What an honor it was to have Thomas Lafont at Vizio Optic on Monday! He and the Lafont family came together to celebrate the North American debut of their Fall/Winter Rendezvous eyewear collection, featuring a stunning range of designer eyeglasses and sunglasses colored in wildlife-inspired patterns, silhouettes harkening back to mod fashion and much more.

Above, Galina stands with the Lafont family after a successful trunk show at our Brookline store. Our visitors got to explore the entire line of Lafont eyewear, permanent frames along with the brand new selection, and be styled by members of the Lafont team. Representatives from all over North America came to enjoy the event and work with customers as well, an exclusive opportunity for our community!

Rendezvous brings the designer’s brilliant and bright wildlife-inspired prints to its metal frames, with all of the same passion and detail found in the acetate collection. The range also features an homage to 1950s Paris, with mod shapes and engravings that truly have a mid-century appeal.

Lafont Madeleine Eyeglasses

Lafont Madeleine eyeglasses come in gold, blue, taille, green and the above red, with a striped pattern throughout its laser-cut frame. The rectangular silhouette flares slightly along the brows, which extend to top-set arms that feature the same exotic design.

Lafont Mayfair Eyeglasses

Lafont Mayfair Eyeglasses is also laser-cut with a pattern of swirls along the outer edges, while blue and purple leopard print color the rest of the frame. Mayfair is also offered in gold, orange and pink.

These and more were on display at Vizio Optic on Monday. If you missed the event, take a look at the photos below for a recap of the fun evening.

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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.

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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.

 

Netflix is batting a thousand with its original and exclusive series – “Orange is the New Black,” “Arrested Development,” “Hemlock Grove” – but one of our favorites that has really stood out is “House of Cards,” starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara. Wright plays the wife of a mischievous congressman Frank Underwood, looking gorgeous with her asymmetrical hairdo and more importantly, her chic, dark designer glasses.

We get a lot of requests to find out what various actors and actresses are wearing in movies and TV shows, and many people were wondering what Wright wears in “House of Cards.” This one was easy! Check out this photo for a good look. She’s wearing a pair of Ray Ban New Wayfarer eyeglasses in tortoise – a perfect complement to her blonde bob and fair skin.

Ray Ban RB5184 New Wayfarer eyeglasses

The New Wayfarer is the opthalmic adaptation of the iconic Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses, with more rounded lenses that keep the look soft and more feminine. Each upper corner is embellished with a silver accent, while the temples boast a signature Ray Ban logo in silver on each side. The New Wayfarer is also available in shiny black, striped brown, as well as dark tortoise with orange, green or violet accents.

To make a purchase from the optical Ray Ban collection, please call Vizio Optic at 866-411-9428 or email sales@viziooptic.com.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Last year we talked about our love for glasses with a strong brow line, worn by actors like Zachary Quinto and Nick Kroll and highlighted in the The New York Times’ T Style Magazine’s Fall Fashion issue with a gorgeous frame from Tom Ford. While that model had a price tag up in the thousands, we have plenty of similar styles at a much more affordable price. This week, we’re highlighting a pair of ProDesign glasses worn by our friend Chris.

ProDesign 7906 eyeglasses

Chris chose ProDesign 7906 eyeglasses in color 6011, which feature strong brows in black that widen along the outer edge. The bottom half of the lenses are surrounded by a thinner strip of black, while the top-set bridge in the center stands out in complementary gray. Adjustable nose pads give Christ customized comfort as well. The acetate arms are matching in black, but the inner surface adds a little more character with its striped pattern.

ProDesign 7906 eyeglasses

We love how this frame has a retro sense of style mixed with modern details. ProDesign is an award-winning brand that is regularly honored for its design chops, so blending the past and present makes this particular frame very interesting. The 7906 model is also available in brown and gold. For more information on how to purchase these frames, email us at info@viziooptic.com or call 866-411-9428 to speak to a member of our customer service team.

