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The Exclusive Luxury of Meyrowitz Handmade Spectacles

Meyrowitz Glasses

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Scoring the planet for your new pair of elegant eyewear? Not ready to settle for the mass produced fashion options out there, in every magazine, on every billboard? Look no further than the big three luxurious cities of the world: London, Paris, and New York City. A triangle full of eyeglass history, these three cities boast the E. B. Meyrowitz company — a blast from the nineteenth century past and a must to make your look inspired with that cultured, vintage feel.

Admiring the History through Meyrowitz Eyewear

Oscar W. and Emil B. Meyrowitz — 1869 American immigrants from Greifenhagen, Prussia — were opticians as well as dealers in surgical instruments in the latter part of the nineteenth century. After Oscar’s tragic death—an accident involving a tunnel train collision in 1902 — Emil went on to patent several optical instruments and develop E. B. Meyrowitz, Incorporated — the very same boutique found today. Seventy-seven years after Emil’s death!

The eyewear has a stellar list of past clients: Dwight D. Eisenhower suited up in some Meyrowitz frames, as well as Winston Churchill, the very last king of France, Louis Phillipe, and the most current French president, Francois Holland. Quite a widely pegged crew — quite a century of eyesight!

Meyrowitz Nerd Glasses

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And who can forget those bespectacled individuals through which we see the very world around us — the artists, the painters. One of Paris’ most beloved artist — Claude Monet — left a note of instruction proclaiming that one must retrieve his glasses from the Meyrowitz. His circular frames are tinted blue, no less — with remakes available for today’s purchase. This blue tint provides the blue haze on his water lily paintings, on his haystacks. The hue gives the paintings depth, originality, a different mood very much individualistic of his style. It’s true he saw the world differently — from an artist’s perspective. But he also saw it differently through his round Meyrowitz eyewear. Did Emil have a hand in creating some of the most beautiful impressionist pieces of the century? Could Monet have seen the world the same way without the frames?

Keeping Up the Old Traditions Alive

The London practice is currently tucked away, alongside luxury chocolate and exquisite watch shops. It is a boutique, and therefore holds no relation to the towering retail stores — the one in a million items boasting discount after discount. This hidden away piece of optical history — today’s E. B. Meyrowitz was purchased some twenty odd years ago by Sheel Davison-Lungley. She keeps it personal; like Emil himself, she works alongside two of her siblings, her sisters — allowing it to be a family matter. This hones in on the craftsmanship of each individual piece presented at the establishment. A client can choose the model of frame, the color, or describe his ideal style: the boutique, the three sisters and their store, finds a way to meet his or her needs.

Meyrowitz Poster

E.B. Meyrowitz Poster, 1930’s

Sheel Davison-Lungley is a passionate advocate for the brand. Prior to her purchase of the boutique, she saw the artistry and optical union and stressed its unique quality, its vintage longevity. The E. B. Meyrowitz line hosts no surgical-feeling, wire frames. Their frames are natural, warm. They boast materials such as tortoiseshell acetate and a natural buffalo horn. Remarkably, the buffalo horn frames hone in on the wearer’s skin temperature, thus allowing a comfortable, skin-to-skin feel. The glasses become another part of you — and why shouldn’t they — these utensils, these extensions of your eyes? Best of all, the buffalo horn comes from an ethical source, only cleaved from the animal after a natural passing. They are truly incredible — and average in at about two thousand English pounds each. They are a join of the past and present styles, a marriage of the old and the new boasting environmental ideas of today.

Individualism and High-Class Craftsmanship

The current stock sale frames are handcrafted in Belgium, England, Germany, Italy, and India. But don’t miss out on the renowned bespoke abilities of E. B. Meyrowitz. The eye of the frame-maker analyses your needs, your face shape, your style: he listens to you and crafts your own library geek-chic, top-of-the-line pair of spectacles. Back when Oscar and Emil first created the line — back when Monet and Churchill wore the frames — each was handcrafted, had no mind for mass production. Don’t you, your fashion sense, and your eyesight deserve this Meyrowitz treatment?

