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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by CityConnection, May 23, 2009.

  1. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    There are tons of threads about eyewear, sunglasses and contact lenses. It is hard to sort through them to find answers and they are usually questions that need a 1 sentance answer. I figure eyewear is what I know best so if you have a quick question, post it here and I can respond. If you want the opinion of SF, make another thread. Let the questions begin... If someone else knows the answer, feel free to post too! *please understand that I am not a super guru and sometimes I might not know the answer*

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    FAQ
    I formulated a FAQ section for all the questions that are asked over and over again.

    1. What's the difference between Photochromatic and Tansitions?
    -Photochromatic is the type of lens, Transition is a brand of lens. A simple comparison would be Kleenex. Kleenex is a brand, facial tissue is what it is.

    2. Why don't you like polycarbonate?
    The optics are terrible with an abbe value of 30 (CR39 having the best optics with the abbe value of 59). The material scratches very easily compared to other materials. The lens flex quite a bit making it warp easily. The only good thing is that it durable and won't break easily, but Trivex is just as break resistant.

    3. What is Trivex?
    -Trivex is a material that is superior to polycarbonate. It's index is 1.53 so it is quite thick but the optics out of the lens is superior to poly. As well, it is much more scratch resistant than poly. Poly has an abbe value of 44

    4. What is the color crystal?
    -Clear. We call it crystal as opposed to clear.

    5. What are some frames that have a good bang for the buck?
    -As of Jan 2012, I feel that Kio Yamato, O&X, Urband, Cheap Monday, MODO, Spectacle Eyeworks, Prodesign and Lightec are all brands that provide good bang for the buck.

    6. What is a good brand of frames for under $200 retail?

    7. You're a terrible writer.
    -I don't write to entertain, I write inform.

    8. Who are Luxottica and Safilo. What is their quality like?
    LUX and SAF are probably the 2 biggest frame manufacture/distributor/retailers in the optical industry. Together they have licenses to Gucci, Armani, Versace, Persol, Rayban, Boss, Chanel, Prada, Bvlgary, Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers and the list goes on. In terms of quality, they are the average frame. The quality is fair and some of their lines have great styles BUT you are basically paying for the name. Don't get me wrong, I'm not hating on them, just giving an honest opinion.

    9. How are frames from Prada, Boss, Gucci...?
    -Most large name brands are produced by 3 large companies (Luxottica, Safilo, Marchon). The quality is pretty standard. The frames are made in Italy and China. The quality is fair and what I mean by that is that most are not sturdy, but they will last you a long time with good care.

    10. What is B&M? How do I pick a good B&M store?

    11. What website is legit to buy glasses from?

    12. What company makes good asian fit plastic frames with nose pads?
    -Adidas and Nike (but they look hideous), Prodesign, Danish Design, O&X and MODO and Kio Yamato (no nose pads but they fit well), Gucci for women and Bvlgari for women. I'm sure there are many more but those are just the ones off the top of my head.
     
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  2. robin

    robin Senior member

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    I've been reading up more on optics lately - do all lenses in luxicotta brands suck or is it just a few to watch out for?
     
  3. Baby Pink

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    Please tell me about the Tart Optical, history, quality etc. I have developed a fascination for this lost brand, especially the FDR model. I have purchased two pairs on the web. They are pretty pricey. Is this brand really as rare as people make it out to be? Well at least I can find only a limited supply on the web.
     
  4. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    I've been reading up more on optics lately - do all lenses in luxicotta brands suck or is it just a few to watch out for?

    http://www.luxottica.com/english/index.html

    The only ones that will have a chance at having a decent lens are Oakley, Revo, Persol and Rayban. Are they the best in the industry, no. Then why are they so popular? Marketing! People perceive them to be good, but like any large company they will cut corners. They are not manufactured like they used to be. That said, you are paying mostly for their frame/brand, and no so much the lenses.

    My suggestion, if you are looking for good lenses, look for another brand.
     
  5. eckblk

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    CityConnection:

    What's the word on Dita's quality, I'm thinking about purchasing two pair at full retail. Let me know what you think.
     
  6. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    Please tell me about the Tart Optical, history, quality etc. I have developed a fascination for this lost brand, especially the FDR model. I have purchased two pairs on the web. They are pretty pricey. Is this brand really as rare as people make it out to be? Well at least I can find only a limited supply on the web.

    http://tartoptical.com/

    I have never heard of this brand.

    From what I can gather:
    It is not a real brand but a private label. A store has manufactured glasses in huge numbers and jsut sells them. I used to do this also under the name "Kimo", but we only did metal frames. Judging by the pictures that I found, seems like they are well made. Probably better than most large labels right now. Strong hinges and relatively good finish. I cant find much on the companies profile and they dont have much on their site.

