Rolling Stones x Kirk Originals
Kirk Originals announce their collaboration with The Rolling Stones as part of their ‘Made in Britain’ series of collaborations with the bands RS No.9 Carnaby Brand.
The Rolling Stones have announced an exclusive series of collaborations between five iconic British heritage brands and their RS No.9 Carnaby lifestyle brand. The ‘Made in Britain’ collaboration series includes collections with Kirk Originals, Johnstons of Elgin, Tricker’s Shoes, Lewis Leathers and The Great Frog.
Kirk Originals, will be the first in the series of the collaborations launching on Friday 27th August. This collaboration will comprise two styles of limited edition sunglasses ‘Aftermath’ and ‘Black and Blue’, both inspired by iconic Stones albums. All Kirk Originals sunglasses are handmade in England.
Aftermath is inspired by the rapidly shifting styles and energies of London in the 1960’s and is a bold and arrogant rectangular shape in a piano black with sharply angled details across the browline and temple lugs.
Black and Blue is an oversized rectangular aviator inspired by the louche stylings of the early 1970’s. They feature an infilled bridge and deep lenses, fabricated in a high contrast tortoiseshell and glazed with distinctive yellow sun lenses, this frame mixes South of France glamour with rock’n’roll posturing.
Mark Brown, Creative Director of Kirk Originals said:
“When we were approached to create a suite of frames for The Rolling Stones RS No.9 Carnaby Street we knew that there could be no greater opportunity than this to marry the Kirk Originals approach to eyewear with the spirit and aesthetic of a London rock‘n’roll legend.
The result of our collaboration is a suite of two frames, designed to appeal to bold and confident characters. Timeless silhouettes, referencing exciting moments in time when rock n roll style and attitude was central to London culture but brought up to date through the use of contemporary materials and sleek fabrication.”
The RS No.9 Carnaby ‘Made in Britain’ series will launch on 27th August with Kirk Originals, and will be available to purchase in the Rolling Stones flagship store at 9 Carnaby Street as well as online at
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About Kirk Originals
Kirk Originals are a brand born of and continuously inspired by the culture of London. Established in 1919, the London-based label has been designing timeless sunglasses for the sartorially inclined since and count music legends such as the Gallagher brothers as loyal fans. Their frames are inspired by the cultural icons of the City and their style touchpoints are iconic characters and cultural movements in music, art and film and of the 1960s through to the 1990’s all reimagined through a contemporary lens.
About RS No 9. Carnaby
The Rolling Stones opened their world-first flagship store in September 2020, ‘RS No. 9 Carnaby’ at 9 Carnaby Street in London’s Soho. The store, created in partnership with Bravado, Universal Music Group’s merchandise and brand management company, features all of the hallmarks of the iconic band and includes exclusive new fashion label ‘RS No. 9 Carnaby’.
Jointly curated by the Rolling Stones and Bravado, the shop fit follows the brand colours of red and black. The glass floor features many of the band's lyrics, and the fitting rooms are adorned with iconic album artwork; Exile on Main Street (1972) and Some Girls (1978).
Inside, there is an exclusive and curated mix of collections and collaborations for fans of all ages.
Sound, vision, and lighting are key store components. Five, 90 inch portrait screens display a film made exclusively for the store showing footage across the rich history of the band. Speakers from high end British audio brand Bowers & Wilkins play tracks from the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world.