Often eyewear is described in terms of the accessory, or the practical. We are sometimes asked about the price point on our glasses and it is difficult to really articulate the difference between our brands and someone else’s. Why not buy 20 pairs online for the same price as one frame? It’s hard to answer this question when we put it in the category of accessory or practicality. The accessory suggests a hierarchy and frivolity; for many people if you can get the same look for a fraction of the cost, you will.
When we consider eyewear as strictly an object of necessity, we often don’t consider its aesthetic presence at all. Many are happy to buy a new frame every two years that looks like and ages like the frame that came before it, or not buy a new one at all, sacrificing comfort and fit. When we consider eyewear as architectural, we learn to cultivate an appreciation for detail. Noticing material, quality, composition, and impact. Architecture gives us a language for appreciating good design, and realising its significant effect on our lives. At SPEX, we bring in handmade, high quality eyewear, designed and made slowly. Architecturally informed eyewear doesn’t sacrifice quality for quantity; it strives to break rules and achieve the seemingly unattainable. When you wear eyewear like that, you’re making an important choice to commit to artful production, quality materials, and ethical design. Each frame is unique unto itself, whether it is a Barton Perreira classic shape and colour, or a fun statement piece from Theo. We are dedicated to the best, for you!