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CC, Just for the fun of it, fitting aside, what are your favorite brands/models no price limit whatsoever?  In other words, who makes the best frames out there?  I think this may be an interesting topic.

For me, I'm big on value. $ vs quality. I think we all know that you can spend tons of money on a great product, but for the average consumer, there is no relevance. You can spend $1000 on a set of frames, but are they really worth that price for the quality? Probably not. But what I can comment on are some really good design features of certain brands/lines/frames.

Kio Yamato: Flawless b-Titanium hinge design. Flexible and still maintains tension.
Tag Heuer: Magnetic temple design
Minima: Minimalistic design and concept
Urband: b-Titanium screwless design (others are made of surgical steel)
Kazuo Kawasaki: Well made and durable. Mounting the lenses are technician friendly. They took a complicated process and made it easy.
Spectacle Eyeworks: Faux wood, faux stone work (better than using real wood because it is actually adjustable)
Lego (for Children): TR90 temples with adjustable temple tips and stainless steel fronts.
Adidas: Hybrid Memory Hinge is a very simple design and flexible, although it is a very sporty style
Rayban, Persol and Carrera: strictly for their ability to market their products so well, not the frames themselves
Bellinger's Blac: One of the few companies that can use carbon fiber correctly
Cartier: Mainstream but the quality really is good. They screws line up well, their finish is really good, and their golf plated frames don't fade

Those are just some off the top of my head. I'm sure there are TONS out there that I don't know about but I think most of these bring pretty good value for the money spent.
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Personally as a sunglass I think the size is fine. Sunglasses get a pass even if they are bit larger.


hmm..well i wanted something that fit well as this is a fair investment for me. thanks for your feedback though! any other feedback re size and shape for my face is appreciated..thanks
post #2073 of 2668
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I get asked a lot:

"I want to develop my own sunglasses line. How should I start it?"

Unless you are in the industry, it is going to be a bit difficult. I always suggest to go on to Alibaba or LinkIn. Alibaba can help you source some manufactures that have premade designs and so on. But Linked-In will really be where you can find the most connections. There are tons of manufactures looking for clients. There are tons of companies looking for employees. There are tons of designers that are looking for someone to hire them with their own vision. There are tons of consultants that can help you develop your own lines. Keep in mind though, don't think that your $1000 is nearly enough to get anything started. Once you are serious about making some moves in the right direction, find someone who can really help you. But like any real business, you won't be able to do this after school and on weekends. Treat it like a real business and invest some real money.
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Seiko is just the distributor for Minima in the US. It's like saying Safilo Gucci. Minima is not affiliated with Seiko other than being the distributor.
Between the Silhouette and Minima I would suggest Minima. First off, it is not as "common" as silhouette. In terms of quality, I would say that their quality exceeds Silhouette. The deigns are MUCH easier to adjust and they are afterall MINIMALISTIC designs. The temple design of the Minima Zero and Minima Zero Pliante will fit tight to your head and very snug.
BTW, since you mention you had the Silhouette imitations, the quality of the Minima will be significantly better than the ones you had. The imitations are made of inferior materials so they are actually not "flexible" they are "malleable". They will bend and stay bent out of shape whereas the MInima and Silhouette will come back to the original position/shape.
Side note: The owner of Minima is a really great gentleman. Super professional and passionate about his product. That in itself, to me, is a perfect reflection of their product.

 

I'm based in the middle east and no one seems to carry Minima around, any idea where can I get them online? I didnt find any reliable source throughout my search,,

 

Also do you recommend any other rimless frames that are similar to the Minima ergonomics and quality wise?

 

thank you for your valuable input,

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I'm based in the middle east and no one seems to carry Minima around, any idea where can I get them online? I didnt find any reliable source throughout my search,,

Also do you recommend any other rimless frames that are similar to the Minima ergonomics and quality wise?

thank you for your valuable input,

The easiest replacement for a Minima would be a Silhouette. There are some thinner ones from Lindberg that is part of their Air Titanium line as well. But Silhouettes can be found anywhere in the world and they are thin and light.
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quick question: are plastic frames heavy in general? I have experienced this with some of the warby parker frames

Just wondering whether the weight of the plastic frames will effect the pricing significantly?
post #2078 of 2668
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quick question: are plastic frames heavy in general? I have experienced this with some of the warby parker frames
Just wondering whether the weight of the plastic frames will effect the pricing significantly?

Yes and no. Not all plastics are created equally. Some are heavy and some are "lighter". BUT one thing to consider is the weight of the lenses. If 2 people have the exact same frame but one has a really thick heavy lens, they may think that the frame is heavy, which it is, but it is due to the weight of the lenses. Lens weight adds to the overall weight of the frame. Secondly, there are some plastics that are lighter than others. I don't know about all plastics but from what I understand, some acetates are actually lighter than others. This can be from the material itself, the way they carve the shape to shave weight, the thickness of the frame, the way it is balanced (it could feel lighter than it really is) and so on.

The pricing of plastic frames has to do with many factors.
1. Material cost
2. Exclusivity of acetate
3. Hinges
4. Process (machine or hand)
5. size of the batch
6. Manufacturing costs
7. Country of Origin
8. Level of quality control
9. Distribution channel
10. Cost of marketing the brand
11. .....
As you can tell the list goes on forever. But in reality, some brands are better value for the money whereas others are "marketed" to be a "better" frame. Keep in mind that the eyewear business is just that, a BUSINESS. Some companies make honest good products, and others will try to rip you off when you don't it. That's why I always mention, good value. I have no problems with a $600, as long as it carries that worth. But don't give me a frame that should be $300 and sell it for $600. It is dishonest and makes the retailers look bad too. Sell good product!

Hope this clears it up a bit for you.
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quick question: are plastic frames heavy in general? I have experienced this with some of the warby parker frames
Just wondering whether the weight of the plastic frames will effect the pricing significantly?

But if you are looking for a lighter material that looks like plastic. Look into TR90. It is inexpensive and it is thick like acetate. It has more flexibility as well. I have some that I want to sell online but I don't have the computer skills to make a website. I might just make a bigcartel or jimdo site.
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thanks for all the information that you provided!
post #2081 of 2668
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thanks for all the information that you provided!

No Problem. There are a lot of misconceptions.

In any case, I put up some TR90 frames that I have for sale.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/302765/plastic-eyeglasses-tr90
Edited by CityConnection - 6/2/12 at 9:37am
post #2082 of 2668
those ABBA 545 looks pretty good
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those ABBA 545 looks pretty good

They are light, flexible and stylish. Most importantly they are inexpensive.
post #2084 of 2668
hi, what do you think of lindberg eyeglasses? is it too expensive? im thinking to get their acetanium frames. any similar alternative to this brand? thanks
post #2085 of 2668
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hi, what do you think of lindberg eyeglasses? is it too expensive? im thinking to get their acetanium frames. any similar alternative to this brand? thanks

The quality is pretty good. The metal on the plastic gives it nice contrast and makes it feel a bit lighter. As well, they have pad arms so they will fit more comfortably because they can be adjusted. In terms of the pricing they are a bit expensive, but the quality is better than the masses with plastic with pad arms. Personally, I think they are priced fair considering the quality of the materials and the attention to details in the finish.

The only other plastic frames with nose pads that I can think of are: Prodesign, Danish Design and a few pieces of Gucci. But in all fairness, the quality of the Lindberg are better than the others.
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