Alain Mikli and the 21-year-old Rome-based jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez collaborate to produce Delfina Delettrez Sunglasses. Made of acetate and offered in such colors as red and black, the sunglasses take their inspiration from Delettrez’s jewelry collection. Ornamentation consists of charms such as small insects, animals, skulls and dragons also found on the jewelry. One of the styles Delfina 0904 (pictured here) features a black acetate front and temples made of leather or sterling silver chains with enameled sterling silver skulls and flora and fauna hanging earring fashion from the ends of the chains. The frame fronts are held in place by the weight of the chains. The charms, which may be collected over the seasons, can be switched with a simple snap hook.

Photographed by Annie Gallagher/Black Box studio

Delfina Delettrez’s sunglasses—and jewelry—can be summarized in a few words: “exoteric, bewitching, fascinating, romantic/gothic, mystical and precious,” says Alain Mikli.

The sunglasses are available in a limited edition and come in a leather case with a cleaning cloth.

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Delfina Delettrez is the daughter of Silvia Fendi of the Fendi fashion dynasty and Bernard Delettrez, the venerable French jeweler. Her jewelry collection, which combines super luxe materials with natural elements—gold, silver and diamonds paired with leather, bone and wood—debuted in 2007 during Paris fashion week at Colette, the preeminent Parisian fashion and style boutique. She also has her own jewelry shop in Rome.