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Yes/No? Can a site like Frames Emporium be trusted?
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I'm sure you have to be picky and choosy when it comes to online sites. Having said that, I've only had good experiences with eyegoodies and contactsandspecs for both suns and optics.

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Originally Posted by hhenryhhh View Post

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Yes/No? Can a site like Frames Emporium be trusted?

Sorry, I have no idea. I don't buy online. Personally though, I have heard mixed reviews about buying online in general. I have seen a lot of inferior products come from online shops.
post #1849 of 2719

I wouldn't buy from Frames Emporium

 

  • Ekomi is pretty shady. Never trust advertised reviews on the site itself, always google around.
  • They don't advertise what lens brand they're offering
  • They don't have a storefront address
  • They're offering many older models with a few more recent ones

Edited by Stitches - 1/28/12 at 9:41am
post #1850 of 2719
Thread Starter 
So I just had the opportunity to play with a Oliver Peoples frame. It has a plastic frame. In all honesty, I'm a little disappointed. The quality was nowhere near what I was expecting. I haven't seen one of their frames in a while and i wasn't impressed. The hinges were good, but the material was not up to par. It was made in Italy. The quality was similar to that of Versace, Ferragamo, and so on. Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing on them, I'm just giving my honest opinion about it.
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Originally Posted by Stitches View Post

I wouldn't buy from Frames Emporium
  • Ekomi is pretty shady. Never trust advertised reviews on the site itself, always google around.
  • They don't advertise what lense brand they're offering
  • They don't have a storefront address
  • They're offering many older models with a few more recent ones
Yeah, I actually read up on those reviews. Thanks though.

Looks like I'm going with Salt then. Actually tried on a ton of Salt frames and Barton Perreira (+other boutique brands) at my local place. Felt kinda slimy knowing I was just going there to try stuff on to order online at home because the folks working there seem pretty nice. I am going to have them put the lenses in though.
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by hhenryhhh View Post

Yeah, I actually read up on those reviews. Thanks though.
Looks like I'm going with Salt then. Actually tried on a ton of Salt frames and Barton Perreira (+other boutique brands) at my local place. Felt kinda slimy knowing I was just going there to try stuff on to order online at home because the folks working there seem pretty nice. I am going to have them put the lenses in though.

You should call and see if they give you a "preferred" price if you get frame and lens. Most places do. When you come in with a frame to change the lenses only, you can be assured that they will remember and you probably won't be getting the "best" possible price. Also, if their price is similar, get it from the B&M. If you have any problems with the frames or lenses, they will be more willing to help you. If you get them at separate places they will pass the buck and tell you to call the other place. As well, if you appreciate their service, why wouldn't you pay for that service. They will have to adjust the frames for you after as well. While they adjust it, it if breaks, you're out of luck. They aren't going to replace it for you. IMHO, if you appreciated their service and selection of frames, why not show them by buying it with them?

(I only say this because your post makes it sound like you feel guilty)

Just my 2 cents.
post #1853 of 2719
I think you'll find that the handful of Oliver Peoples frames that are (or were) made in Japan are of much higher quality than those made in Italy - but another Luxottica victim nonetheless.

Also, I think the Depp frames are vintage Tart "Arnel"s - not to be confused with the current Chinese-made "heritage" offering from the California-based company operating under that same name. The Moscot "Lemtosh" is, I believe, a very close copy (and a fairly nice Chinese- made frame for the price) but not quite the same as the original heavy-duty and made-in-USA Tart.
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Originally Posted by CityConnection View Post

So I just had the opportunity to play with a Oliver Peoples frame. It has a plastic frame. In all honesty, I'm a little disappointed. The quality was nowhere near what I was expecting. I haven't seen one of their frames in a while and i wasn't impressed. The hinges were good, but the material was not up to par.

How can one assess material quality? Is it obvious handle them in person? Something in particular to look for?
post #1855 of 2719
I currently have the Warby Parker Preston.
http://shopwithmeaning.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Preston-200-side.jpg

I feel like like it's a tiny on the bigger side for my face so I'm looking for a similar frame just smaller, maybe higher quality? I'm not sure why but I didn't really like plastic, does anyone make affordable frames with higher quality plastic or actual tortoise?
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Originally Posted by nvwls View Post

I currently have the Warby Parker Preston.
http://shopwithmeaning.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Preston-200-side.jpg
I feel like like it's a tiny on the bigger side for my face so I'm looking for a similar frame just smaller, maybe higher quality? I'm not sure why but I didn't really like plastic, does anyone make affordable frames with higher quality plastic or actual tortoise?

Tortoise is illegal seeing that it is harvested from an endangered species... uhoh.gif If you want a leap in quality, you're going to have to pay for it. I'm pretty rough on my glasses and tend to get tired of the same frames after about a year or so of wear. So, I usually don't spend more than a few hundred on a pair. If you do upgrade, though, at least move up to a pair of frames with spring hinges; they're much more comfortable.
post #1857 of 2719
Anyone have experience with this website?

http://www.framesdirect.com/

Would you recommend it for an international buyer
post #1858 of 2719

I'm looking for a pair of new specs,appreciate if anyone can give some feedbacks/reviews on these models:

 

- oliver peoples sheldrake in black

- moscot lemtosh in black/tortoise

- tart optical arnel in black

 

They seem to look quite similar in design,but still there are some differences,and considering which to get.I'm also not sure if these frames have a wider "nose pads" for asian without a high nose bridge.

 

Which will you get?

 

 

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Originally Posted by computurd View Post

Anyone have experience with this website?
http://www.framesdirect.com/
Would you recommend it for an international buyer


Not at all,

 

Live Chat: Check

Promo code for discounted lenses: Check

A huge inventory of older models: Check

A few alternate business names: Check

post #1860 of 2719
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Originally Posted by luker View Post

I'm looking for a pair of new specs,appreciate if anyone can give some feedbacks/reviews on these models:

 

- oliver peoples sheldrake in black

- moscot lemtosh in black/tortoise

- tart optical arnel in black

 

They seem to look quite similar in design,but still there are some differences,and considering which to get.I'm also not sure if these frames have a wider "nose pads" for asian without a high nose bridge.

 

Which will you get?

 

 


Oliver and Moscot are of lesser quality than the Tart. However, the Tart is really over priced.

 

Tart recently relaunched after the first owner died and someone else bought the rights. They rereleased the Arnel frames originally at $200 then bumped the price up to over $400. If you're willing to pay that price, I'd say buy a pair of vintage Arnel's off the bay.

 

I'm fairly sure that the relaunched Arnel's no longer use functional rivets (the metal on the sides).

 

Apart from that, they are just frames which all look very similar. I would really prefer the Tarts but I could live with the Moscots or OP's.

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