I just thought I would show off some new glasses that I got recently. They are bespoke made by Wesley Knight made from water buffalo horn.
The process took about 9 months from start to finish and started with an in-person meeting to go over details, style ideas, and tons of measurements including a putty mold of my nose-bridge and photographs of my head in different angles and wearing different apparatuses for proportion perspective and such. It seems that Wesley can made exact styles if you'd like, or you can leave him with some ideas and inspiration and he can whip up from drawings for you to yay or nay. I personally liked my current frames that I had been wearing daily for ~5 years, but I wanted them to fit better and not slide down my nose. I also wanted to be open to some slight different design ideas to just better refine what I was already wearing.
After our initial meeting Wesley told me to send him some stuff via email for inspiration for some design ideas that didn't include glasses. I thought this was awesome and being the weirdo I am sent him some random, wacky stuff that inspires me. A couple months later I got some drawings of style ideas superimposed over my face. From there we had a phone conversation about what I liked and didn't like and he came up with some tweaks. At that point he put together a balsa wood rough fit model for me to try on. He had me take several photos to asses fit and we had another phone call to discuss what works or what doesn't. After more tweaks and such I got another wood fitting model before going to finishing.
All in all what I got was much better than I expected to be honest and I love them. Wesley is a super cool, chill dude who seriously put up with a lot of my OCD through the process and in the end delivered a solid pair of frames. I honestly couldn't be happier. It is a bit nerve wracking going through the process, but I trusted him and I got exactly what I wanted and more.
The pictures kind of suck and all in all I don't think my frames are very representative of what he can do. I have "boring" style and I wanted frames that look as black as possible, so I am probably the wrong person to offer his work to the forum. It is very hard to show detailed photos of the horn with just an iPhone camera and also the craftsmanship, which is truly outstanding, even the hardware seems very sturdy. These pretty much look solid black under most lighting conditions, but when you look closely, or in certain natural light settings you can see all kinds of grain and depth, which is really awesome. I am actually surprised that I have gotten so many compliments on them due to them looking very similar to what I was wearing. People seem to notice that they are something special.
My favorite part about these frames is the fit honestly. I discussed at the beginning with Wesley that I hated how the temples of many glasses weren't long enough and they frequently slept down my nose causing me to frequently push them up, especially when it is hot and humid. These fit like a glove and loop around my ears just right. They kind of feel "locked-in" to my face where I could probably do some headbanging and still have them in place. Also, I like that the proportions are better than any glasses I have worn in the past. For example, the top of the frame is better aligned with my eyebrows rather than rising above. It lets you see more of my face, and also the proportion of glasses to top and bottom of my face looks more natural. Sorry for not posting fit photos, but I don't want my ugly mug on the internet, I trust you understand.
Oh yeah, just for full disclosure I did not get these for free and got nothing for posting here. I commissioned them on my own I just thought I'd share my experiences with fellow members.