Ask me about Eyewear!

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

  1. canstyleace

    canstyleace Senior member

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    I found the latest line (9500) of Lindberg Strip Titanium to be superior. The main advantages of the Lindbergs, is that due to being made from Titanium, it allows the use of a slightly thicker material while still remaining lightweight. (IC Berlin/Mykita use surgical Stainless Steel for their metal frames, which is inherently heavier so they make it very thin to keep the weight down but also for flexibility.) The thicker (Ti) material of the Lindbergs makes for a stiffer frame which, amongst other things, has the advantage of being easier to adjust. (A common complaint with the IC Berlins/Mykitas is that adjustment on them is difficult.) Is the Ti still bendable? I need something that bends considerably as I've always broke or been afraid of breakage in the past I also wonder if the thicker Ti bends to a certain point will it still come back to its original shape like the thinner SS? as I have sat down on glasses or crushed them while carrying my dog more then a few times already Moving to the hinges -- due to their particular temple mounting method, the opening/closing action of the IC Berlin/Mykitas is not smooth, with a distinct detent feel instead. I've heard that this can also lead to the finish wearing off on the coloured frames, in that area. (The Lindberg Strips feature screw-less hinges too but with elastomer pivot points rather than metal against metal.) I wonder about this too, can someone who's own a pair for a while please comment? I read mykita uses a pvd finish which, while not immune to wear over time, should stand up well and long but I havent found info on the ic berlin finish, would I be correct to assume the same pvd process? Finally, Lindberg's conservative approach to their overall aesthetics is, in my opinion, more consistent in producing a decent look when worn. IC Berlin and Mykita have so many designs, many of which seem to prioritise looking great when on display. I've tried perhaps 60 or 70 pairs in the past couple of years and I haven't found a single one that I thought looked especially good on me (and I have an oval face + average PD, so not the hardest features to shop for). I found the opposite effect on my face (heart/inverted triangle shape) whereas the more minimalist conservative looking frames tend to disappear on my face, currently trying to decide between mykita & ic berlin models, I might end up getting one of each. I think you can see from this pretty helpful article comparing the 3 designs, that IC Berlin/Mykita look slicker in photos but it's so different once they're on your face. http://claudiakopticians.com/mainsit...t-frame-design Good read, thanks. Any opinions/comments/experience with the pads on mykita/ic berlin? Mainly concerned about durability, ease of staining, ease of falling off, etc.
    This is great info, thanks for sharing.....
     


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    canstyleace Senior member

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    Nvrmnd......
     


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    I have a pair of Paul Smith frames circa 1997 that I am starting to wear again. I believe they are laminated Zyl (aka acetate?) and the ginger colored finish (that's what PS calls the color) has dulled over the years. Not really any "leaching" and the resultant white residue, but they are generally just dull and in need of some attention - maybe a little fogging here and there.

    A high end eyeglass outfit in my home town suggested I rub olive oil on the frames and that will restore the luster. I've also read via a link on another style forum post that WD-40 might work . . . others have suggested the demel tool with a buffing compound. I've also found several outfits on the web - framefixers.com, etc., that say they can restore them.

    Just want to shine them up a bit. Any advice.
     


  4. BubblyMasquerade

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    WD-40 sounds like a bad idea. You want that shit on your nose? If you infuse the frame with it, when you sweat.....
     


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    WD-40 sounds like a bad idea. You want that shit on your nose? If you infuse the frame with it, when you sweat.....

    That's what I said . . . the smell alone would be horrible.
     


  6. Lafont

    Lafont Senior member

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    Yes, I think of WD40 as very temporary. That's why so many things can be sprayed with it and not get ruined.
    I tried once a gloss nail polish but I don't recommend it - probably too glossy and could ruin the finish altogether.
     


  7. nightic

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    I have a pair of Paul Smith frames circa 1997 that I am starting to wear again. I believe they are laminated Zyl (aka acetate?) and the ginger colored finish (that's what PS calls the color) has dulled over the years. Not really any "leaching" and the resultant white residue, but they are generally just dull and in need of some attention - maybe a little fogging here and there.

    A high end eyeglass outfit in my home town suggested I rub olive oil on the frames and that will restore the luster. I've also read via a link on another style forum post that WD-40 might work . . . others have suggested the demel tool with a buffing compound. I've also found several outfits on the web - framefixers.com, etc., that say they can restore them.

    Just want to shine them up a bit. Any advice.

    Let the pros do it. A few mins on their buffing wheel will bring back the gloss finish and I don't think they can charge too much for that.
    I was lead to believe that Olive Oil immersion (+ buffing) was for natural Horn frames, rather than Acetate/Zyl.
     


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    I'm sure that this question has been asked a dozen times already but... what are the top sunglasses brands in your opinion, quality-wise?
     


  9. hhenryhhh

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    I don't recall asking this before, but could any of you guys recommend some nice fully transparent frames?

    I'm not too keen on rounder shapes.

    SAANK U BERRY MAHCH.

    *edit

    So after digging around a bit, I find that there is a German eyewear company called Martin & Martin that has some nice frames that come in transparent. Would you guys say that this brand would be hard for a small shop in the midwest to order?
     


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    ^http://www.shuron.com/

    can anybody tell me about the quality of han? i think we covered the handmade debate already, but i want to know how they're made (and how well they're made)
     


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    lenses on my sunglasses turned from a horrible dark green into a dark brown. was it the heat? will it go back to green when it cools? they are cheapie generic lenses i had the optician put in and i've been thinking of having them redone with better ones when they were green. the brown looks good still not great quality though. any lens brand recs? i'd really appreciate it.
     


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    A & S are definitely well up on the more exotic brands, that's for sure.
    Same goes for Mallon + Taub, which had a very wide selection of some of the hardest to find stuff.
    As for the other four stores listed, they're not in the same league if insisting on the more esoteric brands and shapes but they will cover a lot of ground with minimum effort.
    However, for those who aren't time-/effort-limited, there are superior choices out there than those stores in the latter group.


    nightic..thank you for the great list. if one does have time...may i ask which are some other superior choices out of the 30 shops you visited?..
     


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    I am looking to take the plunge on some vintage-inspired frames. After researching this thread and doing my own research, I am particularly interested in SALT optics and L.A. Eyeworks. SALT seems to have an excellent reputation, but there is not much on L.A. Eyeworks. What are your thoughts on the quality of L.A. Eyeworks versus SALT?
     


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    Ron Rifkin, who plays Uncle Saul on "Brothers and Sisters," wears great traditional, round frames on the show. Does anyone know what brand they are? They look just like Lunor but could be others, of course. Thanks.[​IMG]
     


  15. CityConnection

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    I have a pair of Paul Smith frames circa 1997 that I am starting to wear again. I believe they are laminated Zyl (aka acetate?) and the ginger colored finish (that's what PS calls the color) has dulled over the years. Not really any "leaching" and the resultant white residue, but they are generally just dull and in need of some attention - maybe a little fogging here and there.

    A high end eyeglass outfit in my home town suggested I rub olive oil on the frames and that will restore the luster. I've also read via a link on another style forum post that WD-40 might work . . . others have suggested the demel tool with a buffing compound. I've also found several outfits on the web - framefixers.com, etc., that say they can restore them.

    Just want to shine them up a bit. Any advice.


    WD-40 probably won't work. Olive oil will probably work as a temporary solution. If you want to do it yourself get a jewelery polish wheel and they will look like new. It will even buff out and remove the small burrs and scratches.
     


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