Mad about Hue
Now that the summer season is officially here, it’s time to think about your new summer look for the office, at play or when you’re trying to impress others at social gatherings. There are 10 distinct trends and we offer a bit of advice on how to pair eyewear with your outfits for maximum impact.
Disney’s newest release, “Million Dollar Arm,” has just hit the big screen, grossing about $10.5 in its first weekend. While the movie itself – a true life story about a down-on-his-luck sports agent seeking new baseball pitching talent in India – gets mixed reviews, actor Aasif Mandvi, who plays the sports agent’s business partner, gets a big thumbs up for his eyewear.
What are those chic executive frames he’s wearing? The classy “Emerson,” which is part of OGI’s Seraphin product line. Mandvi sports (pun intended) the tortoise shell color option, but this frame also comes in a sophisticated black, an elegant dark tortoise and an understated mottled gray. “Emerson” is one of our most popular frames, which just goes to show that Providence citizens are fashion savvy.
If you like the Emerson, but have a smaller face or want more color, consider OGI’s model 7150, which has a similar front and is available in conservative black, tortoise or mottled gray or in a beautiful upscale tortoise flecked with blue and paired with beautiful translucent blue temples.
If you’re not a fan of the geek chic or executive look, OGI offers an amazing array of other shapes, including ovals, rectangles and cat eyes. You can find both metal and plastic options and one of the industries rarest hybrids: Plastic frames with nosepads. OGI even makes parent-child pairs of eyewear so your little one can wear glasses just like yours. Come explore with us!
We’ve just returned from the annual Daegu International Optical Show (DIOPS 2014) in South Korea, to which we were invited as VIP participants. It was obvious as we approached the expo site that this city is in love with eyewear. Bus stops, buildings and even light poles are decorated with giant eyeglasses. Maybe it’s because major eyewear factories are only 3 kilometers away from the expo site, but still, you don’t see that kind of excitement in other cities with nearby factories.
And it’s not just this city. Asia itself seems to be in love with eyewear. Even people who don’t need glasses wear them. Celebrities have led the trend for more than three years by wearing fashion frames with no lenses. They have a particular passion for big, chunky frames that make a statement.
One of the challenges for Asians and ethnic Asians living in the West is that American and European eyewear manufacturers don’t take the Asian facial geometry into consideration when they design their frames. That is, until now. Because Asia is the fastest growing market for the eyewear industry, Western manufacturers have begun to redesign some of their most popular models to fit the Asian facial structure more comfortably, with different nosepads, front lines and tilt. Oliver Peoples was a leader in this trend, and Ray Ban soon jumped on the band wagon in a big way – 44% of its export models offer a version specially altered for an Asian fit.
Though we in America tend to think of the latest fashions as emanating from New York, Paris or Rome, in the eyewear industry, Asia plays a leading role. South Korea, for example, which just happens to be the fourth strongest economy in the world, is the birthplace of Ultem – a super-flexible, lightweight, heat-resistant (think sunglasses sitting on the dashboard) material that has revolutionized eyeglass frames. Because of its superior strength, manufactures can now create ultra-thin frames, which previously could only be achieved using metal. Ultem also offers an amazing array of color possibilities ranging from transparent to multicolored. Best of all, it’s a relatively inexpensive material. Frank Custom and DASA both produce frames made of Ultem, which you can see and try on here at Providence Optical. We also have a great collection of exciting Paul Hueman (South Korean) acetate and metal frames in sleek, trendy styles, offered at amazingly low prices.
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