Thierry & Leonard Lasry
What is more intimate than seeing things through someone else’s eyes? Inspiration, anecdotes, advice and insider addresses from the Lasry brothers as we don their glasses for a trip through time and space.
Could you introduce yourselves in a few words?
Thierry: Thierry & Léonard Lasry de la marque Thierry Lasry. Je suis le designer. Ensemble, nous formons un tandem et dirigeons la marque dans sa globalité, de la partie artistique à la partie business.
Thinking about your current inspirations and recent discoveries, could you share:
Thierry: Miami. I live in New York and a dream beach that’s just a two-and-a-half-hour flight away is hard to resist! It’s become my favorite destination for a long weekend.
Leonard: Paris, always and forever. Even if I love to travel, I am always happy to come back to the Paris that inspires me so much. And in 35 years of existence, I still don’t know the whole city!
Thierry: The mid-1980s. Lego, Playmobil, Depeche Mode, Grace Jones, George Michael, Public Enemy, Thierry Mugler, Claude Montana, the Memphis movement, bandanas, Brazilian bracelets… what else?
Léonard: For the late 1960s to the late 1970s. that characteristic orchestral pop music, then the arrival of the disco soul that I love, then disco itself. Scott Walker, Françoise Hardy, Michel Colombier, Patty Pravo, Sister Sledge, Grace Jones… The designer David Hicks, the iconography of the press and advertising from that period.
Thierry: Future Relics by Daniel Arsham. I collect them and am totally fascinated by each one.
Léonard: All of Françoise Sagan’s books. Her body of work, her novels, her stories, her view of life and society.
A pair of glasses?
T: The WAVVVY, as a concentration of the Thierry Lasry touch, very clean, immediately identifiable design, lots of detail and real expertise with acetate.
L: The POTENTIALLY, my favorite glasses since last year. It’s one of our first metal designs, I love the idea that Thierry Lasry is not only identifiable by a material – acetate – but by a line, a recognizable look, a specific design that’s both retro and futuristic.
An Instagram account to follow (not yours)?
Thierry: @petefallon. He’s my favorite cartoonist and his take on US politics is irresistibly funny and well-drawn.
Léonard: @snoopygrams. The official Snoopy account is updated daily with sketches that always make me smile.
Your favorite addresses?
Thierry: In Paris, Café de Flore, Brasserie Lipp, Bar des Prés, La Grande Epicerie and the Meurice for Tea Time. In New York, The Grill & The Pool (two adjoined restaurants), The Lobster Club, Nur and of course Sant Ambroeus Soho.
A Thierry Lasry story?
Thierry: The brand was just three years old when Sarah, the incredible creative director at colette, asked me to create a pair of glasses for a DC Comics super-hero for their 75thanniversary. Thierry Lasry ended up alongside Balmain, Lanvin and Karl Lagerfeld in the first of three windows that we had at Chez colette.
Léonard: Being excited to work on the Thierry Lasry music video, MILKY WAY, with photographer-filmmaker Ali Mahdavi. We were about to release a new family of acetate glasses with metallic inclusions that were very Eighties (like the BUTTERSCOTCHY). For the first time, my two main activities came together: the Thierry Lasry brand and my work as a music composer/producer, when I wrote the song for the collection.