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An AD confirmed them as fake, i'm afraid.
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Originally Posted by mildundklar View Post

An AD confirmed them as fake, i'm afraid.

What is "AD"?

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Authorized dealer.
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Originally Posted by cyc wid it View Post

Authorized dealer.

If you think about it.

 

Why would a dealer confirm them as genuine?

 

If they sake they are fake, you are more likely to buy a genuine pair from them.

 

Also if the sunglasses are few years old, the dealer would not have a clue as authenticity signs change. Such as the model code text will be in different font or format, the storage case design changes. The actual shape/model may be the type that the dealer did not see because he was only dealing for 3-4 years but the sunglasses are from a collection 5 years ago.

 

It is better to do your own research and learn how to spot fakes.

 

I mean google is a good starting point.

 

There are TONS of guides with photos and videos.

 

For instance I found this guide which explains how to identify genuine Prada Sunglases:

 

http://usedlux.com/2013/07/how-to-spot-fake-prada-sunglasses/

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I'm so excited about my recent buy. I've tried some models from Garrett Leight and Oliver Peoples but ended up with a pair of Cutler and Gross from Mr.Porter.
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This pair will complete my triple among with OP Gregory Peck & Clubmaster.
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Originally Posted by mildundklar View Post

I'm so excited about my recent buy. I've tried some models from Garrett Leight and Oliver Peoples but ended up with a pair of Cutler and Gross from Mr.Porter.
696450_mrp_fr_l.jpg

This pair will complete my triple among with OP Gregory Peck & Clubmaster.

That's part of the 5th Anniversary Collection, correct?

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That's part of the 5th Anniversary Collection, correct?
Spot on!
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are AO still the best deal in sunglasses? does it get any better for ~$50?
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Originally Posted by unity006 View Post

If you think about it.

Why would a dealer confirm them as genuine?

If they sake they are fake, you are more likely to buy a genuine pair from them.

Perhaps. But maybe some ADs aren't manipulative dicks who might just answer an honest question with an honest answer. I happened to pick up some Tom Fords from a somewhat rando retailer a while back and for various reasons I had some reservations. Took them to TF right on Rodeo and Charles (who is now a friend and helps me immensely every time I come in) was more than happy to check them out. He got out an in-store pair of the same glasses, the case, card, packaging, everything ... and he went through everything point by point until he finally concluded … "yep mate… they're real!"

Just my 2 cents … but worked out for me. Got a great deal on TF aviators and now they know be by name on Rodeo. Could have been worse.
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Does anyone know what model these Ray-bans are? They look very similar to RB3386 but these lens haveva straight bottom. Any help would be much appreciated!

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Still looking for a model number for these Ray-bans. Anyone?
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Speaking of Tom Ford. I just picked up a pair of aviators too called Franklin. I'm really disappointed by the weight and feel of them. They're my first TFs and I can't believe they're so light, then I realize the lens material is made of plastic. No poly or glass, but plastic. They're light like CVS shades light. I might have to send them back, I'm surprised they can charge $370 for a pair.
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Speaking of Tom Ford. I just picked up a pair of aviators too called Franklin. I'm really disappointed by the weight and feel of them. They're my first TFs and I can't believe they're so light, then I realize the lens material is made of plastic. No poly or glass, but plastic. They're light like CVS shades light. I might have to send them back, I'm surprised they can charge $370 for a pair.

Polycarbonate is plastic, too. In fact, it's one of the lower grades of lens materials usually reserved for impact protection due to its high strength (but poor optics). Tom Fords are made by Marcolin, which is the better of the conglomerates, but still not quite as good as an independent high end brand. However, very few high end sunglasses use glass lenses; most are made to be light but durable and use CR-39 lenses.The few high end sunglass brands that do use glass only have them in a limited number of models, since most customers complain about the weight of sunglasses with glass lenses. 

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Polycarbonate is plastic, too. In fact, it's one of the lower grades of lens materials usually reserved for impact protection due to its high strength (but poor optics). Tom Fords are made by Marcolin, which is the better of the conglomerates, but still not quite as good as an independent high end brand. However, very few high end sunglasses use glass lenses; most are made to be light but durable and use CR-39 lenses.The few high end sunglass brands that do use glass only have them in a limited number of models, since most customers complain about the weight of sunglasses with glass lenses. 

Interesting. I'm no expert but I have sunglasses from Ray Ban, Persol, and Oliver Peoples and all of them use some of sort of glass (it feels cold to the touch and hard on the teeth haha). I assume that that's the best material because my OPs have them and the fit and finish of OPs are really excellent, the hinges are really well done, much better than TFs. I guess I'm not used to the feather weight of the TFs, it almost feels cheap in my mind.
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Originally Posted by benjamin831 View Post


Interesting. I'm no expert but I have sunglasses from Ray Ban, Persol, and Oliver Peoples and all of them use some of sort of glass (it feels cold to the touch and hard on the teeth haha). I assume that that's the best material because my OPs have them and the fit and finish of OPs are really excellent, the hinges are really well done, much better than TFs. I guess I'm not used to the feather weight of the TFs, it almost feels cheap in my mind.

 

The TF's aren't in the league of high end brands like your Oliver Peoples, so if you're looking for something more along those lines I'd recommend something else. Take a look at IC! Berlin, Mykita No. 1, and Salt Optic's titanium frames to try something that's both light and high quality. IC! Berlin and Mykita use screwless hinges made of sheetmetal and have some of the most durable frames out there. My titanium salts have washers in the hinges that allow them to have no play at all, but operate smoothly. I would say that Salt has about the best optics among high end sunglasses, too (although glass is rare). A lot of people bash Oliver Peoples since they were bought by Lux and the quality went down, but I would say that they still have some models that easily hold their own if you get a good example. They're hit and miss, though. My Benedicts have great optics and the frames are really cleanly made, but I also had a different model with warped frames and mediocre optics. Both Salt and Barton Perreira were founded by former OP employees who were unhappy with the direction the brand was going.

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