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post #2311 of 2731
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Originally Posted by CDFS View Post

Dear CC,

Do you know of brands suitable for wide and high noses? Besides all the glasses I have discounted on sight I have tried on hundreds of frames. Almost all have a too narrow bridge. I'd prefer a full frame as to use glass instead of pc or any kind of plastic.

Sincerely,

CDFS

First off, if you are using glass, ZEISS is the only lens you should consider.

In terms of frames with wide bridges, look for brands that are heavily in Europe. Generally, asian brands will have narrow bridges to allow for a higher fit on asians. I would also say to go with a full frame whether it be metal or plastic. If you are in an absolute pinch and can't find anything, you might want to consider bespoke frames like Tom Davies. I can't recall their pricing but at least you will have a frame that fits and it will be the exact style that you want.
post #2312 of 2731
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Originally Posted by jingerBRead View Post

I didn't get an answer last time so I am asking again.

I've been wanting to buy some readers with non rx lenses. Anywhere online to look at these? I tried searching this thread but I didn't come with anything on non rx.

Any help appreciated.

I don't understand. You want readers but with no rx? So you just want a frame with no prescription?
post #2313 of 2731
City Connection,

It's nice to see you back. I've been reading some of your old posts as I prepare to buy my first high-quality frames. My eye doctor's office didn't carry good frames, so I'm trying to choose between the many B&M stores in Philadelphia. I just killed a half-hour on Yelp reading customer reviews and don't feel that I'm any further along, but I don't want to spend a day running from store to store.

I wanted to know how you would choose a B&M store? Is stocking a certain brand a telltale sign that it's a good store? Is there a question I could ask the salesperson that is likely to get a telling answer about whether they know what they're doing?

Thanks.
post #2314 of 2731
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First off, yelp is a terrible way of evaluating a shop. They filter reviews and people get paid to do reviews. But that's a whole other story in itself.

In terms of telling if it is a legit shop or not there are certain things that I would consider.

1. They should have a wide range of price points for frames and lenses. Only high end means you're probably paying too much, too much low end means they only sell no name brands or mediocre at best.

2. Prices should be competitive but not too cheap. There are tons of fakes going around.

3. Judging a store by the brands is kind of unfair. They may have lucked out and got a line or they may be qualified for other lines but didn't get it. But there are some brands that are well made and put into store that share the same mind set.

4. Knowledge staff is a tough one. There is a difference between staff who care and knowledgeable staff. Sometimes staff who care are more important than knowledge staff. At the end of the day, you are making a retail purchase so you want to be happy with the service but also want to know that you got the most suitable frame for you. Like any other store, ask questions and see how they respond and see how honest they are being with you.

5. Product knowledge. Even if they don't carry a line, they should be able to identify what is similar that they might have. Example, they don't carry Masunaga, but they carry Kio Yamato. They don't carry Mykita but they carry Urband. They don't carry Emporio Armani but they carry Boss Orange.

Feel comfortable where you make your purchase.

Hope that helps.
post #2315 of 2731
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This is an issue that I come across all the time. This is a list of reasons why a B&M store would charge more than online.
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1. Licensed opticians and optometrists will be dispensing and they need to pay to keep thier license current and will continually educate themselves.

2. Overhead: They are in prime locations that are easy for you to access

3. Stock: They will stock the SALT sunglasses that you are interested in as well as 20 other brands with MANY other styles.

4. Adjustment: They will know what fits and doesn't fit and will adjust them for you.

5. MSRP: Not all places will charge the same amount. Somewhere with a higher rent, would probably charge more because they have more overhead.

6. Buying experience: You get to meet your local opticians and know where to go when you need help.

7. Expertise with RX: not all lenses are created the same nor will they all fit the same. Buying rx glasses online is sort of like buying a tailored suit. Sure it could fit but it could also be a terrible mistake. Case in point: Clearly Contacts. Their lenses are rubbish and they try to sell thier house brands as if they are real designers.

.... And the list goes on.

