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Of course, they are accessories, but for people who wear glasses, glasses are a basic part of the wardrobe.
According to the non-profit organization Vision Council, 75% of American adults rely on vision correction every day—whether it's glasses or contact lenses. Among the more than 194 million adults, 85% choose glasses, and 15% wear contact lenses, whether they are worn alone or in combination with frames. But the researchers believe that they are expected to see more in the next few years. According to the Vision Commission report, myopia (also known as myopia) affected 1.4 billion people worldwide in 2016. Recent studies indicate that by 2050, this number may exceed 5 billion, but we can reach this goal faster. During the pandemic, our daily screen time has doubled, and our eyes, which are overworked and affected by blue light, deteriorate.
But don't be afraid. Although all the above data is a warning, it is also a guarantee-you are not alone. There are national organizations—such as the AOA Foundation and EyeCare America—that connect individuals with offices that conduct routine eye exams. Even if you do not have insurance, they are fully protected.
For those who are familiar with the way things work, that is, those who already wear glasses or contact lenses, it is no exaggeration to say that the way we buy glasses has changed. There are many direct-to-consumer brands; a large number of companies that can replace old lenses for you; and sell various styles of glasses at lower prices than ever before. It’s a bit wild there, the wild west; that’s why it’s hard to pick the perfect frame for you. There are many options.
So, I will start with a simple task: perform an eye exam before you buy glasses. It is best to know your prescription and whether you need any additional products in advance. Maybe you need bifocal or trifocal, anti-fog or anti-reflective coating; maybe the lens is dyed in a certain color to help relieve headaches or block blue light. If you have a new prescription on hand, please consider what kind of frame you want-classic and repeatable or delicate and rare. From there, you can use these North Stars to search for brands to buy. Buying by brand is easier than buying by style. The style may suddenly change or disappear, and it will not attract attention, making you only wear one-off styles. However, if you are consistent with a certain brand, as long as they are not fast fashion brands, you will definitely find a framework that you can stick to forever and build your entire wardrobe around you.
Warby Parker rewrites the rules with an e-commerce-centric eyewear approach. The brand was established in 2010 and its revenue in 2019 exceeded $265 million, which shows that the brand’s approach is clearly working. The frames here are simple, but they are very attractive to the new era of heavy acetate fiber, in this era, thicker frames are more "introverted" than thin metal frames. A pair starts at only $95, and for every pair sold, Warby Parker donates a pair.
Editor's Choice: Warby Parker Whalen (Acorn Turtle), $95
After having decades of industry experience, Jerome Jacques Marie Mage founded his eponymous eyewear brand Jacques Marie Mage in Los Angeles in 2014. His designs refer to the Cultural Revolution, heroes and anti-heroes, art movements, and exude a healthy attitude. Some designs are made in Italy, and some are made in Japan, but all manufacturers of the brand's most trustworthy strive to achieve the same level of quality.
Editor's choice: Jacques Marie Mage Dealan glasses (black), $697
Akila's series of approachable but adventurous glasses are more modern than other glasses, and these glasses usually emphasize designs from decades ago. Unisex and Los Angeles designed glasses range from bold and colorful, occasionally with tinted lenses, or simple and stylish, such as clear logos (see here).
Editor's recommendation: Akila Logos (transparent), $130
The design of SALT Optics is coastal in nature, hence the name, they have obvious, really cool air, but emphasize craftsmanship rather than cater to the trend. All SALT glasses are made of Japanese acetate or Japanese titanium, durable and luxurious in appearance.
Editor's recommendation: SALT Optics Spencer 46 RX, $375
Ray-Ban is an easy-to-remember brand. In all of its sunglasses designs, the logo is engraved on the lens. This is an eye-catching advertisement for everyone who looks at you. In terms of optics, it is not so common, but it still exists. It’s worth the money for some of the brand’s most iconic designs, such as Clubmaster, which is a vintage-toned frame with almost no decoration, but with a moderate amount of stolen goods.
Editor's recommendation: Ray-Ban Clubmaster Optics (black), $189
Garrett Leight founded his eponymous eyewear brand in Venice Beach in 2010. The brand's first design was made in Los Angeles, inspired by scenes and characters from all over California. Think of its frames as a luxurious design compromised at a reasonable price because they are all made in China.
