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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
Collection: Cruz
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
Collection: Takumi
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.


Instigator

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

Company: i-dealoptics
Collection: Haggar
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.”


The Hopper

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.

 

Clapton

Company: The McGee Group
Collection: Argyleculture
Featured Style: Clapton
Take Note: This handmade frame features an oversized, updated retro eyeshape and metal temple décor with argyle-inspired laser detailing.

 

Akron

Company: Modern Optical
Collection: Modz
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.

 

Romeo Sun

Company: Ogi Eyewear
Collection: Seraphin
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.”

 

George

Company: OKO Eyewear
Collection: MyMUSE®
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.

 

Bolte

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

Company: Tura
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

Company: WestGroupe
Collection: Evatik
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.

WHERE TO FIND IT:

A&A Optical
800-492-4465 • aaopticalco.com

Aspex Eyewear
800-277-3979 • aspexeyewear.com

ClearVision Optical Co.
800-645-3733 • cvoptical.com

Eastern States Eyewear
800-645-3710 • eseyewear.com

i-dealoptics
800-758-6249 • i-dealoptics.com

Kenmark Group
800-627-2898 • kenmarkoptical.com

Match Eyewear
877-88-MATCH • matcheyewear.com

The McGee Group
800-966-2020 • mcgeegroup.com

Modern Optical
800-323-2409 • modernoptical.com

Nouveau Eyewear
800-292-4342 • nouveaueyewear.com

Ogi Eyewear
888-560-1060 • ogieyewear.com

OKO Eyewear, distributed by RED88 Eyewear Distributing, Inc.
888-716-2020 • oko-eyewear.com

REM Eyewear
800-423-3023 • remeyewear.com

Tura
800-242-8872 • tura.com

WestGroupe
800-361-6220 • evatik.com

Zyloware Eyewear
800-765-3700 • zyloware.com

 

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