Monthly Archives: September 2010

Hate Your Glasses? Then Try the Rimless Eyeglass Frames

Buying glasses means choosing frames, and for us, that’s the best part of wearing glasses (and that’s why we never wear contact lenses!) But for some, having to wear eyeglass frames is a nightmare. Some people can’t stand how they look with metal or plastic frames and opt out for contact lenses and yet they still earn to wear glasses because deep inside they want the eyeglass look or perhaps simply don’t really like contact lenses in the first place.

When we meet our customers who dislike glasses, our first suggestion is that they try on a pair of rimless glasses like the Lindberg Spirit Titanium.  In fact, this is a timely blog post for us because we are having our annual Lindberg Eyewear Trunk Show at our store in Brookline, MA this upcoming Saturday on October 2 and you are certainly invited! But back to rimless eyeglasses.

Rimless eyeglass frames are practically invisible, which means that there’s nothing to come between your eyes and the world. There is nothing to obstruct your vision or to go out of style. Rimless frames will look great on you and stay comfortable to wear until you feel like it’s time for a new pair of glasses. Rimless eyewear also gives you a very sophisticated and high-end executive image but you can also combine them with some colorful yet elegant side arms to show off a dash of style.

We love Lindberg rimless glasses especially because they are the lightest rimless frames in the world at a tiny 2.8 grams and they’re amazingly flexible (with their awesome screwless hinge), but there are lots of designers that have rimless frame options. No matter who you are, there is probably a pair of rimless glasses out there that will make you feel fabulous and convince you that wearing glasses can be great.

There are amazing rimless frames for women:

Lindberg rimless glasses for women
Or for men:

Lindberg rimless glasses for men

Have you tried on a pair of rimless glasses from Lindberg or another designer? What did you think?

What Your Eyeglasses Say About You (or What Do You Want Them To Say?)

Have you ever met someone who was actually quite attractive and intelligent but ended up looking dowdy or awkward because their glasses were just wrong for them?

It’s not hard to find a pair of designer glasses that look great, but it’s also easy to forget that our glasses can impact how others perceive us. In other words, your glasses shouldn’t just look great – they should also match your face, fit your image and maybe even say something special about who you are.

Eyeglasses can enhance or detract from your personality, depending on the style. Because the face is the first thing people look at, an accessory like glasses will say so much more about you than your shoes or most other accessories.They are just very visible and everyone looks at your face when they greet you or speak with you so you can’t avoid them noticing your glasses.

Just any pair of designer glasses that look great on our shelves may turn necessarily be a match for your face and may just not be exactly the style that you’re looking for. And the pair you overlooked? Those frames might just be you.

So before you shop, think about what personality traits you want your glasses to bring out. Do you consider yourself to be a fun and high-fashion personand you want the world to know that? Or are you looking for a conservative executive with a calculated image? Would you rather be seen as sophisticated or stylish, or both? Youthful or conservative? Retro and vintage or modern style? It’s up to you because there are glasses for every personality type.

Need some examples?

JF Rey Celui eyeglasses

For the creative type – or anyone who wants to be seen as a creative type – we think J.F. Rey’s Celui is the ultimate in imaginative free expression.

Lindberg rimless glasses

To project that CEO image, nothing beats Lindberg Spirit Titanium rimless frames. Simple, yet sophisticated.

MYKITA David eyeglasses

The Mykita David, on the other hand, is the perfect frame for anyone who wants to project a no-nonsense image while also showing the world that they appreciate the finer things in life.

Face a Face Nueva 6 eyeglasses

And for those who love all things classic, Face a Face Nueva tortoiseshell frames make a timeless statement.

The statement-making doesn’t end there, though. There are designer eyeglasses that are perfect for parents, eyewear designed just for the student, frames for the fashion lover, and more. We love the versatility of designer eyeglasses collections – no matter who you are or what you do, there are glasses that can help you professionally, describe your personality, coordinate with your clothes, and help you share yourself with the world.

When you buy glasses, do you choose frames that emphasize who you really are or frames thatshow who you want to be? Or just have several eyeglass frames and then choose one of them depending what you feel like that day.

The Vintage and Retro Look of Eyeglasses with the Lafont Reedition Collection

Lafont eyewear reedition collection


We’re excited to carry a special collection of frames from the Lafont Reedition collection. This special collection brings back the frame styles that made Lafont a Parisian landmark in the 70s and 80s with vintage and retro eyewear look in updated colors and the modern tech that makes Lafont glasses and sunglasses so awesome to wear. Five acetate and nine metal frames represent reinterpretations of classic shapes in neo-retro colors like tortoise, burgundy, black, and indigo.

Lafont Reedition is the line to check out if you’ve been searching for a round, oval, cat’s eye, or octagonal frame that will make you look classically prep. Our favorite Lafont Reedition designs have to be the sexy Celimene and the nerd cool Alibaba.

We can’t get enough of them, so of course we have to ask: Which Lafont Reedition frames do you like?

How Do You Make the Best Glasses In the World Better?