Editor’s Choice: Garrett Leight Regent Glasses (Whiskey Turtle), $330
Mr. Leight is a collaboration between Garrett (owner of Garrett Leight) and his father, Larry, the founder of Oliver Peoples. The series has the same spirit, but is more advanced, which means finer materials, more complex designs and enhanced durability. Come here to buy a permanently valid investment-grade package.
Editor's recommendation: Mr. Leight Crosby C (matte olive), $575
Ace and Tate were launched in the United States in 2020, and their vision is similar to Warby Parker because it will bring affordability to designer glasses. And they did exactly that. The price of most glasses is around $100, and this experience is easier and more fun than going to a glasses shop.
Editor's recommendation: Ace and Tate Neil large (matte black), $100
You may have heard of Persol. The brand is a favorite on the screen of everyone from James Bond to Batman, producing a large number of beautiful glasses. It has been doing this since 1917, but it no longer operates independently. Luxottica (which owns Ray-Ban and Oakley) acquired Persol in 1990.
Editor's recommendation: Persol PO3189V (Havana), $294
The luxury brand Gucci also makes its own glasses to complete the brand's product portfolio. Its design here is as weird as it is in the bag and clothing category, but if it makes sense, they are not as fancy as they should be. The words "GG" are printed on the lenses, but they still look like part of the family, with rich tortoiseshell frames and gold decorations.
Editor's recommendation: Gucci GG0241O (turtle), $565
One of the worst parts of wearing glasses is to immediately disqualify you from participating in a series of adventure sports. It is difficult to run with some sneakers, and sports like basketball or even football can make it dangerous to walk around with glasses. A pair of Roka shoes promises to never slip, thanks to the exclusive grip on the inside of the arms. It is sticky but not sticky, and they do stay.
Editor's recommendation: Roka Cade (black), $195
The new luxury eyewear brand Native Sons is spearheaded by designer Tommy O'Gara (predecessor of DITA) and NEIGHBORHOOD creator Shinsuke Takizawa. O'Gara draws each frame by hand, and is made in Japan by the brand's six-person manufacturing team. Together, they make about $2,000 a month. They are clever and avant-garde, but never out of date.
Editor’s Choice: Native Sons Cornell (black), $307
Raen has produced a series of fascinating sunglasses and glasses that incorporate modern and timeless design theories. They are another brand based in California, although this time in San Diego further north. There, cool surfers and casual beach bums influence the brand, combining sophistication and simplicity.
Editor's choice: Raen Teller square glasses (gold), $123
Mitsuhiro Matsuda launched his eponymous fashion brand Toky0 in 1967. By the 1980s, the brand was known for its ready-to-wear and eyewear, both of which were highly regarded for their eye-catching lines and interesting influences. To this day, this is still correct, because the glasses are a series of fashionable and craft-oriented frames that look as good as ever.
Editor's recommendation: Matsuda M2052 (black), $406
The contemporary brand Retrosuperfuture was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Italy. These designs have recently arrived in the United States and have been widely praised. They blend European aesthetics with exquisite tailoring references, streetwear elements and occasionally popular colors.
Editor's recommendation: Retrosuperfuture Numero 79 (yellow), $130
Since Hyman Moscot sold glasses on a trolley in downtown Manhattan in 1899, Moscot has gained fame in New York City. The brand is still family owned and operated, although the series has been divided into two categories, Moscot Originals and Moscot Spirit, the latter improvising on Moscot's iconic design with popular colors, decorations and other decorations. You will find many acetate frames, but occasionally there are metal frames.
Editor's recommendation: Moscot Shtarker Aviator (gold), 320 USD
Oliver Peoples was founded by Mr. Leight co-founder Larry Leight. It was launched independently in 1986, but the brand has since been sold to Luxottica (which owns Oakley and Ray-Ban). All frames are designed in Los Angeles and made in Japan or Italy, just like many other brands that maintain a similar level of quality. You can find Oliver Peoples in boutiques of the same name or in many eyewear retailers.
Editor's Choice: Oliver Peoples Cary Grant Glasses (Black)
Cutler and Gross gather inspiration from interesting sources: art and architecture, parks, and progressive design movements. These influences caused the framework to break through the boundaries of vision correction, bringing it closer to art, rather than just a means of seeing more clearly. (But don’t worry, these will definitely help you see more clearly.)
Editor's recommendation: Cutler and Gross 1384 (beige)
For Tommy O'Gara, the famous designer behind Sauvage, Native Sons and Max Pittion, small details are everything.