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PAPP UV by Cantemir Gheorghiu

In 2010, Cantemir Gheorghiu invented paper glasses or as he likes to call them - Pappbrille (German for 'paper glasses'). A charicatured gag on society consisting of a pair of glasses without lenses in them that still manage to stay on your face if you're jumping at a festival thanks to their patented nose wings. Pappbrille sold successfully internationally as an affordable fashion product for the masses and with embedded corporate logo and slogan prints also became a great promotional tool for businesses.

From this alleged "one-hit wonder" in early 2012 the company PAPP UP, through which Gheorghiu offers a range of products created from paper, emerged. Among them the PAPP bow tie, PAPP ties, PAPP purses...

2013 went back to the roots: Cantemir Gheorghiu started his latest coup, the PAPP UV. It is a return to the realignment of glasses as we know them. PAPP UV sunglasses are made of hard fibers, a mixture of wood and paper - the former, more familiar model has been entirely reinvented.

The composition made of hard fiber is robust, does not break and is also light. The ends of the brackets are fitted with aluminum sheet so that the wearer can adjust them to their head shape with some simple bending. The shapes are striking and with paintcoats in expressive colours like red, black and dark yellow the glasses come across as avant-garde works of art. 

A high level of UV protection comes as standard. A polarisation filter blocks specific light frequencies preventing them from entering the eye. This also stops reflections and leaves the cornea optimally protected. The product also has new advantages over more familiar models: PAPP UV are flat and require no elaboarate eyewear casing. They can be easily tucked into a book allowing easy storage and transportation.

As a continuation of Pappbrille, the contemporary frames of PAPP UV are also handmade in Berlin. The various styles of PAPP UV are now available from 35 € in stores worldwide. Learn more at www.cantemirgheorghiu.com


In line with the notorious words of Emperor Friedrich II, everyone should be happy in their own fashion, MINGA BERLIN advocates a liberal way of life and produces the perfect accessories for a Berlin-esque lifestyle: socks full of colour and graphics far removed from the constraints of uniform.

However, MINGA BERLIN relies not only on the Prussians and the newcomers who seek refuge in this patch of individuality. A second important part of the corporate philosophy is the Bavarian accuracy (MINGA: Bavarian for Munich) that embodies a strong sense of responsibility. The socks and stockings are made from organic cotton and manufactured entirely in Europe. Emphasis is placed not only on high quality but also on the working conditions of employees, as well as the environmental impact of the manufacturing process. The result is a bright and beautiful combination of high ethical, environmental and quality standards.

Various patterns and specific colour palettes provide variety in the footwear. The designs remain graphical: chequered, striped and two toned, inspired by the hard edges and noise of the city. The wide range of colours gives the socks their playful dreamy character. From lobster, pastels, vermilion, magnolia, lime green to ice blue. The product names describe the various models only in a subtle and subversive way providing elegant hints towards appropriate occasions for wear. For example, the diamond model “Picnic Anarchy” bearing the blasphemous interpretation of evergreen as a subtext.

It cries out for a picnic in a white suit or a dress in the midst of the urban jungle even if it is only to be in the small green space in the middle of a roundabout during a lunch break in March. These socks are the definitive companions in the chameleon-like, ever-changing moods and identities of urban life.

More at www.mingaberlin.com