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I might be turning into a minor Sunglass Daddy, but I still refuse to look at stuff in the JMM price range. These Hughes glasses from C&P look nice. VirtuL try-on pic below.


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I wanted this pair of Barton Pereira sunglasses but there’s no way I’d pay $500.

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Found these Fossils for $22 which are ‘close enough’

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Is anyone able to name the BIG Daddy spectacle frame makers. I want to get the really good stuff.

I am starting off with these reading glasses. I'll also get a cord to put on each side, so when l give speeches I look like Dr Charles Nichols below and don my homburg. I'll look the part. A time comes when l a man can do these types of things.

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What about this maker?


 
Oliver Peoples is owned by Luxotica. Look at Garret Leight for a better alternative. Cutler and Gross have some cool frames. Curry and Paxton also do some nice vintage frames
 
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Thankyou Thruth Thruth , l was hoping you would be the bloke who come up with some golden nuggets (you know lots of stuff), and it looks like you probably did. Will check the links later.
 
Oliver Peoples is owned by Luxotica. Look at Garret Leight for a better alternative. Cutler and Gross have some cool frames. Curry and Paxton also do some nice vintage frames
Garrett Leight is most China-made frames now
 
Shooey - pretty much everything is owned by Luxottica. Or brands that aren't owned by Luxottica are made in the same factory, at the same bench, and as you'll see when you look at the frames - not the hype - are all made of the same stuff. Some a bit better than others.

If frames fit you and look ok - there is no need to shop around, really. And theres now shitloads of choice.

Theres very little variety in who makes lenses in OZ. About three choices I think. And some lenses are better than others. Generally, price will reflect this.

Australia has the highest prices for eyewear in the world as far as I know. India has the lowest - most of Asia the next lowest. And the quality is the same . Here in Oz I'd wait a week or more for new specs and pay at least $300 (before Specsavers) - I'd go to Taiwan and get the same pair for $60 or less. In 24 hours. Didn't need a script, they'd read my existing specs.

I only need readers - but I now wear multi focal - high spec lens - from minute I wake until I go to sleep.

For about 2 years I had readers - look overs - but it's such a pain taking them on and off - losing them - soon went to bifocals. To wear all day. Then I toughened up and got multi focal. Fantastic.

I now have 5 pairs in my current script, my knockabout everyday ones, black medium size, fit well robust. Brown Tortoise shell (plastics) large hipster frames, going out ones fit well, robust. A frameless pair with titanium temples etc - large, slightly sophisticated professor look, fit well but too light - easily brushed off but comfy. Brown tortoise shell bi focals , Shuron Brow line Malcolm X type with clip on shades - hipster, rock dog, cool cat, retro, Malcolm X look. Mostly only use these as sunnies - clip on sunnies all the time for me - take the clip ons off when inside.

If you search online you can get cheap clipons that look ok for every type of frames.

There are a few Specs people in Australia and Melbourne who make their own frames. So you can get whatever you want. It's relatively expensive but unless you have 3 ears or and ears near your nose etc theres not much point.

The only "Big Daddy Specs" I'd recommend are Shuron. Buy them online from the USA - direct from Shuron. Best bit is parts are available to fix. They are too expensive in OZ.

Look online - many many options in OZ - don't dismiss cheap places like Specsavers for first pair.

One problem with off the shelf is that essentially there's only 3 types of bridges, Low (often called Asian), Medium and High. In Australia almost exclusively Low and Medium available. I have a big conk with a High Bridge and therefore a limited number of frames available.

Edit:: I once had magnetic clip-ons - bloody distaster - they stick to everything metal, pen in pocket - car door......
 
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Shooey - pretty much everything is owned by Luxottica. Or brands that aren't owned by Luxottica are made in the same factory, at the same bench, and as you'll see when you look at the frames - not the hype - are all made of the same stuff. Some a bit better than others.

Oh, l never knew that. You seem to know a lot about this. Does that mean the Dixie and Sons made in France could be made in the same factory as the other glasses frames, but get the made-in-France stamp for various loopholes in the law?

If frames fit you and look ok - there is no need to shop around, really. And theres now shitloads of choice.

My thoughts too. The most important thing is to try them on in person. I am trying to find good makers and see if l can find them locaLLY.

I have a pair of the Seiko titanium frames, top glasses. What are your thoughts on those?


I only need readers - but I now wear multi focal - high spec lens - from minute I wake until I go to sleep.

I've never liked the multi focals. The tri focals are good, but these days l am going to have three different pairs, one for distance, one pair of readers and a mid range for computer.
For about 2 years I had readers - look overs - but it's such a pain taking them on and off - losing them - soon went to bifocals. To wear all day. Then I toughened up and got multi focal. Fantastic.

Look over reading glasses are stylish, so l am going to order a pair of Dixie and Sons through Double Monk soon.
I now have 5 pairs in my current script, my knockabout everyday ones, black medium size, fit well robust. Brown Tortoise shell (plastics) large hipster frames, going out ones fit well, robust. A frameless pair with titanium temples etc - large, slightly sophisticated professor look, fit well but too light - easily brushed off but comfy. Brown tortoise shell bi focals , Shuron Brow line Malcolm X type with clip on shades - hipster, rock dog, cool cat, retro, Malcolm X look. Mostly only use these as sunnies - clip on sunnies all the time for me - take the clip ons off when inside.

I really should get perscription sunnies. They would be great. Need to spend money on getting various glasses.

If you search online you can get cheap clipons that look ok for every type of frames.

Had clipons once. Aren't they for old farts?
There are a few Specs people in Australia and Melbourne who make their own frames. So you can get whatever you want. It's relatively expensive but unless you have 3 ears or and ears near your nose etc theres not much point.

Have checked those out, but like you said, no need.
The only "Big Daddy Specs" I'd recommend are Shuron. Buy them online from the USA - direct from Shuron. Best bit is parts are available to fix. They are too expensive in OZ.

Bookmarked.
Look online - many many options in OZ - don't dismiss cheap places like Specsavers for first pair.

One problem with off the shelf is that essentially there's only 3 types of bridges, Low (often called Asian), Medium and High. In Australia almost exclusively Low and Medium available. I have a big conk with a High Bridge and therefore a limited number of frames available.

Interesting. Thanks for making this post.
 

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