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Essilor See Change

The latest updates from Essilor See Change, FramesDirect.com’s parent company’s charitable foundation.

While athletes from around the world competed at the Olympic Games in Rio last month, Vision For Life, Essilor’s strategic giving fund, joined hands with French non-profit organization Sport’ A Vie to show 120 young people from underprivileged suburbs of Paris just how difficult it is for some Brazilian communities to have access to basic vision care, offering 28 orphans the gift of vision. Learn more.

As the world’s eyes turn to Brazil for the start of the 2016 Olympic Games, we focus on how four young athletes have had their lives changed thanks to the free eyeglasses they received last year. Learn more.

Thanks to a partnership between Coastal’s Change The View, and a local Nicaraguan company, Opticas Visión, children received their very first eyeglasses and even got to choose their own frames!. Learn more.

With a staggering 1.5 million drivers in the UK alone estimated to have never had their vision tested, Essilor UK has launched a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the impact of poor vision on driving and make the nation’s  roads safer.  Learn more.

Vision For Life ambassador uses spare time to promote eye care in Ivory Coast. Learn more.

Vision Impact Institute president Maureen Cavanagh discusses how a trip to the eye doctor can help prevent children entering kindergarten from developing learning difficulties or even permanent blindness. Learn more.

New York, USA - September 10, 2015: Models prepare backstage for the Desigual fashion show during the Spring Summer 2016 New York Fashion Week at The Arc - Skylight Moynihan Station

New York Fashion Week: Spring 2017

Even though Fall is upon us, the fashion world lives in the future, and there, Spring is already in bloom. Of all the fashion weeks, New York is our favorite, because we carry so many of the brands from the runway at FramesDirect.com. Tory Burch, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, and Marc Jacobs are all customer favorites, but at the top of the heap are Kate Spade and Michael Kors. So, we wanted to pair up some of the runway looks from this week with sunglasses from those designers.

Kate Spade went all bohemian at her recent show, and let the preppy ponytail down for some Moroccan inspired fun.  Tassels and applique abound, and whether in florals or stripes, the palette was bright and refreshing. The light and airy feel of the garments gave a casual vibe, and block heels, or flat-heeled sandals made the looks very wearable. These are our three favorite looks from the show paired with some Kate Spade sunglasses that could take the outfit outside.

The flirty striped dress on the left, with the peplum and pink bow would look great with Narelle sunglasses in Black with Gray Gradient lenses.

The amazing dark denim outfit with pink roses would be divine with Klaudia sunglasses in Transparent Tan with Brown Gradient lenses.

And the hippie tasseled dress with coat on the right would suit the Candida sunglasses in Almond with Polarized Brown lenses perfectly.

Michael Kors showed lively, upbeat and feminine silhouettes, featuring ruffles, florals, and nipped-in waistlines. There were forties inpired platform shoes and plenty of bright colors (though the three favorite looks we choose are pretty much brown and white, ha.)

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We think Kendall (on the far left) would look gorgeous in theses MK1013 Sunglasses in Gold-Silver.

Some of you may think “puffy shirt” from Seinfeld, but we think, paired with the flowing white trousers, it’s perfection. Don’t you think MK1012 Sunglasses in Gold-White with Liquid Gold lenses would go with that look?

And on the right, this gorgeous embroidered dress is the perfect wedding guest dress and the MK2024 Sunglasses in Tortoise-Gold would totally vibe with the seventies influence.

Runway Images from Vogue.com

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Rimless Eyeglasses: Fashion Meets Minimalism

In the late 1880s rimless glasses were invented in an effort to make eyeglasses more inconspicuous. They weren’t meant to be a fashion statement at the time, but Theodore Roosevelt popularized the style (during his presidency, from 1901 – 1909.) Since then, rimless glasses have been the choice for politicians, scientists, professors, and anyone else looking for functional yet elegant eyewear. Some people think rimless frames make them appear more mature, trustworthy, and intelligent. Steve Jobs was another iconic figure who preferred a pair of round, rimless glasses. You can capture his look, if not his genius, with the Savile Row 18KT Diaflex Round eyeglasses.

Steve Jobs glasses

There are benefits to wearing rimless frames beyond their appearance. Rimless glasses are lighter than full rim frames, so therefore more comfortable. And since the rims aren’t obstructing your view, your peripheral vision becomes wider and clearer. Rimless frames suit all types of faces, and can pretty much be considered Unisex, flattering both men and women.

