We are very excited to announce that we have collaborated with a rock star of pathology to create two limited-edition glasses that feature a choice of sterling silver pin, either an anatomical heart or one of her favourite tools, a scalpel. This latest Kirk & Kirk collaboration showcases one of the most controversial Instagrammers of our generation, Mrs Angemi.
Nicole Angemi, a Pathologists' Assistant from the Philadelphia area, is the brains and beauty behind one of the most controversial Instagram accounts in the world. Her account; @Mrs_Angemi is a first-hand account of the world of organ dissection and autopsies and boasts over 1.4 million followers.
Dissected brains, sliced tumours, miscarried foetuses, and many a ‘mystery diagnosis’ – her colourful mosaic of gore, flesh and guts is not for the faint-hearted, but it is the reality of life, or death, shall we say. Despite the gory nature of her photos, her detailed captions and descriptions provide important awareness and education about the realities of the human body and the type of body parts and afflictions she encounters daily.
So how did this medical muse end up collaborating with Kirk & Kirk? With social media being instrumental in connecting people from around the world, it’s no surprise that it was Instagram that joined us together. Angemi is an avid glasses collector and wearer – and her image is part of her charm. Her body is enveloped in an array of tattoos, from ornate floral designs to the names of her daughters that blanket her neck, chest and arms. With that she rocks a strong cat-eye and a slick of bright lipstick and it was a photo of her wearing the Kirk & Kirk Harper from the Vivarium collection in 2015 that kick started the affiliation.
Karen Kirk says ‘It’s always incredibly uplifting to see an image online of anyone wearing your designs, but when someone wears them as well as Nicole, it makes your heart swell. Jason and I love what we do – and to see our eyewear on the faces of such interesting people is why we do this job! It’s been such a pleasure collaborating with Nicole and we’re delighted with the final product.’
The collaboration features two styles; ‘Mrs Angemi’; a quirky cat-eye that is inspired by her signature style and ‘Dr John Farber’ (who is an experienced pathologist, teacher and mentor to Nicole). This style is a heavy set (unisex) frame that has a sixties sophistication about it. Each frame is available in four colourways that are sandblasted for a matte finish; Melanin (Matt black), Ecchymosis (Matt plum), Putrefaction (Matt green) or Mucin (Matt white) and whilst it was Nicole’s idea to choose an anatomical heart and scalpel as the pins, it was Karen Kirk’s drawing skills that brought them to life. The glasses are handmade in France from Kirk & Kirk’s unique acrylic material which make the frames incredibly lightweight.
Jason and Karen were inspired by Nicole’s unfiltered approach to her profession and life. The frames are bold and daring yet the juxtaposition of the strong frame with the delicacy and detail of the custom silver pins is reflective of her work; from the impact of working with death and disease to the delicacy of her dissection and management of the sensitive nature of her Instagram account.
Nicole says "I am so excited about my collaboration with Kirk and Kirk. Glasses are not only a part of my every day function because I am blind as hell, but they are a part of my everyday style. Glasses are as much a part of my wardrobe as my shoes or my clothes, but they are even more important because they are on my face! Kirk & Kirk glasses are bold, unique and make a statement. The brand really fits with my brand."
The lens cloths that accompanies the Mrs Angemi glasses are designed by the illustrator and printmaker Eric Kenney. Kenney pairs monochromatic images with text as a form of social activism, he is inspired by tattoo flash art and has a punk rock attitude, and the custom lens cloth is no exception. The frames are also sold in a blood-red leather case to complete the picture!
The title of Nicole’s Instagram feed is "Mortui Vivos Docent." Which translated from Latin means "let the dead teach the living," a credo that mirrors the prime purpose of her Instagram feed which is simply to educate people about the human body, and with such an avid following, she’s clearly doing something right.
Frames cost £442.00 and are only available from our website.