Archive | September, 2011

Spectacle & Sunglasses Trends

8 Sep

Spectacle frames and sunglasses have for long transcended their intended purposes and emerged as fashion accessories. And the trends are dynamic, ever-changing, and exciting. So what are the current trends that will help you keep pace with the world of trendy glasses?

  • Big & Bold – Big & oversized frames are the in thing. It doesn’t matter if they’re a touch too big for your face. Buy them, wear them with confidence, and flaunt your inner flamboyance!


  • Sporty but Small – Gone are the days of full wrap around reflectors for sports-glasses. It’s the age of minimalism now. So if you’re the sporty type, look for glasses that are wrap-around, but small in size

  • Vintage – Anything retro is red-hot. And it is no different when it comes to sunglasses and spectacle frames. Classic shapes from the iconic 60’s & 70’s. Wayfarers, Aviators, they’re all in. And the funkier the colors, the better!


  • Dual Tone – Who said office-wear has to be boring, or formal wear glasses must be plain. It’s the age of merging colors, hues, and dual tones. Look out for subtle but fun dual colored frames and show off your personality

  • Office Chic – No longer is it ‘nerdy’ to be wearing glasses to work. Just like it is fashionable to work at Facebook or Google, as are the glasses. Rim-less is a great way to go


  • Geeked Out – Just like ‘nerdy’ is the new cool, there is suddenly new-found beauty in the geeky too! Typically geeky styles are totally in and make a great statement with otherwise sharp dressing

It’s a riot out there, and the choice of trendy frames is virtually limitless. For a more in-depth trend-spotting of the season, check out this video, and remember to always shop at the best opticians! 

Happy framing!

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History Of Eye Wear

2 Sep

Eye-wear; many of us use it, rely on it, and unfortunately take for granted. But this vital tool that helps us see the world didn’t just come out of thin air. Its humble beginnings are followed by a rich history. And today, eye-wear represents cutting edge style & technology. 

The beginnings of eye-wear are a bit ambiguous, though there are some beliefs that are largely accepted as accurate truths. The first origins of lenses are attributed to the monks in Italy. These ingenious people set lenses in bone, metal and other materials such as leather, way back in the 1200s. Their design used two magnifying glasses with inverted V-shaped handles that could be balanced on the bridge of the nose, much like modern eye-wear. 

This was followed by many landmarks in the world of eye-wear and its evolution and development has been constant since then. In 1784, Benjamin Franklin came upon his brilliant invention of bifocals that have enabled people with poor vision the convenience of a single pair of glasses for their reading & seeing needs. Franklin was also the champion for the classic round frames, later immortalized by the likes of John Lennon & Mahatma Gandhi. A further and noteworthy development in more modern times was in 1958, which saw the birth of the progressive-multifocal lens.

 

Interestingly, Lawrence & Mayo is a part of eye-wear history. The Lawrence and Mayo families set up operations all over the world, including London, Cairo, Spain, Portugal, the Indian subcontinent, Colombo, Rangoon and Singapore. And in India too, it was as early as 1877, that Lawrence & Mayo made its debut with a showroom in Calcutta. Then by 1925, Lawrence & Mayo, headquartered in New Oxford Street, London, boasted of showrooms in Alexandria, Bombay, Cairo, Calcutta (Kolkata), Delhi, Lucknow, Madras (Chennai), Rangoon and Simla.

 

Today, in their 117th year of operations, the company represents the absolute best in eye-wear, cutting edge designs & technology. It is an homage not only to the rich history of eye-wear, but also a matter of pride for millions of happy customers who can get their eye-wear needs at an optician that is truly a part of the history of eye-wear!

 

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