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post #2926 of 2987

Lusting after these but Oliver Peoples are too expensive for me. Anyone know of a pair with a similar frame at a lower price?

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Edited by zwyf - 5/7/16 at 7:33am
post #2927 of 2987
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Originally Posted by nicedickbro View Post

I have a question.

I typically buy my frames from Old Focals in Pasadena. Unfortunately I left CA, so I want to find a "retro" (new) brand that I can reliably buy online.

Here is the trend I'm noticing with new brands (Warby Parker, LA Eyewear, Moscot...): They don't seem to have many sizes. The vintage Tart Opticals and Styl-Rites I used to buy came in 38-20 all the way to 48-26, with any temple length you wanted as well.

New glasses seem to come in one size: TOO BIG. Seriously, they are all 46mm+. There should be 10+ sizes for any given frame shape.

I can usually tell if someone is wearing vintage or new, because the new ones are always too big for their face. They look like movie props. These brands use John Lennon or James Dean in advertising- but don't produce the sizes those two wore.

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.



Lemtosh starts at 44 js....

http://moscot.com/shop/lemtosh
post #2928 of 2987

Hi,

 

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.   

 

 

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Originally Posted by nicedickbro View Post
 

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.

 

post #2929 of 2987

Hi.

 

Anyone know which is the manufacturer of Hackett sunglasses?

 

Thanks in advance.


Edited by PatrickJane - 5/9/16 at 3:31pm
post #2930 of 2987
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Originally Posted by PatrickJane View Post
 

Hi.

 

Anyone know which is the manufacturer of Hackett sunglasses?

 

Thanks in advance.


Mondoticca?

 

http://www.mondottica.com/brands/hackett/hackett-bespoke-sun/

post #2931 of 2987

Any good brands to recommend for quality prescription glasses?

post #2932 of 2987
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Originally Posted by Monkmobile View Post
 

Any good brands to recommend for quality prescription glasses?

 

My fave is Mykita. I have multiple pairs. My next pair will probably be from Dita, Matsuda, or, again, Mykita (particularly from their custom line if it is up and running).

post #2933 of 2987
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Originally Posted by ultravisitor View Post

My fave is Mykita. I have multiple pairs. My next pair will probably be from Dita, Matsuda, or, again, Mykita (particularly from their custom line if it is up and running).

those are nice but kinda over my price range though. Is oliver people still good now that they are sold to luxottica? or any other brands in the 200-300 range
post #2934 of 2987
Is higher end boutique eyewear faked a lot, or is it generally safe to buy on eBay?
post #2935 of 2987
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Originally Posted by Van Veen View Post

Is higher end boutique eyewear faked a lot, or is it generally safe to buy on eBay?

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.

post #2936 of 2987
That's what I figured. I'm talking about the niche brands, not the Luxottica designer labels.
Edited by Van Veen - 6/4/16 at 10:15am
post #2937 of 2987

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

 

Dita

 

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.

post #2938 of 2987
Have you looked at any Salt or Barton Perreira frames? They've got quite a few frames in that shape that may suit you, and quality is excellent. I've got a pair of Salt Freddy's that look a bit like your current OPs.

If you're looking to try frames on Black Optical has free shipping both ways and stocks the two brands I mentioned plus Garrett Leight. I tried on a pair before purchasing my current Lunors and the quality was excellent.
post #2939 of 2987
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Originally Posted by plot View Post

Have you looked at any Salt or Barton Perreira frames? They've got quite a few frames in that shape that may suit you, and quality is excellent. I've got a pair of Salt Freddy's that look a bit like your current OPs.

If you're looking to try frames on Black Optical has free shipping both ways and stocks the two brands I mentioned plus Garrett Leight. I tried on a pair before purchasing my current Lunors and the quality was excellent.

Thanks, I'll def look into those. I recall checking out Salt and not seeing anything I liked, but will be sure to give them another shot. I really should try harder to find a local place, I doubt that no one in the bay area has it...

Are there any of the above that look good? I'm particularly feeling the Dita, and the first TF option
post #2940 of 2987
I'm most partial to the OPs you have as well as the Ditas. However I'm a bit biased as I tend to prefer slightly thinner frames (hence the OPs being the first choice).


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