    I can only find information on the Amel frame. But seems like it has a large bridge. It wont fit a lot of people...

    Hope this helps!
     
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  7. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    CityConnection: What's the word on Dita's quality, I'm thinking about purchasing two pair at full retail. Let me know what you think.
    http://www.dita.com/ Dita Eyewear makes unique and edgy eyewear tht focus on quality and craftsmanship. The styles have distinct features that most companies wont want to produce. An example would be the nose arms and pads. Most companies will make a universal fitting one so that the parts in interchangeable, but Dita seems to make different designs and styles. Check my blog by the end of the day and I will have a profile on them for you. Would I suggest you buy it? If it looks good! But in terms of the brand, if you can afford it and it looks good, go for it.
     
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    Thanks!!

    Profile up.

    I just realized that you can see it on their website but its a lot of reading. The one on my blog is simplified.
     
  10. Robert

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    Please tell me everything you know about Anglo American.
     
  11. CityConnection

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    Please tell me everything you know about Anglo American.

    I dont know much about them, but I did some digging and found out a bit about them. Check my blog for a profile.

    But, I have not had any of them in my hands so I cannot vouch for their quality. But they are made of the best italian acetate. They are also handmade and by a company from the 1880s. My guess would be that they are well made. I dont know what their pricing is like though...
     
  12. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    I didnt realize that the questions would be so hard. hahaha....
     
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    I have a question. What is the current opinion of Ray Ban's various classic aviator style sunglasses? Similar to this:

    Are they completely out of style? I never see them worn much anymore, but to me they're timeless. I think most sunglasses I see these days look too reptilian and uber-cool. Just curious what you thought.
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    Hey, can you recommend me some options for browline glasses a la rayban clubmasters? I have a round and sort of wide face so I kind of like the height of the glasses to be more shallow, do you have any suggestions? Preferably not super expensive. I want something old styley / classic but all the browlines i can find now with a shallow height are very modern feeling. Weird question sorry haha... Maybe I'll just find some old B&L clubmasters on ebay, I recently tried shurons but they were garbage.
     
  16. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    I dont know much about them, but I did some digging and found out a bit about them. Check my blog for a profile. But, I have not had any of them in my hands so I cannot vouch for their quality. But they are made of the best italian acetate. They are also handmade and by a company from the 1880s. My guess would be that they are well made. I dont know what their pricing is like though...
    *EDIT Apparently the name Anglo American has been bought by is not trading as of yet. The original company made custom made hand made eyewear. I don't know what the company is like now...
     
  17. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    I have a question. What is the current opinion of Ray Ban's various classic aviator style sunglasses? Similar to this: Are they completely out of style? I never see them worn much anymore, but to me they're timeless. I think most sunglasses I see these days look too reptilian and uber-cool. Just curious what you thought.
    This style IMO is played out now. If you are young and trying to wear them, it is too played out. But if you are 50+ and you have had them since back in the day, wear them because they look cool and classy. Everyone is making copies and it just isnt as trendy as, say last year.
     
  18. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    Hey, can you recommend me some options for browline glasses a la rayban clubmasters? I have a round and sort of wide face so I kind of like the height of the glasses to be more shallow, do you have any suggestions? Preferably not super expensive. I want something old styley / classic but all the browlines i can find now with a shallow height are very modern feeling. Weird question sorry haha... Maybe I'll just find some old B&L clubmasters on ebay, I recently tried shurons but they were garbage.

    Maybe not a less expensive option but Lafont has one that looks great. It has just been released, so I havent seen it in my hands, but I saw them in a magazine. If you want something inexpensive, Im almost positive that Club Monaco has one that runs for no more than $150.

    But there are a lot of alternatives, I just cant think of any off the top of my head. But check out a brick and mortar store, they should have some. Check out a Lens Crafters, dont buy it there, but check them out because they carry basically all of Luxotticas frames. Buy it at an independent store though because you'll get a much better deal.
     
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    What is Serengeti like as a brand?
     
  20. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    What is Serengeti like as a brand?
    Vocab: Photochromatic = changes colors (darker) when introduced to UV. I saw the collection 2 days ago. They are all photochromatic and glass (a few pieces of poly lenses). They have a niche market in terms of photochromatic lenses, as not many companies that I know of make strictly photochromatic lenses. The lenses are also available in polarized photochromatic which is also rare. The retail prices are around $300 up to $350 The frames are okay, nothing special but the style is slightly dated. They are trying to do the "keep old styles" like Rayban, and they have the Rayban copies too. Some of the plastic frames are a bit more trendy and edgy but nothing is "stylish" IMO. Bang for the buck, on a scale of 1 to 10 I would say its a 7. It is great if you are looking for photochromatic lenses. If you are looking for something more stylish, look elsewhere. For the price though, you can find another brand with polarized lenses.
     

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