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post #46 of 63
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Originally Posted by jonc View Post

OK, so I found a UK bricks and mortar retailer that stocks RE (a shop called IRIS with branches near London Bridge and in Richmond). I tried on a pair of 52s and 58s, they didn't have any 55s in stock (most popular model apparently).

I'm still not sure about sizing though, my temple width is just under 130mm but my head size is nearer 59cm, which gives me conflicting advice from here: http://www.themandonstore.com/product/228/product-details.html

Also, both of the 52mm and 58mm seemed to bow a bit in the stems (arms) of the glasses and I wasn't sure if that was normal or not. Anyone?

What! I can hardly believe it. Thanks jonc. This is what SF is all about. smile.gif

I tried just about every shop in the centre of London last year. Most hadn't heard of them. The ones that had, had replaced them years ago with American Optics, swearing that they were of the same quality.

I'll check them out

Lear

Edit: Another great independent shop for Persol and others (not Randolph) is: http://www.adamsimmonds.co.uk
post #47 of 63
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Originally Posted by Lear View Post


What! I can hardly believe it. Thanks jonc. This is what SF is all about. smile.gif

I tried just about every shop in the centre of London last year. Most hadn't heard of them. The ones that had, had replaced them years ago with American Optics, swearing that they were of the same quality.

I spent a while on google sifting through the various uk online stores for aviators with skull temples and noticed that this one has actual shops associated with it. They don't have a huge amount of stock, but I could at least try a couple on for size. Popped in again today to check sizings, I think the smallest one is fine for me (my temple measurement is around 127/130).

Ended up ordering a pair of aviators in 52mm, matt chrome + grey from mandon store. Can't wait until they arrive :-)
post #48 of 63
Most of our customers go for the bright chrome. However, we brought in the matte black and matte chrome on our most recent order and they are actually super cool.
post #49 of 63
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Originally Posted by MORTAR View Post

Most of our customers go for the bright chrome. However, we brought in the matte black and matte chrome on our most recent order and they are actually super cool.

Just checked your site Mortar and I see you are in Houston. Will definitely stop by nexttime I'm in Montrose. Might be at cafe brazil at the weekend!
post #50 of 63
I wear AO aviators in matte chrome with grey lenses.
They are bullet proof and I got them for under $50.00.
RE was a break away from the AO group (Partenopea was from Kiton).

I would save the extra dollars and just get some AO, get them online somewhere (Amazon)
post #51 of 63
Well I received my RE aviators in the post the other day, and I couldn't be happier with them. They seem to be quite sturdy, I'm getting use to the bayonet temples, and I'm impressed with the little maintenance kit you get.

I can post some pictures of what comes in the box if anyone's interested, it comes with a hard case, lens wiper/cloth thing, and the little kit has 4 replacement screws, 2 nose bridge pieces and a little tool that is on a keyring and unscrews to reveal a tiny Phillips head and flat head screw drivers.
post #52 of 63

Hi, I don't suppose you guys know the exact spec of the Randolph Engineering Sunglasses worn by Robert de Niro in Taxi Driver?

 

I want to buy them as a gift for my boyfriend but I'm having trouble a) finding out what model they are and b) finding a UK stockist!

 

Many Thanks

 

M

post #53 of 63

don't you guys find the RE's to be really heavy? in comparison to my Rayban, I feel like they are a weight on my face..

post #54 of 63

Polarized lenses really fuck me up. Would feel differently if navigating life didn't mean interacting with an LCD every 10 minutes.  For practical purposes I endorse gray because it doesn't distort color like other color lenses do.  I see browns, oranges, fades, etc. as primarily fashion glasses and not really good tools.  I like tools.  That's why I share my thoughts with y'all.

post #55 of 63
I did not notice a weight difference from my Raybans.
post #56 of 63
Bright Chrome - Skull - Grey Mirror in Concorde

Will it work or be too much FU for a pair of sunglasses?
post #57 of 63
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Originally Posted by VTCamp View Post

Those sunglasses that Draper wears in Mad Men are AO's.  RE was not even in business at the time the show is set.  AO has been making that model since 1958.  There is a small difference that I can see as I own AO's and have been wearing AO's for several years.  Check out http://www.AOEyewearOnline.com to see.

This is a great forum.

Draper is wearing REs on the show. You do understand that the show is set in the 60s / 70s, but is shot in the new century, right?
post #58 of 63

I just got a pair of American Optical Pilots (55mm, silver, grey polarized, bayonet).  Love the look, 52mm might have been better to get the Don Draper look which looks undersized.

 

One thing I don't like (least for now) is that the frame doesn't wrap around the face much like the thicker sports frames I'm used to.  So there's some sun getting to my eyes from the top and through the sides which still causes me to squint at times.

 

Is there another brand/model that looks like the AO pilots / Randolph Aviators that have a bit more wrap around the face frame?

 

EDIT: I might have found my own answer... what do you guys think of the AO Flight Gear II aviators?  Looks to have some better wrap around the face to it.  Still open to other suggestions!

 

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Edited by GreenwichGuy - 4/21/12 at 2:31pm
post #59 of 63
anyone know where i can get replacement lenses from?

im in Australia and RE want me to send the whole frame to them
post #60 of 63

 

I'd been in the non-urgent market for a new pair of sunglasses for almost a year, and RE had been one of the brands on my radar. When they showed up on Gilt last Friday I bit the bullet. 52mm aviator, bright chrome, gray polarized, bayonet temple. $99 (significant discount from retail considering the polarized lenses, although they can be had on ebay for close to the same price).

 

The 52mm was the only option in the aviator frame and I was worried it would be too small. It is a little small, but I don't think too small, particularly given current styles (see Don Draper elsewhere in this thread). I was also a little nervous about the bayonet temples, but I don't mind them and I think will like them as long as they don't start losing their spring.

 

Pics below, both so people can see them in the wild, and let me know if they think they're too small. 

 

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