Menswear: Glasses frames


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ChrisSpecs
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6 posts since 27/10/14

27 Oct 2014 17:05
Hi

Could I ask where might be best to get some nice specs for someone who is a first time wearer. I don't want to go in straight at the high end, because I have never worn glasses and don't really know what I am looking for so much. I looked at some wonderful Oliver Peoples, Orgreen and Theo at the weekend but it is too much to go in straight away.

I have tried Cubitts, Archibald, Ace and Tate online, but they tend not to have the angular rectangle frames that I think (and have been told) suit me.

I also really want to avoid having a logo plastered alongside my head which pretty much rules out the normal high street designer brands.

I can get to Manchester/Liverpool/Leeds area without too much bother.
ChrisSpecs
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6 posts since 27/10/14

27 Oct 2014 19:10
Also, I was looking at some Oliver Peoples in a boutique. The frames were £250, and I was quoted betwenn £100 and £150 for lenses depending on what I chose. Does anyone ever get a pair of frames like this and then go to specsavers or wherever is cheapest to get the lenses? Or is that a false economy? And what would be the going rate for getting a prescription for mild astigmatism. (-0.25, -1 both eyes.)

Also, do people seeking the best deal on their Oliver Peoples, if they don't know exactly what model fits, do they feel ok ordering from http://www.pretavoir.co.uk and returning if need be?
ChrisSpecs
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6 posts since 27/10/14

27 Oct 2014 21:49
Also, anyone know where to get some frames like these please?

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/izfx00d4n9hf7gh/AAD_emHoreHox-cBaK3RC7tJa?dl=0
ChrisSpecs
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6 posts since 27/10/14

27 Oct 2014 22:03
Like these

http://lunor.com/en/kollektion/acetat/a6.html

Lunor A6 240, but not as expensive.
illwill
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3721 posts since 17/5/04

11 Nov 2014 20:23
ChrisSpecs wrote: Also, I was looking at some Oliver Peoples in a boutique. The frames were £250, and I was quoted betwenn £100 and £150 for lenses depending on what I chose. Does anyone ever get a pair of frames like this and then go to specsavers or wherever is cheapest to get the lenses? Or is that a false economy? And what would be the going rate for getting a prescription for mild astigmatism. (-0.25, -1 both eyes.)

Also, do people seeking the best deal on their Oliver Peoples, if they don't know exactly what model fits, do they feel ok ordering from http://www.pretavoir.co.uk and returning if need be?

Go into an optician and find some frames that you like. Ordering online without trying them first is an absolute crapshoot and you will end up returning multiple pairs.

If they are an American or European designer brand (Tom Ford/Persol/Armani/Polo/Dior) then http://www.otticanet.com/ or http://www.giarre.com/ will offer the cheapest price 95% of the time. Prescription lenses from them are either free or very cheap unless you want super-lightweight or funky coating. Personally, I wouldn't bother unless you're getting very large frames.

Proper glasses designers like Oliver Peoples/Moscot/Dita/Mykita/Linda Farrow are almost never discounted online….maybe you could save a few quid ordering from the states.

In my view, glasses frames are something that you're going to be wearing constantly and people will be looking at them all the time so when you find a pair that are absolutely perfect…just pay whatever they cost.
andymakesglasses
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20230 posts since 26/1/06

12 Nov 2014 08:47
For anyone that was interested in the Cubitts frames they've just opened a store in Soho where you can obviously try them on.

Cubitts Workshop
37 Marshall Street
London
W1F 7EZ
ChrisSpecs
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6 posts since 27/10/14

13 Nov 2014 22:25
illwill wrote:
ChrisSpecs wrote: Also, I was looking at some Oliver Peoples in a boutique. The frames were £250, and I was quoted betwenn £100 and £150 for lenses depending on what I chose. Does anyone ever get a pair of frames like this and then go to specsavers or wherever is cheapest to get the lenses? Or is that a false economy? And what would be the going rate for getting a prescription for mild astigmatism. (-0.25, -1 both eyes.)

Also, do people seeking the best deal on their Oliver Peoples, if they don't know exactly what model fits, do they feel ok ordering from http://www.pretavoir.co.uk and returning if need be?

Go into an optician and find some frames that you like. Ordering online without trying them first is an absolute crapshoot and you will end up returning multiple pairs.

