Originally Posted by Duveen
I was looking for the same thing, but ended up finding that a true tortoiseshell was/is too aggressive with my coloring.
Since you are in NYC, pls check out Morgenthal Frederics - they have real horn tortoiseshell frames (that cost about $1K before lenses are added in...) and nice plastic tortoiseshell as well (about $300 for frames alone). So does the much-maligned Oliver Peoples (tho' only in plastic).
You know, I always thought they stopped real tortoiseshell trade due to a law, but doing a quick research on google I found that a sale can be made as long as there is certification by an organization, which verifies that the product was made before the law became in effect (during the 70s.)
Either way, it's incredibly expensive. I'm just going to have to find a plastic one with a pattern that doesn't look cheap and..... well, plasticky. I'll make sure to give Morgenthal Frederics a stop someday.