Recent years have seen new technologies evolve for mounting lenses to rimless frames. An important thing to consider when selecting rimless eyeglasses is the appropriate lens material, since it will have to withstand being drilled through. Choose a polycarbonate or a Hi-Index lens material; these are strong enough to work with rimless frames. Plastic lenses crack and break more easily, which is why they are not a good choice.

FramesDirect.com offer over 150 different styles of rimless glasses, from all the highest quality manufacturers, but here’s a countdown of  our top ten most popular pairs:

10.

caviar 4873 glasses

 

 

 

Caviar 4873 Austrian Crystal eyeglasses

9. 

ck536 calvin klein glasses

 

 

 

 

 

Calvin Klein Collection CK536 eyeglasses

8.

bb 495t brooks brothers glasses

 

 

 

 

Brooks Brothers BB 495T eyeglasses

7.

jl309 john lennon glasses

 

 

 

 

John Lennon JL309 eyeglasses

6.

rx8724 ray-ban glasses

 

 

 

 

 

Ray-Ban RX8724 eyeglasses

5.

ti 8600 charmant titanium glasses

 

 

 

 

 

Charmant Titanium 8600 eyeglasses

4.

wingfold evs oakley glasses

 

 

 

 

 

Oakley Wingfold EVS eyeglasses

3.

art-bilt rimway eyeglasses

 

 

 

 

Art Craft Art-Bilt Rimway eyeglasses with Cable Temples

2.

steve jobs glasses

 

 

 

 

Savile Row 18KT Diaflex Round (Steve Jobs) eyeglasses

1.

silhouette rimless glasses 7581

 

 

 

 

Silhouette Rimless 7581 Titan Minimal Art the Icon eyeglasses

Since rimless eyeglasses have increased in popularity, rimless frames have gained more of a fashion element, taking advantage of color, texture and embellishments. And rimless isn’t only for eyeglasses.

Check out selections of  rimless sunglasses and rimless prescription sunglasses

Rimless glasses never go out of fashion, because of their understated utility – and the fact they put the focus on the person and not the glasses.

 

Related content – Rimless EyeglassesRound Eyeglasses, What Goes A Round,  What Glasses Fit My Face?

Staff Picks: FramesDirect.com Opticians’ Fav Frames

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Back to School Glasses

(Rose’s glasses in the image above are Coach HC5065)

close up on stack of bookBeginning a new school year is all about fresh starts. (Even if school is a distant memory, we can all claim “back to school” as an excuse to make fresh choices.)  Everyone’s getting new clothes, but new GLASSES can really make you feel reborn. Here’s to a clean slate and clear vision: four super-fresh eyeglasses, stacked like library books, from our favorite brands.

Kate Spade

Jaydee eyeglasses

Kate Spade creates classy eyewear, but they still know how to have fun. Available in 4 pretty color choices, including classic black and ballet slipper pink, their Jaydee glasses are a perfect example of this. The blue is most unique, but a flirty cat-eye shape, and temples featuring a mottled, animal print (or translucent pastel) guarantee you will get noticed no matter what color you choose.

kate spade jaydee

Ray-Ban

RX6365 eyeglasses

Ray-Ban eyeglasses are known for their statement-making, geek-chic styles. But don’t think there isn’t a more grown-up side of Ray-Ban. These RX6365’s are sophisticated, but you still get the trademark shark fin temples and an array of colors to choose from. Perfect for someone who has matured over the summer.

Ray-Ban rx6365 eyeglasses

Oakley

Pitchman R eyeglasses

These Oakley Pitchman eyeglasses are for that intellectual guy with a serious sporty streak. They’re a unique combination of high-tech materials and rugged detailing with an old-school shape (round lenses and keyhole bridge.) For some reason these remind me of when Ned Flanders takes his shirt off  – and he’s ripped. oakley pitchman R eyeglasses

Prada

PR 27SV Eyeglasses

Here’s the easiest piece of advice to follow if you want to look too cool for school – just get a pair of Prada glasses. The two-tone colorways on the maroon and grey versions of the PR 27SV are particular appealing, as are the triangular metal rivets on the end points.

pr 27sv

oakley holbrook sunglasses

Get Jessica Alba’s Look with Oakley Sunglasses

Jessica Alba’s success is well known, not just a beautiful actress but also the founder of a natural baby products start-up (the Honest Company) that’s valued at over a billion dollars. Jessica also has enviable style. You often read about celebrities appearing “effortless” in their fashion choices. But, if you’re like me, you’re suspicious that it took a team of stylists and many hours to achieve that carefree look. However, this breezy style on Jessica appears to be a genuine expression of her casual, almost androgynous side, (with the baggy t-shirt, blazer and sporty shades).

