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9 Eco-Friendly Styles that Put the ‘Good’ into Looking Good

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Smell-O-Vision (ABOVE)

After a successful 2018 Kickstarter campaign, Ochis Coffee eyewear, a collection of sunglasses made from organic coffee and flax resulting in durable eyewear that smells of coffee, is back with a new collection. Rejecting the use of petroleum plastic, Ochis frames decompose 100 times faster than ordinary plastic glasses. In fact, the frame completely degrades after 10 years in soil or water, and turns into a natural fertilizer should the wearer lose it. There are four colors of Carl Zeiss lenses available and the frames are Rx-able. The new spring 2019 collection will combine coffee, wood and flax with a new Kickstarter campaign launching this month. MRSP $99, ochis.coffee

Reshape

The styles in this BPA-free collection from OKIA are crafted from recycled water bottles and the biodegradable Bio Lens 2.0. Shown here in blue, Reshape offers high impact resistance.

okia.com

Price upon request

Eco

This MODO brand plants a tree for every frame sold. The Spring/Summer 2019 collection includes the Meru, made with 63% castor seeds and designed to fit the brand’s bio-based magnetic sun clip-ons.

modo.com

$170 ($60 for clip-on)

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Blue Planet

Made with up to 75% recycled and reprocessed content, the Bailey sunglass is a bamboo cat eye. The company donates a pair of glasses to a person in need for every pair of glasses it sells.

(800) 543-9802, blueplanetwholesale.com

$50 ($60 for polarized)

Kids by Safilo

The Kids by Safilo collection includes the Style SA 0004/N, for ages 4 to 6. The styles in this collection are made with bio-compatible materials.

(800) 631-1188, mysafilo.com

$120

Timberland

The TB1625 is made from at least 35% bio-based plastic.

(800) 345-8482, marcolin.com

$162

Eco Eyes

The KM-93 acrylic collection includes the BPA- and phthalate-free Copac. For every Eco Eyes frame sold, the company plants five trees.

ecoeyes.com

$75

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Awear

The 3717 is a unisex sun made with a bio-based plastic.

(800) 645-2121, charmant.com/us

$150

Proof

A new style from the Aluminum collection, The Malheur is handcrafted from recycled aluminum and sustainably sourced wood on the temples.

(208) 794-5465, iwantproof.com

$156

Costa

The Core Performance collection includes the Waterwoman, made from bio-based resin derived from castor oil. The use of this material leads to a reduced carbon footprint.

(386) 274-4000, b2b.costadelmar.com

Starting at $189

Rachel Bozek is a contributing writer for INVISION.

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For the third year in a row, Safilo has looked to trusted eyecare professionals to star in its American Eyes campaign for its Elasta and Emozioni collections.Their latest testimonials are from Peter Tacia, O.D. and Heidi Dancer, optician, of Alma, MI, talking about two best-selling collections: Elasta and Emozioni.

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The Latest Technology Gets Plugged into the Latest Everyday Eyeglasses

Styles so streamlined, you can’t even tell how high-tech they are.

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Come On In … (ABOVE)

The water is fine in Etnia Barcelona’s new #BeAnartist Spring/Summer 2019 campaign. Shot by world-renowned photographer Miles Aldridge, the campaign is a reinterpretation of David Hockney’s famous “A Bigger Splash” painting, and features the delightfully eccentric “Smith family,” as if they had just stepped out of an American comedy series from the late seventies and jumped head-first into swimming pools, towering palm trees and endless blue, sunny skies. Each member of the family represents one of the four latest collection segments for Spring/Summer 2019. Color, character, tradition and modernity all combine in these new models created with every unique style in mind. MSRP: $250-$300 | etniabarcelona.com

Empowered Eyewear

Launched this month, this line of interchangeable frames and lenses has a unique patented Lift, Switch, Click feature. The Confidence (shown) allows for switching between Rx, fashion, anti-blue light and sun lenses.

empoweredeyewear.com

$149

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Morel

Thin stainless steel temples and the company’s proprietary screwless, springless Omicron flex-hinge define the Lightec Collection’s Omicron 13, including the model 30090L.

morel-france.com

$269

Focals

Respond to texts, get directions, talk to Alexa (yes, that Alexa) and more with these custom-built smart glasses. Only the wearer can see the transparent, holographic display, which floats an arm’s length out.

bynorth.com

Starting at $599

Roger Bacon

Created via a process that takes a 3D-biometric scan to trace key measurements and provides a virtual and interactive 3D try-on experience, the style (MB-19, shown) is then custom 3D printed in the Netherlands.

(888) 321-3939, rogerbacon-eyewear.com

Starting at $399

CLR3D

Putting the 2.0 version of Scan2Print software to work, CLR3D is the just-announced 3D printed, ready-to-wear eyewear from Tech Print Industries. These unisex styles are prototypes of the customizable, 3D-printed options from CLR3D.

techprintindustries.com

Price upon request

3DNA

The eyewear design app from 3DNA allows for truly collaborative sessions to create frames like the Mara in Buffalo horn with sterling silver and platinum plating. Other materials include wood, cork, seashell, flat titanium, thin titanium, and carbon fiber.

v3dna-eyewear.org

$160 to $1,200

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Marchon NYC

The company’s first optical collection to incorporate Thermo-Memory technology, the M-3803 is rendered in a thermosetting plastic with shape memory.

