ‘somebody else is taking my place’.

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Not only did Peggy Lee have a successful singing career she also composed music and acted, in 1955 she appeared in Walt Disney’s ‘Lady and the Tramp’ as voice of the dreaded Siamese cats. Over all she had a career that spanned over 6 decades! Which is why we feel this very elegant yet bold cat eye frame would suit her career and personality perfectly! We are losing ourselves in her music and so should you, here’s one of our favourites to get you started: Peggy Lee - 'Fever' (1958).

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'PEGGY' - Clear Crystal 

Welcome to the world of Etta James!

 Celebrating the first Tuesday of the month with one of the top female jazz singers, Etta James! American singer-songwriter Etta James (1938-2012) was possibly one of the greatest female singers of her time, with her style spanning such a wide variety of music including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll and jazz we just had to dedicate a frame to this jazz great!  James’s career blossomed in 1954 with hits such as ‘Wallflower’ and ‘Something’s got a hold of me’ since then she went on to win 6 Grammys and 17 blues music awards and was ranked 22 on the list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. 

Our ‘ETTA’ frames are are inspired by by this jazz great and we feel that they suit her personality and bold strong voice. With a very traditional frame shape they are easy to wear, however these frames come in some bold colours that we feel bring out the colour of Etta’s voice. But don’t let us tell you how brilliantly bold her voice is have a listen to one of our favourites 'I'd rather be blind' 

'ETTA' in Mauve 

Tuesday with June Christy

With the weather being miserable outside we’ve decided to lighten up our day with the wonderful American jazz singer June Christy (1925-1990). Christy started off her singing career at the age of thirteen when she sang as part of the Decatur-based Bill Oetzel Orchestra, this orchestral background gave her the silky smooth vocals that she became so well know for. In 1954 she went on to release her solo EP ‘Something cool’ that not only flew into the top 20 charts but was also pioneered the way for the cool jazz movement of the 50’s.  Sadly Christy wasn’t fully recognised as a jazz great till after her death in 1990 when she was hailed “one of the finest and most neglected singers of her time”. 'Taking a chance on love' was released in 1950 and is one of our favourite tracks! 

This performance of ‘how hight the moon’ with Nat King Cole and Mel Torme we really feel shows off not just her silky smooth voice but her bright personality too. Which is where the inspiration for our 'CHRISTY' frames came from. A very quirky cat eye frame for a jazz great who’s voice seemed so different to others of her time.

 

 

Enjoying Thursday with DINAH WASHINGTON

 In celebration of this fine Thursday we’ve decided to share with you one of the most popular female recording artists of the 50’s, American singer and pianist Dinah Washington (1924-1963).  Starting out her life surrounded by the influences of gospel choirs till the age of 15 when she won a talent show and made the transition fro the choir to the clubs of Chicago. She then went on to record 27 R&B top ten hits, which made her one of the most popular and successful singers of her period. 

After having such a successful jazz career we just had to dedicate a frame to the great Dinah Washington, we feel that this simple yet sophisticated frame would suit her style and most importantly her personality perfectly. It was a hard decision to choose our favourite song from Dinah but we went for 'Makin' Woopee' recorded in 1956 

'DINAH' frames in IVORY

Lose yourself in Billie Holiday

Ohhh Billie Holiday how we love to lose ourselves in your incredibly inspiring voice and that is why today you are our jazz great! Billie Holiday (1915-1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter who, throughout her career had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. While not having the easiest of lives her vocal style strongly inspired by jazz instrumentals pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. While Holiday had a lack of musical education her well trained ear more than made up for this and in 1933 at the age of only 18 she recorded her hit debut single, ‘Your mothers son in law’ which sold 5,000 copies! 

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Listening to Holiday’s music you can feel the pain and passion of her life fuelling her emotional performances. This is why we have dedicated such a bold frame to Billie as we feel it really resembles her bold emotion filled vocals. So sit back and lose yourself in Billie Holiday’s 'i'm a fool to want you' from the album ‘Lady Satin’ recorded in 1958 and still giving us goosebumps! 

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'BILLIE'  frames in Black 

Anita O’day- Jazz great of the week!

 For the next 10 weeks we will be celebrating some of the top female jazz musicians from the 1950’s. To kick off this list of musical talent we’ve chosen jazz vocalist Anita O’day (1919-2006). Known as the ‘Jezebel of Jazz’ making big band appearances she shattered the traditional image of the ‘girl singer’, she presented herself as a ‘hip’ jazz musician wearing band jacket and shirt instead of the traditional evening gown. We love her ‘go for it’ attitude toward life and music so we decided to dedicate our striking ‘ANITA’ frame to this jazz great! 

                       

These cat eye frames are full of creativity, carrying a strong sense of style and attitude which we feel suits Anita’s personality perfectly! Just watch her sing and you will know what we mean, 'That old feeling'- Anita O’day 1963.