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Many folks confuse or use interchangeably the words vintage glasses and retro eyeglasses.   Although “vintage” and “retro” sound similar and are two descriptive labels for styles and objects such as eyewear, clothing, and cars, they are very different in their actual meanings. Frames of retro eyewear are recently manufactured with a mixture of design elements that draw on the past, but using current modern technology and components. Frames of vintage eyeglasses were actually manufactured in the 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Vintage glasses are regarded as original and authentic.

 If you are looking for truly vintage glasses, there are web sites that sell vintage eyewear frames.  These vintage glasses are the “real thing” manufactured by such well-known eyewear companies, (some who still exist today) such as Shuron, Frame France, ArtCraft, Marine, Imperial, Liberty, Fosta-Grantly, Tura, and Ray Ban.  Most vintage glasses that are sold at these vintage eyeglasses specialty sites offer the frames without lenses.  You can then send the vintage glasses frames to Eyeglasses.com and we will fit the lens to the frames.  For some folks the idea of wearing vintage glasses in a singular brown tonal rim cats eye frame by Swank, Frame France is the cat’s meow!  If rhinestones are your passion, and you have found a pair of woman's round Tura vintage eye glasses frames from the 50s or 60s that are encircled with beautiful clear and dark rhinestones, send us your vintage frames and we will add the lenses. The unique frame shapes such as the browline or cat’s eye, and colors of many vintage glasses create memorable fashion statements. In many cases vintage glasses are the finishing accessorized touch that completes a vintage fashion ensemble.

Original vintage glasses are the inspiration for the retro eye glasses characters wear on television shows such as Mad Men which in turn has inspired numerous eyewear manufacturers to create similar frame styles. Some of the manufacturer’s that were popular during the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s are still designing eyewear.  You can probably find authentic Ray-Ban Clubmaster vintage glasses and at the same time buy a retro Ray-Ban version as well. Aviator vintage glasses were very popular from the 50’s through the 80’s from such manufacturers as Charmant, Ray Ban, or Safilo. Originally worn by pilots in the US air force, vintage aviator eyeglasses have a unique tear-drop shape. Although they were popular in the 60’s- the 80’s, Top Gun in 1986 did more for making aviator glasses popular to a wider audience than any other movie of that era.  You can still find vintage glasses in the aviator style today, but it’s probably easier to find on Eyeglasses.com modern day versions. Just type in aviator in our search bar and you will find hundreds of them in both regular lenses and as sunglasses.

Eyeglasses.com offers vintage inspired glasses, sunglasses, reading glasses, and even computer glasses. Manufacturers of eyewear study and tweak vintage glasses design elements.  Complete a vintage fashion look with vintage inspired glasses from Eyeglasses.com.
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