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. Read More