Design Gallery’s Vanni brand is breathing new life into the marketplace with innovative styling. This fashion-forward line of over a dozen collections combines high-quality artisanship with modern design elements which harmonize with one another to reflect the Vanni sensibility.

Created as homage to an ancient Chinese puzzle-game that combines dazzling colors with sharp geometric shapes, the Tangram collection uses a new slab acetate technique to create split cube and pyramid textures. The collection speaks to the Chinese adage that a tangram champion is a master of talent and wisdom.

Tangram V1982 is a wonderful demonstration of how ophthalmic frames can reflect artistic refinement. It has an irregular geometric texture and puzzle-like pattern. Thinner than many acetate frames, the translucent design produces a subtle elegance. The generous B measurement is perfect for both young adults and mature presbyopes.

Reviving styles from the ’40s and ’50s, though lighter in weight, the Swing collection is both assertive and playful. It features seamlessly constructed frames that are both fresh and clean.

Swing V3713 is an upgrade to vintage styling. This acetate frame weds vigorous two-tone colors with a tapered-down cat eye, effectively blending both hues and time periods. With a differentiated browline and matching temples, it is distinguished from the plethora of modern vintage throwbacks.

The Surf-ing collection experiments with cutting-edge metal surface treatments. The compilation uses three wholly dissimilar finishes that are revolutionary to the marketplace. From smooth satin finishes to three-dimensional illusions, these frames are far from traditional.

Surf-ing V1154 uses a unique pseudo-rock texture. Described as chic sophistication, the oversized, playfully shaped solid frame front is complemented with 3D coloration.

Encouraged by myriad hues, Colours of Naturals radiates a playful vibrancy and invokes a visual sensation.

Colours of Naturals V1956 combines the classic colorations of havana and horn acetates with vibrant pops of color for those who have a sensible outer personality but also boast a glimpse of fun within.

Using many original Vanni acetates and intricate patterning, the Sunshine collection offers both feminine and masculine sunglass designs. These frames are oversized, stocky, and glamorous through and through. Well-coordinated and atypical gradient tint lenses complement these frames and provide protection from ultra-violet rays.

A true show-stopper, VS1898 delivers on both fashion and function. This feminine sunglass is an exemplary example of creativity as the well-coordinated gradient tint harmonizes perfectly with the patterned frame front.

Whether your patient is a seasoned style guru or novice fashionista, these whimsical frames are perfect for your recommendation. The Vanni collection is decadent without being overdone and beautiful without conceit. It is widely diverse yet stays focused on providing fashion-forward eyewear that combines high-quality artisanship with modern design effects. Moderately priced, Vanni is the ideal complement to any optical shop.

Sam Winnegrad is an instructor in the Opticianry Department at Roane State Community College in Harriman, TN.

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