Retro in style, double bridges are back in the forefront of eyewear designs.
| MODIFIED AVIATOR
Acuity Optical Thomas Trauth FFA911
| MODERN MOVEMENT
ÖGA Copensol 7605O from Morel
Like so many eyewear elements, vintage frame features have made a huge comeback. One of the most notable is the double bridge. Here’s a sampling of what some eyewear manufacturers are offering in this popular frame design.
FFA903 by Thomas Trauth from Acuity Optical is a perfect example of a modern double bridge. This sheet titanium, screwless hinge frame has a highly placed double bridge with a small opening. The nosepads are on a 360° rotating ball joint for an easy nasal fit. FFA911 is a larger sheet titanium, modified aviator with a highly placed open double bridge reminiscent of the classic B&L Shooting frame but without the circle in the middle of the bridge.
The thin opening of the double bridge on 7605O in ÖGA’s Copensol from Morel creates a modern look that will appeal to those who like a sporty sunglass. Lightec 7624L is a classic aviator, updated with TR-90 for the front and stainless steel temples to assure light weight. The frame comes standard with polarized lenses, but you can also put an Rx into it. This is a fun take on a classic look.
Each frame in the Wild Africa Sunglass line from Etnia Barcelona is made with ecologically responsible materials like cotton and cellulose paste to create acetate fronts and temples. This unisex collection has its own unique take on the double bridge. The bridge is a thin metal bar bowing up from the front. WLA Africa 06 is a modified P3 with a black front, softly pink mirrored lenses, and a pink top bar floating gently across the front for a full feminine look.
Ranging from the newer thin look to the very large statement bridge, Zyloware Eyewear’s Randy Jackson collection offers a wide choice of double-bar bridges. RJ1051 is a detailed metal frame with a thin line of enamel running atop the temples and continuing on to the front. Just below is a thin line on the metal finish. The second bridge is placed so closely beneath the first that you are not sure if it’s part of the top bridge. RJ1053 is a semi-rimless monel frame that carries the double bridge from the front to the temples. The clean open temple look is complemented nicely with a softly down-curving top brow bar and a softly up-curving lower bar.
Double bridges might have been out of favor for a few decades but they are back as big as ever. So do a double take on today’s double bridge frames; you might double your sales.
Kat Leek-Tedeschi is the owner of Kat’s Eyes Optical in Phoenix, AZ.
WHERE TO FIND IT:
Acuity Optical 480-784-9797 • acuityeyewear.com
Etnia Barcelona 305-558-3012 • etniabarcelona.com
Morel 800-526-8838 • morel-france.com
Zyloware Eyewear 800-765-3700 • zyloware.com