buying vintage style glasses online

“At Morgenthal Frederics, the fashionable eyeglass store, a pair of espresso-colored Stephanie frames, hand-carved from 12 layers of horn from Asian water buffaloes, sells for US$1,495. And that’s not counting the mother-of-pearl flourishes, which push the price to US$1,795….

But a new breed of online retailers is trying to upend the design house monopoly. Starting with Warby Parker, these companies design their own lines of vintage-style frames, usually affixed with quirky names like the Preston that were seemingly lifted from a Dartmouth yearbook circa 1949. And they are quickly carving out a following among young, urban myopics.

Sure, buying from these new eyewear shops might mean having to forgo the ostentatious logo and the titanium skeleton. But spending $100 on a pair of stylish glasses also means it’s easier to treat them like any other fashion accessory and swap frames as often as you change shoes.” via

1. CLASSIC SPECS – Neptune in Cabernet Fade
2. WARBY PARKER – Griffith in Greystone
3. EYE FLY – Calle de Serrano in Matte Topez
4. LOOKOMATIC – Glover Sunglasses in Black

These online spec sites are very user friendly. Not only to they give you tips & hints for your face shape, they even all let you ‘try before you buy’ – how convenient!!


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