Category Archives: Designer Eyewear

Best Tortoise Eyeglasses

Tortoiseshell eyeglasses have been a trend for as long as designers can remember. Whether you want to add a bit of a classic flair into your look or just want to keep up with current fashions, tortoise frames can do both.

At Vizio Optic we carry a huge selection of tortoise eyeglasses. Some of our favorite designer tortoise frames selection include the brands LINDBERG and Oliver Goldsmith.

If you are in the market for a modern style, but enjoy the classic appeal of the LINDBERG design, LINDBERG 1020 in tortoise is a great option, not to mention that it comes in 4 sizes to ensure a really great fit.


These frames work for both men and women and are the perfect everyday accessory to complete a look.

Oliver Goldsmith Annabel eyeglasses are a perfect example of classic tortoise frames. These Oliver Goldsmith designer spotted tortoise frames are a great option as a pair of up-to-date stylish women’s eyeglasses.

The classic pattern and modern shape of tortoise designer frames can dress up even the most boring work outfit and turn it into a chic look.

Oliver Goldsmith Annabel Eyeglasses

NEW ARRIVALS: Wissing Eyewear

This week we debuted a new brand on in our online shop, with 15 new styles available that add to our expanding collection of innovative designer eyewear from German brands. That’s right, yet another eyeglasses company out in Europe has caught our eye, and it sure keeps us entranced with its crazy silhouettes and funky color combinations. Check it out:

Wissing 2653 eyeglasses

Wissing eyewear has some amazing styles that you’ve never seen before, like the above Wissing 2653 eyeglasses. This asymmetrical frame comes in navy blue, with a slim plastic frame, a bridge that is both straight and arched, and, oh yeah, one square lens and one circular lens. If you take a look at local fashion blogger HollyDolly’s blog, you’ll see her wearing this exact pair on her visit to Vizio last year.

Wissing 2340 eyeglasses

In this pair of Wissing 2340 eyeglasses, have pronounced rectangular lenses separated by a center-set bridge with an arch in the middle, decorated in red, blue, yellow, orange and purple stripes. This bold frame is by no means for the fashion timid. It’s the perfect style for someone who wants to stand out from the rest and be their own person!

Wissing 2635 eyeglasses

In the  more “subdued” part of the collection is this pair of Wissing 2635 eyeglasses, wish a nice, classic silhouette colored in beautifully with various shades of purple stripes. While this is on the softer side of the brand’s offerings, it’s still a great standout piece that’ll separate you from the crowd.

Are you brave enough to wear bright specs like these? Check out the collection on our site and let us know which frames you’d be bold enough to wear in the comments!

Frame of the Week: Lafont Lin Eyeglasses

Lafont Lin eyeglasses

Our friend Laurence picked out a perfect pair of designer glasses. The color, the shape, everything about this frame looks fabulous on her! We love how the purple complements the shade of her hair with its red undertones, while the rectangular silhouette fits nicely with her angular features. The slight curves of the brow line are what gives this frame a nice balance as well.

Lafont Lin eyeglasses

The pair Laurence chose are Lafont Lin eyeglasses in color 744. What we really like about this color is that it’s dark, but not your typical dark pair of specs. Rather than going the typical route of black or brown, Lin gives you that same artsy/intelligent look in a whole new way. Did you notice the little design on the inner arm, too? Others might not see the pattern unless they look closely, but that’s why we like details like this, it feels like a personal touch only known to you and the designer.

lafont lin eyeglasses

Lin is also available in several other colors, including black with a brown inside pattern, navy blue with a pink inside pattern, brown with a green inside pattern, orange leopard print, and a black and pink pattern. The silhouette is a classic, with its rectangular lenses and top-set arms, so we’re leaning towards the more exciting colors to give the timeless shape a modern boost. What do you think, do you prefer classic colors or patterns and prints?

Artful Inspiration: JF Rey 2431 Eyeglasses

If your desire for the perfect pair of designer glasses that embody your love for art and creativity has yet to be satiated, look no further than J.F. Rey’s Pixel collection, a line of totally bold and innovative frames that get their inspiration directly from the world of graphic arts. The two-tone styles are treated with a unique photoengraving technique, according to the French brand, that results in a “rich, polished finish that fuses color gradations and pictorial asymmetrical patterns directly into the stainless steel.”

