Friends, for my birthday I thought I would treat myself to new sunglasses: my old ones are shot and you know how much I enjoy sunglasses!
I decided to try out the brand Warby Parker. You may or may not have heard about them. You go to their website, select five frames you like, they ship samples to you that you keep for (up to) five days and then return via UPS using their return shipping label, all for FREE. If you choose a pair, you order your choice online. The basic frames (the majority) all cost $95, including (non-prescription) lenses.
For sunglasses, the selection isn't tremendous, which is actually a good thing. Most frames come in two or three variations, generally a black version and a brown (tortoise) version. They're all pretty retro (we're in hipster land here, let's face it).
Mine arrived today -- fun! Here they are:
#1 -- This frame is called "Jasper" and the color is marine slate.
|This is JASPER.|
#2 -- Next up, "Winston," the color is lunar fade.
|This is WINSTON.|
#3 - This is "Paley" in revolver black.
|This is PALEY.|
#4 -- Next is "Neville" in black matte.
|This is NEVILLE.|
#5 - Finally, "Downing" in revolver black.
|This is DOWNING.|
So, what do you think? As you can see, the frames I chose are all acetate (they have a few metal ones too). They're made in China (apparently even Made in Italy glasses have something in them that was made in China), but the quality seems excellent -- certainly on par with anything by Ray Ban.
Would you let me know which you like best?
1) Jasper (the blue)
2) Winston (the angular black-to-gray fade)
3) Paley (the dark black)
4) Neville (the black matte)
5) Downing (the thinner, rounder black frame).
I have five days to decide. Choices, choices....
Thanks for your input, everybody!