In 2014, avant-garde eyewear brand Face à Face launched a bold men’s only collection: ALIUM. While Face à Face has built a following with their playful and feminine frame designs, ALIUM champions purity and clean lines. As the brand name suggests, the majority of the collection is crafted from aluminum, but there’s also room for models from Italian acetate while all frames feature mineral polarized lenses. A typical functional element of the French label’s glasses consists of their flexible hinges as well as a special surface coating that lends a soft and warm touch to the aluminum frames. The brand’s inspiration from tech design and fine architecture looms large over the sunglasses and prescription models in the line-up. Models in the current ALIUM Y Collectionare one-third lighter than previous frames thanks to a new minimal flex hinge system. Looking ahead, discerning gentlemen can look forward to new models in genuine horn and the first trials of 3D printing for customized eyewear of the future. In our Collection Shoot, photographer Stefan Kapfer captures the brand’s essential DNA with his model. The results are purist, design-driven and ever so masculine. In other words, 100% ALIUM.