It’s official: Philly is an eyewear startup hot spot. First a couple of Wharton grads dream up tortoiseshell eyewear haven Warby Parker. Then, Philly EyeWorks starts selling Philly-centric lenses in quirky hues. And now Barring Eyewear is offering a collection of earthy wooden wayfarers to round out your collection. Four-eyed Philadelphians, rejoice! Read more »
For this week’s Monday Obsession installment, we’re highlighting the quirky-cool frames from local eyewear brand (and Best of Philly winner) Philly Eyeworks. Helmed by Clifton Balter and Erika Gleason, the eyewear duo sells brightly hued, completely customizable glasses created right here in Philly. Oh, and did we mention they’re only $99?
We have a rocky past with celebrity fashion collaborations. Rule of thumb: Unless you’re Victoria Beckham or Mary Kate or Ashley Olsen, just don’t do it.
But this Karlie Kloss x Warby Parker collab is fantastic and different. (No slapping a celebrity name on a product and calling it a “collaboration.”)
Shoppist received word back in November that Art In The Age was gearing up to overhaul their Warby Parker display and, boy, yesterday’s revamp didn’t disappoint. The new display houses more optical frames and sunglasses, as well as additional mirrors to admire your peepers. The hipster specs are only available 13 places nationwide, so while their home try-on is super-convenient, we prefer the trip to Old City to see the 100+ pairs in-person. Our picks? A dreamy pair from the Leith Clark collaboration for a dash of whimsy (think jet black cat-eyes and pseudo-floral spectacles). Tip: Place your Warby Parker order in-store and score $5 off your purchase.
Last winter, when Project Runway All Stars winner Mondo Guerra came to Philly for an event benefitting Dining Out for Life, I chatted with the fabulously bespectacled designer about some of his upcoming projects. One he was most excited about was a “dope” eyewear line he was creating for SEE, which, coincidentally just opened a store locally in Suburban Square. Called simply MONDO, the collection is on shelves just in time for the holidays and, for you gift-givers, there are options for nearly everyone on your list — from the hip, eccentric auntie to the gay bestie who has crafted a signature look with his arsenal of fashion frames.