So many products are made out of our country these days. However, one of our favorite brands of designer eyewear is made right here in Massachusetts! Randolph Engineering was founded in Randolph, Massachusetts in 1972 and remains there to this day! The company is most well known for their aviator sunglasses US fighter pilots have been wearing for almost forty years!
These aviator sunglasses were invented by Jan Waszkiewicz. As the current CEO of Randolph Engineering, his son, Peter Waszkiewicz, is proud to keep his company in the US. When Randolph was first founded, 90% of eyewear was made in the United States and at the moment only 3% of designer frames are currently produced here!
While most companies took their production overseas, Randolph kept their company in the US. Waszkiewicz is thrilled to have stayed right where his father built the company. “We stayed. … And we love it and we’re on the forefront of bringing optical manufacturing back to this country” he said.
Putting the “Made in the USA” stamp on their eyewear is only one of the perks of their high quality production. “We’re well-known for our quality and are so confident, we’ll guarantee our frames for life” said Waszkiewicz.
Vizio Optic now carries a wide selection of styles from Randolph Engineering and we are proud to welcome this all American brand to our designer collection!
We are so excited to introduce Lunor into the Vizio Optic family. Founded in 1991, Lunor has always strived to be a unique brand. The name Lunor came from the French “Lunette d’Or”, or golden spectacles. This name is a result of Lunor’s first collection of eyeglasses, which were made out of gold.
Founder Gernot Lindner was motivated by his collection of antique eyeglasses and cases. Some of his most popular acetate frames get their inspiration from the 1930’s and 1960’s, some of his designs even get their inspiration from the 18th and 19th century! The modern twist is that they are now made from acetate but have the original retro design.
Did you know that each pair of Lunor frames goes through up to 200 steps to create the perfect frame? The many years Lunor has spent working closely with manufacturers in southern Germany, as well as the abandonment of mass production, gives strength to the designs and ensures quality products.
Lunor eyeglasses are all made with the utmost care and specificity, down to the hinges, which are hand crafted piece by piece from a metal rod and functional rivets providing durability and style.
Our gorgeous Lunor frame selection contains so many well-made, stylish, and distinct frames that are a must-see!
All images from http://lunor.com/en/kollektion.html.
Tortoiseshell eyeglasses have been a trend for as long as designers can remember. Whether you want to add a bit of a classic flair into your look or just want to keep up with current fashions, tortoise frames can do both.
If you are in the market for a modern style, but enjoy the classic appeal of the LINDBERG design, LINDBERG 1020 in tortoise is a great option, not to mention that it comes in 4 sizes to ensure a really great fit.
These frames work for both men and women and are the perfect everyday accessory to complete a look.
Oliver Goldsmith Annabel eyeglasses are a perfect example of classic tortoise frames. These Oliver Goldsmith designer spotted tortoise frames are a great option as a pair of up-to-date stylish women’s eyeglasses.
The classic pattern and modern shape of tortoise designer frames can dress up even the most boring work outfit and turn it into a chic look.
In 1993, LINDBERG introduced the revolutionary Air Titanium Rim collection. These frames feature a hypoallergenic titanium alloy that lends an unprecedented amount of flexibility to the design, which is further enhanced by a unique spiral hinge with no screws or soldering.
After the titanium alloy is formed, it is stretched and straightened by machine, creating a specific wire thickness. Titanium, while it is very light, is immensely strong, so Air Rim frames are special in that the wire is only one millimeter thick! All the frames are then assembled and adjusted by hand and lenses are grooved to allow the frame to sit inside the edge.
In order to create a wide variety colors in both matte and shiny finishes, the titanium is exposed to a specific number of volts. This electrolytic process, called anodization, “pulls” the color out of the metal itself and cannot be scratched away. Some specialty colors, such as red and orange, are painted onto the wire.
Vizio Optic is honored to once again be named the optical of choice in Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston 2014. This is the seventh time and third consecutive year Vizio Optic has won this prestigious award.
Every year the editors at Boston Magazine, with the help of an online readers’ poll, chronicle the best this city has to offer and we appreciate the recognition of not only our vast selection of designer eyewear, but also our amazing staff.
Thank you so much Boston Magazine! We can’t wait to see what the next year brings!
A little while back we showed you some of the available styles of Face a Face Bocca glasses, a collection of various styles from the French brand that all have a unique detail that’ll put a little spring in your step, literally! Each frame has a pair of legs as its arms, which have stiletto heels decorating the end. What started out as a novel creation has turned into a full collection of little legs, and now with a variety of shoes that may even rival your own closet. Take a look at some of the new styles, some of which recently debuted at the Silmo optical exhibition in Paris.
Face a Face Little Bocca eyeglasses are for kids, with legs that feature tube socks and purple sneakers. Children will love this quirky style – it’s different from anything they’ve probably ever seen, and their friends will get a “kick” out of it too!
The Smoking2 is a new version of the original Smoking1 style, which traded in the red hot stilettos for a pair of smoking shoes and tuxedo pants. The first edition was black with white socks and black shoes, and this new version gets a colorful update with its transparent pink and purple design.
