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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.

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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.

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Essilor See Change

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

Following its first initiative in Morocco last month, Vision for Life has now teamed up with Essilor’s local partners in Turkey to organize a fun screening event and help children from underprivileged communities to see the world better thanks to a pair of eyeglasses. Learn more.

Earlier this year, Essilor Vision Foundation India in collaboration with local partners completed an extensive school screening program during which almost 90,000 children from more than 1,200 schools in rural India were screened and 1700+ equipped with free glasses. Learn more.

Over the last two years more than 20000 Indians have benefited from programs launched in the context of a collaboration between Essilor Vision Foundation and local Group partner ESCO. We visited their latest screening initiative in an orphanage earlier this month in order to speak to volunteers and beneficiaries and share their experiences. Learn more.

Volunteers from Essilor Vision Foundation China and Essilor Group partner OPO Optical headed to Longling County in Yunnan Province to help over 300 children see clearly and perform better at school. Learn more.

In late May Essilor Vision Foundation joined hands with the Singapore based eye surgeon Pauline Cheong and her team. Together they helped more than 272 Filipinos in need to see the world better. Learn more.

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

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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:

 

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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.

Also see retro sunglasses, aviator glasses, Mens Designer Sunglasses.

high index lenses

#FDAnswers: I have a strong prescription. What lenses do I need?

Full disclosure, this post is personal. I have terrible vision. I started wearing glasses when I was about 8 years old. By the time I was 11, I was begging my Mom for contact lenses. This was in the 80’s when high school girls and secretaries in movies would take their glasses off and suddenly be transformed from invisible to gorgeous. Glasses were not pretty – that’s the message I received loud and clear. Thus began a lifelong struggle with glasses, I would only wear them at home, if at all, never in public, and half the time I fell asleep with my contact lenses on. Even as the decades passed and glasses became the fashion accessory du jour, I couldn’t enjoy them. Why? Because my vision is so bad my lenses looked like the proverbial coke bottles, and turned my eyes into blinking little beads.

So that brings us to today. My prescription is -8 in my right eye and -11 in my left. I can’t see ANYTHING without glasses or contacts, but I have found a way to wear my glasses without feeling completely self conscious – three words: High Index Lenses. If your prescription is crazy high like mine, you should get the thinnest possible lens, which is the High Index 1.74. Anything +/- 6 you definitively need them. Another trick I’ve learned is to ask for no edge polish. When your lenses are VERY thick, polished edges call even more attention to them.

Here’s one of our expert opticians, Amanda, talking about the benefits of High Index 1.74 lenses.

 

If your prescription is between +/- 2 and 6, you could get the High Index 1.67 lenses. The 1.74 are the thinnest, but they aren’t available with tinting or progressives, so you may need the 1.67 if you’re looking for those add-ons. The other varieties of lenses – plastic and polycarbonate – aren’t great if you have a prescription that’s +/- 3. High Index lenses are a bit more expensive but well worth avoiding the coke bottle look!

All our high index lenses come with scratch resistant and UV coatings for no additional cost. You can learn more about all the lens types we offer at FramesDirect.com here.

PO9649S

Get the Look: Jay-Z in Persol Sunglasses

We’ve known for a while that Persol is a really popular brand for male celebrities. You’ll often find George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, and Zac Efron  pairing them with a dapper suit on the red carpet. But Persol’s are so classic and versatile, they can be worn dressed up or down. Jay Z, for example, never lets his fashion power couple status slide, even when he’s on a more casual vibe. If you want to know – what can I wear my Persol sunglasses with? The answer is – anything! We’re not sure what designers Jay-Z is wearing, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money to emulate his look. A grey t-shirt, distressed jean jacket, slim jogger-style chinos with cargo pockets, and some all white, old school Adidas is all you need. He looks comfortable but still pulled together. And the black Persol aviators elevate his outfit to reflect his star status.

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persol PO9649SOf course, you can pick up these Persol PO9649S Sunglasses at FramesDirect.com! They come in a large range of frame and lens color combinations to really personalize your look. Jay-Z chose classic black, but I’m partial to the Amber with the Polarized Blue lens, for a really unique style. The keyhole bridge is not only classy, but helps with fit  – meaning they will sit perfectly on your nose bridge. Persol glasses are still made in Italy with the finest, lightweight acetate; must be why they’re so popular with the discerning Hollywood crowd.

If you’re in the market for Jay-Z’s casual/cool outfit, we tracked down similar pieces online to style the rest.

Here’s some suggestions:

The Marled Crew in Grey, $22 from Everlane.com

The Trucker Jacket in Worn Out Blues, $148 from Levi.com

Zanerobe Dynamo Combo Jogger Pant, $139 from Urbanoutfitters.com

Adidas Originals Superstar – Men’s, $79.99 from Footlocker.com

2016 Spring Pantone® Colors (for eyewear)

Each season, the Pantone® Color Institute provides a palette inspired by art, society, and nature to reflect the current moment in our global culture. This Spring’s palette is strong yet soothing, and features colors that are uplifting while remaining grounded. The result is a calm and tranquil set of shades, that will help keep you cool as the temperature rises.

If you feel like your look could use a refresh but want to go a little bolder than a classic black or tortoise, here are three shades from the Spring Pantone® palette that work really well for eyewear. First, Iced Coffee is a versatile color that will warm your skin tone and add interest without taking away from your features. Fiesta, a fun red tone, is for the more adventurous. But red glasses have come a long way since Sally Jesse Raphael! And we think you can almost consider Snorkel Blue a neutral, just think of it as a navy with a little added pizzazz.

spring pantone 2016 glasses

blue glasses RAY-BAN RB4207 SUNGLASSES OAKLEY AIRDROP EYEGLASSES BURBERRY BE2205 EYEGLASSES red sunglasses CARRERA HOT/S SUNGLASSES PRADA PR 15PV - SWING EYEGLASSES PERSOL PO9649S SUNGLASSES beige glasses RAY-BAN RB3507 - ALUMINUM CLUBMASTER SUNGLASSES PERSOL PO3131V EYEGLASSES RAY-BAN RB2180 - ROUND SUNGLASSES

Check out the full list of Spring 2016 Pantone® Colors here.

If you like vintage frames or Cool Frames, see Derek Cardigan Eyeglasses, our new line of classic, vintage-inspired optical frames.