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Ask me about Eyewear!

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

  1. taxgenius

    taxgenius Senior member

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    Any updates to this FAQ?

    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.
     
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  2. Ironist

    Ironist Senior member

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    So I just got my glasses from *gasp* Lenscrafters. I bought them there because of my insurance policy but I probably didn't end up saving much overall. Each pair was like $400 each with the high index lenses, coating, roll and polish. I did stick to the Persol and Rayban as per city's recommendations.

    My prescription was OD -650 -025 130 and OS -750 -025 055 SV Distance. I took the sales associate's suggestion for 1.67 index, AR, and roll and polish. She said I wouldn't gain that much more by going 1.74 over 1.67 with rolled edges and at the cost of 1.74 I didn't think twice. I was wondering if she was right though in recommending that I get smaller, rectangular, plastic frames in order to hide the lenses. I originally wanted to get one pair with large, round lenses and she said that even if my eyes were in the center, my lenses would be noticeably thick and look bad even with 1.74. She also recommended against wire frames so it seemed like my options were very limited. Would you agree with this sentiment? I guess I could still return my glasses if need be but that would be uncool so I probably won't. I can post pictures showing the thickness if that helps. Thanks.

    Also, anyone have opinions on Dailies Total1? Worth the premium? I have dry eyes that usually get red after a day of wearing contacts.
     
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  3. eyewearnerd

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    Dita is actually very well made and is actually exclusive, they open very few accounts and it's hard to find. They are now very popular because so many celebrities wear Dita.

    Eyewear Nerd
     
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    Dita is actually very well made and is actually exclusive, they open very few accounts and it's hard to find. They are now very popular because so many celebrities wear Dita.

    Eyewear Nerd
     
  5. taxgenius

    taxgenius Senior member

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    Any tips on who makes something similar to this?

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  6. flyindarkness

    flyindarkness Senior member

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    Dailies total 1 is pretty awesome, really comfortable... worth the price? depend on how you can tolerate other lenses I suppose...
     
  7. rannibal

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    Do you know the Brand/model of these glasses?? I've looked everywhere and can't find them.


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  8. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    That's super cheap by any standard that I've seen. Haven't seen prices like that, period.
     
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  9. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    Best shape and size for minimal edge thickness is small and round, not square. The radius from the middle of your eye will determine thickness.

    Total1 are definitely worth the premium. Feedback is good from wearers. And they allow a lot of oxygen to the eyes.
     
  10. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    New list based on frame quality vs price vs style vs overall business practice vs customer service:

    Kio Yamato: design features and price are super good bang for the buck
    Modo: new plastic/metal combo frames are good and light
    Prodesign: for under $220, hard to beat
    Brooklyn Spectacles (pretty good for Made in China and price is reasonable
    Lindberg Plastics:rimless mounting system isn't that great
    Minima: excellent bang for the buck and really good quality and they stand behind their products 100%
    Kazuo Kawasaki: very durable and well made
    Tag Huere: quality is good for the price, made in France and comfortable for big heads

    Honorable mentions:
    RetroSuperFuture's quality and attention to fit is significantly better than previous releases.
    Paul Smith, yes it is from Lux, but the styles are good and they use a very nice color palette.
    Viktor & Rolf: I met the man behind the operation and the amount of work they put into the design is incredible, small details like the rivets that pay homage to their fragrance bottles and their overall image. there are also plastics with nose pads.
    Tom's shoes makes Tom's glasses, good bang for the buck and their designers and staff are super down to earth.
    Dior Homme: yes it is from Safilo but the styles are good with textures and lots of mattes. Actually quite innovative considering it is a "mass brand"

    So you ask why companies like Dita, Oliver Peoples, Belliger, Face a Face, Barton, Mykita, IC Berlin, Kirk Originals, Rayban, Persol... are not on the list. In my opinion, a lot of these brands and frames can be replace with other brands. If it can be replace with something with equal style but lesser price tag, I say go with the cheaper on. After all, this is a bang for the buck list.
     
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  11. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    Not sure but I'd look into vintages. Early 90s and late 80s. Might find a very unique pair.
     
  12. rannibal

    rannibal New Member

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    What type of glasses are these though? What style? Frame style?
     
  13. hoxuantu

    hoxuantu Well-Known Member

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    Hi, CityConnection,
    I'm going to order an eyeglasses from framesdirect. The frame is Persol 2425V ($235) with 1.67 index lens ($119) from Essilor and Transitions coating ($70) and Premium AR coating ($75). After 30% discount for lens, total price is around $424.
    Do you think the price is reasonable?
    And I'm curious about the effectiveness of Transitions coating. What's your opinion on that?
     
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  14. OmniscientCause

    OmniscientCause Senior member

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    Anyone know anything about BP?

    I got in an argument / debate with tho guy over some other person in my class or the class above me having the same glasses but matte black with lighter tortuous shell side.


    Now I very specific with my eyeware and I've never scene anyone with anything remotely close.


    Anyone know if those matte black wilmots saw any distro outside Boston?


    When I talked to the guys at newton wellsely optical they made it seem of that particular model got anywhere outside of Boston?


    Literally 4 people in 2015-16 from Boston. So highly unlikely.
     
  15. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    I don't know about particular styles but everyone made them from Jean Paul gaulthier to Alain mikli to Cartier.
     
  16. CityConnection

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    Price is not the issue. Are you sure those frames will fit the same as your last ones? Will the pd and height be correct? Will the fitting and able of the frame be the same? How is the wrap and curvature of the lenses? Not everything is created equally. Transitions are goo for 2 yrs. after that they don't turn as dark and as clear. As well, they won't change colors in the car due to your windshield.
     
  17. CityConnection

    CityConnection Senior member

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    I don't really understand what you're asking.
     
  18. OmniscientCause

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    Did the black and tortoise shell Wilmot make it into other stores or was it specifically released for this place on Newbury st in Boston.
     
  19. masshi

    masshi Senior member

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    why do you care so much?

    be more pedantic
     
  20. hoxuantu

    hoxuantu Well-Known Member

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    What is the link of CityConnection's blog ?
     

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