This new frame, known as Bocca Sixties, is one of our new favorite pairs of Face a Face glasses. We didn’t think they could get any cuter, then they debuted the patterned capris and pink flats. Does the outfit come with the glasses?
And if you missed it, these are the originals, a sexy collection of voluptuous legs and hot heels. There are optical versions as well as sun, and you can see the blue version here.
This week we debuted a new brand on in our online shop, with 15 new styles available that add to our expanding collection of innovative designer eyewear from German brands. That’s right, yet another eyeglasses company out in Europe has caught our eye, and it sure keeps us entranced with its crazy silhouettes and funky color combinations. Check it out:
Wissing eyewear has some amazing styles that you’ve never seen before, like the above Wissing 2653 eyeglasses. This asymmetrical frame comes in navy blue, with a slim plastic frame, a bridge that is both straight and arched, and, oh yeah, one square lens and one circular lens. If you take a look at local fashion blogger HollyDolly’s blog, you’ll see her wearing this exact pair on her visit to Vizio last year.
In this pair of Wissing 2340 eyeglasses, have pronounced rectangular lenses separated by a center-set bridge with an arch in the middle, decorated in red, blue, yellow, orange and purple stripes. This bold frame is by no means for the fashion timid. It’s the perfect style for someone who wants to stand out from the rest and be their own person!
In the more “subdued” part of the collection is this pair of Wissing 2635 eyeglasses, wish a nice, classic silhouette colored in beautifully with various shades of purple stripes. While this is on the softer side of the brand’s offerings, it’s still a great standout piece that’ll separate you from the crowd.
Are you brave enough to wear bright specs like these? Check out the collection on our site and let us know which frames you’d be bold enough to wear in the comments!
Our friend Laurence picked out a perfect pair of designer glasses. The color, the shape, everything about this frame looks fabulous on her! We love how the purple complements the shade of her hair with its red undertones, while the rectangular silhouette fits nicely with her angular features. The slight curves of the brow line are what gives this frame a nice balance as well.
The pair Laurence chose are Lafont Lin eyeglasses in color 744. What we really like about this color is that it’s dark, but not your typical dark pair of specs. Rather than going the typical route of black or brown, Lin gives you that same artsy/intelligent look in a whole new way. Did you notice the little design on the inner arm, too? Others might not see the pattern unless they look closely, but that’s why we like details like this, it feels like a personal touch only known to you and the designer.
Lin is also available in several other colors, including black with a brown inside pattern, navy blue with a pink inside pattern, brown with a green inside pattern, orange leopard print, and a black and pink pattern. The silhouette is a classic, with its rectangular lenses and top-set arms, so we’re leaning towards the more exciting colors to give the timeless shape a modern boost. What do you think, do you prefer classic colors or patterns and prints?
If your desire for the perfect pair of designer glasses that embody your love for art and creativity has yet to be satiated, look no further than J.F. Rey’s Pixel collection, a line of totally bold and innovative frames that get their inspiration directly from the world of graphic arts. The two-tone styles are treated with a unique photoengraving technique, according to the French brand, that results in a “rich, polished finish that fuses color gradations and pictorial asymmetrical patterns directly into the stainless steel.”
This frame features upturned rectangular lenses surrounded by a turquoise and green patterned frame, which dips in the center for an angular look, or more of a futuristic cat-eye silhouette. Two-tone frames are typically move in a vertical gradient, and that’s why we love this pair of JF Rey 2431 eyeglasses. The colors move horizontally and invert along the way, something we’ve never seen before! And this photo doesn’t even do the bright colors justice, so check out the frame in action below:
Aren’t they fantastic? This photo is from a past SILMO event, and she is positively glowing! This frame stands out so beautifully against her dark features and really emphasizes a love and appreciation for art. The 2431 is certainly not a style for the timid. We recommend this pair of JF Rey glasses to anyone who wants a great way to stand up and shout “This is me!” (of course, without all the shouting ).
It’s finally here! Our Fall 2013 Lookbook has arrived and we are so excited to share it with you. As we mentioned in our preview, we worked with five of Boston’s best fashion bloggers to bring you the hottest eyewear and sunwear styles of the season. It was a great way to be involved with our local community and we can’t wait to do it again!
Below, you’ll see Etnia and Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses, Woow eyeglasses and many other designer styles, starring Holly of HollyDolly, Lindsey of L’s Fashion Dish, Kelsey of Tickle Me Pink, Lei Ann of Lei Ann…Off Duty and Kristen of The Boston Fashionista. We found some great spots around Brookline Village for the shoot, and thankfully it happened to be a beautiful day outside!
Photographed by Stephanie Peterson
Lookbook by Kristen Ciccolini
Many of these styles have several more colors available than are shown in the Lookbook. To see more, click the shopping cart button for the frame you’re interested in, and you will see the other colors available on the product page.
So what do you think? Let us know in the comments!