Let’s say you’ve designed one of the best screwless hinges in the world and you have two amazing designer glasses collections under your belt – where do you go from there? If you’re Mykita, you take your amazing award-winning design and you shrink and simplify it. You might think that Mykita eyeglasses couldn’t possibly get any better after their No. 1 and No. 2 collections, but you’d only think that until you saw the Mykita Lite Collection!

The Mykita Lite Collection takes an already sweet hinge and makes it even better with a minimalist three-piece design that never needs tightening and is extremely adjustable. We’d love to know how they manage to introduce so much style into such a simple and unassuming package. Seriously, these designer frames are extremely lightweight so you feel like you’re not wearing glasses at all, but they still look out of this world.
MYKITA Finn eyeglassesCheck out the Mykita Finn, with its elegant shape paired with low-key cutout accents that add a touch of the distinctive.

MYKITA Bjorn eyeglasses And we also love the Mykita Bjorn for its classic silhouette and slick professional style.

Nine more ultra-slim styles, including the Boss, the Britt, the Frida, and the Lasse, make up the Mykita Lite Collection, which comes in a great selection of bold colors, ranging from blackberry and graphite to silver and gold. If you’re devotee of lightweight frames, we can’t recommend the Mykita Lite Collection more highly. But don’t take our word for it. Have you checked out the Mykita Lite Collection? What did you think?

Ray-Ban Eyeglasses (not sunglasses!) – The Ray-Ban Wayfarer Rx

We wanted to share some great news with our readers and customers!  If you love the classic look of Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses then you will be happy to learn about the Wayfarer Rx GLASSES!  Yes, not Wayfarer sunglasses but eyeglasses! We’re excited to carry the Ray Ban Wayfarer Rx, the prescription version of the best-selling sunglasses in the world.

Ray Ban Wayfarer Rx eyeglasses

The Wayfarer look we all know and love has been slightly modified just enough to look great with Rx eyeglass lenses. It is available in classic black or an iconic tortoiseshell (and other colorful styles too) and makes wearing prescription glasses (which are also a famous sunglass shape) very fun. Or at least that’s our opinion.


Have you tried the Ray Ban Wayfarer Rx GLASSES yet?

Second Time’s A Charm: Mykita’s No. 2 Sun Collection

When designers Harald Gottschling, Daniel Haffmans, Philipp Haffmans, and Moritz Krueger debuted Mykita’s first designer glasses collection in 2004, there were some people in the industry who thought it couldn’t get any better than their Collection No. 1 Sun. We’re happy to say we knew they were wrong! When the Mykita No.2 Sun Collection premiered a few years later, we had a lot of fun saying I told you so when the brand came out with beautiful acetate sunglasses that featured a whole new hinge concept.

The Mykita No.2 Sun Collection is just a lot of fun, with its six bold styles and its range of absolutely incredible colors. These are designer sunglasses that don’t bow down to trends – Mykita really nailed it with its second collection of classical sunglasses that will still be hot years or even decades from now. Want to see two of our favorite styles from the Mykita No.2 Sun Collection?

MYKITA Marc sunglassesMykita’s Marc is sure to get you noticed with its bold celeb styling and awesome sun protection.
MYKITA Emanuelle sunglassesAnd at the other end of the spectrum, you have Mykita’s Emanuelle, oversized and elegant sunglasses with a totally timeless look.

All of the sunglasses in the Mykita No.2 Sun Collection come with either gradient, solid, or polarized lenses in various colors – a feature we think makes these shades even cooler. But that’s just our opinion. How do you feel about colored lenses in sunglasses? Is it a lasting trend or one destined to get stale?

Achieve Elegance and Style with Lafont Eyewear from Paris

Lafont eyewear

Lafont is an eyeglass brand known worldwide for elegant details, incomparable use of shapes and colors, and superb craftsmanship. Lafont eyewear is the premier designer of eyeglasses and sunglasses that blend luxury and high-tech innovation with a playful sensibility. More than simply glasses, Lafont eyewear is an accessory akin to fine jewelry and designer handbags that can be coordinated with the day’s ensemble or serve as a fashion showpiece.

A family-owned business, Lafont Eyewear can trace its origins back almost 90 years to 1923, when patriarch Louis Lafont opened an optical shop in Paris. Husband and wife team Phillipe and Laurence Lafont carried on the Lafont tradition of offering the world superb eyewear when they created the Lafont brand in 1972. It was Phillipe who suggested that Laurence design a few frames for the boutique, and her first small collection sold so well that in 1979, the couple devoted themselves full time to eyewear design.

Since then, son Thomas Lafont has joined the design team and released his own collections under the Lafont umbrella. And Lafont has continued to lead the pack in designer eyewear fashion, creating the trends instead of following them with original and smart lines of women’s, men’s, children’s, and infants’ glasses and sunglasses that represent a true diversity of styles.