 

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.

 

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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?

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When you’re buying eyewear online, one of the most important factors in your decision is the size of the frame. Will it fit your face? Will it be too wide or too large? For first-time wearers, this can be a bit difficult. But we’re here to help! 

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Most brands have size information that includes three numbers in order: the horizontal lens size, the width of the bridge and the length of the temples, all measured in millimeters (along with other information we’ve shown you how to read above – click to enlarge). These are written on the inside arm of your glasses, typically as 54-16-135. Other times you will just see the first two numbers, such as with MYKITA eyewear below.

Mykita eyewear eyeglasses size

A fourth number, known as the B size, is not often listed but is still important in determining whether the frame will be a good fit for you – we try to provide it in our product information when we can. This is what we list as the “lens height,” or the measurement of the lens in millimeters from top to bottom. With geek-chic eyewear growing in popularity, many designer eyewear styles are becoming larger and taller, so it’s becoming increasingly important to know what will work for you.

Glasses-wearers, simply look at an old pair of glasses to see what your size is. New to specs? Check out some of your sunglasses and see if there are sizes listed, and then scale down accordingly. If you still need some help deciding, here’s our usual guidelines:

  • Extra Small: Lenses that measure 46mm and smaller. (This size is typically found in kids glasses or those with round lenses.)
  • Small: 47mm to 50mm lenses
  • Medium: 51mm to 53mm lenses
  • Large: 54mm to 56mm lenses
  • Extra Large: 57mm lenses and larger

As for the temples, we consider a length of 120mm to be small, 130mm to be medium, and 140mm as large. You can estimate your correct size given these ranges.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt has long been on our radar, from his gig as the long-haired Tommy Solomon on “3rd Rock From the Sun” and Cameron in 10 Things I Hate About You, to his awesome roles in the  more recent 500 Days of Summer and InceptionNext up for him is the film Don Jon, out this week, giving us another reason to pay close attention to our favorite actor. We recently spotted him off duty wearing a T-shirt from his own production company HitRecord, and a pair of designer glasses that give him the great geek-chic look we all know and love. Check out the photo on Facebook.

Ray Ban RB5244 eyeglasses

So what’s he wearing? JGL is sporting a pair of Ray Ban eyeglasses in style 5244. This two-tone frame is split horizontally, with the top in black and the bottom in tortoise (Gradient Havana). The silhouette is adapted from the iconic Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses, which are also available in an optical version. The 5244 sports the familiar flared shape, with a wide keyhole bridge and silver accents in each corner.

Ray Ban RB5244 eyeglasses

This Ray Ban frame is also available in light tortoise (Havana) and gradient black/clear.

Are there any other celebrities whose eyewear you covet? Let us know in the comments and we’ll find out what they’re wearing for you!

 

 

Fun fact: Mary McDonnell, star of TNT’s Major Crimes TV show, wears a pair of designer glasses you can find right here at Vizio Optic! Her role as LAPD Captain Sharon Raydor requires a strong and intelligent look, so they dressed her up in a flattering suit and finished the look with a pair executive-style glasses. By request, we did a little research and determined she’s wearing ProDesign 1687 eyeglasses in Havana! Check out this photo at majorcrimestv.net for a better look.

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Seen above in black, these ProDesign glasses are clearly a great choice for a woman in a powerful role. The rectangular lenses and dark frame add a sense of strength and structure, while laser-cut temples in champagne gold soften the overall look for good balance.

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The 1687 is also available in green, with a brown-and-green acetate front rim and olive-colored arms. As we’ve mentioned before, ProDesign is one of the only brands out there that offer optional, adjustable nose pads with plastic frames, so if you love this particular style but are worried about them staying on well, let us know whether you’d like to add the nose pads to the frame when you order.

Are there any other television characters out there whose eyewear you admire? Let us know in the comments and we’ll try to find out what they’re wearing!