A WORK OF EYE-ART 

Opening ‘Pandora’s Box’ with Robin Osrin, the visual visionary behind OzBob EyeArt. Words by Ky Bxshxff | @kybxshxff 

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When it comes to individuality, your iris is even more unique than your thumbprint. So, take it from me, someone whose personal style is intrinsically linked to iconic sunnies: when it comes to framing your own one-of-a-kind ‘windows to the soul’, seek the extraordinary. 

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OzBob EyeArt – an embellished glasses label based in Cape Town – is far from ordinary. Each piece is hand made by a creative fueled by the fear of being average. Robin Osrin, known affectionately to her friends as ‘Bob’, birthed OzBob during lockdown and channelled years of inspiration into this new design outlet. A year and a bit later, and Robin’s “sideline gig” is turning heads and catching eyes with every pair. 

Robin’s ‘day job’ is as a wardrobe stylist, one of the most established and experienced in South Africa. She started out her storied career in style under Cosmopolitan Fashion Directors Bev Nates and Malcolm Klûk, but fashion and costume have always been in her blood.  Robin grew up around her father’s costume jewellery business (an obvious childhood inspiration for her works of eye-art) and her late grandmother was a costume designer in Johannesburg. In fact, several of her “Nana’s” cherished brooches passed down to her have found new lives, repurposed as sunglasses – and passed back onto her cousins, history renewed for the modern wearer.

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That repurposing is central to the OzBob creative process. As a stylist, Robin has always been aware of the excess and waste of the fashion industry. She’s been on the look-out for ways to recycle all the little treasures in her ‘Pandora’s Box’ – her vast collection of once-used wardrobe items from shoots and film productions. Using the pandemic-induced down-time, Robin started deconstructing jewellery and reconstructing them into once-off look-at-me frames. She also upcycles broken jewellery into her designs. 

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Each pair has an individual personality – and Robin’s personal touch. It’s not hard to understand why the city’s style-circles are taking notice. Some have even attracted international attention, being shipped off to clients abroad. 

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If the eyes truly are the window to the soul, then right now, OzBob – stylish and sustainably-minded – is the only window dressing worth looking at. Find your perfect fit, before they disappear before your very eyes. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. 

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PHOTOGRAPHER : ALEXA SINGER  www.alexasinger.com
SUNGLASSES BY OZBOB @ozbob_za www.ozbob.co.za  CREATED BY @robinosrin
TEXT BY KY BXSHXFF @kybxshxff
FASHION STYLIST & ART DIRECTION : CATHARINA VAN WYK @catharinavw
MAKE UP ARTIST : SASKIA BUXTON @saskiabuxton @discocreatives
PHOTOGRAPHER FIRST ASSISTANT : SEAN FURLONGER @seanfurlonger.studio
SECOND ASSISTANT : RIO VAN DER MERWE @rio_vandermerwe
RETOUCHER : HEIDI LOUW  @heidilouwretouch

FASHION : 

MAXHOSA BY LADUMA  @merchantsonlong
CHULAAP  @chusuwannapha @merchantsonlong
CINDY  MFABE  @cindy_mfabe @merchantsonlong
KLUKCGDT @klukcgdt
KATHERINE COLLINS  @_kayti_anne_
FIKILE SOKHULU @sokhulufikile
DVZ  @d_v_z_

MODELS:

ZOE @zoe_cpt_sa  @bossmodels
IMAAN @Imaan_higo  @bossmodels
TARRYN TIPPELS  @bambi.com_   @myfriendned
MILASANDE MBIZA  @Mmilasande   @myfriendned
CALEB WILLOWBY  @sir.willoughby  @myfriendned
TAPELO M  @teepeemafoks  @20management
OLIVIER NTUMBA  @olivier_ntumba  @20management

FASHION FILM

DIRECTOR :  ALEXA SINGER  www.alexasinger.com
DOP : SEAN FURLONGER  @seanfurlonger.studio www.seanfurlongerphoto.com
EDITOR : SEAN FURLONGER  @seanfurlonger.studio
SUNGLASSES BY OZBOB @ozbob_za  CREATED BY @robinorsrin
FASHION STYLIST & ART DIRECTOR CATHARINA VAN WYK  @catharinavw
MAKE UP ARTIST : SASKIA BUXTON @saskiabuxton @discocreatives