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We love this look on Jessica because it reminds us that just because something is labeled for Men or Women doesn’t mean that’s how you have to wear it! These fun shades are a dead ringer for the Oakley Holbrook sunglasses in Matte Black with Emerald Mirrored Iridium lenses. The Holbrook’s are labeled for men, but they would look great with a big pair of hoop earrings like Jessica has creatively styled her sunglasses.

If you’re in the market for Jessica’s outfit, we tracked down similar pieces online to style the rest.

Here’s some suggestions:

Trina Turk Modernity Large Hoop Earrings, $88 from dillards.com

Pima Cotton U-Neck Tee in Optic White, $65 from vince.com

Gold Arrowhead Necklace, $34 from HabitJewelry on etsy.com

Theory ‘Gabe’ Stretch Wool Blazer, $425 from nordstrom.com

jessica alba style

oakly holbrook
Holbrooks are some of the most popular Oakleys due to their classic silhouette and high performance lenses. They’re the epitome of what makes the Oakley brand cool, because they sit perfectly at the intersection of sporty and stylish.

In the fashion department, these Holbrooks provide a timeless square shape reminiscent of a Ray-Ban Wayfarer, plus they boast the unique keyhole bridge and double metal rivet detailing.

Oakley technology brings innovations like Plutonite® lenses (which filter 100% of all UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light) and O-Matter™ frame material which is both lightweight and durable

The Oakley Holbrook is available in a huge range of colors to suit any taste, but the wild mirrors are pretty fun.

 

 

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Latest Sunglasses (Wildest Sunglasses) for Summer 2016

Looking through the latest sunglasses arrivals at FramesDirect.com for something fun and summery for you guys, these 4 pairs screamed “pick me” the loudest. It’s fun to go wild with details and materials; why stick to rhinestones, or rivets, or over-sized shapes when you can have all three.

Here are some of the most fun, out-there, statement-making designer sunglasses to come out this Summer of 2016.

First up, Kate Spade Karyna/S sunglasses, these just make me smile. The cat-eye shape and daisy detailing are such a fun throwback. I love the classic yellow and white daisies, but these are available in ALL pink as well!

KATE SPADE KARYNA/S SUNGLASSES

KATE SPADE KARYNA/S SUNGLASSES

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If those Kate Spades aren’t Fashion (with a capital F) enough for you, these out-there  Gucci sunglasses are for a girl whose heart beats for bold Italian style. Now that Alessandro Michele (former head of accessories) is in charge, you can expect more and more of these wild choices. Oversized square frames and rhinestones add just the hint of humor needed to balance out that bold, distinctive Gucci branding.

GUCCI GG3862/S SUNGLASSES

GUCCI GG3862/S SUNGLASSES

Ok guys, I didn’t leave you out, this macho pair of Flecked Green Tortoise Lowdowns (from Smith) will give you all the visual technology and specialty materials you crave. But this color…it’s like glittery camouflage! These are a great way to do a unique take on the iridescent colored lens trend.

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SMITH LOWDOWN/N SUNGLASSES

You’ve seen this style on the festival circuit, you’ve seen it in the street style snaps from outside the fashion shows – now invite this space age cat-eye to curl up in your collection! Don’t think you have to be a fashion blogger to fall in love with this Marc Jacobs pair. Surprisingly, they can be as sleek and stylish as you like – that’s an instant classic.

MARC JACOBS MARC 10/S SUNGLASSES

MARC JACOBS MARC 10/S SUNGLASSES

Transitions Lenses

Photochromic lenses

Have you ever wondered how Transitions® lenses work?  The magical mash-up of sunglasses and eyeglasses, when you see them change color, you feel like  – the future is now.  Transitions® are an example of photochromic lenses.

Some other names for photochromic lenses are Light Adaptive, Variable Tint, Photochromatic, but many people call just them by the popular name brand Transitions®; you could say they’re the the “Kleenex” of photochromic lenses.

If we start with the etymology of the word, photochromic comes from two Greek words; photo meaning light and chroma meaning color.

Photochromic lenses change color when exposed to light.

You can get clear photochromic eyeglasses that change all the way to dark sunglasses, or photochromic sunglasses which are just for outdoor wear (and do not get completely clear.)

So how do Transitions® lenses work? When exposed to light, the photochromic molecules in the lenses begin to change structure, like in the illustration below. This new arrangement allows the molecules to absorb more light which causes the lenses to darken. Most photochromic lenses to UV light; that’s why they change when you’re in the sun yet remain clear indoors.

how do photochromic lenses work

Temperature also has effect on the reaction time of the molecules in photochromic lenses. On a cold day, your lenses will react more slowly than on a warm day.

