Sure, metal frames are popular with men. In most cases, they’re undeniably practical and suit just about any style. But there’s something about every acetate frame that pops with personality, and a wide range of current men’s collections celebrate this in their designs. Here’s a sampling of noteworthy men’s acetate frames on the market right now.
Company: A&A Optical
Featured Style: Fremont St
Take Note: “The Cruz eyewear collection works well for men of all ages,” said Josh Lewis, product development manager. “It offers classic styling with a modern, updated edge. Everyone wants something unique that separates them from the crowd, but in an understated way.”
|Style No. TK 905|
Company: Aspex Eyewear
Featured Style: Style No. TK 905
Take Note: “Plastic eyewear has become one of the biggest trends this season, and Aspex has produced some of the most stylish looks for fashion-conscious men in the Takumi division, suitable for all face shapes,” said Yael Ifergan, director of marketing.
Company: ClearVision Optical
Collection: Marc Ecko Cut & Sew Eyewear
Featured Style: Instigator
Take Note: This wayfarer has an industrial look, with small screws and end caps at the hinge and carbon-fiber-like texturing. It is available in black carbon, blue carbon, and brown carbon.
|Style No. 31801|
Company: Eastern States Eyewear
Collection: Jaguar Performance
Featured Style: Style No. 31801
Take Note: “Jaguar Performance is an unapologetic, high-fashion concept in men’s eyewear,” said Paul Shyer, president. “It features non-traditional geometric shapes with noticeable sporty fronts,” he said. Influenced by the iconic car brand’s “F Type” series, this style includes the brand’s signature “Performance Red” with a brush of red on the temples.
|Style No. H-236|
Featured Style: Style No. H-236
Take Note: “As with many of our collections, the trend for geek chic is prominently featured in our men’s eye- and sunwear,” said Lori Feldman, vice president of product development. “The Haggar wide-fit styles offer a roomier, proportionate fit. Simple, clean lines always do well.”
Company: Kenmark Group
Collection: Original Penguin
Featured Style: The Hopper
Take Note: The Hopper has a reverse laminated temple and features a softened square shape. Its bold look is the result of its thick profiled, angular acetate.
|Style No. HE 4208|
Company: Match Eyewear
Collection: Helium Paris
Featured Style: Style No. HE 4208
Take Note: The men’s styles in this collection boast simple shaping and clean angles. Style Nos. HE 4208, shown here in matte black, and HE 4217, both feature tapered acetate temples and metal fronts with laser-etched keyhole detailing.
Company: The McGee Group
Featured Style: Clapton
Take Note: This handmade frame features an oversized, updated retro eyeshape and metal temple décor with argyle-inspired laser detailing.
Company: Modern Optical
Featured Style: Akron
Take Note: Akron is a wayfarer-inspired silhouette with spring hinges. Shown here in burgundy, it is also available in black and demi amber.
|Style No. H108|
Company: Nouveau Eyewear
Collection: Van Heusen Studio
Featured Style: Style No. H108
Take Note: “Men want style with substance,” said Karin Sears, vice president of product and marketing. “Every piece in our Van Heusen collections is designed with the quality men demand, but also a sense of design.” This acetate frame features a box spring hinge.
Company: Ogi Eyewear
Featured Style: Romeo Sun
Take Note: “For the style-savvy male, with an eye towards artisanship, Seraphin and Ogi offer eyewear of superior quality and design,” said Shealah Cocherell, marketing and design. “Uniquely colored acetate is combined with handcrafted details to exude distinctive style with a modern edge.”
Company: OKO Eyewear
Featured Style: George
Take Note: Made with optical-ecological bio-acetate M49® from Mazzucchelli, this collection is 100% eco-friendly, according to the company. It’s also completely recyclable. All three styles are available in suns or ophthalmics, and in a range of frame colors.
Company: REM Eyewear
Collection: Tumi Sun Collection
Featured Style: Bolte
Take Note: Made with acetate and featuring Tumi’s signature Ballistic pattern, the Bolte includes TUMI ZR3™ lenses, which are CR-39® polarized lenses developed by Carl Zeiss Vision.
|Style No. T123|
Collection: Tura Men’s Collection
Featured Style: Style No. T123
Take Note: “Zyl in the Tura men’s collection is proving to be very important,” said Jennifer Coppel, vice president of brand management. “The zyl frames in our collection primarily attract a man with contemporary, stylish, sophisticated taste. Men of various ages look sharp and professional in these frames and appreciate the subtle design details and rich materials.”
|Style No. E-1029|
Featured Style: Style No. E-1029
Take Note: “The look today for men is clean and contemporary,” said Beverly Suliteanu, vice president of product development. “The new Evatik styles work well with today’s stylish man who wants fashionable frames that are versatile and fit with their lifestyle. The embellishments that are incorporated into the design are subtle but give the styles a definite flare.”
|Style No. RJ 3015|
Company: Zyloware Eyewear
Collection: Randy Jackson
Featured Style: Style No. RJ 3015
Take Note: “Zyloware’s Randy Jackson collection represents style, high quality, and masculinity to the fashionable consumer,” said Cindy Swain, director of product development and design. “Randy’s statement-making style is our inspiration for the bold, edgy look that appeals to young, trendy males, which is what makes this collection unique.”
Rachel Bozek is a freelance writer who includes the optical field as one of her areas of expertise.
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