TR-90, also known as Ultem is a new comer to the eyewear material list. It is a thermoplastic used by many industries because it is light weight, flexible and durable. Extreme temperatures do not affect this material unlike other plastic eyewear options. This temperature feature is very beneficial in the Texas summer heat when you glasses get left in the car. Zyl or acetate eyeglass frames left in the car during the summer get very soft and out of shape easily. This material can be made into many colors and have either a glossy or a matte finish. This eyewear material also doesn’t fade with time like other types of plastic. It also doesn’t absorb chemicals such as make-up or hair dye.
This means that eyewear made of TR-90 is very light weight, very flexible and has a large selection of shape, sizes and colors. All of these features together make this eyewear fun to wear and be seen in, while being durable enough to be active in.
Meow… The hot look this summer is a modern twist on an old classic. The cat eye has returned and is trending! Eyeglass stylist are seeing different versions of the cat eye style in sample cases of many eyeglass manufacturers reps. One of my favorite eyeglass pieces is a frame from R&R Eyewear out of their Vinyl Factory collection called the Garside. The frame is named for KatieJane Garside an English rocker in the popular UK group Daisy Chainsaw from the 90’s.
“Spex & mugs & rock n’ roll” is the motto for the eyewear line and is printed on each one of their frames. In fact, I loved it so much I had to have one for myself. It is fashionable, fun and a true wearable art piece that will catch a ton of attention. The frame is metal covered in a rubberized material giving the eyewear piece a truly unique look and velvety texture. The part of the temple that goes behind the ear resembles a guitar handle, which I found comfortable and functional as it kept the sunglasses from becoming loose. I got it in an eye catching hot pink which is bright and vibrant. The Garside comes in other colors including a classic black. The added bonus with this sunglass is that it comes with polarized lenses which means you can walk out of the store with it and head to your favorite poolside or vacation destination. As with any top quality eyewear it is RX able and will hold most prescriptions nicely.
A link to the Vinyl Factory catalogue.
Do you use google+? This is a link to one of the Google Stories it created for me. It includes a frame repair and an afternoon of frame shopping.
I have been tinkering with this frame in the back of my shop for a while but I was never really sure what to do with the lenses. Sometimes you just need a deadline and a new edger.
The frame is a Rodenstock 7276 that I actually wore in highschool. I laser welded a random selection of watch parts to the temples and added a pair of rayban temples to make the clip.
The lenses have a layered design. Each of the 4 lenses is different and is a combination of drill holes and the ME1200’S design cut features. Each lense takes my edger about 20-30 minutes to complete.
The clip is removable and flips out like blinders.
We are proud, at Leff Optical, to announce that all our lenses are now finished on our new Santinelli ME-1200. This machine is the Ferrari of lens edging equipment and guarantees a perfect fit for your lenses in your frame. We are the only eyeglass store in DFW to offer the finest, most accurate lens edger in house. It also drills, facets and offers some more unusual lens cutting options.
There are 2 processes that have to happen perfectly for your lenses to come out correct.
1. Surfacing – The term used in the industry for putting your prescription in the lens. I use a major local lab to surface all my lenses. They utilize state of the art equipment to make their Unity digital progressives lenses. They also offer Zeiss lenses, mirror coatings, and anti-reflective coatings.
2. Finishing – The process of putting the surfaced lenses into a frame. Your frame! The frame that you are going to wear, hopefully, for the next couple of years. The fit and finish of this is the most important part. Perfect fit and accurate positioning of lenses is what this machine is designed to do.
Even if this is the shape you pick.