It is precisely that talent for range that has made Lafont one of the most celebrated eyewear brands in the fashion accessory industry. A pair of Lafont eyeglasses or sunglasses brings the eyes to life, framing them with impulsive colors, architectural construction, and surprising features like cutouts, flares at the brow, or clever inlays. This is where a lust for leopard prints, crystals, and even coral. And yet, as lightheartedand mischievous as Lafont frames can be, they are also an homage to long-established eyewear styles like the cat’s eye frame and the half-rim frames of yesteryear.

All Lafont eyewear is designed and manufactured in Paris using the highest quality materials, like rich acetates and pure metals, and the latest technological advancements, so a pair of the brand’s eyeglasses or sunglasses is guaranteed to be a lasting part of one’s wardrobe. Perhaps that is one piece of the magic of Lafont? Whether flashy or traditional, glasses and sunglasses by Lafont are rich, vibrant, warm, and utterly brilliant.

Today, Lafont eyewear is sold only in select authorized eyeglass shops throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia and North America, including Vizio Optic in Brookline, MA.   We hope you like Lafont as much as we do – it is an amazing collection, both elegant and fashionable for all ages.

How Mykita Became Even More Flexible

They say don’t mess with success, but we’re glad Mykita did! After the fantastic reception the brand received for their No. 1 and No. 1 Sun collections, you ‘d think their designers would have taken a break to enjoy their accomplishments. But no, two years after their Silmo debut, Mykita was back with their gorgeous  Mykita No.2 Collection.

Instead of precision cut surgical-grade stainless steel, the Mykita No.2 Collection features eyeglass frames in full-bodied cellulose acetate in translucent colors inspired by precious gems along with classic colors like tortoiseshell. What didn’t change was the brand’s penchant for technological innovation. We think it’s amazing…To work their patented screwless hinge into these designer glasses, Mykita had to design an entirely new way of bonding the flexible hinge to the acetate frame!

And how can you not love the result?
MYKITA Helmut eyeglasses
The Mykita Helmut in tortoiseshell is a classically conservative frame with refined good looks – perfect if you love all things traditional.
MYKITA Barbara eyeglasses
And the Mykita Barbara in amethyst is one of the funkier frames in the MYKITA No.2 Collection, with a Buddy Holly-ish feel that makes an immediate impression. Remember, purple is in right now.

Twelve more prescription styles round out the Mykita No.2 Collection, which ranges from bold styles in fashion colors to subdued and sophisticated choices, and we adore them all. It’s not often we can say that!

We’d love to know which frames from this designer collection you love best – are you more of a Helmut or a Barbara?

The Secret of a Modern Classic: Mykita Collection No.1

There’s nothing like the classics, right? We love the way Mykita has branched out since it was founded in 2003, but we’ll admit that we find ourselves coming back to the Mykita Collection No.1 again and again. The brand’s inaugural collection of eyeglasses and sunglasses (unveiled at the Silmo international eyewear fair in the fall of 2004) was based on their patented snap hinge design, but what attracted the world’s attention was the look.

And you have to admit that the eyeglasses in the Mykita Collection No.1 were and still are pretty hot. That unique Collection No.1 silhouette is a product of the firm’s design genius and the manufacturing process itself – super skinny stainless steel sheets are precision cut, which means sleek ultra slim rims and temples that can be as slight or as substantial as you want them to be without sacrificing lightness.

Here are two of our favorite frames from the Mykita Collection No.1:
MYKITA Nigel eyeglassesMykita’s Nigel is understated, with refined good looks, and easily adapt to subtle differences in facial features. They look amazing in brown, one of the ten frame colors available in this collection.
MYKITA Francis eyeglasses
And we also love Francis, a sophisticated and professional pair of frames perfect for a medium or large face. They look especially awesome in blackberry.

Do you have a favorite frame from the Mykita Collection No.1? Or are you more of a Collection No. 2 person?

Now You Can Block Sun and Have Gorgeous Lightweight Frames

When you’ve experienced the utter awesomeness of lightweight prescription frames, it’s hard to go back to weightier acetate frames when you need to wear sunglasses. But we’re happy to say that we found the perfect compromise in the Mykita No.1 Sun Collection. Introduced in 2005, the Mykita No.1 Sun Collection is the natural extension of the brand’s Collection No. 1 – with an eyewear launch as successful as Mykita’s, how could they not branch out into the world of sunglasses?

Mykita’s No.1 Sun Collection has a little something for everyone, with designs that are classic – think updated aviators like the iconic Rolf – and sunglasses that defy categorization. How could you not love designs like these:
MYKITA Isabella sunglassesThe elegant Isabella is vintage inspired but made with all the technological know-how that Mykita is famous for. Like the signature Mykita hinge or the oven fired Swiss lacquer that gives these gorgeous sunglasses their lasting flat black finish.
MYKITA Craig sunglassesAnd the toned-down aviator Craig is yet another of our faves for the very same reasons.

All of the amazing sunglasses in the Mykita No.1 Sun Collection are available in different distinctive colors and with different lens options. How about the Isabella in violet with violet gradient lenses? Can you think of another designer with a collection that is so subtle yet so instantly recognizable?