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post #1 of 19
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Has anybody had any experience buying frames or lenses online? My optometrist has a fairly mediocre selection.
post #2 of 19
Go to New York. Go to Alain Mikkli, Lunor, Freudenhaus, etc. Expect to spend between $300-$600 at these shops.

Oliver Peoples has been purchased by Oakley, so I'm not sure how the styles and quality or going to be. They are typically a cheaper alternative to the brands mentioned, above.

I hope this helps.
post #3 of 19
I don't know about buying online. You never know how glasses are going to look till you look at yourself in the mirror and see how they look on your face.
post #4 of 19
As a part-time licensed optician, I'd have to urge against getting lenses online, or maybe even frames, for that matter. It's a medical procedure as well as a cosmetic one, and you need specific lenses to tailor to your needs along with the right shape of frame; an eyewear pro can help you find this shape. And cbrokaw: that actually seems like a really conservative price estimate. I have a pair of black zyl Vercase frames along with Zeiss AR-coated lenses and if I were to pay retail, it would have come out to about $400. And Versace frames are nothing special as they're made by Luxotica (I think?).
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by jonglover
And Versace frames are nothing special as they're made by Luxotica (I think?).

This is an interesting comment, given how some of us obsess over who actually makes shoes branded as Polo (C&J and Edward Green) or Tyrwhitt (Loake) etc.

Given your knowledge in the field, my need for a new pair of frames, and my college student's budget, what brand of frames would you say represents the best value in terms of price/quality? I think i'd find your insight very helpful in my search for good eyeglasses.

Thanks!
post #6 of 19
While I agree with the optician's advise to do it in person, my bargain hunting side will advise you to use this outfit which ships direct from Italy (they source direct from Luxotica, which owns Lenscrafters and manufactures about 90% of the glasses in the market). My wife and I have about 15 pairs of glasses from them, mostly sunglasses but four or five are eyeglasses. If you know your prescription, they can fill it for next to nothing, if not, buy the frames and take them to your local shop to get the prescption lenses. Service is outstanding, prices are at least half what I would pay here in NYC ( my wife regularly buys $300-400 Chanel's from them for $150 or less). If you have a pair of glasses, you can compare the size, by measuring them in millimeters, to what they are selling. For me, the huge savings was worth the risk of not having the frames be right for me (they do have a return policy though). I can't stress enough how happy we are with them.

www.giarre.com

Email them before you order and ask them to send you their 5% off coupon.
post #7 of 19
definitely buy in person

don't be afraid to try on lots of different styles and sizes - you owe it to yourself to see what suits your face and your vision needs best.
post #8 of 19
I like Oakley I think their lenses are of an excellent quality
post #9 of 19
I'd go along with the "buy in person" advice...

I'd also ignore the name on the arm of the lens to some extent and focus on just finding a style that suits you and your face. Last time I got new frames, I ended up choosing Emporio Armani frames for my regular glasses and D&G for sunglasses. Brands I wouldn't touch in clothes but the frames in question happened to suit me just right and I got no end of compliments when I changed.

Also, get your prescription done by someone experienced who knows how to fine-tune it manually with a set of lenses to get the precise prescription to suit you rather than just relying on the figures spewed out by one of the automatic machines.

Oh and get the very, very best lenses you can afford. You'll only regret it otherwise.
post #10 of 19
The opticians I've used have provided little or no value in terms of frame selection. There is nothing medical about the style of frames you choose and, again in my experience, opticians are not necessarily at the high end of the style spectrum.

If you know what you want and have tried on something similar in person, I would recommend using www.framesdirect.com or some other online dealer.
post #11 of 19
I am looking to get new frames as well. Which online retailers would be able to supply the higher-end labels like Alain Mikkli and Oliver Peoples? Are vintage frames worth a look? I spent an hour on eBay but did not find anything worthwhile. Is there a place with a better selection (i.e. filled with less crap) for vintage frames?
post #12 of 19
Does anyone here have experience with Toki frames?
-Jeff
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by Kent Wang
I am looking to get new frames as well. Which online retailers would be able to supply the higher-end labels like Alain Mikkli and Oliver Peoples?

Are vintage frames worth a look? I spent an hour on eBay but did not find anything worthwhile. Is there a place with a better selection (i.e. filled with less crap) for vintage frames?


www.giarre.com has mikli and just about every high-end brand, no oliver peoples though. Can't recommend them enough and I have not been able to find better prices on frames anywhere from legitimate sellers. email them for a 5% off coupon before placing your order.
post #14 of 19
Luxotica and Safilo make pretty much every frame under the sun for various brands, escepting niche brands. I personally swear by Pro-Design (from Denmark) titanium frames, which retail at ~$250-$300, depending on the optician. For a good looking, durable frame, you can't beat that. I get my optician to order these for me sight unseen, because I have worn their frames from years now, know what shapes fit me, and what temple and bridge sizes I need, but I would generally not recommend this. Eye-eye Denmark has a similar aesthetic, but are more difficult to find, and I've heard good things about Booth and Bruce (though rather more expensive). Ich-Berlin, LaFont, and Cutler & Gross offer frames for very specific looks.
post #15 of 19
There is also Oliver Goldsmith who used to make the frames for Audrey Hepburn, et al.
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