I'm not saying that B&M is the only way to shop, but you should be aware of why they charge more than online. But selling online is like anything else, less overhead, usually less stock and less upfront costs. (USUALLY)

Thanks for taking the time to comment. I certainly understand then charging more than online shops, and do value the advice they were able to offer. It's the charging of more than MSRP that bothered me, but in the end I got the frames/lenses I wanted and am very happy with both pair.
post #2316 of 2731
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Sorry I forgot to address that. I don't necessarily agree with charging more than msrp but if there are no competitors, in theory, they can charge whatever they want, if there is a demand. It's like those H&M collaborations, people resell it for more than msrp, but people still buy it. Beats me how that makes sense, but it happens.
post #2317 of 2731
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In terms of telling if it is a legit shop or not there are certain things that I would consider.

This helped. Thanks for the reply.
post #2318 of 2731
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My pleasure.
post #2319 of 2731
I really like this frame from Warby Parker but I'm looking for something a little higher quality. Do you have any recommendations CC?
post #2320 of 2731
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I really like this frame from Warby Parker but I'm looking for something a little higher quality. Do you have any recommendations CC?

If it is the thin frame that you like, try looking at the new LUX Giorgio Armani, Lindberg (thin and light), Danish Design (a lot of thinner styles with nose pads), for a closer price point to Warby Parker but better quality look at MODO. Other brands will have a few pieces here and there but I think you'll get the best selection from those brands.
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Hello, I constantly wear prescription glasses that are cheap (what my insurance covers) and soon want to replace my dying frames. I have this uncanny ability of having my frames damaged in some ways often, so I'm looking for a pair that are resilient. Also, i have a somewhat roundish face, oblong i think it is called, so I'm curious as to what glasses would fit my face best. Any suggestions?
post #2322 of 2731
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Hello, I constantly wear prescription glasses that are cheap (what my insurance covers) and soon want to replace my dying frames. I have this uncanny ability of having my frames damaged in some ways often, so I'm looking for a pair that are resilient. Also, i have a somewhat roundish face, oblong i think it is called, so I'm curious as to what glasses would fit my face best. Any suggestions?

Well, in terms of shape round and oblong is different. A good rule of thumb is to pick a frame shape that is opposite of your face shape. Round face means square frames.

If you're rough on your glasses you should consider getting something that has some flex to it: Urband, Kazuo Kawasaki, Carrera flex, Flexon...

Or go with a rimless with trivex lenses. Get something well made: silhouette, Kazuo Kawasaki, and Minima. Minima has a really good warranty and they stand behind their product 100%. There are other brands but sometimes they prioritize style over function and in other cases they are just poorly made which makes it even worse.

My 2 cents.
post #2323 of 2731

Any thoughts on Japonism frames?

 

And where to get 999.9 frames for sale online.

post #2324 of 2731
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Any thoughts on Japonism frames?

And where to get 999.9 frames for sale online.

I think both lines are unique and have a specific style. It is a bit futuristic/sporty. The frames wrap a bit and personally, I don't really like that style. Mind you, I haven't ever held either frames but I have seen a lot of pictures and I have heard from others about the brands. In terms of hinge design, Kio Yamato will have the most similar and they have a North American distributor so it should be easier to find.

In terms of availability online, I'm not sure there is any representation online. I have only seen them on Japanese sites. I don't think they have North American distributors.

Sorry for the vague response.
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post #2325 of 2731
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I think both lines are unique and have a specific style. It is a bit futuristic/sporty. The frames wrap a bit and personally, I don't really like that style. Mind you, I haven't ever held either frames but I have seen a lot of pictures and I have heard from others about the brands. In terms of hinge design, Kio Yamato will have the most similar and they have a North American distributor so it should be easier to find.

In terms of availability online, I'm not sure there is any representation online. I have only seen them on Japanese sites. I don't think they have North American distributors.

Sorry for the vague response.


Thanks. They indeed look great, but quite pricey for full retail.

 

What do you mean by wrap?

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