Since I was in my late teens I needed to wear glasses. Not badly. My prescription, even today, is very slight in the scale of glass prescriptions. It all stems from my over-use of computers, particularly through my teens & early twenties when I would go deep in crazy projects that would last through the night.
Anyway, this is another fashion post. Kinda. I wouldn’t exactly call myself fashionable. But sometimes I surprise myself, as per buying watches.
I’ve always done the usual Specsavers two-for-one deals. Every two years I get a test, and every two years my eyes decline in performance a tiny notch. As I’ve grown older (ew) I’ve managed to get better at eye health. I cook carrots regularly, take breaks from computers every hour, etc. etc. But I still do the two-for-one deals every two years. Last year was no different.
So I have two nice pairs of glasses. I don’t wear my frames all the time; I’ve no need. But I do need them around. One for work, one for home. I got a nice pair of Quicksilver & Boss Orange frames. With a voucher I then got a pair of prescription sunglasses, which turned out to be an amazing idea as last summer Dublin actually had a summer.
More and more I’ve been wearing glasses regularly. People in work no longer ask when I had a test done. So with that, I started to lookup nicer frames. One person I’ve always admired was John Oliver, who famously wears glasses on his show. Which probably drives the lighting guy & director insane.
My quest was to find a pair of glasses similar to his. The trail lead to a bunch of high end NYC-based frame manufacturers. All of which didn’t quite have John Oliver’s frames. In fact, some of the frames that looked vaguely like John Olver’s were now out of production. And they were expensive. More than €1000 expensive. So, a lot more than my two-for-one deal!
Somehow I came across a Berlin (I’ll write about my love of Berlin some time) based manufacturer called mykita. Despite being high fashion (which I certainly am not – I write this while wearing a superdry hoodie) and having a basically unusably hard to navigate website, their frames were intriguing.
They’re far more expensive than any frame I’d ever have considered in the past. Far, far more. But something hooked me. Berlin-based, hand-made, folks who love what they do. This ticks so many boxes for me. And so the seed was set in my mind. When this happens I usually bite, but I held off. Both because I didn’t need glasses (I have two!) and because it’s a big purchase.
Luckily, there’s an optician in Dublin that sells their frames, and they were super helpful when I went in to take a look. They’re also good salespeople, who offered a healthy discount (post-Xmas sales) on the frame. So I took the plunge and now I’m the proud owner of mykita frames.
The most striking thing about them, other than the style, is that they’re so light. My prescription isn’t strong, which is helpful because I reckon if I did have a strong prescription, I wouldn’t be able to get the frames at all. That’s how thin the frame is. As a result of a thin frame, the weight of them on my head really throws me off. Especially considering them in comparison to normal frames.
The presentation case they come in is actually really nice. Which is not something you usually notice, but Specsavers gave me two pairs of frames from designers without the boxes designed for them. Presentation is part of the customer journey, so having that removed entirely is a little bit jarring!
There’s no real point to this post other than to explain the rationale & enjoyment I’ve managed to attain from owning a pair of true designer glasses. Check the brand out, and the video I dropped in above of the manufacturing process.