(800) 645-1300, marchon.com

$123

Edward Beiner

The 3D-printed 1705 is part of the first line to launch in Edward Beiner’s new Eyes Forward campaign.

edwardbeiner.com

$390 as shown (custom frames $800-1,000)

Level

Activity wins the day with Level eyewear from VSP, which is produced at Marchon Italy, and includes the LV300. This eyewear tracks steps, calories, distance, and activity time. Daily steps help earn the wearer points toward exams and glasses for those in need.

leveltechnology.com

Starting at $270

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New Products High on Style and Substance

And heavy on the cat eyes.

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The Future Is Now (ABOVE)

For people with an AR/VR device, ROCHESTER OPTICAL’s BT-300 prescription insert eliminates the need for glasses during drone flying, watching movies, and playing games. Each set of lenses is customized and incorporates proprietary Smart GOLD technology to compensate for the discrepancy between the user’s IPD and the distance between two displays.

rochesteroptical.com

$199

Open Air

CHARMANT’s CH29202 features two-tone coloring with delicate crisscross details on the temples. This semi-rimless frame is deep enough for progressives.

charmant.com

$200

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Light and Lively

The new COCO AND BREEZY lively celebrates retro inspirations and turns heads with its color contrasting bridge and temples.

eseyewear.com

$249

Sweet and Sassy

The latest releases from Alternative / Plan B’s ICE CREAM collection include the model IC9124, a bold feminine design for fans of the cat eye looking for a lightweight option.

alternativeeyes.com

$210

Next Level

SYNERGEYES VS scleral lens is now available with Tangible Hydra-PEG on Contamac material. To help with CL discomfort and dry eyes, the Tangible Hydra-PEG coating minimizes deposits and lens fogging. At the same time, it increases lens surface water retention.

synergeyes.com

Price upon request

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Gently Please

The GENTLE FENDI Sunglasses Capsule Collection is a collaboration between Gentle Monster and, you guessed it, Fendi. The two unisex styles include the FF0369/S, a small frame that makes a big statement.

mysafilo.com

$470

Open for Business

Wearable and allowing for a personalized open-eye experience, TEARCARE makes it possible for patients to keep their eyes open and blinking when localized heat application is in order.

sightsciences.com

Starting at $6,500

Stylin’ for Summer

Part of the SS19 Optical Collection for RADLEY, with sophisticated color blocking on a petite style, the Mallorie implements the palette from the newest Radley handbag line. This collection includes the lightweight material Thermoptics.

inspecs.com

$149

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9 Sunglass Styles Breaking Technology Barriers for Daily Use

Tech gets its moment in the … suns.

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Tom Ford

The FT5532 works a high keyhole bridge and ready-to-wear Blue Block lenses, with a magnetic sunglass clip.

(800) 345-8482, marcolin.com

$795

Okia

In addition to its 360° rotating capability, the temples on any style that includes the 360° Hinge can bend 45° outward and 25° upward and downward.

okia.com

Price upon request

Starck

Raising the bar for comfort and flexibility, the Biotech Paris SH5026 Features Biolink technology, through which a screwless hinge is designed with the structure of a human collarbone at its base.

(800) 422-2020, my.luxottica.com

$410

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Gunnar

Featuring proprietary i-AMP lens technology, the Valve is built to eliminate eye strain, block the effects of artificial blue light, and improve performance while enhancing vision.

(888) 486-6270, gunnar.com

$69.99

Tom Davies

With styles designed around patients’ natural features, Tom Davies frames, including the titanium Rockstar, are fitted perfectly. The bespoke services the company offers, from lenses to frames, raise the bar for ECPs and wearers everywhere.

(630) 499-7955, tdtomdavies.com

$442

Mykita

The ’80s meet the future with the MYLON collection, which includes the Bond MD27. This collection employs a 3D production process called Selective Laser Sintering.

mykita.com

$595

Smith

The Caravan MAG puts Smith MAG technology to work by allowing for multiple, interchangeable magnetic lens options in one sunglass frame.

(888) 206-2995, smithoptics.com

$249

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AirArt

Drawing inspiration from the technological principles of aeronautics, the AirArt collection, including the AA-LMS-002, employs DiamondBlack technology. The center of gravity on each frame is customized to the wearer’s individual face after they are fitted with their prescription lenses, allowing for the most precise vision.

airart-eyewear.com

Price upon request

Costa

Both the Broadbill (shown) and Tico frames include a sweat management system that gets its work done with the help of vented nose pads and channels along the inner temple that wick away sweat while maintaining air circulation.

(386) 274-4000, b2b.costadelmar.com

Starts at $189

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