In this video, one of FramesDirect.com’s expert opticians, Travis, explains further:

 

Transitions® lenses continuously adapt to changing light conditions and block 100% percent of harmful UVA and UVB rays.  Having your lenses give you the exact amount of protection you need to see clearly, means your eyes are doing less work. And there’s the added benefit of only having one pair of glasses for indoors and out!

Learn more about Transitions lenses

safety glasses

Safety glasses: For Work, Hobbies, and with your Prescription

Safety glasses have come a long way. You used to have to buy big goggles to put over your prescription glasses, which were cumbersome and could get quite foggy – making your work even harder. Whether you need prescription lenses, or not, safety glasses are a lot less bulky these days.

Even with a streamlined look, safety glasses should (of course) protect your eyes from whatever hazards you may encounter.

The best way to ensure your safety glasses will give you reliable protection is to purchase frames and lenses that are ANSI rated.

ANSI stands for American National Standards Institute; they have minimum performance requirements for glasses and put frames and lenses through a series of tests – including a high velocity test conducted with a ¼ inch steel ball!

Whether you’re buying safety glasses (or prescription safety glasses) for work on a construction site, a laboratory, or for your kid to wear to play in a baseball game, the standards are the same. At FramesDirect.com we carry multiple brands of ANSI rated safety glasses and goggles, so you can find the the perfect pair for any activity. And if you buy prescription glasses in a safety frame, we will fit them with polycarbonate lenses that are ANSI rated. Polycarbonate is the most impact-resistant lens material. A full range of lens options are available including  anti-fog and anti-scratch coatings and tinting.

You only get one pair of eyes per lifetime, so if you have a job that puts your eyes in harm’s way or just enjoy some of the more dangerous hobbies, its worthwhile to find a pair of glasses that fully protects them! All our operators at FramesDirect.com are trained opticians, so if you have any questions about getting the best safety glasses for your needs, just let us know.

If you want to learn a little more about safety glasses, check out this video with Travis:

 

carrera sunglasses

Carrera Sunglasses: The Maverick Collection (with Jared Leto)

main image from http://www.carreraworld.com/us/

Known for their retro styled aviators, Carrera sunglasses are a favorite for both the hip and the sporty. Now Carrera has an exciting new product line and celeb collaboration which will get the followers of men’s fashion buzzing. Carrera has joined forces with the rebellious musician and method actor, Jared Leto. Leto is known for taking his art to the very edge, like losing a ton of weight in Requiem for a Dream (2000) and playing a transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club (2013) – and winning an Oscar for it. Leto’s striking individualism made him the perfect model for Carrera’s new Maverick line of sunglasses, for the brave and fearless!

The Maverick mens glasses line is made from  0.7 mm laser cut stainless steel, making these the lightest shades ever to come from Carrera. The design is a reinvented classic, the silhouette features a reversed curved bridge from the Original Boeing Carrera Collection. So if you’re looking for revolutionary lightness and bold styling, check out Carrera’s newest…

 

The IMPEL Maverick CA113/S

113/S Carrera sunglasses Impel

Impel is an extremely thin and lightweight pilot frame made from laser cut stainless steel. It comes in a matte finish  with contemporary smoke-colored lenses.

The VIVID Maverick CA114/S

114/S Carrera sunglasses Vivid
Vivid is the new ultralight pilot frame. Dynamic to its core, Vivid comes with a matte finish and is fashioned from lasercut stainless steel. Featherlight, yet full of self-confidence.

The PACE Maverick 115/S

115/S Carerra sunglasses Pace
Pace is the new featherlight, laser cut round frame made out of stainless steel. With contemporary smoke-colored lenses, they are bold and provocative.

The RISE Maverick CA116/S

116/S Carerra sunglasses Rise
Rise is a radical cat eye frame that’s as razor thin as it is featherlight. It comes in a matte finish – uniting heritage with the contemporary, preserving the iconic Carrera curved bridge.

The SPRINT Maverick CA118/S

118/S Carerra sunglasses Sprint

The Sprint pilot model is extremely light and uber-thin. Fashioned from lasercut stainless steel with smoke-colored lenses, for all the visionaries out there.

The AGILE Maverick CA119/S

119/S Carrera sunglasses Agile
Agile is a super slick pilot frame. This dynamic model is fashioned from lasercut stainless steel with a matte finish for those fearless souls out there.

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