After three successful editions, KOMONO renews its partnership with the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. KOMONO worked together with two master students in the creation of a pair of sunglasses linked to their personal work. The result is an outspoken collection that bolsters the fresh vision of tomorrow’s top designers. The collection will launch during the annual graduation show of the Academy.


KOMONO x Igor Dieryck

The YESSIR collection is inspired by a reflection on the place of hotel staff within their establishment. Through firsthand experience of working at a reception of a hotel, Igor saw the wide variety of complex and subtle relations between the different protagonists sharing the space of a hotel lobby. The main objective of Igor’s collection is to highlight those who, too often, are ignored and concealed by a system that does not give them the place to be powerful. The eyewear element of his collection is inspired by the shape of a champagne glass, served by a waiter. The 2cm depth of the frames translates the metaphorical distance between the waiter and the customer whose eyes often go straight to the champagne, not to the person serving it. The eyewear becomes a detail in highlighting the overall dialogue of the collection, the incorporation of the interaction between the waiter and customer.

Photos: Lennert Madou

KOMONO x Tak Jiyeon


The “Knives Out” collection was inspired by a certain attitude, an attitude of arming and standing tall to withstand unexpected external stimuli. Tak focuses on cultural content and historical garments to enrich her collection. Culturally, the focus lies in the German expressionist era of films. The overall dark and twisted setting, as well as narrative, sets the direction of the collection’s atmosphere. Garment wise the collection borrowed inspiration from a knight’s armor and the dialogue surrounding it; to protect, disobey and rebel. The eyewear aligns with the collection as a direct translation of this certain attitude. Showing key wounds or scars from knight’s sword dueling fights.

Photos: Lalo Gonzalez