ERKERS’s 1879 unveils the AP collection
Erkers1879 has unveiled their latest collection, AP, with 15 eyewear models and 11 new colour blends. The Erkers family use their product collections to tell the stories of their past, this one highlighting their founding father, Adolph P. Erker (A.P.), and the start of their family legacy. Each frame from the collection takes its name from the city of St. Louis, where A.P. opened their original optical store in 1879 and where the family business is still headquartered to this day.
For the initial release of the collection, the Erkers have designed 13 eyeglass models and 2 sunglass models, all of which are handcrafted and hand-polished in their 48-step manufacturing process. Made to last a lifetime, each piece consists of either surgical grade stainless steel or a custom cellulose acetate, designed by the Erkers exclusively for the brand, the company states. Each model is available in 4-5 colours.
Catering to a range of personal styles, the release introduces six feminine eyeglasses, three masculine, and four unisex frames in a selection of shapes and sizes. In the selection of feminine eyeglasses, there are five acetate models, Winghaven, Sycamore Hills, Bridgeton, Westwood, and Bellefontaine, and one metal eyeglass, Arnold, featuring a classic cat eye shape with a sleek, sophisticated style. In the men’s series, there are two acetate models, Beverly Hills and Olivette, and one metal, Creve Coeur, a classic rectangle design. Included are two unisex acetate models, Northwoods and Bates City, and two unisex metal shapes, Vanita Park and Bernard.
The sunglasses, Chippewa and Portland Place, are both polarized combination frames with a mix of acetate and surgical steel. Blending classic and contemporary elements, model Chippewa is a masculine sunglass featuring a metal frame with an acetate piece along the brow. Model Portland Place, a women’s sunglass with a cat eye shape, features a metal brow and temples paired with colored acetate rims.