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new frames

By Marlene | Published: 5. June 2013

It’s funny. I wear my glasses almost every day, but I don’t really think about what they look like most of the time. A matter of habit I guess. My glasses are a utility item, not just practical but necessary. After five years with the same frames, I’ve decided I need new ones. I’ve been wearing a RayBan Wayfarer until now and I’m looking for something similar again. Not particularly the same shape, but something classic nonetheless. Distinctive, but not costumey. And since I’ll be wearing these glasses not just sitting at my desk but out at night, they should be somewhat adaptable. Glasses that will be a good „look”. Oh, and, they should suit me. That’s a lot of demands. But when I see Tiany here – it’s possible! Her glasses fit her and her look perfectly.

So far I’ve found these for me:

I’ve only seen them on a friend and haven’t had the chance to try them yet. So, if you wear glasses – where did you find yours? Favourite brands and shops?

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  1. Laura
    Posted 5. June 2013 at 19:38 | Permalink

    …I love my KBL “Paint By Numbers” in Black (http://kbleyewear.com/shop-collection/women-rx) and recently found a nice Hugo Boss pair (never thought that’ll happen…).

    • Marlene
      Posted 7. June 2013 at 19:17 | Permalink

      Thank you! KBL – first time I’ve heard of them, what a great tip. They’re totally different from the Chanels, but I really like the look of the “Higher Incentive”. Any idea where to find them in Berlin?

  2. Yelda
    Posted 5. June 2013 at 20:59 | Permalink

    There is a really nice brand from Munich. Braun classics.

    I have their 94 Acetat version. Love them.
    I’m sure you’ll find a few opticians who offer them in Berlin (?). Go and have a look, they are really awesome.


    • Yelda
      Posted 5. June 2013 at 21:02 | Permalink

      Oh wait, just if you don’t mind a rounder shape of course.

    • Marlene
      Posted 7. June 2013 at 19:20 | Permalink

      Ohhh, very nice! I’ll keep an eye out for them. And, no, don’t mind the rounder shape at all. Although I narrowed in on the more square model 96 immediately, hehe.

  3. Jasmin
    Posted 5. June 2013 at 21:16 | Permalink

    I am very happy with my Oliver Peoples one.

    • Marlene
      Posted 7. June 2013 at 19:21 | Permalink

      Good suggestion! I only ever think of Oliver Peoples for sunglasses, but – of course! – they do specs as well…

  4. Linda
    Posted 5. June 2013 at 21:46 | Permalink

    Wenn es sich mit dem eigenen Geschmack auf einen Nenner bringen lässt, wäre OWL optics (straight outta Berlin ; ) ) denke ich einen Blick wert.

    • Marlene
      Posted 7. June 2013 at 19:22 | Permalink

      Stimmt! Und ich weiß ja sogar, wo ich die probieren kann. Habe mich auch schon in eine Sonnenbrillenfassung von denen verguckt. Zu viele Brillen, zu kleines Dispo!

  5. Nan
    Posted 5. June 2013 at 22:50 | Permalink

    I have these (Takumi T9952) in black: http://www.contactlensclub.ca/media/catalog/product/t/a/takumi-t9952-10-clearbrown-marbledbrown.jpg

    They’re very classic and go with everything; the bamboo detail makes them less boring.

    • Marlene
      Posted 7. June 2013 at 19:23 | Permalink

      Hey Nan. You’re right, those are pretty special. I’ll have to have a look where I can find the brand in Berlin.

  6. sab
    Posted 5. June 2013 at 23:15 | Permalink

    i’m wearing ‘edgar’ from mykita, in taupe-clear. got them in a nice shop with great stuff in the alte schönhauser strasse: http://www.specs-berlin.de/

    above, mykita’s customer service is amazing!

    • Marlene
      Posted 7. June 2013 at 19:24 | Permalink

      …which is just around the corner from me. Perfect! Thanks, Sab.

  7. Sarah
    Posted 6. June 2013 at 09:29 | Permalink

    Ohh…die Chanel ist aber sehr hübsch! Ich habe seit einem Jahr die “Lilith” von mykita – nicht zu groß, in schönen Farben, meine ist so ein mittleres Braun…liebe sie inniglichst und trage sie sehr oft, obwohl sie ursprünglich nur eine Kontaktlinsenalternative fürs Home-Office, Flohmarktsonntage und Spielplatznachmittage sein sollte…

    • Marlene
      Posted 7. June 2013 at 19:28 | Permalink

      Oder? Ich muss sie jetzt endlich mal testen. Was Du beschreibst ist genau, was ich mir wünsche: Eine Brille, die man als Alternative sieht – denn obwohl ich seit 20 Jahren Brillenträgerin bin, fühle ich mich mit meiner immer ein wenig unangezogener, wenn Du weißt, was ich meine – und die man dann konstant tragen will. Ich werde sie finden!

  8. Nina
    Posted 7. June 2013 at 08:57 | Permalink

    Oh, our glases look lovely!
    Funnily enough i wrote an article about vintage glases yesterday: http://ninakahrens.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/ichhabdendurchblick/

    Greetings from Kiel!!!

  9. Christine
    Posted 7. June 2013 at 16:09 | Permalink

    I really really love my Götti (www.gotti.ch)! I tried about 20 glasses until I found these and they’re perfect: a bit of a statement (I don’t like these shy, nearly invisible frames), but elegant enough to wear them everyday. I also tried Mykita – but decided against them, mainly because they were more expensive. (Although I must admit that Götti isn’t quite a budget alternative) And just in case you’re still looking for a good shop Berlin: I recommend http://www.brillenwerkstatt.de (Found my glasses there…)

    • Marlene
      Posted 7. June 2013 at 19:30 | Permalink

      I’ve heard about Brillenwerkstatt, I really must visit them soon. Gotti – that brand is complete news to me. I love getting recommendations like that, thanks so much Christine.

  10. Julia
    Posted 8. June 2013 at 20:24 | Permalink

    Ich habe meine neueste Brille spontan nach 2 Minuten gekauft – im Schaufenster beim lokalen Optiker gesehen, gedacht “hmmm joa könnte zu deinem Gesicht passen”, drinnen anprobiert, verknallt – heute abgeholt und noch viel mehr verknallt. Seit Monaten hatte ich das perfekte Braun gesucht – das isses: Die Prada VPR 20P in der Frabe MAU-101 http://d26hhearhq0yio.cloudfront.net/content/misterspex/produkte/grafiken/6500555_d2.jpg

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