The Pursuit of Style with Massada Glasses

Massada Eyewear

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Massada eyewear proclaims an affirmation: that rules of face shape are flexible, that your eyeglass style is defined by your character, by your self-confidence and bravery. Your eyewear should be a profound sentence of individuality: not an admittance to the rules mandated by countless mass-productions before you. Embrace yourself, your strength!

The Massada style asserts no limits. Designer Kate Lupinsky — South African native and current resident of Europe — has based these distinct styles on classic glasses shapes. Think browlines or cat eyes — 40s, 50s, 60s, the age of early Hollywood. Nerd frames, librarian-chic. Each frame is an exclamation on your face — not meant to blend in, become a part of your face-disguised. Rather, the frames are assets to your outfit, a piece of utilitarian jewellery, perhaps.

Joy, Individualism and Passion behind Massada Eyewear

Lupinsky and her team, when discussing their brand, promote a concept of the culture of the frames: that one must derive “personal gain from culture, content, thought, picture, dialogue, idealism, and reflection.” This is synonymous with their further inspirations: their inspiration in art, in theatre, in film. As seekers of a better, more artistic, beautiful way of life, they choose to host many clients in these fields: these fields invoking curiosity and passion. Those who express joy, are totally “submerged in journey toward understanding” — these artists, actors, and directors find Massada an inspiring frame design company — one worthy of fashion pursuit.

Massada Nerd Glasses

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Lupinsky, like many designers, started out a solo act: a kid of twelve, she was designing in sketchbooks, honing her own look. In university, she studied Industrial Design in the Academy of Fine Art: thus working with many different elements: graphic design, lighting, furniture — taking her sketches off the paper and committing them to 3-D. When she couldn’t find a proper pair of eye frames for her style and desire, she met a man who made his own, tinkering in a workshop in the UK — and thus Massada was born: the ultimate search for the perfect, individualized glasses.

Lupinsky verifies that while the bag, the luxurious pair of heels or the best dress of the season is important for your fashion sense; the best thing to hone your style is your pair of eye frames. Everything else changes day-to-day — everything else doesn’t define you. But choose your glasses carefully: be it those horn-rimmed glasses, those nerd-chic dark-framed hipster glasses. They will define who you are. They will be what your companion sees when he looks you in the eyes, sees your face and the shape of your glasses proclaiming your individuality. They are important.

Glasses That Define Your Personality

The intricate Massada styles boast individualized, outrageous names: names representative of this artistic pursuit. The Dr. Strangelove style, for example, is named after the 1964 Stanley Kubrick film. Like the film — a whimsical tale about a very serious nuclear bomb — the glasses take on a playfulness but don’t drop the chic intelligence a pair of fashion-forward hipster glasses warrant. They are made with a vintage Mazzucchelli acetate material directly from Italy — the quality is insane, diligent and exact.

Sleeper Massada Glasses

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The Sleeper style takes on a more owl-formation: they are completely round and created with the Mazzucchelli Shell. They are not formed with a shiny, false lacquer like so many other brands. Instead, they have that individualism, that small-company, boutique feel about them. They invoke that search for the artistic way, that quizzical look.

The Solaris frames invoke a more futuristic sense: they are broad, more shield-like, and come in three colors: Tokyo tort, dark tortoise shell, and black. The Solaris also adopt the classic cat-eye frame at their edges, thus allowing a marriage between the old and the new: an adoption of old ways in this futuristic style. They also consist of the Italian Mazzucchelli Acetate.

Each of the frames are hand-painted in Poland — a country that never adopted the faster ways of painting — the mass production. The painters handcraft each pair using traditional, vintage, sophisticated colors. The hand-painting, the individualized attention, reminds the consumer that this is not a run-of-the-mill agency. Lupinsky sees no reason to expand. She wants to continue the eyewear design journey with attention to detail and attention to the individual’s explanation of her style. Give good thought to who you are, what your style desires of you: let Massada translate eyewear for your daily artistic journey.