JF Rey 2431 eyeglasses

This frame features upturned rectangular lenses surrounded by a turquoise and green patterned frame, which dips in the center for an angular look, or more of a futuristic cat-eye silhouette. Two-tone frames are typically move in a vertical gradient, and that’s why we love this pair of JF Rey 2431 eyeglasses. The colors move horizontally and invert along the way, something we’ve never seen before! And this photo doesn’t even do the bright colors justice, so check out the frame in action below:

JF Rey 2431 eyeglasses

Aren’t they fantastic? This photo is from a past SILMO event, and she is positively glowing! This frame stands out so beautifully against her dark features and really emphasizes a love and appreciation for art. The 2431 is certainly not a style for the timid. We recommend this pair of JF Rey glasses to anyone who wants a great way to stand up and shout “This is me!” (of course, without all the shouting :P).

The Vizio Optic Fall 2013 Lookbook

It’s finally here! Our Fall 2013 Lookbook has arrived and we are so excited to share it with you. As we mentioned in our preview, we worked with five of Boston’s best fashion bloggers to bring you the hottest eyewear and sunwear styles of the season. It was a great way to be involved with our local community and we can’t wait to do it again!

Below, you’ll see Etnia and Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses, Woow eyeglasses and many other designer styles, starring Holly of HollyDolly, Lindsey of L’s Fashion Dish, Kelsey of Tickle Me Pink, Lei Ann of Lei Ann…Off Duty and Kristen of The Boston Fashionista. We found some great spots around Brookline Village for the shoot, and thankfully it happened to be a beautiful day outside!

Photographed by Stephanie Peterson
Lookbook by Kristen Ciccolini

Many of these styles have several more colors available than are shown in the Lookbook. To see more, click the shopping cart button for the frame you’re interested in, and you will see the other colors available on the product page.

So what do you think? Let us know in the comments!

How Do Transition Lenses Darken?

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Transition lenses, or the lenses that darken when you’re in the sun, are enhanced with a photochromic treatment that allows them to become tinted when in contact with ultraviolet light. You may have seen this style of lens before – on friends or even on some famous faces, such as celebrity chef Robert Irvine. But how does it actually work?

The photochromic molecule used in the lens treatment has two asymmetrical halves connected by a central carbon atom, which remains clear when you are indoors. When the molecule comes into contact with ultraviolet light from the sun, the carbon bond is broken, allowing each half of the molecule to rotate and be on the same plane. This is how the lens becomes tinted.

These lenses are not to be used in place of proper polarized sunglasses if spending extended time outdoors. Yes, the lenses to tint to help block UV light, but it is important that you stay safe in longer periods in the sun with stronger eyewear.

Photochromic lenses can be fitted into just about any frame, so if you’d like to keep your current glasses and switch to transition lenses, or add them to your brand new pair of designer glasses, you can!

If you have any questions about transition lenses, please comment below! We are happy to help.

Source: Transitions Lenses
Photo: Flickr

Frame of the Week: Mikli par Mikli 1226 Eyeglasses

Update from Vizio Optic:  We no longer carry the Mikli par Mikli or Alain Mikli brands.  Please browse our currently available designer brands and call, chat or email us for personalized assistance. We are an authorized dealer of authentic European and US brands, shipping world-wide!

Thank you from all of us at Vizio Optic!


If you haven’t heard, there’s a new brand we’re loving at Vizio Optic. It’s Mikli par Mikli, another beautiful collection of designer eyewear from French designer Alain Mikli. This line is a more affordable option, but still maintains the high quality and stunning designs that Mr. Mikli is known for in his eponymous collection. In this edition of Frame of the Week, our friend Juan takes his frame from the new brand for a spin.

Mikli par Mikli 1226 c.C01Y eyeglasses

Juan’s face shape can be described as square, meaning his forehead and jawline are of equal width. Flattering frames should mimic that symmetry, being neither top- nor bottom-heavy and maintaining a good balance so no features stand out more than others. Mikli par Mikli 1226 eyeglasses are a great choice, with only a slight flare along the outer edges of the rectangular frame.

