|IN CHARGE Safilo BOSS 637|
|ON FIRE Bellinger House Blac Graphite Tippers and Ponto|
|THE RIGHT RECTANGLE Tura 147B|
|FULL-RIMMED FASHION Marchon Nautica N8101|
|PURE CARBON FIBER ClearVision IZOD 438|
|LAYERED LACQUER Silhouette Carbon T1 5373|
|ALL ABOUT SURVIVAL McGee Ducks Unlimited Sport Equinox|
Patients looking for options with a combination of style and function need look no further than carbon fiber frames.
When it comes to patients’ frame-purchasing priorities, “strong” and “lightweight” often vie for the top position on their lists. And while several materials satisfy at least one of these requirements, carbon fiber fits both bills. This durable, heat-tolerant material has many industrial and sports-related uses, and in recent years, has found its way into the optical market. Here are a few companies featuring carbon fiber in their latest collections.
IN THE TEMPLE
From hinge to tip, the temples of four new styles from ClearVision’s IZOD collection are 100% carbon fiber. “Using carbon fiber in our newest models enhances the sporty aspect of the collection while providing a very clean look and feel,” says Jennifer O’Connor, brand manager, ClearVision. “We feel that the IZOD consumer can appreciate the quality and value associated with carbon fiber, and we wanted to extend these benefits to his eyewear.”
The marriage of good looks and durability make carbon fiber an appealing go-to material for both ECPs and patients. Featuring a combination of titanium and carbon fiber, the four styles in The McGee Group’s Ducks Unlimited Sport Collection (Javelin, Equinox, Paragon, and Breakout) are built to survive even the most perilous challenges to their construction.
Some of the latest styles out of Marchon Eyewear’s Nautica and Salvatore Ferragamo collections are also made with carbon fiber. Nautica’s Style No. N8101 has a matte acetate front and carbon fiber temples, while Salvatore Ferragamo’s Style No. SF136SP is an aviator with polarized lenses and flexible temples.
The Blac Graphite series from Bellinger House takes strength seriously, and features graphite in its frame fronts. A refinement of carbon fiber, the graphite used for these frames is the reason for their smooth, snakeskin-like finish, and these frames are created with the help of incredibly high heat. “In order to achieve its hardened surface, Blac carbon fiber fronts are heated to 5,400°F,” says Claus Villumsen, head of product development, Bellinger House. Styles in this series are Tippers, Ponto, Kabanas, and Calafia.
THE ‘WEAVE’ OF THE FUTURE
Boasting resin-backed carbon fiber that doesn’t require the help of a layer of lacquer, Silhouette Optical Ltd.’s Carbon T1 collection points wearers in a sporty direction. As light hits these rimless frames, the fiber’s texture and 3D weave of the temples are revealed. “The design and material mix of Silhouette’s high-tech titanium, SPX, and carbon fiber creates a dynamic, yet refined statement,” says Kristen McLaughlin, brand manager, Silhouette.
Shape is often a big selling point, and the latest styles in the BOSS collection from Safilo Group bring rectangular features to the table. According to the company, BOSS offers a new construction mixing carbon fiber, steel, and rubber, which is the key to the extreme lightness and flexibility of these frames. They are available in understated tones of black, gray, havana, and blue and are paired with either full color or flash mirror lenses for a contemporary look.
Tura utilizes carbon fiber in three of its new frames: Style Nos. T147A, T147B, and T147C, which are round, rectangular, and square, respectively. “It’s a treat to bring together this luxurious carbon fiber temple with other special features such as rubber temple tips for comfort and sport, along with the technology of the material-all into one modern frame,” says Julie Allen, senior brand manager, Tura.
If you’re looking to broaden your inventory beyond the usual suspects, carbon fiber frames are certainly worthy contenders.
Rachel Bozek is a writer and editor who includes the optical field as one of her areas of expertise.
|WHERE TO FIND IT:
|Bellinger House USA, LLC
888-804-9627 • bellinger.dk
|ClearVision Optical Co.
800-645-3733 • cvoptical.com
800-645-1300 • marchon.com
|The McGee Group
800-966-2020 • mcgeegroup.com
800-631-1188 • safilo.com
|Silhouette Optical, Ltd.
800-223-0180 • silhouette.com
800-242-8872 • tura.com