At House of Coco we love a unique, quirky fashion collection and that’s why we are LOVING the PALM PEACH collection from TERMITE EYEWEAR. This SS15 season they have been experimenting with sustainably sourced materials, incorporating scrap acetate into their designs. Inspired by 1970’s photography in Miami, Florida, PALM PEACH beams intense dip-dye colours and textural combinations. Challenging shape and construction to support their industrial aesthetic, the new collection is set against their signature raw wood finish on birch ply.
Termite Eyewear, a start-up venture by then-students Natalie Finch and Patricia Williams, who were in their final year of fashion design at Ravensbourne University at the time. Termite Eyewear were given the opportunity to have a pop-up store at Graduate Fashion Week and it was interesting to see the tangible product at a graduate showcase, where people would wander past, trying on their signature wooden sunglasses, thinking they were available to buy straight away. That’s down to Termite’s USP – sustainable, made in Britain and out of recycled materials, namely wood. Natalie and Patricia set out to put a “challenging, exciting and desirable, not frumpy and boring” spin on sustainable design, “creating fashion that helps to maintain our planet, benefiting us as well as being cool.” Susie Lau – Style Bubble
The pair have accumulated experience at the likes of Celine and Jonathan Saunders but have still found time to bring Termite to life. Since graduating last year, their project is now in full fruition, with a fully functioning e-commerce website. The styles available at the moment online are part of the Base collection – the full shape and the half shape with round lens in different shades, and in a choice of raw, ebony, rose and oak wood. The frames are meticulously laser cut, then hand worked to get the smooth edges, using wood that has been sourced from independent reclaimed/recycled wood. They’ve just put together two near collections that go beyond the two “Base” styles. The Barber collection is inspired by Old English heritage with vintage interior shades of burgundy and forest green used. The cut-outs on the wooden frame has been adjusted to allude to more of a 1950s frame silhouette.