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Ask me about Eyewear!

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

  1. ultravisitor

    ultravisitor Senior member

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    For god's sake, do not spend money on Tom Ford glasses. They're made by Marcolin, which is basically the same thing as Luxottica.

    I don't know why you're trying on another pair of Oliver Peoples, as you said you wanted to get away from Luxottica.

    Dita is fantastic. They're expensive, but they're very well made. Oliver Goldsmith is nice, too, but I haven't handled those frames much.

    If you can find a pair of SALT frames that suit you, then they're definitely worth buying if you like them. Do keep looking at the line. I never thought I'd find a pair that fit me, but then one day I did, and now they're one of my favorite pairs of glasses (next to my Mykita Mylon frames). Anyway, SALT is a California-based brand. You shouldn't have trouble finding them in the Bay.
     
  2. ultravisitor

    ultravisitor Senior member

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    I just remembered: Gotti might have some frames that you like. They definitely make some in the size you would want, and their frames aren't too expensive--especially in comparison to Dita or Tom Ford. They make a lot of attractive frames, too.

    They're available at a lot of stores in the Bay area, as well. Just check their website. http://www.gotti.ch/en/stores/
     
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  3. Tramlines

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  4. troika

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    thanks @ultravisitor

    @Tramlines what am i looking at? looks pretty good
     
  5. Tramlines

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    Those?

    Oh - OAMC Optics from Japan. Handmade, superb quality. One of the few specialist frame makers who construct their lenses with pantoscopic tilt so that the frame sits square on your face, balanced, and the lenses are tilted so that if you are really tall, you don't have to bend your head down to see short folk, or if you are short, you can look up without having messed up faints from vertiginous diplopia. They also scallop out the frame so that even though it looks thick and solid, carved from 6mm acetate, it is surprisingly lightweight in comparison to standard acetate frames.

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  6. troika

    troika Senior member

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    Just checked them out - unfortunately none of their pairs are wide enough. They only go up to 50mm
     
  7. Tramlines

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    How large are you looking for?

    I wear 46mm...thought 50mm was plenty!

    Any bigger, it looks like those women with extra large goggles wearing Ugg boots lol. Yes - in summer.
     
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  8. ultravisitor

    ultravisitor Senior member

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    Just an FYI: lens width is not the best way to figure out what pairs of glasses will fit you. For instance, I have a pair of Mykitas that fit really well, and they are 57s. I forever thought afterwards that I'd have to find such huge frames to fit my face, but since then I've found pairs of glasses with lens widths of as low as 49 that fit me well.
     
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    Can anyone ID what frames colbert is wearing?

     
  11. Dr Huh?

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    Anyone know what frames these are?:

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    edit, I found them.
     
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    The problem with OAMC frames are a lot of them are canted a bit at top which never works for me. Flat or slightly curved down on the outside just works better and feels less feminine.

    Isn't panascopic tilt something that has to be set based on the height of the person wearing the glasses?
     
  13. Richard Lewis

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    Hi there! I'd like to know what brand of sunglasses Tulip (Ruth Negga) is wearing in 'Preacher... Any ideas? Cheers

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  14. thomasec

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    For those of you looking for Mykita Sunglasses - I just ordered a few pairs through the following site:

    https://globaldesigncollective.com/collections/mens-eyewear

    You get 15% off your first order, and with the strength of the US dollar relative to the Euro, most frames come to around $270 US. I also emailed the store's owner (Daniel), who said he'd be able to order almost any pair of sunglasses directly from Mykita, and he'd still be happy to apply 15% off of the order. Pretty solid deal - almost half of what they sell for in the US. Just let him know you found his info on styleforum.
     
  15. Sam H

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    My eye doctor yelled at me about my contact lens habits and told me that my days of sleeping in them need to be done. Despite FDA approval to do so, she told me it's very bad and she was seeing cornea scratches and to start getting used to the idea of maybe wearing glasses some days or at least have a pair of glasses you like because 24/7 contact use is not going to cut it anymore.

    Anyway I'm sure everyone will be happy to pile on about this, and I know it's stupid but anyway, here I am.

    So I decided "you know I hate glasses because as a kid they were limited to what my parents would pay for and as a college student, the pair I bought and never wore was limited by my sad budget at the time".

    I decided to go to Oliver People's because I'm at the point in my life where that's expensive but not prohibitively so and if I'm going to wear glasses, why not splurge.

    I have a very short timeframe as I am supposed to take a 5 day break from contacts, so I didn't do too much research. I know OP is just high end Luxottica but honestly, Luxottica has always impressed me. My sunglasses from RayBans and Persol last forever without babying. I get it's a huge conglomerate or whatever, but that doesn't bother me on some principled level and my experience with their sub-brands has always been positive. OP has nice styles.

    I went in knowing what I wanted; some sort of dark brown acetate turtle shell typical 2005-present style glasses. Previously I've only ever owned metal frames which now make me look like I should be 15 and have spiky bleached hair.

    After trying a few on the lady showed me a pair that was actually really good, way better than the disappointment I felt putting things on my face at random and looking in the mirror remembering what life before contacts felt like. After browsing some more, I settled on those.