Drift Eyewear Story: Eco-Friendly Glasses from Chicago

Drift Eyewear Company

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Drift Eyewear out of Chicago, IL wants to take you, eyeglass wearer, on an adventure through the intricate history and time of design. Drift was founded by former engineer and non-designer Chris Manz — who modeled the initial frames after the architectural idea that the weight of a building’s walls should transfer back to the core of the structure.

Beyond honing in on this smart, simplistic technique, the Drift Eyewear uses locally sourced wood and other eco-friendly materials. That doesn’t sound like a big deal in this day and age, but the wood is used correctly, intellectually — in all the places it makes sense. A patent pending stell core strengthens the frames, maximizing durability and weight distribution. Not a complete wood-shell: and thus not a ticking time bomb for a glasses disaster. We’ve all been there.

Bringing Innovative Engineering Approach to the World of Eyewear Fashion

But enough of this technical talk, the wonderful compatibility of the structure: let’s get to what’s really interesting about the fashionable frames. And that is each frame’s purposeful, story-built design.

The Drift Timber Collection, for example, boasts three frames made from salvaged wood scattered across the United States. The darker hues of the collection are brothers, torn from an old NYC meatpacking building by designer Daniel Gray Faires — thus holding the texture of a tormented age; the white-painted hues were taken from old picket fences out of Chicago — vintage and picturesque and rescued by Chicago designer Raun Myn. The raw, grainy aesthetic was pieced out of a Seattle art gallery, based on collaboration with artist Jessica Park.

These timeless glasses weren’t spit out of a machine. They were constructed, chosen complicity, for their story. And thus, only a hundred pairs of each are available for sale. Your hipster chic frames won’t boast the same story, the same fine texture and grain, as the manufactured frames across the room.

Rhythms of Blues and Time-Proven Knowledge behind Your Frames

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Photo Courtesy of Drift

Take this one step further: Manz’s innovative team has found quite a story buried beneath time, water, and soil in its creation of Drift’s exclusive Delta Blues line. The look is powerful in itself: it takes hard, dark and serious nerd fronts and couples them with light wood temples. The look invokes simplicity yet stoicism: much like the music it invokes — the Jazz and Blues. Much of the current Blues, like the frames, stem from Chicago where its importance is implemented. But the original blues grew up in the Mississippi Delta, where the stuff of the frames was born.

Drift Eyewear specializes, of course, in hand crafted sustainable wood eyeglasses frames, and thus researched the Mississippi Delta region, the self-proclaimed southern-most part of America. A hundred years ago, loggers flocked to the area to float cypress logs down the Mississippi. Trees without the proper mass sank right to the bottom of the sweeping river and stayed dead in the current: sort of soaking up ages of minerals, mud, and this initial time of early century blues.

With nothing else to do, the loggers would listen to blues musicians play intimate concerts in the woods: going north, the music changed, formed with the century. The logs changed, too — in coloration and texture. These Delta Blues frames hold a story within their wooden temples: significantly wrapping a lifetime of music around the ears.

Embrace Your Inner Geek with Eco-Friendly Glasses from Drift

So allow your frames to be different than those stock glasses of your peers: put your peepers in the hands of innovative craftsmen in Chicago — tinkering away in a 2000 square foot studio next to Lake Michigan with the real tools of design: sensible architecture, shaded and colored with a sense of story.

Drift Eyewear

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What old building, what tall, arching tree, has not leaned with the wind, with the time around it? Use these frames with the time-proven knowledge to see the world around you. Make like the hipster-chic and nerd glasses of today and pair old with the new. And help to remain eco-friendly, for continued use of our resources into the future of Drift design — and other companies who also shine this same light.

After all, Drift is slacking on no end of the environmental spectrum. Even their plastic fronts are formed from a wood pulping process. And with a whole line of different textures, firm, stoic colors — colors grown from the world — it shouldn’t be difficult to find the right frames for you. Live in these glasses; see your own story unfold.