If they are an American or European designer brand (Tom Ford/Persol/Armani/Polo/Dior) then http://www.otticanet.com/ or http://www.giarre.com/ will offer the cheapest price 95% of the time. Prescription lenses from them are either free or very cheap unless you want super-lightweight or funky coating. Personally, I wouldn't bother unless you're getting very large frames.

Proper glasses designers like Oliver Peoples/Moscot/Dita/Mykita/Linda Farrow are almost never discounted online….maybe you could save a few quid ordering from the states.

In my view, glasses frames are something that you're going to be wearing constantly and people will be looking at them all the time so when you find a pair that are absolutely perfect…just pay whatever they cost.

Thanks for that.

I think I've chosen these now http://www.pretavoir.co.uk/oliver-peoples-denison-1003.html

I am concerned about the lenses now! Pupillary distance and getting them to fit right!
andrew_
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450 posts since 23/1/10

5 Dec 2014 23:41
Cubitts put their prices up to £125.
Wacking on an extra 25% seems like a big jump in less than a year…

Anyone else in their price/quality bracket?
Master
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2837 posts since 1/10/03

5 Dec 2014 23:57
to be honest, £125 for a half decent frame is still very reasonable. However, even though I seem to be the only one on here(sorry Andy), I thought their frame quality was average?

Bet Andys gonna tell me now they're made from the same factory who made all my frames Laughing out loud
MoB
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36711 posts since 31/8/04

6 Dec 2014 08:42
I thought the frames were alright and £125 is still cheap enough. Shame their shapes don't fit my face or I'd have a few pairs.
Vazza
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4294 posts since 30/9/06

6 Dec 2014 09:28
MoB wrote: I thought the frames were alright and £125 is still cheap enough. Shame their shapes don't fit my face or I'd have a few pairs.

Same, anything similar for smaller faces, Andy?
andymakesglasses
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20230 posts since 26/1/06

6 Dec 2014 11:07
I'm not just saying this because I work for them but £125 for those frames is still a bargain.

They're handmade from Italian acetate with real pin-drilled barrel hinges. In my opinion there isn't anything else that comes close to that at that price point.

I'm not sure which brands have frames for smaller faces specifically, but assuming you're talking about a similar price you could try Kite or Scarlett of Soho.
MoB
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36711 posts since 31/8/04

posted 6 Dec 2014 11:08, edited 6 Dec 2014 11:08
My face was too big even for their larger sized ones Oops still rocking my andys nearly 5 years(?) on
illwill
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3721 posts since 17/5/04

6 Dec 2014 12:21
Andy, why are Cubitts designed only for pinheads?
andymakesglasses
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20230 posts since 26/1/06

posted 6 Dec 2014 15:11, edited 6 Dec 2014 15:11
Initially they started off with small to medium-sized frames but several of the models are now available in Large sizes too.

If you look at the individual model pages there's a dropdown menu to select Regular or Large and the dimensions of both.

Yes MoB, it's 5 years since you told my bank you were paying me for "bumlove".
Seventyfour
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8790 posts since 6/10/05

6 Dec 2014 15:18
Laughing out loud
ChrisSpecs
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6 posts since 27/10/14

7 Dec 2014 12:20
Master wrote: to be honest, £125 for a half decent frame is still very reasonable. However, even though I seem to be the only one on here(sorry Andy), I thought their frame quality was average?

Bet Andys gonna tell me now they're made from the same factory who made all my frames Laughing out loud

I sort of agree. Based on the trial, they are fine for the money, but I thought the Ace & Tate looked much better quality for less money £89 and you can get £20 off by referring a friend or £20 off an eye test. Unfortunately, I don't think that either provide the style of frame that would suit me best.
nothingelseworked
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3307 posts since 21/2/10

15 Dec 2014 13:33
What're some decent spec brands to look at around the £100-200 mark? Wanted to get some Oliver Peoples frames, but looks like I'd have to go to London, which I really can't be bothered with.

Checked out Cubitt, but the frames look tiny. Even the large one's measurements look stupid small.
1234589
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889 posts since 1/6/10

15 Dec 2014 14:13
Where are you based? Plenty of OP stockists around the country - select United Kingdom and then find your city: http://www.oliverpeoples.com/stores

nothingelseworked
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3307 posts since 21/2/10

15 Dec 2014 14:29
1234589 wrote: Where are you based? Plenty of OP stockists around the country - select United Kingdom and then find your city: http://www.oliverpeoples.com/stores

Already looked at that. Found 2 places near me, emailed both and they're no longer active stockists.