Jacques Marie Mage – The Last Frontier IV
by Mathias Stering on May 05, 2023
Jacques Marie Mage's has returned to its most prestigious and sought after collection The Last Frontier with its fourth edition. The Last Frontier IV is the extremely limited edition eyewear collection celebrated worldwide for its unparalleled craftsmanship and artistry that celebrates the many cultural traditions of the American West - from jewelry making and weaving to ceremonial dance and horse knowledge.
Limited collection exclusively at Bågar & Glas
Jacques Marie Mage is an extremely exclusive brand founded in 2015 by Frenchman Jerome Mage. The arches are the opposite of the minimalist, i.e. maximalist. The style is sophisticated yet powerful, playful, and with an abundance of attitude. Jacques Marie Mage is only represented at a very limited number of dealers worldwide. The Last Frontier can be compared to Jacques Marie Mage's crown jewel and Jerome Mage has personally hand-picked the 30 best stores worldwide that can present this collection, of which we at Bågar & Glas are one of the few selected.
The Last Frontier IV - Tribute to the cultural legacy
The Last Frontier is the eyewear series that is closest to owner Jerome Mage's heart. It is the collection where he lets his greatest sources of inspiration emerge, the landscape and cultural heritage of the American West and the French design style Art Deco.
It is precisely the combination of the untouched nature of the American West, its indigenous cultural heritage, the bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation typical of the Art Deco period together with the innovative Japanese technology and craftsmanship that makes the Last Frontier series unique.
The glasses in Last Frontier IV can almost be likened to jewelry where the different models are individually dressed with innovative components and details that once again confirm Jerome Mage's commitment to history, heritage, art and craft. Jerome Mage, together with Kewa Pueblo artist Francisci Balion, has managed to give each bow its own shape and identity with carefully selected and placed details such as arrowheads in copper, a Thunderbird emblem in gold or sterling silver, Chimayo inspired filigree, and genuine, uncolored turquoise on the tip of the shaft .
The Last Frontier IV is created from the highest quality plant-based acetates and includes stunning embellishments in sterling silver or gold. Many of the models feature brass arrowhead details and Chimayo textile-inspired filigree, which is an interweaving of thin threads with decorative beads based on a cultural weaving tradition unique to the North American indigenous people of New Mexico.
The protective and spiritual properties of turquoise
At the tip of the temples of each pair of Last Frontier glasses is a very special decoration: a thunderbird or horse with a genuine, colorless gemstone called turquoise. For over 10,000 years, turquoise has had enormous importance all over the world, from China, Tibet, Egypt, and all the way to the American West. In addition to its beautiful appearance, the stone had enormous intrinsic value for its protective and spiritual properties.
Turquoise has a color changing tendency (from white to sky blue to navy blue to yellow green) which gives the gemstone a mysterious, almost sentient quality. In fact, the color changes depending on the environment, light, dust and the acidity of the skin.
For Last Frontier, Jerome Mage sourced turquoise from The Kingman Turquoise Mine in Arizona, the last commercially producing mine in the United States and one of the oldest and highest producing turquoise mines in America. Each stone is unique and tells its own story of origin and shape.
The Last Frontier IV consists of 8 limited models
Jacques Marie Mage presents 8 bows in the collection of Last Frontier IV. In total, there will be four new models, as well as four existing Last Frontier models but in completely new colors. The bows, which are made by hand in Fukui, Japan, are produced in an even more limited edition than Jerome's bows usually are, the number is between 150-200 copies distributed worldwide and will never be produced again.
The first shipment of Last Frontier IV has now arrived and can be seen in our two stores in Stockholm as well as in our webshop. The second delivery is expected at the turn of May and June.