The time has come to buy a new pair of eyeglasses. I've got CAN$400 of insurance coverage, which sounds good until you realize that I've got to shell out over $300 for hi-index lenses on account of my strong prescription. One option I'm considering is getting a fairly generic pair of Prada frames (manufactured by Luxotica). I'm told they represented the highest quality of frame produced by a mainstream manufacturer (i.e. Luxotica or Safilo), and my observations suggest the same. Another option I'm considering is going for something more expensive, and more exclusive - i.e. a frame by ic. berlin, Oliver Peoples, Starck, etc. These are considerably more than even the Prada frames I'm looking at. My question: will I get better quality by going with a more exclusive brand (like those I've mentioned), or am I just paying for the name/exclusivity itself?