Four brands allowing you to customise your glasses
Although eyewear is often a non-negotiable accessory — whether used to block out the sun or to simply see on a day-to-day basis — it is not often subject to very much customisation, and finding a frame that both suits your face and your style can be a steep challenge.
The following brands — from eyewear giant Ray-Ban, to more boutique houses like Dita and Lafont — are working to change this, and have incorporated some level of customisation into their eyewear offering. From full-on bespoke designs to personalised touches like monogramming, keep reading to discover how to create your perfect pair of frames.
Cutler and Gross
British brand Cutler and Gross — known for its understated, but supremely luxurious frames — introduced its first-ever personalisation service at the end of last year. For an additional $US40 (about $A53), nearly all of the brand’s hand-crafted styles — like the dark tortoise shell style shown above ($US480, $A635) — to be taken to a distinctly personal level, allowing the inside of the temple to be engraved with a message up to 10 characters long. After a frame is selected in one of the brand’s eight stores around the world, it will be sent off to the brand’s Italian workshop where an artisan will hand-engrave the desired message. (cutlerandgross.com)
Los Angeles–based eyewear brand Dita — best known for its collection of eyewear that focuses on ultra-luxurious materials and meticulous craftsmanship — allows for customers who visit one of the three flagship stores (located in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, and New York City) to tweak the brand’s sleek frames to best suit their style free of charge. The lenses of styles like the Condor ($US425, $A562), Talon Aviator ($US500, $A661), and Mach-One ($US700, $A926) can be customised to the colour or shade of the client’s choice, and are delivered within two weeks after the final style is selected. (dita.com)
Family-owned Parisian eyewear boutique Lafont recently launched L’Atelier Lafont, allowing clientele to either tweak the brand’s meticulously crafted frames to suit them exactly, or design a pair of glasses from the ground up (starting from $US550 or $A727). The workshop offers an extensive range of frame styles, materials, and colours — and can custom-shape or dye acetate to create a truly one-of-a-kind design. Once the details of the frames have been settled on, Lafont’s master craftsmen will go through more than 100 steps over four weeks to bring the pair to life. (lafont.com)
The online Remix program from eyewear giant Ray-Ban allows clients to recast your favourite pair of sunglasses in more than 250,000 custom combinations — letting them pick and choose their favourite frame styles, materials, and lens colours from the brand’s extensive range of options. Ray-Ban also recently added the “Your Story” program that allows clients to customise the legs of the classic Wayfarer style with colours pulled from their social media feeds. Either way, the perfectly customised frames are delivered in as little as five days. (ray-ban.com)