Today has been a bit of a busy day with the day ending in the 100% design opening party. It may seem odd that I am at this show but if you think again… not really. All the glasses we wear have been designed by someone just like everything we use and wear on a daily basis. If you are unaware, some glasses brand are actually really focused on the design process and how the glasses are assembled together using unconventional methods.
To me it makes a 100% sense to head down to the 100% design show, plus there was a glasses brand there too! The brand is called Banton Frames and they specialise in wooden glasses all sourced and made in Britain. Wooden frames are certainly not new to the market but I liked the fact everything is sourced and made in UK. This is something that is seriously lacking within the UK optical industry. To top it off the founders of the brand are two of the nicest and friendliest people I have met.
So what did I think of the frames? The brand is still very new to the market but with that in mind the design is great and the wood feels pretty solid. There are some nice little touches to them and I like the nose pad design. It is just a small piece of round metal but I do wonder how comfy they will be without any padding? After a day of wear would they dig into your nose? Those questions can only be answered once they have been tried and tested. From a design aspect the nose pad definitely made them very stylish and is quite a design feature too.
On the plus side a lot of wooden frames on the market only have the moulded nose bridge so to have an actual nose pad is great because the fit will be better. The price for the frames start from £120 which is a very reasonable price point so if you like the sound of them then check out their website. It has been a long day for me so I will have to say night and see you all tomorrow!