Finding frames to suit you takes a little bit of patience but, like all good things, it's worth the effort.
Forget all of the clichés about frame shapes suiting particular face shapes. You need glasses that reflect your personality, your mood and sometimes even eyewear that projects a very specific persona. Look at it this way, in the mid 90's tiny rectangular glasses were de rigueur but in the early 2000's everything went over-sized and, around the time of the financial crash, everything went vintage and little round glasses were all you could find........but at least you had the choice of tortoise shell or black. So what is a girl supposed to do? Your face shape does not change as quickly as glasses fashion.
There are two aspects to buying eyewear: the glasses frames and the lenses. No sacrifices should ever be made when it comes to the medical side of your eye test. Seek out a well-reputed, INDEPENDENT optician that will give you a thorough medical eye examination. In most countries you can expect to pay for an eye test but a good one is worth the investment. If the optician has the right equipment they can see and even photograph inside your eye and tell a lot about your general medical health, not just your eye health. Neville Kirk, my Dad, saved several lives by spotting early onset diseases, even before the amazing technology that is available today.
Check with your optician before the test whether they will give you the prescription to take away with you, whether or not you purchase frames in their store.........they should but it is always worth asking.
Now the fun bit.......most people respond to the constant marketing of the chain stores. Not surprising really given the omnipresence of Specsavers or Pearle Vision.
Yes, they do.......
What do you see when you get there? A bunch of familiar brand names and hundreds of designer frames so "this must be the place". Most of these branded products are licenses so the brand associated with them has simply sold the use of their name to apply to whatever fashion glasses the big box company produce. Not all of them are bad or badly made but, hey, you decide. Then a few years ago some very capable disruptors came on the scene. People like Warby Parker and various copycat operations 'cut out the middle man' to offer inexpensive eyewear online, and now in bricks and mortar stores. They make some very good looking fashion glasses for the price range and they helped secure eyewear's position as an important purchase, so I'm not going to knock them but, you get what you pay for and at $100 - $150 that is not bad value. Nevertheless, most people do not buy glasses that often and finding a well made frame that makes you look and feel special is money well spent. Not forgetting that the quality of the lenses that you select will not only affect your vision and well-being but also how long your glasses will last. What could possibly go wrong with your lenses? Well, believe it or not, opticians can get prescriptions wrong and labs can mount the wrong lenses. On top of that, your prescription has a central point which must be correctly positioned and this can be misplaced too which can cause all sorts of issues. Even when you get past that part, coatings such as anti-reflection, will quickly crackle or be ineffectual on a poor quality lens so, my advice, no shortcuts.
Now, back to the sexy bit, choosing frames.
Do your research. Look online for an independent optical store that carries lines that you have probably never heard of. These are the real designers. Apart from Kirk & Kirk, look out for names like Anne et Valentin, a French company making beautiful handmade frames or ROLF who make amazing wooden frames. Theo, from Belgium, also make bold, colourful eyewear. If you see these names, you can be sure that the store will carry an interesting array of genuine eyewear designers of quality. Go to the store and try everything! If you have not seen them before, then you have not tried them before and new shapes and hues can often bring surprising results. The Kirk & Kirk collection includes colours like Sunset and Violet which can look amazing. In this pic, the lovely Barbi Tuckerman shows how to rock Lez in Violet.
Choose frames that reflect your personality. What do you want to say about yourself? When you put the frames on, how do you feel? Naturally they need to look good but I can probably take you round most optical stores and show you fifty frames that look good but only one will make your face light up when you put it on. It's been said before but glasses are your most visible and memorable article of clothing. Do you cut corners on shoes or bags?
If you want some guidance choosing a frame please contact us on email@example.com. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you would like your eyewear to achieve and a photo would be helpful. One of our design team will come back to you and, if we do not have anything within our collection for you, we will always recommend other people's collections or great optical stores where you will find top optical folk with excellent frames.
