Six of the Best - November 2017
Is it time to buy your next eyewear on the internet? EyeWearThese bring you six of the best to help you decide what's best for you.
1. Persol 8359V
There has always been something visibly different with Persol eyewear, almost as though the Supreme Arrow that adorns the temple points out that the brand does things differently. Given that the founder, Giuseppe Ratti, recognised the need to make his products iconic and recognisable, being different must be beneficial. The components that make up the frame are classicly Persol, for starters the Meflecto stems provide maximum comfort by eliminating pressure on the head. Given that Meflecto is the worlds first flexible stem system its proven to adapt to the unique shape of any face, so why change a winning formula. The 8359V frame is a sophisticated twist on the classic Persols of old, contemporary yet functional and a worthy contender for those shopping for a keyhole bridged frame.
2. Ray-Ban 2180V Round
It's difficult to shake the feeling that Ray-Ban, since Luxottica acquired the brand in 1999, is the most influential eyewear brand on the planet. Safe to say that the 2180V Round will already have a steady stream of followers, keen to follow the Ray-Ban logo. That said, there is a good reason why the 2180V will be a winning frame. Yes, the Ray-Ban logo that's sitting proudly at the temple is a huge selling point, yet equally important is the build quality. Decades of manufacturing mean Luxottica has perfected the art of fit, especially for a unisex frame. Wire core temples and an acetate frame material allow for permanent adjustments, thus attracting a wider audience. The round retro styling works perfectly with the keyhole bridge to produce yet another winning Ray-Ban.
3. Oakley 8105 Pitchman R
Disruptive to the core, both in its approach to marketing and the design of their eyewear, Oakley has been tearing away at the standards for frame and lens manufacturing since inception. On first glance, the Pitchman R showcase a classic round style with an extended keyhole bridge, yet it's the hinge that draws the eye. Hinge construction is formed using round, interlocking barrels named Hollowpoint, which not only look futuristic but dramatically reduce stress points. The temple material is stainless steel, coupled with Oakley's Unobtainium rubber stem sleeves which grip like crazy and ensure extreme comfort. If you are an Oakley fan, you're going to love the Pitchman R. For those new to the brand; this is a youthful frame in appearance that is a joy to live with.
4. Oliver Peoples Fairmont
American-made eyewear, Oliver Peoples, has always been intriguing in its ambition and complexity. Obsessed with superior products and customer service, the brand has quickly established a firm following. The Fairmont is no exception, reflecting core company principles, namely vintage aesthetics, intellectual styling that is both classic and timeless. Handcrafted, this frame has individual hand-inserted pins, tumbled, polished and finally hand adjusted, carefully referring back to the original drawing created in their design studio in West Hollywood. As with all Oliver Peoples frames, the Fairmont has no branding. Instead, the company take the opinion that like-minded consumers respect their approach, preferring alternately subtle marketing and a consistent voice.
5. Miu Miu 530V
Miu Miu 530V may appear ultra-modern, but the bold upper brow is a salute to the stark, bold styles of the sixties. In contrast, the ultra-thin metal temples and frontal bridge clamped to the frame by hexagonal rivets is fresh and contemporary. Branding is subtle, as is the sophisticated way in which Miu Miu have flattened the framework to enable high-powered prescriptions. The butterfly styling is playful, light-hearted and provocative which reflects the essence of Miuccia Prada, founder of Miu Miu. 530V is a statement frame that is both spirited and functional. The fit is refined, hidden beneath the showy architecture are adjustable nose pads and ear-stems to tailor to the wearer's features. Modern design with a retro undercurrent.
6. Bvlgari 3029
No simplified traditional-hinge construction for Bvlgari; that would be far too pedestrian. Instead, the 3029 boasts distinctive link hinges synonymous to the Diagono watch, the inspiration behind the 3029. Designers have combined function and style, delivered a robust, masculine frame that is both comfortable to wear and just the right weight to avoid frustration. Resolute lines define the frames architecture, with distinctive traits such as the enriched rivets that are typical of the Bvlgari Diagono watch collection. The acetate construction comes in several bold colours; all finished in matte, further masculinity at work. The 3029 is a beautiful frame with contemporary hinge construction and a classic rectangular shape. A frame with simple styling, yet distinctive and very sophisticated.