Cazal, Designz by Wendy and NancyLeeKaufman
Cazals are not made to be just a “pair of glasses”, but rather they are created for the person who has high fashion standards and a desire for originality. Each model is a masterpiece of design using exquisite materials and unparalleled precision. The attention to color is obvious through brilliant hand colorations that are exclusive to Cazal. Adornments are done by hand on each frame and include a combination of syringes, airbrushes, stencils, color baths, glitter, stones, acetates, glass, and lacquer inlays. High quality galvanization and lacquer protects from corrosion, scratching, and loss of color. Cazal first obtained its popularity in the early 1980’s when it was embraced by inner city youths who quickly deemed the bold, gold trimmed, large zyl designs as “status eyewear”. Referred to as “Cazal Fever”, the collection became a sensation throughout the fashion world and was seen on the faces of such iconic legends as Run DMC, Sammie Davis Junior, Stevie Wonder, George Clinton, and was mentioned in Michael Jackson’s video for the song “Bad”. Having been among the most coveted cult accessories for decades now, the worldwide demand for these retro styles has hit a fever pitch reminiscent of “Cazal Fever” in the 80’s. Recently, Cazal Legends styles have been sought out and worn by a whole new generation of celebrities. Jay Z, Beyonce, Usher, Lady Gaga, Randy Jackson, Will Smith, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Brad Pitt, Will I Am, Snoop Lion, Chris Brown, Fergie, Rhianna, Gwen Stefani, Rick Ross, Questlove, Cee Lo, Nelly, Meek Mill, Wale, Amare Stoudemire, Paul Pierce, Tim Nordwind, Spike Lee, and many more have all been photographed wearing these legendary models.
Artisan Wendy Harris, handcrafts all of her glass beads and fused pendants with skill and precision. She uses only high quality Moretti and Bullseye glass for glass beads and Bullseye glass for her fused pieces. All of her handcrafted pieces are fired in a kiln and annealed overnight at the proper temperatures to ensure premium durability. All findings used to complete each original piece are bali sterling silver or 14 karat gold filled.“My fascination with glass started over 15 years ago in the mid 1990's. I began visiting local bead shops and trade shows purchasing unusual glass beads and turning them into unique pieces of jewelry. I started offering my pieces at local craft shows. At that time the beading business was really booming and I wanted to do something different than everyone else. With the encouragement of close friends and family, I enrolled in a four-week lampworking glass bead class. It only took one class and I was hooked.” –Wendy Harris
Nancy Lee Kaufman has been a fiber artist weaver for the past 40 years. She is co-founder of "the Santa Fe Weaving Center" in New Mexico and creator of the " Santa Fe Opera Shawl". Nancy currently resides in Hannibal, Missouri on the Mississippi River. “Nancy grew up in St. Louis, developing a passion for weaving decades ago after buying an old loom at an auction. She eventually relocated to Santa Fe and became a prominent artist there, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Georgia O’Keefe. Her family relocated to southern CA, and her reputation grew. Local artists from Hannibal encouraged Nancy to re-locate to Hannibal where Nancy purchased a historic Main Street building for her shop where she currently resides hand-weaving her creations” –Jim Salter of The Associated Press