Mikli par Mikli ML1226-c.C01Y-Eyeglasses

We love the subtle gradient of these Mikli par Mikli eyeglasses. It keeps frame from being too dark, which can be a harsh contrast with some skin tones. The smokey grey bottom half also makes the large lenses feel less overwhelming. All in all, the 1226 is a fairly simple frame with a smart design. It is also available in crystal with black arms, tortoise with matte black arms, and red with grey arms.

Mikli par Mikli 1226 eyeglasses

Frame of the Week: Etnia KIDS Gondor Eyeglasses

For many people, a new year doesn’t begin in January, but starts when the kids go back to school. Summer is over, school supplies are purchased, the bus is disappearing in the distance. One supply that often goes overlooked at this time is a quality pair of kids glasses. Parents should make it part of their annual back-to-school routine to get little ones’ eyes checked so they have a productive and successful year in class. Oftentimes, kids don’t realize that there is anything wrong with their eyes because they just adapt to the world around them – it’s all they know – so regular exams while their eyes are still developing is a must. That part may not be so fun for them, but if they need glasses, picking out a frame can make the whole experience.

Etnia Gondor kids eyeglasses

One of our little friends at Vizio Optic recently got a new pair of Etnia kids glasses, made from the same high-quality materials and with the same attention to detail as the adult collection. He picked out Etnia Gondor eyeglasses in blue with white accents, a frame made of lightweight metal to help lessen the distraction of wearing the new accessory. Adjustable nose pads keep the frame nice and snug as well to help avoid accidents.



Gondor also features plastic tips on the arms so the glasses sit comfortably over his ears. It is also offered in black with small orange accents.

What glasses did Steve Jobs wear?

steve jobs eyewear

Steve Jobs had one of the most iconic looks in our culture. We remember him with his signature mock turtleneck shirts in black with a pair of casual jeans, and only one other accessory. The master of simplicity chose rimless Robert Marc eyeglasses as his frame of choice, an intelligent design with a wonderfully minimal sense of style, just like our favorite Apple products.

Jobs wore a rimless pair from the Lunor collection known as the Classic Round, which Ashton Kutcher also wore in the recent biopic of the Apple founder. According to the brand, Jobs chose the frame in 1998 with custom round lenses, and wore it til the very end.

“Jobs was a long term customer of Robert Marc, and over the years he wore the Lunor frames in both antiqued silver and custom 18K white gold with the now famous round lenses,” says the brand.

At Vizio Optic, we have several styles that mimic the highly desired look that the tech industry hero wore, including LINDBERG Spirit Titanium 2111 eyeglasses, a round, rimless frame made of super lightweight material and featuring screw-less hinges.

LINDBERG Spirit Titanium 2111 eyeglasses

This style also features an additional tortoise accent along the arms and is customizable to your desired size of lens, bridge, temple and more.

Steve Jobs is just one of many eyewear icons from the last few decades. Who are your favorites?

Photo: Flickr

Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn Quote

If you follow us on Facebook, you may have already seen us sharing this quote, but we simply couldn’t agree more. Audrey Hepburn has always been a style inspiration to us, and we’re obviously not alone. From her words of wisdom shared daily on Pinterest, to her chic sense of style that women still covet to this day, our favorite actress of Old Hollywood has proven to be timeless in all sorts of ways. One of the many ways we choose to remember her is via her amazing choices in eyewear, many styles that she wore are actually available at Vizio Optic.

The obvious place to begin is in the most famous film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, where her little black dress and pearls were part of her iconic look, as were her dark tortoiseshell sunglasses. Often mistaken for Wayfarers, the glamorous, oversized shades are actually Oliver Goldsmith Manhattan sunglasses.

Oliver Goldsmith was behind many of Hepburn’s famous shaded looks in the fifties and sixties, such as the frames seen in the films Charade and  How to Steal A Million. While these specific frames are no longer in production, Oliver Goldsmith Audrey sunglasses have been selling since 1963, when the designer created this style inspired by Ms. Hepburn herself.

This classic round-eye frame is incredibly popular and, according to the brand, one of its most sought-after styles. Currently, the Audrey frame is available in black, black aqua, black lace, light rum, matte black, raspberry coulis, dark tortoiseshell (above), and leopard.

For more information on how to purchase your very own pair of Audrey Hepburn-inspired designer sunglasses, give us a call at 866-411-9428.