|Tura’s TITANflex uses metal-injection molding to create lightweight frames with metal memory technology (Style No. 821020 shown here).|
|Monel Montblanc Style No. 454 from Marcolin features a leather top bar for an extra flourish.|
|Two-tone stainless steel braided temples resemble iconic bike details on Viva’s Harley-Davidson Style No. H512.|
|Titanium Evatik Style No. 9080 from WestGroupe is a great choice for those with nickel allergies.|
Versatile carbon fiber, stainless steel, titanium, and proprietary metals can be designed into the most fashionable or functional frames that are uber lightweight, highly comfortable, and virtually unbreakable. Metal frames can also feature other materials as an add-on, like acetate, TR-90, or leather.
“People are always looking for the new thing in metal,” explains David Spencer, Ogi Eyewear founder and designer. “Acetate has been strong for so long, but new metal frames provide a unique style that people get excited about.” Ogi’s stainless steel and titanium frames, for example, feature an eye-catching texture while maintaining a flush surface, according to Spencer. Titanium can also be produced in a variety of hues-companies such as WestGroupe offer two-tone coloring in the latest fashion shades to appeal to the sophisticated consumer.
Fashion marries function for adidas Eyewear from Silhouette Optical, Ltd., which uses Performance Steel™, a material that was originally developed for the aircraft industry. Its newest collection, Lazair, is laser-cut from a solid piece of Performance Steel. The metal allows for a more prominent design of the temple and bridge while maintaining a very light and comfortable fit,” says Heinz Pickler, U.S. adidas brand manager. “This means you can go from the office to the dance floor with complete confidence.”
Tura Eyewear’s proprietary metal TITANflex features MIM, metal-injection molding that is commonly utilized in the automotive and aerospace industries. “We are one of the first eyewear companies to adopt this material for frames, and we have combined this special material with our world-renowned TITANflex memory metal bridge,” explains Jennifer Coppel, vice president of brand management. To achieve this, a titanium powder is mixed with a polymer binder and backed together by sinter technology to achieve “very precise and super lightweight frame components.”
FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION
At L’Amy America, stainless steel Ericksson from the F90A Ultralite Adjustable series in the Columbia collection boasts a new H-90 temple construct combining F90 material, which stands for flat H-90, with metal core adjustability, according to Connie Reiss, worldwide business unit manager for Columbia Eyewear. The inner temple surface is rubberized F90 for a soft touch and extra grip while the texturized outer temple surface and debossed logo treatment creates a sporty look.
On the flip side, a fashionable, feminine collection has emerged at Charmant Group with its Line-Art line which uses Excellence Titan, a proprietary metal that was developed over an eight-year joint research venture with Tohoku University in Japan. “The delicate temple lines that we are able to create with our micro-laser wielding technology provides a wearing comfort you have to experience to believe,” expresses marketing manager Karen Altemose. The music-inspired LineArt collection features “pliable, seven-lined temple filaments that represent sound waves and the undulating applause of the audience.”
Strong yet highly elegant designs also reign at Morel with its new women’s Lightec Alpha 24 series, which comprises two semi-rimless and two full-rimmed models in stainless steel and fitted with an exclusive screwless and springless Alpha hinge.
The current combination of technology and design allows companies to craft beautifully strong or sporty, functional frames that look great and have longevity. Make sure you stock a variety of these popular metal looks for women and men.
Michele Silver is a freelance writer in Montclair, NJ.
|Charmant||LineArt||Excellence Titan (proprietary)||Hypoallergenic, nickel-free, strong, lightweight, flexible, delicate temple lines||Comfortable frame with elegant look and Swarovski crystals||Opera Style No. 2040|
|Durable, anti-corrosive, lightweight, cost-effective
|Earthy colors such as mineral gunmetals, soft mossy greens, carbon steel blues.
|Powell Lake, Ericksson
|Marcolin||Montblanc||Monel||Corrosion-resistant, strong||Aviator with contemporary twist||Style No. MB454|
|McGee||Badgley Mischka||Titanium||Light weight allows for range of embellishments such as stones, casted décor||Fashion details||Genevieve|
|Morel||Lightec Alpha 24||Stainless steel||Extreme slimness: temples measure 2.8mm at widest||Super clean, ultra-modern look||Style Nos. 7307, 7312|
||C5 Alloy (proprietary)||
Ultra lightweight, durable, easy to mold/sculpt
|Ogi||Evolution||Stainless steel, titanium||
Channel sets add texture while keeping a flush surface
|Delicate details: hairline-thin metal rims, diamond-shaped accents, textured paneling||Style No. 4301|
|Silhouette||adidas Lazair||Performance Steel™ (proprietary)||Durability, strength, no need for spring hinges||Prominent temple design with light, comfortable fit||Style Nos. AF18, AF26|
|Complex parts can be shaped into one operation. Smooth surfaces, complex details
Corrosion-resistant, nickel-free, all-day wearing comfort
Intricately cut metal décor on temples, double tooled inside and outside
|Style Nos. 821019, 821020
Style Nos. R101 (women’s), T119 (men’s)
|Viva||Harley-Davidson||Stainless steel, titanium||Virtually unbreakable||Vintage styling with modern details||Style Nos. HD 512, 513|
|WestGroupe||Evatik||Titanium||Hypoallergenic, no color restrictions||Flat-sheet titanium allows for modern, fashion-forward design||Style No. 9080|
|WHERE TO FIND IT:|
800-645-2121 • charmant.com
|The McGee Group
800-966-2020 • mcgeegroup.com
888-560-1060 • ogieyewear.com
|Viva International Group
800-345-VIVA • vivagroup.com
800-243-6350 • lamyamerica.com
800-526-8838 • morel-france.com
|Silhouette Optical, Ltd.
800-223-0180 • silhouette.com
855-455-0042 • westgroupe.com
888-MARCOLIN • marcolinusa.com
800-403-77449 • oakley.com
800-242-8872 • tura.com