NEW SPEC ESPACE GLASSES! MODERN JAPANESE DESIGNER FRAMES, EDWARDIAN LADY SKIRT.


Nerdy hipster glasses, heavy dark frames on young girl. Long Victorian or Edwardian skirt, Elegant Goth Lolita Aristocrat EGL style from Tokyo Japan.

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.

Cool hipster designer acetate frames by young Japanese brand Spec Espace. IM Pei glasses, Goth eyeglasses and sunglasses.

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.

Spec Espace glasses with black and white zebra stripe frames. New, hot Japanese brand designer eyeglasses.

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!

Spec Espace cool hipster designer glasses from Japan. Gothic lolita Japanese nail art, cool nail art designs with playing card symbols. Goth girl model La Carmina

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!

Long Edwardian skirt, Victorian lady costume. Sexy hot young librarian outfit on Goth girl. Goth librarian, big Mana Sama hair, John Fluevog shoes.

Edwardian librarian meets hipster architect.
Glasses: Spec Espace, from Spectacles for Humans
Long skirt: Spider
Top: Spider
Shoes: John Fluevog

What type of glasses do you wear? I’d love to get my hands on a monocle…

Song of the Day #27: Marilyn Manson – Heart-Shaped Glasses

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  • Ronan

    ZOMG
    love the glasses pics

  • Sada

    I like your designs!!! specially the ond with the spider web, greetings

  • http://sixbadseeds.blogspot.com/ luxlux

    ive been obsesssing over that song for months now! aside from the slightly attention-whoring sex scenes, i gotta say the video was v.stylish, i loved Evan Rachel Wood's Alice/Lolita vibe..

    im also liking the glasses! the make me think of what Decora girls wear in their other lives as uber-competitive Japanese students:)

    ps. PINCE-NEZ!!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Oooh, love it. Pince-nez!

  • http://www.myclosetdiary.blogspot.com Anh

    Love your glasses the stripes are awesome. I find that glasses styled for females in the U.S,. are either granny-like or ultra slim girly ones (blah). So I ended up choosing Lacoste Men's glasses.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Thanks! I once wore men's glasses as well – they're a dapper choice! A funny note – I can't wear slim glasses because my eyes are kind of big… and the frames block my view!

  • Ronan

    ZOMG
    love the glasses pics

  • Sada

    I like your designs!!! specially the ond with the spider web, greetings

  • Dragonswyng

    the like the stripes! but gah you and me both with the eyes. unlike you I'm not brave enough to go out in my Eddie Bauer frames lol thank goodness for contacts

  • http://sixbadseeds.blogspot.com/ luxlux

    ive been obsesssing over that song for months now! aside from the slightly attention-whoring sex scenes, i gotta say the video was v.stylish, i loved Evan Rachel Wood’s Alice/Lolita vibe..

    im also liking the glasses! the make me think of what Decora girls wear in their other lives as uber-competitive Japanese students:)

    ps. PINCE-NEZ!!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Oooh, love it. Pince-nez!

    • Mademoiselle

      I dare say, Alice in the Carrol-obsessed-with-Liddel and Lolita in the Nabokov sense (right doen to the gloves and glsses).

  • jen

    Those are really cute! I'm in the market for a new pair of specs as well; you mentioned that the glasses were wider, but the bridge part I don't understand. Do you mean that there's less support or more support on the bridge of the nose? I have practically no bone there so my glasses keep falling down.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Asians tend to have a shorter/flatter nose bridge, so glasses often sit too low (and the lower edge of the glasses frame hits the cheekbones). The solution is to buy glasses with nose pads, or frames made in Asia that are suited to this facial anatomy – such as Spec Espace!

  • http://www.myclosetdiary.blogspot.com Anh

    Love your glasses the stripes are awesome. I find that glasses styled for females in the U.S,. are either granny-like or ultra slim girly ones (blah). So I ended up choosing Lacoste Men’s glasses.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Merci! I once wore men’s glasses as well – they’re a dapper choice. A funny note – I can’t wear slim glasses because my eyes are kind of big… and the frames block my view!

