An eyewear category that continues to have lasting power, vintage frames feature classic styling with updated twists.

We all have an idea of what vintage means when we’re talking about wine but what does it really mean when it comes to eyewear? Vintage is classic and it

ETTA, a large rounded acetate with a Jackie O look, is one of MOSCOT’s styles that’s a throwback to the ’60s.
usually means conservative styling, although some vintage eyewear harkens back to some daring treatments for its day. Will vintage eyewear ever fall out of grace with consumers? Probably not, because the category just keeps reinventing itself. With all the excitement in vintage eyewear these days, it’s fun to look at how some companies are interpreting this trend.

A company that features many new takes on vintage styles is Ogi Eyewear. Men’s Style No. 9605 from the Evolution line is an acetate with a great design legacy. With a 19mm difference, it works well with any multifocal lens design. It’s available in laminated classic colors like brown/demi-brown and black/crystal, but check out the newer twist on men’s color—black/blue and green/olive. The Innovation collection’s Style No. 9067 takes its vintage design into the 21st century, featuring retro styling with visible rivets but with new and fresh colors.

Morel’s line that harks back to original designs from 1880 includes metals, acetates, and combinations, all of

Style No. 9067 in Ogi’s Innovation collection adds new and fresh colors to retro styling.

which take an insightful look at fashion. Style No. 1889M, for example, is a small titanium and horn frame that evokes the 1880s. Fast-forward to the ‘50s and ‘60s for Style No. 2021M, a handmade acetate frame that defines those eras. Another winner is Style No. 1971M, a “Windsor”-type metal frame with an antique-style, laser-engraved decorative motif.

With this collection from New York Eye, “everything old is new again.” The styles are primarily made of acetate and the colors are different takes on classic amber and black. You can have it with Hemingway Style No. 4612, a P-3 that comes in blonde, black, or leopard and features a keyhole bridge.

From Best Image Optical, the Dolabany “Retro Classic” and “Vintage Inspired” collections include many vintage styles like Arnold, a beefy acetate with seven-barrel riveted hinges, a keyhole bridge, and of course, retro colors. Granite is a classic cat eye right from ‘50s.

Since 1915, this little-known (outside of Manhattan) secret has been supplying classic styles, quality materials, and some pretty great looks. ETTA, for example, is a throwback to the ‘60s—it’s a large rounded acetate with a Jackie O look, exposed rivets and hinges, and great colors. All of MOSCOT’s styles are exact replicas of ones from the ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s.

Don’t worry about the future of vintage eyewear—it’s a category that will never die!
Morel’s Marius Morel 1880 collection features Style No. 1889M, a small titanium and horn frame that evokes the 1880s.

Sharon Leonard is a licensed optician and contact lens practitioner in the Syracuse, NY, area.


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