    "$300. Okay, thats reasonable for some eyeglass frames. I spend half that on sunglasses and these are something I'm going to need day to day." Then I ask about lenses. LOL. I really have no baseline for how much this stuff costs beyond my cheap lens/frame combos I bought when I was younger. She starts quoting me $500. I'm like "with the frames?" Well obviously as you are all aware, no, not with the frames.

    So I'm starting to realize I'm actually on the verge of a $800 purchase not a $300-$500 purchase. But I really just need to buy glasses ASAP, that's not a fun amount of money to spend for me but not beyond my means either and I like the ones I've found. Furthermore, I wanted pricier lenses, I have -4.25/-4.5 and my lenses in all my other glasses I've owned are such garbage compared to contacts. I don't want thick, glaring lenses that always fish bowl.

    So what she says she is selling me is lenses that have antireflective coating, that are thin (but not the absolute thinnest which she says is not needed for my rx) and that are "digital". And according to my receipt this all checks out. $190 for Crizal Avance which looks like some kind of high end coating for scratches and glare. $100 for Digital/HD. $235 for OP SV Hi Index 1.67. These are NOT progressive lenses.

    Anyway she said that Digital/HD is amazing and the fish bowl effect does not exist. I couldn't tell if that was an upsell or a true statement (she wore glasses) but she convinced me. So basically long story short, I spend $525 on lenses today. I really did no research as I should have given the ASAP requirements of this purchase. Was I upsold on useless addons or is this the normal price of a high end lens? Keep in mind I did want better lenses and so if all these improvements give me lenses that aren't thick and reflective and vertigo-inducing I'll consider it worth it. But I guess I'm coming on here to ask if I'm an idiot for not thinking lenses were expensive or an idiot paying that much for lenses.
     
  16. OmniscientCause

    OmniscientCause Senior member

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    Eye glasses are a hell of a drug...I used to buy a pit a year but cut back to one every 2 years...eBay can be your friend for frames but won't help with the lenses.
     
  17. Phrost

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    What glasses does Colbert wear nowadays?

    They're much more flattering than the thin metal rimmed glasses he wore on TV for so long.

    Apparently, he wears these glasses in his personal life and decided that they looked good, so he kept them on for TV.
     
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  18. povatix

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    Overall, I think the recommendations were quite reasonable. However, the prices for these add-ons seem a bit on the steep side. Keep in mind, I am speaking from the point of view of someone within the Australian market.

    Firstly, your prescription is in the moderate range for short-sightedness, so you will definitely benefit from a higher index material in order to minimise the thickness of the lens. 1.67 is a solid choice. I would expect $235 to be a decent price for a 1.67 lens.

    Secondly, the recommendation for a digital/HD lens in order to reduce the "fishbowl" effect was also quite reasonable. From what I am guessing, this is a form of digital aspheric lens that is designed to give you the "same" prescription regardless of where you look through your lens. Normal "non-digital" lenses will be clear when looking through the centre of the lens but tend to get blurrier if you look more towards the edges of your lens. Of course this is also affected your prescription, frame choice as well as your natural viewing habits through your spectacles. Whether or not this upgrade will make a difference to you or not is a tough call. Some people love it, some people hate it, some people can't notice a difference at all. In general, more people would find it beneficial. $100 for this seems reasonable.

    Lastly, the Crizal Avance coating is a type of multi-coat. Every lens company has their own range of multi-coats. I am assuming the Avance is one of the better ones. As with all multi-coats, it reduces reflections on the surface of the lens which can help with such things like glare from oncoming traffic when driving at night or getting that nasty reflection off your glasses in flash photos. The Avance, being a new coating, also makes the lenses more scratch resistant and easier to clean which is of course always good. $190 for a multicoat is quite expensive from my experience.
     
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    I wore a Lunor 215 frame in "Light Havana" for years. Actually two frames; the first cracked in one eyepiece after just under a year, so the optician was able to replace them in the warranty - making it clear he thought this most unusual and really some sort of fluke in the way this particular frame was made. Actually, by that time I was sort of more interested in the rounder version, and his reply was "You can have any frame you want as long as you pay for it" (or something like that). I replaced this frame with the "Steve Jobs" Lunor - mainly because I was excited about wearing this conversation piece and not because of problems with the 215.

    Many years ago what was probably our most prestigious optical shops sold Lunor and I really came to like the look. Later, I found Lunors very difficult to find in the American cities where I was, and I'd ask every decent-looking optician if they sold them. Finally my most regular optician had the sign in their window and I jumped at the opportunity. I think Lunors are very well made, however my second 215, which I wore several years, did eventually discolor slightly and my optician was able to buff off most of the discoloration, as he does with other frames. I have the kind of body chemistry whereas virtually every frame - metal (including with titanium), plastic, high-end brand, etc.) discolors and/or peels on me.

    I like many Lunor styles - particularly the metal, because they are more likely to closely resemble the really old, old styles. I love the Lunor image, website, Facebook page, etc. - the whole enchilada. You'll always find a bunch of them on eBay, and generally quite expensive for eBay frames meaning, I assume, that they keep their value and reputation more than most brands. Nonetheless, I went back to Lafont - in my case luxury frames and in their "Reedition" line.
     
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