By Vanessa Ng

Lenskart Cityscapes Reflect A Vision Of Asian Heritage

Four creatives envision a Southeast Asian frame of mind

Discover the wonders of four cities through the eyes of regional artists with Lenskart’s new Cityscapes collection. The brand has employed artists from Southeast Asia to champion their unique cultural legacies into a limited run of eyewear pieces. While nearly impossible to condense the novelties of our region’s extensive culture, the collaboration sees four visionaries channel their fresh interpretations through their distinct design styles. Lenskart Cityscapes sees designs from artists Tan Zi Xi, Muchlis Fachri, Jaemy C, and Le Thanh Tung, who draw inspiration from their home cities of Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Ho Chi Minh respectively.

The collection showcases 16 artful iterations of spectacle frames and eight limited-edition cases, in designs exclusive to Lenskart. Below, take a tour of the destination-inspired eyewear pieces.

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1. Singapore: Peranakan Tortoiseshell

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Singaporean artist Tan Zi Xi, otherwise known by Internet alias Messymsxi, believes in creative chaos. Drawing inspiration from her love for nature, Singapore’s Garden City moniker, and local Peranakan culture, her exclusive designs channel contemporary spins off of Singapore’s melting pot of culture. Across prints, textures and colours, Messymsxi’s designs convey a youthful energy, an integral component in framing one’s face. Our pick is a tortoiseshell beauty, finished with Peranakan tile motifs that spruce up any dull fit.

2. Vietnam: Folklore Fortune

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Tung, otherwise known as Crazy Monkey, is a prolific creative who works across multiple mediums—from digital illustrations, animations, and even kinetic automations. The Ho Chi Minh native embraces experimentation, and it’s visible in his collaborative designs. Leveraging Vietnamese folklore, our pick is an enchanting pair that feature five neon clouds, said to usher in luck to any wearer. Using colour symbolism to reflect Vietnamese institutions like the Saigon river and Notre Dame Cathedral, the sleek semi-transparent frames are a fortune-bearing find.

3. Indonesia: Glossy Sunsets

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With a penchant for bright, vivid, and bold design, visual artist Muklay prominently features his signature eye motif across his works. Perhaps best known for his quirky and fun street art style, he ingrains a spirit of dynamism to the collaboration, where his illusory designs play on the urban traditions of Jakarta. Our pick here is a pair of glossy acetate frames that reference the 24/7 bustle of the city, and features said eye motifs, embedded on the pair’s temple tips. In homage to the city’s vibrancy, the frames are completed with peekaboo illustrations of its sunset.

4. Malaysia: Bolder Calligraphy

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For a dapper kind of cool, Malaysian Jaemy C embraces his home turf Kuala Lumpur’s urban style. The multi-disciplinarian’s signature style centres around the marriage of brush calligraphy and modern art. In his iterations for Lenskart Cityscapes, he elevates this by contrasting the architecture and nature of the metropolitan city—merging the fauna (of insects!) and the stark geometrics of Malaysia’s skylines in design. Our pick is a semi-clear pair with vibrant pops of jade green and strong orientalist calligraphy.

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See our regional cities in a different light with the Lenskart Cityscapes collection, available now in-stores and online. The limited edition frames are priced at S$148, while the eyewear cases are available at S$28 each.

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