  • Kimber

    oooh i love this whole ensemble! its so cute! ya its totally my style on how i look when i dress up and go out ^_^
    very interesting that you posted this cuz recently my friend's dog chewed up my glasses and now i have to find a new pair >_<

  • Dragonswyng

    the like the stripes! but gah you and me both with the eyes. unlike you I’m not brave enough to go out in my Eddie Bauer frames lol thank goodness for contacts

  • http://www.rocknrollbride.com Kat @ Rock n Roll Bride

    i love them! i too am blind as a BAT but mostly wear contacts..appart from today when i have to be at work at 6.30 am – today is a glasses day…but with my pink hair i think i look like a cool geek hehe

  • http://persilya.canalblog.com Persilya

    I like them, and your skirt and top are really great ! ^^
    (Basil is so cute with star & heart-eggs *w*)

    >(^.^)<

  • Emma

    Wow, I just checked out spider's website and I LOVE their stuff! Is it possible to buy online? Is there a shop in Harajuku? Please let me know, their stuff is waaaaaay too gorgeous!!! o_o

  • jen

    Those are really cute! I’m in the market for a new pair of specs as well; you mentioned that the glasses were wider, but the bridge part I don’t understand. Do you mean that there’s less support or more support on the bridge of the nose? I have practically no bone there so my glasses keep falling down.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Asians tend to have a shorter/flatter nose bridge, so glasses often sit too low (and the lower edge of the glasses frame hits the cheekbones). The solution is to buy glasses with nose pads, or frames made in Asia that are suited to this facial anatomy – such as Spec Espace!

  • Kimber

    oooh i love this whole ensemble! its so cute! ya its totally my style on how i look when i dress up and go out ^_^
    very interesting that you posted this cuz recently my friend’s dog chewed up my glasses and now i have to find a new pair >_<

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Hahah we're all geeks underneath. :)

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Spider will likely ship to you! You can email Natalie at pinkspider510@yahoo.com.hk and ask. Tell them I sent you! :D

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Aww, Basil sends you a head bonk (just like in the video)!

  • http://persilya.canalblog.com Persilya

    Miaou !
    /_/
    >(^w^)<

    (I saved the photo -090111_spec5- in order to do some little illustration, if you're agree ^^ (no commercial use, of course))

  • http://www.rocknrollbride.com Kat @ Rock n Roll Bride

    i love them! i too am blind as a BAT but mostly wear contacts..appart from today when i have to be at work at 6.30 am – today is a glasses day…but with my pink hair i think i look like a cool geek hehe

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Hahah we’re all geeks underneath. :)

  • http://persilya.canalblog.com Persilya

    I like them, and your skirt and top are really great ! ^^
    (Basil is so cute with star & heart-eggs *w*)

    >(^.^)<

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Aww, Basil sends you a head bonk (just like in the video)!

      • http://persilya.canalblog.com Persilya

        Miaou !
        /_/
        >(^w^)<

        (I saved the photo -090111_spec5- in order to do some little illustration, if you're agree ^^ (no commercial use, of course))

  • Emma

    Wow, I just checked out spider’s website and I LOVE their stuff! Is it possible to buy online? Is there a shop in Harajuku? Please let me know, their stuff is waaaaaay too gorgeous!!! o_o

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Spider will likely ship to you! You can email Natalie at pinkspider510@yahoo.com.hk and ask. Tell them I sent you! :D

  • Visual Rose

    You look really good with glasses :D I..m getting glasses in the next weeks and I..m happy that there are actually many people who like their glasses.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    hahah thanks! I've never liked my glasses, really… until now!

  • Visual Rose

    You look really good with glasses :D I..m getting glasses in the next weeks and I..m happy that there are actually many people who like their glasses.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      hahah thanks! I’ve never liked my glasses, really… until now!

  • http://www.myspace.com/demonic_vampyre LiTtLe_MiSs_PsYcHo

    so cute!
    Well in a ausome nerdy way.

    This just shows that not all people look ugly with glasses!

  • http://www.myspace.com/demonic_vampyre LiTtLe_MiSs_PsYcHo

    so cute!
    Well in a ausome nerdy way.

    This just shows that not all people look ugly with glasses!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Spectacles for Humans linked back! ^__^

    http://spectaclesforhumans.blogspot.com/2009/01

    “La Carmina is a funky and stylish blogger from Vancouver who recently discovered Spec Espace eyewear. She had to have a pair!”

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Spectacles for Humans linked back! ^__^

    http://spectaclesforhumans.blogspot.com/2009/01/sfh-not-just-for-san-franciscans.html

    “La Carmina is a funky and stylish blogger from Vancouver who recently discovered Spec Espace eyewear. She had to have a pair!”

  • Mademoiselle

    I dare say, Alice in the Carrol-obsessed-with-Liddel and Lolita in the Nabokov sense (right doen to the gloves and glsses).

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