Born from a lifelong passion for experimental eyewear brought to life through a creative partnership between entrepreneur will.i.am and Graz Mulcahy, designer and friend. ill.i is a project that challenges the norm. Re-imagining timeless silhouettes with a progressive approach, the contemporary aesthetic makes a definitive point of being both past and future.
ill.i is a platform that uses the frame as a blank canvas to draw parallels between many disciplines of art and creativity. By bringing them together in a unique way that define our principles of relevance and quality. All frames are handmade in Italy by skilled craftsmen using innovative techniques. ill.i pushes boundaries of tradition with advanced materials and new technologies.
The optical collection of five unique styles is a more refined approach to previous models with select shapes both thinner and skewed feminine in the delicate construction. Rose gold accents compliment this.
Throughout optical and sun ranges, new custom engineered titanium temples have fast become an ill.i signature mark. The use of titanium allows for a lightweight feel supported with robust application.
Progressive construction techniques makes all day use comfortable and extends the life on the glasses without any wear on the shape. Built-in springs compound with this innovation for a luxury sensibility.
ill.i Opticstoday launches it’s third breakout eyewear collection at SILMO in Paris, continuing to push boundaries in both aesthetics and custom design.
Envisioned in LA, handmade in Italy and born from a life-long passion for experimental eyewear, the latest offerings of both sun and optical are luxurious in materials and unisex in design.
The collection brazenly represents the next chapter of ill.i by bringing bold fashion attributes to classic shapes. New technologies and a new age design fit somehow blend subtle yet standout seamlessly.
AW15 debuts seven new sun styles plus a limited edition leather frame.Overall, the collection strips back gradient lens techniques and focuses on modern color blocking as part of the brand progression.
The color palette has also evolved from predominantly neutral tones by introducing earth gradients, gold and jet black highlights. Electric purple has also been re-introduced as a statement pop.
Hero styles are true to the ethos of borrowing from the past to create the future with nostalgic and somewhat recognizable silhouettes reimagined.
For this project, Xu Zhen and ill.i undertook a three-staged artistic process resulting in a singular, limitededition series of eyeglasses to be released in limited quantities worldwide November 2015. This alchemical collaboration between two icons of their respective fields responds to a moment of unprecedented conversation among contemporary art, pop culture, fashion and commerce, in which creativity is the common denominator. “Everything needs creativity. Creativity gathers culture, business, and many other things into one entity,” says Xu Zhen.
Ill.i announces a fresh collaboration with Hip Hop’s greatest, Slick Rick. Rapper, storyteller, music pioneer and global icon Slick Rick’s legendary style comes together with ill.i’s futuristic, avant-garde approach to design as the first capsule collection in an ongoing series of artist collaborations.
Created in limited quantities in a palette of electric purple, gloss black and matte crystal gray, the ultra-sleek silhouette combines Slick Rick’s authentic point of view with ill.i’s signature style and the subtle luxury synonymous with the SS15 collection. Striped detailing on the frame represent the recognized brand mark.
The ill.i x Slick Rick collaboration draws inspiration from vintage silhouettes and classic Hip Hop aesthetics in a way that is both progressive and timeless, resulting in unparalleled style that brings together past, present and future.
“Music and fashion have always been parallel, and both are my true passions. Ill.i x Slick Rick represents our vision for the next level of fresh, fly and classic eyewear.” – Slick Rick.