For those of you who may not be aware wooden glasses are the new thing in the eyewear world. I personally quite like them and think yeah wooden glasses- why not? Many things around us are made from wood and it is a cool new concept. I have no idea in regards to the technical side of things like how easy they are to glaze and adjust but look wise and from a fashion point of view then yeah I am all over them like a rash.
However, there are always people who will be against them because some may see wood as a more only for furniture type material and it shouldn’t be worn. This is where designer Paul Vadim comes in- “but why” you may ask?
Paul Vadim Eyewear… wood or not wood?!
The glasses above are NOT wood, yes- NOT wood! I am not even joking! They are 100% acetate, fantastic but how much do they look like wood??? They were showing them for the first time in the UK during OptraFair and when I saw them I was shocked! like as in “my jaw dropped” kinda shocked “PLASTIC??? REALLY??? Are you sure??? but they look and feel like wood, how is that even possible?”
As you can see from the photo above I was totally baffled by these plastic glasses. I just cannot even explain how realistic they are and I hope the photos do them justice. They feel and look just like wood but probably don’t smell like wood (maybe I should of tried that). The designs are funky along with some fantastic shapes so I hope the UK market is ready for this, if not you lot are missing out!
The distributor for the UK Piotr Pyrchala (the guy I am standing next to- I know, I can’t pronounce his name either) told me a rather funny story regarding these glasses. An optician over in Europe bought some because he didn’t believe they are plastic so he bought some and tried burning a pair. Well wood obviously burn but plastic doesn’t and yep as this optician burnt them, they just simply melted like plastic because they are plastic.
Even I was tempted to burn one just to see for myself but I think that may breached the NEC health and safety regulations but hey if you are an optician and saw these during OptraFair then do me a favour and burn one. Let me know how it went, I want photo evidence! For others who didn’t see them during the show then you will HAVE to check them out- they are unbelievable! After seeing them I was doubting my ability to tell the difference between wood and plastic.
Check them out at the Paul Vadim Eyewear website here.