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Jacques Marie Mage - Wolves, Obnoxious Acetate and The American Dream

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what i want at jacques marie mage



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"I remember buying my first pair, their collaboration with Hopper Goods, and feeling dizzy from sticker shock. Jacques Marie Mage’s frames run anywhere from $450 to $1,000, depending on where you shop, and they never go on sale (most hover around $600). But over the last year or so, I’ve acquired two more" - Derek Fucking Guy
 

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"I remember buying my first pair, their collaboration with Hopper Goods, and feeling dizzy from sticker shock. Jacques Marie Mage’s frames run anywhere from $450 to $1,000, depending on where you shop, and they never go on sale (most hover around $600). But over the last year or so, I’ve acquired two more" - Derek Fucking Guy
I thought Derek was up to at least five.

Edit: Derek, sell me the left lens of your Taos.
 

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"I remember buying my first pair, their collaboration with Hopper Goods, and feeling dizzy from sticker shock. Jacques Marie Mage’s frames run anywhere from $450 to $1,000, depending on where you shop, and they never go on sale (most hover around $600). But over the last year or so, I’ve acquired two more" - Derek Fucking Guy
My guy in Miami swears JMM should be asking more for their frames. They could ask 1k+ for any model they wanted easily since apparently they spare no expense when it comes to construction. I came over from Mykita and Cutler & Gross which both felt like Walgreens twirly thing sunglasses compared to JMM
 

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My guy in Miami swears JMM should be asking more for their frames. They could ask 1k+ for any model they wanted easily since apparently they spare no expense when it comes to construction. I came over from Mykita and Cutler & Gross which both felt like Walgreens twirly thing sunglasses compared to JMM
Aren't they just made from block-cut cellulose acetate like all other frames? They're thicker, so they feel more substantial, but construction seems to be about the same.

My impression is that outside of the truly, truly cheap frames -- the injection molded, spray painted, rattly frames you find for like $20 -- most frames are basically the same in terms of construction and it mostly comes down to design and tiny details (e.g. some filigreed nose bridge).
 

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Not gonna lie, I’m a sucker for hefty frames. Other than that I have no idea what goes into making glasses. There’s this article in GQ where Jerome stated basically, “well, this is going to have to be the price if I make them this way.“ But other than heft the article doesn’t say exactly what “this way“ is.
 
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Not gonna lie, I’m a sucker for hefty frames. Other than that I have no idea what goes into making glasses. There’s an article in GQ from a few years ago where Jerome stated basically, “well, this is going to have to be the price if I make them this way.“ But he didn’t say exactly what “this way“ is.
I imagine most of the cost is a result of them being extremely limited in terms of production numbers. Each frame is limited to a run of 50 to 500, possibly by design (to seem exclusive) and possibly a function of the market (not that many people are going to wear bold frames). Lower production numbers -> higher cost per unit -> higher retail price.

May also be about their manufacturing in Japan. I've noticed that many high-end niche lines, such as DITA, Masahiro Maruyama, and Thom Browne, are manufactured in Japan. I don't know if the quality is functionally different, but I think those frames often look cooler than your standard frames at Eyecrafters.

At a JMM trunk show, I asked the rep about what goes into a pair of JMM frames. He mentioned some things that didn't seem that different from other frames -- the arrowhead pin at the corner, the blockcut cellulose acetate, and the filigree detail that goes down the arm. The only thing I was surprised to hear -- and I don't know if this is true -- is that their cellulose acetate supposedly has a higher concentration of cotton fibers. I vaguely remember him saying that this delays the dulling and clouding you sometimes see on cellulose acetate over time.
 
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i dont get the jmm hype, maybe i just have to handle a pair
 

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it could be the angle they just look way too big for your face in the pic
 

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They are huge, and I’m bad at judging what sunglasses look good on my face so you could be right
 

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