The Kirk family have been creating eyewear for three generations. When Sidney and Percy Kirk entered optics at the beginning of the twentieth century, they brought with them passion and a drive to innovate the industry. In those days, everything was made by hand and the UK was proud of an optical manufacturing industry that fostered some of the most highly skilled and respected craftsmen in the world. Today there is very little frame-making in the UK but Sidney and Percy Kirk's attention to detail and professional values live on in Kirk & Kirk. This weekend in Paris, at the fiftieth edition of the Silmo trade fair, Kirk & Kirk launch their brand new Spectrum collection alongside a host of new shapes and colours for both the Kaleidoscope and Vivarium collections. "It takes about two years for us to bring a new collection to fruition," said Creative Director, Karen Kirk. "As the only people in the world to work with acrylic, we have to understand the way that the material will behave in production so the realization of a concept, from an idea conceived in the studio to a physical frame that makes someone's face light up, is a lengthy but exciting process." "It is important to keep as much handwork in the frame as possible," added Jason Kirk. The three dimensional aspects of a Kirk & Kirk frame are one of the main reasons that it stands out from the crowd and the beauty of acrylic is that the glasses can be substantial but weigh virtually nothing, so they are incredibly comfortable to wear." Kirk & Kirk produce their eyewear from start to finish in one factory in France, using a special grade of Italian acrylic. Creating their own materials allows a very personal selection of colours. "Our collections are not simply about colour," added Karen, "they are about expressing your personality through colour and the nuances of the combinations that we use. How they dance and play in different light conditions is what brings our frames to life." The production process takes about six weeks for every pair of glasses, starting life as a sheet of acrylic, being cut out by hand, first the inside of the eye, then the outer lines.
The rough shape then goes into a mixture of wood chip and pumice in a barrel where it turns for four days to achieve the unique, vitreous finish that can only be achieved with this vitreous fabric. When it leaves the barrel, the frame is polished by hand and each element is put together by a highly skilled artisan, paying attention to the details that make the difference between an ordinary pair of glasses and the type of eyewear that you find at a quality independent optical boutique........pinning the joints, planing the temple butts so that they sit flush against the front of the frame, ensuring that the pantoscopic angle is correct so that the lenses will sit in the optimum position in front of the eye. The end result is a work of art that respects medical function and aesthetics in equal measure. This weekend, Kirk & Kirk launch their brand new concept, Spectrum, at Silmo, the largest and most important optical trade show in the calendar. The best frame designers in the world and the finest opticians congregate at Villepinte in the North of Paris and select their favourite collections to present to the public for next season. If you are an optician, you can discover the new releases at Silmo in Hall 5, stand M133. If you are a Kirk & Kirk wearer, you will have to wait a few more weeks.....sorry! Find your nearest Kirk & Kirk stockist on our stockist page.
SILMO Paris is one of the largest optical tradeshows in the world, and this year they celebrate an important milestone - their 50th anniversary. As you know, Jason and Karen Kirk, the founders of Kirk & Kirk, also have reason to celebrate, as 2017 marks their 25th anniversary in optics and in marriage.
In recognition of this anniversary we launched the Kaleidoscope, QUARTZ EDITION, a collection of specially commissioned materials that glitter and sparkle- and we have entered the style HANA in AMBER from the collection into Silmo's 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL AWARD.
We would be very grateful for your support to promote this frame as one of the iconic frames of the year - so if you have a second PLEASE CLICKHERE and simply LIKE the picture! That's all!
After the success of the Kaleidoscope Quartz Edition collection, which features the twinkling tones of Amber, Onyx, Ruby and Sapphire - your desire for sparkly sunglasses was heard - and the sun collection will launch next month in these captivating colourways.
The QUARTZ collection is made from a specialist grade of acrylic, which is unique to Kirk & Kirk. The sparkle runs throughout the whole material that twinkles like granite, with the frame literally lighting up as the light catches it. Take a look at THIS VIDEO to see the full affect - and with such a resurgence of sparkles seen on the catwalk this fashion week, from Michael Halpern to Chanel,you'll be right on trend.