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BAZAAR talks to Ti Kwa, co-founder of eye­wear brand Ri­gards, whose nat­u­ral­horn sun­glasses have been catch­ing the at­ten­tion of dis­cern­ing fash­ion in­sid­ers all

around the globe from Paris to Tokyo. What got you started in this eye­wear busi­ness? In a nut­shell, my part­ner [ JeanMarc Vi­rard] and I got bored of mass-pro­duced frames. We wanted to cre­ate some­thing orig­i­nal and dif­fer­ent. Our prod­ucts are for men and women who trea­sure ob­jects that will get bet­ter with age and wear. What’s the look of the brand and what do you think sets it apart? I would say that we are non­con­formist. We use nat­u­ral horn for all our glasses and we hand­craft ev­ery sin­gle frame the old-school way. Be­cause it’s nat­u­ral, the horn varies in grain and colour so each piece is unique in depth and rich­ness. And to top it off, horn de­vel­ops a beau­ti­ful patina over time. Where were th­ese new sun­glasses made? We source our horn from all over the world, in­clud­ing Africa and Mon­go­lia, and the glasses are made in our ate­lier in Hong Kong. Do you work with other fash­ion brands? We did a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Thamanyah by Ahmed Ab­del­rah­man last sea­son. We will be ex­pand­ing that to a women’s col­lec­tion. Right now, we’re work­ing on some re­ally ex­cit­ing crossovers but they’re still in the early stages. I would love to col­lab­o­rate with Yo­hji Ya­mamoto. Will you be ex­pand­ing into other cat­e­gories? At the mo­ment, our fo­cus is solely on our eye­wear and mak­ing im­prove­ments to our ex­ist­ing prod­uct of­fer­ings. What’s the next big thing in eye­wear? Th­ese days, it seems peo­ple are show­ing a lot of love for round shapes and well-en­dowed frames in un­usual ma­te­ri­als, which is great for us! Ri­gards eye­wear is avail­able at Re­liance Op­ti­cal, 27, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar. Tel: 03-2284 9906. FRESH­MAN 101 Pro- en­vi­ron­ment, Lierac’s anti-ir­ri­ta­tion af­ter-shave mois­turiser is made of the most po­tent plant ex­tracts. This soothing balm en­velops the skin post-shave with fresh pep­per­mint ex­tracts that are rich in polyphe­nols that pro­duce “happy mol­e­cules” to re­duce red­ness as well as that ir­ri­tat­ing st­ing – and it’s all nat­u­ral.

Billy Reid Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’13

1. Leather Florence mes­sen­ger bag, Coach + Billy Reid 2. Croc war­rior tote, Coach + Billy Reid 3. Archival twill day bag, Coach + Billy Reid

Work in progress at the Ri­gards show­room

Lierac Homme Soothing Balm, RM100

Ri­gards Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’13

Bio­therm Homme Force Supreme Gel, RM210

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