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The Hottest Vintage Style in Men’s Eyewear Fashion

Each season, we have another retro “it” look to love – and this fall it’s the brow-line silhouette. This style of designer glasses has peppered vintage-inspired fashion for quite some time, but it has been showing up everywhere lately in the news and on TV, spanning the decades from the 1960s (Zachary Quinto in American Horror Story: Asylum) to today (The League‘s Nick Kroll).

Recently, The New York Times’ T Style Magazine highlighted this frame type in its annual Men’s Fall Fashion issue. Here’s what contributor Alex Tudela had to say:

Like so many trappings of midcentury maniliness, brow line eyeglasses – the kind favored by Malcolm X – have landed in the hipster bargain bin. Leave it to Tom Ford to rescue them with [his] exquisite version made of gold-plated metal and water buffalo horn, the way they used to be in the 1960s. (The horn componenet even comes with a certificate of authenticity, along with a special cleansing cream.) The only thing that’s not midcentury about these limited-edition frames is the $2,950 price tag.

Yikes! While these Tom Ford eyeglasses are stunning, not everyone can afford such a high-priced item. At Vizio Optic, we have plenty of similar styles that are more budget-friendly and feature the same high quality you expect from well-known luxury brands. Here are some of our favorites:

MYKITA Ernest eyeglassesMYKITA Ernest eyeglasses

Lafont Constance eyeglassesLafont Constance eyeglasses – a more feminine option.

Ray Ban Clubmaster RB5154 eyeglasses

Ray-Ban Clubmaster RB5154 eyeglasses – These can be purchased by calling 866-411-9428 or emailing

Have You Met Our Friends From MYKITA?

We consider our customers to be our good friends, and the more the merrier, right? Today we want to introduce you to some of our pals at MYKITA – Frank, Edwin, and Charly – just a few of the many awesome designs in the MYKITA eyewear collection

MYKITA Frank C. 907 Eyeglasses
Meet Frank – a sophisticated pair of plastic glasses that comes in a smokey gray. The subtle color of the rectangular frame is chic, and not quite as safe as black, making this style a little bit daring. MYKITA Frank eyeglasses are translucent, so the gray shines in the light.
MYKITA Edwin C. 602 Eyeglasses
Our friend Edwin is quite sophisticated as well, with its classic tortoise-colored frame and soft curves throughout. This is a great unisex style, featuring flared corners, a slightly arched bridge, and straight arms that are connected to the front with the brand’s screw-less hinge. MYKITA Edwin glasses are a great way to get that geek-chic, artsy look.MYKITA Charly C. 904
Charly is another good friend of ours. Flexible, dependable, and elegant, the screw-less hinges of this frame allow for increased durability and resilience in the face of accidental harsh treatment. The peridot shade is flattering on men and women and is perfect for all types of social settings. MYKITA Charly glasses are also offered in Cuba, a timeless tortoise shade.
Please feel free to stop by at any time at Vizio Optic at our store in Brookline Village to try on these frames and to look at the rest of our MYKITA eyewear collection.

What Do Your Eyeglasses Say About You?

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.

Lafont Darling eyeglasses

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.

Lafont Denise eyeglasses

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?

J.F. Rey Celui eyeglasses

For the creative type,  we think J.F. Rey Celui glasses are the ultimate in imaginative free expression.

LINDBERG Spirit Titanium 808 eyeglasses

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

MYKITA David eyeglasses

MYKITA David eyeglasses, on the other hand, are the perfect frames for anyone who wants to project a no-nonsense image while also showing the world that they appreciate the finer things in life.

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 our brands’ 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 that show who you want to be? Or just have several eyeglass frames and then choose one of them depending what you feel like that day.

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

Let’s say you’ve designed one of the best screw-less 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 beautiful 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 eyeglasses

Check out MYKITA Finn eyeglasses, with their elegant shape paired with low-key cutout accents that add a touch of distinctive MYKITA design.

MYKITA Bjorn eyeglasses

And we also love MYKITA Bjorn glasses for their classic silhouette and slick professional style.