Full Speed Racing with Next Generation Eyewear from Blac

Blac Eyewear

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Strap on your nerd-chic eyewear and concentrate: the fashion race is about to begin. It’s not just any race, either. It’s the race to search the world over for the first completely adjustable carbon fiber frames: so lightweight and durable it’s a wonder your face has survived this long without them. And here they are — finally: the Blac collection, in the hands of designer Claus Bellinger in Risskov, Denmark. Voila. Innovation and hipster fashion have collided head-on. Watch out.

The Story Behind Blac Eyewear

Flash back to 1981: to the age of race car re-calibration — thirty years prior to this current eyewear adjustment. It was the year of McLaren’s carbon composite MP4-1 body. The car ditched the old, aluminium molding and opted for a woven carbon fiber and fiberglass composite, thus revolutionizing the strength, durability, and speed of the Formula 1 car.

The incredible makeup mandated an effortless awe across the globe: and inventor Claus Bellinger took his fascination and utilized it — strapped eyewear fashion in the carbon fiber and fiberglass, paired it up with some titanium and cruised into the future.

This exquisite eyewear couldn’t have come at a better time: smart, nerdy and chic have finally joined forces in the fashion world in these mid-2010s. What woman doesn’t have the geek glasses ready to pair with some high-waisted pants, a slender fit blouse? Looking smart is top of the class, at the moment: shouldn’t your glasses be the most innovative, on the fast-track of scientific passion?

Innovative Design Backed Up by Individualism

Blac Polishing

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The durability of Blac eyewear exists in its construction: it consists of four layers, the two most interior being the carbon fiber. The carbon parts wrap around the interior line of titanium that promotes slight flexibility, the possibility of bending and shaping. The outer layers are the weaving of fiberglass within the carbon fiber — creating quite a unique effect.

And just like every race car has its own personality, so too will your eye frames. The craftsmen behind Blac have formed an extraordinary bond with scientists behind carbon fiber knee joints and athletic sprint prosthesis, allowing a completely adjustable frame.

Blac is the first of its kind: it has honed the premier adjustable carbon temple — patented in the United States. Each frame boasts an individualized screw, end tip, hinge. It has done away with cheap lacquer-feel of other frames, instead promoting the intricate weaving of the carbon fiber and fiberglass.

Variety of Shapes and Forms

But the stylish four-eyed man doesn’t have to dismiss variety of frames for the sake of durability and strength. While fiber knee joints hold a person up, they exist under pant legs and skirts — they don’t live on and frame your very unique face.

Blac Bellinger

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Luckily, the Blac Denmark team has diversified and created incredible patterns. Bellinger himself said, in a 2013 interview with EyeWear Magazine, “I found out that what fits the face is one of the most important things about designing eyewear.” Generally, thicker is better, it seems, when it comes to the Blac designs. And why — in this age of science and fast cars and innovation —should we not honor our geek forefathers who brought us to this point?

The Fall 2013 collection yields a variety of colors, many of them utilitarian and nerdy — in the best way — boasting this aforementioned weaving of fiberglass and carbon fiber. None of them scream “trendy” — they will all mix and match with your outfits for years and years. Several styles administer to the new — and super old Browline design: stark “eyebrow” lines on top diminish to nearly nothing toward the bottom of the frames. Think Malcolm X or your super old college professor — but paired with a vintage dress or stark, red lipstick. Many of the colored frames are careful in their decisions: they foster coffee shades, wine, navy —everything a sophisticated woman in the eyewear market needs.

So, make like the Formula 1 cars and ditch the old, aluminium ways. These former frames are bulky in mass — holding you down. Lift your head high and race forward with the times. Science is screaming carbon fiber, fiberglass, and so is your fashion sense.

Share Your Love for Luxury Eyewear with Lindberg

Lindberg Eyewear

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In 1984, new graduate from University of Aarhus, Henrik Lindberg decided to look into the designing side of his father’s optical business – this was to be the first step towards creation of luxury! That was a winning combination: father’s vocation plus son’s passion. A pure, elegant and design driven eyewear was launched approximately a year later. The best part: a custom made glasses that fit wonderfully, seems fashionable and sophisticated. In Henrik Lindberg’s words, “We are looking for the best function and the perfect fit – this is the exact opposite of fashion for fashion’s sake.”

