Lusting after these but Oliver Peoples are too expensive for me. Anyone know of a pair with a similar frame at a lower price?
Edited by zwyf - 5/7/16 at 7:33am
I'm trying to find some eyewear too and the 'one size fits all' certainly doesn't work for me. Just like you described.
The perfectly round glasses tend to be smaller, but even then, it's heading 43mm-45mm.
You might have to try other Japanese brands like Tart Optical where head sizes are generally smaller (43mm usually). Failing that, the womens' versions are smaller and are not usually noticeable. For example - Oliver People's Sheldrake for women is a 47mm ... same as the 47mm mens.
A question: the Dieter Rams photo you've shown might have a good rim to face size. But look at the arms of the glasses. They splay out sideways. I don't know if that is a good thing but the viewing circle would be very focussed this way.
Are the arms designed that way to rest and lock at an obtuse angle, rather than 90 degrees? Otherwise it might cause a real headache.
I have a question.
I tend to wear 42-22 or smaller, depending on brand.
Are there any brands offering a wide variety of sizes in a Tart Arnel style? Or anyone bucking the trend and undersizing their frames?
Pic of Dieter Rams included only because he absolutely nailed the face/glasses size ratio.
Usually - the expensive designer labels plastered on a cheap OEM frame which fall apart at the lens frame screw or arms break off.
The dedicated lensmakers like Essilor or Zeiss and their own high quality grinding process for lens production are bought in or easily added by many machine produced frame makers (Mykita, Oakley, Oliver Peoples, Persol etc) to make up prescription lenses. Designer names like Hugo Boss, Prada etc do not produce their own glass or frames: they use other frame making companies who rebrand. These designs are easiest to imitate and replicate in clone factories. Oakley for example have many OEM makers making non Oakley non Plutonite lenses with inferior coating finishes for a fraction of the price. You can check - look for true rivets in the arm hinges; check with a magnet to see if is an inferior grade metal instead of titanium etc.
On the other hand, high end handcrafted frames like the Japanese Light "Co ltd and Matsuda http://matsudaeyewear.com/#optical. are too niche and challenging to replicate by clone factories. There's no clone market for these brands since the wearers pore over the precise details of the manufacture process and are a small niche.
Hey guys, need some help deciding on some eyewear options and would love your input.
My criteria are: dark color, more traditional square frames but not too stodgy, acetate, classic/throwback/swd vibe, good quality/not Luxottica if possible, and something that would fit my giant head with 52-54mm width.
I'm sorry for the poor photo quality, but I was running errands all day but I tried my best to be consistent so that you can have the easiest time evaluating.
My current pair is Oliver Peoples, and I'm not very impressed with the quality. The polish started to come off after about 14 months of wear, so weary of buying from them again.
My previous pair was Tom Ford
Here are the current options:
Tom Ford 1
Oliver Peoples (diff from my current)
Tom Ford 2
Oliver Goldsmith (I didn't take a pic when I tried it on...)
Also these Tom Fords that Mr Goldblum likes
What are your thoughts, any tips would be appreciated. What other brands should I try? I've been thinking about Moscot or Garrett Leight, but unfortunately I don't know where I can find them to try on.