Twelve more ultra-slim styles, including Boss, Britt, Frida, and Lasse, make up the MYKITA Lite Collection, which comes in a great selection of bold colors that range 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 this collection? What did you think?

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 featuring 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 – the German brand really nailed it with its second collection of classical shades 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 sunglasses

MYKITA Marc sunglasses are sure to get you noticed with its bold celeb styling and awesome sun protection. It features a structured plastic frame in Cuba (dark tortoise), with dark lenses for the ultimate protection against the sun.

MYKITA Emanuelle sunglasses
And at the other end of the spectrum, you have MYKITA Emanuelle sunglasses, oversized and elegant shades with a totally timeless look. You’ll be the most glamorous person around no matter where you go.

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?

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 Eye and 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 designer eyeglasses in full-bodied cellulose acetate in translucent colors, which were inspired by precious gems and 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 screw-less hinge into these 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
MYKITA Helmut eyeglasses in tortoiseshell are a classically conservative frame with refined good looks – perfect if you love all things traditional. It features a beautiful glossy plastic frame with a keyhole bridge and rounded lenses, as well as straight arms attached to the front with the special hinge made of interlocking pieces.

MYKITA Barbara eyeglasses

And MYKITA Barbara eyeglasses in amethyst are one of the funkier frames in the No.2 Collection, with a Buddy-Holly-yet-feminine feel that makes an immediate impression. Remember, purple is one of the hottest colors this season!

Twelve more prescription styles round out the MYKITA No.2 Collection, which ranges from bold styles in fashionable 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?

Can Lightweight Sunglasses Really Block the Sun?

When you’ve experienced the utter awesomeness of lightweight prescription frames, it’s hard to go back to weightier acetate styles when you need to wear designer sunglasses. But we’re happy to say that we found a happy medium in the MYKITA NO1 SUN collection. Introduced in 2005, this lineup of MYKITA sunglasses is the natural extension of the brand’s eyeglasses Collection No. 1 – which was so successful, how could they not branch out into the world of sunglasses?

The NO1 SUN collection has a little something for everyone, with designs that are classic – think updated aviators like the iconic MYKITA Rolf  sunglasses– and shades that defy categorization. How could you not love styles like these:

MYKITA Isabella sunglasses

The elegant MYKITA Isabella sunglasses are vintage inspired but made with all the technological know-how that the brand is famous for, such as the signature MYKITA screw-less hinge or the oven-fired Swiss lacquer that gives these gorgeous sunglasses their lasting flat black finish.

MYKITA Craig sunglasses

MYKITA Craig sunglasses are a toned-down aviator style that is another one of our favorites. We love the modern silhouette with the structured double bridge, perfect for a masculine, casual look.

All of the amazing sunglasses in this 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?

Multiple Eyeglasses For Your Multiple Personalities

Face a Face Bloom 3 eyeglasses

Face a Face Bloom 3 eyeglasses

In the past few years we have seen many customers buy and wear multiple pairs of designer eyeglasses, and the trend has been continuously growing in popularity. Yet we have to ask: Just why is it that some other folks consider it to be extravagant to have multiple pairs of glasses for different activities, in different environments, or to harmonize with different outfits?

People wouldn’t wear the same pair of shoes every day. Similarly, they wouldn’t wear the same shoes on the ball court, in the boardroom, and on the beach (we hope). So why should we think that they must only have one pair of glasses for every day?

Vue dc ART eyeglasses

Vue dc ART eyeglasses

Face it, those who need to wear glasses should be wearing glasses that flatter their face shape and convey the right image. Good glasses are a must-have for anyone who wants to look their best at home, at work, and out on the town.

Once upon a time, you might have gotten by with a basic utilitarian frame that would take you from day to night, but today’s designer glasses come in so many colors, shapes, and materials that it seems almost crazy not to have some fun with your specs by investing in multiple pairs of glasses. It’s all about initial impressions. Glasses are one of the first things people will notice when they look at you, and a great pair of frames can say so much about who you are. Maybe one day you want to show the world you’re sensible and professional, but you’d rather be seen as daring and creative the next.

To put it another way, would you really want to wear the same glasses with your wedding gown as you wear when you’re gardening? Owning multiple pairs of glasses means your glasses are always apropos.