Now Lindberg is worldwide leading manufacturer of highly unique and individualistic eyewear made with a thoughtful promise of exquisite design and engineering excellence. In fact, it has whirled in 59 international design awards, and this includes the 1993 design of the century awards at the Grand Palais in Paris.

And not every optometrist gets the privilege of selling Lindberg! The company works with a selected group of specialists who are skilled to tailor the frames according to the customer’s needs, even at a short notice. In this way it brings a personalized element to an engineering product.

Intricate Designing Meets Excellent Engineering

Henrik Lindberg

Henrik Lindberg
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Lindberg frames are one of the lightest frames manufactured on the planet – along with being unbelievably strong and flexible. The lightness is echoed by the design in which everything superfluous – such as rivets, welds and screws – have been removed.

In order to ensure perfect quality, Lindberg retains its team of seven highly skilled designers and engineers but does not let them overlap at all. They understand customer’s demand for a fashionable chic design and make it happen through their dedicated team of engineers. Lindberg likes to provide a personal touch to all frames and has a robust monitoring mechanism. This makes them a little opposed to outsourcing practices, however, their frames get the best and finest handwork through Philippines plant.

The original Danish custom made designed frames weigh as little as 1.9 grams and are made from untainted non-allergenic titanium. Lindberg uses only a particular type of titanium that is exceptionally lightweight, flexible and strong, which is also used for dental regulations and pacemakers. The original screw-less design gives your glasses the most sophisticated look.

The emphasis of the frame is on lightness and comfort. To achieve the flawless fit, each pair is created in accordance with a customer’s facial measurements – it never slides or slips around! The color on these handmade glasses does not chip due to the electrolysis technology deployed. Specialized nose pads guarantee the greatest level of comfort.

The packaging leaves one pleasantly surprised: the quality equals that of a high end watch box. Truly for customers, who do not want to compromise on style and perfect engineering!

A Hit with Celebrities and the Crown

Lindberg Horn Collection

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The Lindberg glasses are worn by a number of celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Simon Cowell, Nick Hewer, Daisy Lowe and a number of famous politicians.

The wealth of unique color combinations and limitless number of shapes and styles make these glasses a true hit. It is all about clean solutions: light weight, custom fitting, flexible, hand crafted and great functionality minus the screws!

The Danish Royal Family, business tycoons, politicians and high-profile celebrities all wear the Lindberg. The company has been granted an exclusive “Royal Warrant Appointment by the Danish Court“. This is a privilege granted only to leading companies that furnish goods to the Royal Family.

A True Luxury that Cares About Comfort First

The elegant Lindberg Precious collection is truly exclusive! The statement spectacles are crafted of 18-carat solid gold, platinum, musk, buffalo horn, and ox horn. These are inlaid with diamonds, and mammoth tusk – isn’t it pure luxury?

The natural horn frames are truly unique. Combining rare organic material with the modern design and smart engineering approach, each temple boasts unique variations of color and markings. The real statement accessory that will last a lifetime. Darker frames create hipster’s look that some of the customers find so appealing while lighter patterns are melting with color of your skin.

Lindberg Horn Eyewear

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These glasses are amongst the lightest specs in the world – along with being luxurious, comfortable, strong and flexible, reflecting Lindberg’s commitment to impeccable craftsmanship, technical innovation and aesthetics.

Even the most bejewelled of Lindberg frames are discreet, they are truly an indulgence that is not loud, that cares about comfort first, and that is fashionably simplistic!

The crafting processes are so much personalized: from the time a customer makes an inquiry to the moment he receives the fittings, he is treated like a special individual. And what is more, he is called for a special service appointment, just to ensure that his Lindberg glasses stay and look as good as it did on day one! Company never compromises on the customer service!