NEW SPEC ESPACE GLASSES! MODERN JAPANESE DESIGNER FRAMES, EDWARDIAN LADY SKIRT.
Doth thine eyes deceive thou? Nope, it’s me in my new Japanese glasses! There’s a fun story behind my first fashion purchase of 2009.
Confession: I have horrible eyesight. I’ve spent the greater part of my life behind frames, most of which would fall under “Revenge of the Nerds.” So when I recently got a new prescription, I decided it was time to get Tokyo Modern.
One advantage of Japanese glasses is that they fit my face better – wider rectangles with a slighter nose bridge. Another plus: the design is distinct from the Tommys and Oakleys and Guccis that everyone wears.
I narrowed my choices down to several young Japanese brands. Yellows Plus, Spivvy, and Less Than Human were in the running – but Spec Espace’s ultra-modern frames won the race. Above, you can see why.
I liked several of the acetate frames, but this one (ES-5085) was my top choice. How was I to get my hands on a pair? A Google search turned up two retailers; I emailed both in hopes that they could help me out.
Amazingly, both replied! Niche Nation offered overseas shipping, but the company is based in Bangkok. I decided to try my luck instead with Spectacles for Humans, a designer optical shop in San Francisco. The owner had gone all the way to Japan to bring back Spec Espace frames, which flew off the shelves. However, there were still a few in stock… including the exact one I desired!
So I handed over my Visa number, and here they are. The frames are light and fit beautifully, and I love the unique black/clear stripes. To match, I painted my fingernails black and drew a crucifix and playing card symbols with white, pointy-tipped “nail art” polish from Daiso. Don’t forget to apply a top coat!
What type of glasses do you wear? I’d love to get my hands on a monocle…
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