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.
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.