MYKITA Barbara eyeglasses

MYKITA Barbara eyeglasses

So next time you’re buying frames, think in terms of multiple pairs of glasses. In our own wardrobes, we have at least one classic pair that coordinates with business and formal wear (we like Lindberg glasses for this) and something a little more fun for when we’re feeling inspired (Lafont glasses come to mind).

Are you trying to get by with only one pair of glasses? Have you tried to round out your wardrobe and give it a little pizzazz with two or three eyeglass frames?

Beware of the Sun This Fall!

So the weather’s getting cooler and the sun’s strength is weakening, so that means you don’t need to wear sunglasses this season, right? WRONG!

Just because you’ve got your peacoat and boots on doesn’t mean you have to forego the shades. Exposure to the sun can be damaging no matter what time of the year, especially if you haven’t yet reached your mid-20s, when the human eyes become fully developed. And besides, Fall is the most fashionable season of the year – why pass up a chance to show off your chic style?

Here’s a look at the hottest designer sunglasses styles for Fall 2012:

Face a Face Brune 2 sunglasses

Face a Face Brune 2 sunglasses are oversized and luxurious, looking every bit as glamorous as a celebrity on her way to her next red carpet event. Large lenses not only give off a hot diva vibe, but they cover more surface area and provide more protection from ultraviolet rays. Nothing’s more fashionable than being safe in the sun! Brune 2 comes in black with a modern cat-eye silhouette and recessed silver trim. The arms come in a complementary white.

 MYKITA Emmadora sunglasses

MYKITA Emmadora sunglasses are a favorite of ours at Vizio Optic. The lenses are big and surrounded by a bold amethyst frame, which comes in transparent plastic so that when light shines through, the jewel-toned shade becomes illuminated and emphasized. Emmadora also feature’s the brand’s interlocking hinge, which is a screw-less design that keeps things light and easily repairable.

Oliver Goldsmith Manhattan sunglasses

Oliver Goldsmith Manhattan sunglasses will always be in style. This classic frame is as glam as it is timeless, made popular in the 1950s thanks to Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Hepburn’s Holly Golightly has become a fashion icon, and these oversized shades are perpetually flying off the shelves. Get yours in tortoise, black, or caramel split.

Fall Fashion Kick-Off with MYKITA Eyewear

MYKITA sunglasses

Thank you to all who attended the first trunk show of the season – the special MYKITA fashion event! We had a great time with our friends and were so excited to see the brand new collection from the German brand. Visitors got to explore and try on brand new designer eyeglasses and sunglasses from the 2012 lineup, including the frames Damirys is wearing in the above photo. The green shade of the titanium sunglasses is eye-catching without being too overwhelming and is a great choice for fall!

MYKITA sunglasses and MYKITA eyeglasses

Hunter green is one of three new shades offered by MYKITA, seen above. Cream-colored frames with brown lenses are a permanent color, but the bottom pale purple and cobalt blue are new colors for 2012. MYKITA eyeglasses have gotten a cool update as well. Below, the girls wear MYKITA Holly glasses – an awesome vintage-inspired frame that also features modern innovations.

MYKITA Holly glasses

Available in black and blue, this style has a wire rim that surrounds oversized oval lenses, topped with a flat metal piece that flares in the corners to create a retro cat-eye silhouette. What’s modern about this feline frame? It is made of titanium, which is a lightweight material that makes it feel as light as a feather, and it also features the brand’s signature screw-less hinge. Made of interlocking pieces in lieu of screws, the arms are able to snap on and off easily for easy repair, so if you happen to sit on your glasses or they endure some other accidental harsh treatment, they’ll literally be fixed “in a snap!”

MYKITA eyeglasses

As you can see, we had a great time this weekend! For more great photos of the 2012 MYKITA Eyewear collection, please visit our Facebook page. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for a behind the scenes look at these events at @vizio_optic, and Twitter @viziooptic for up-to-date info on future trunk shows.

Our next event will be on October 20 and we’ll be showcasing LINDBERG eyewear. If you want to find out more as the event draws near, sign up for our newsletter!