As I was saying in my previous blog post. Silmo was full of quirky cool eyewear brands and over the next few posts, I will be talking about some of my favourite findings at the show. Yes, the show did happen 2 weeks ago and I am late in reporting it but work has been hectic so please forgive me. Do tune in over the next few posts, especially if you are on the look out for cool new frames that may not be available to buy in the UK yet.
Now, over the years we have seen many materials used for frames. It is not just metal and acetate anymore. In the past couple of years, wooden frames became popular but I don’t think they ever really took off in the UK.
During Silmo, I came across a brand called Mora and they specialise in marble eyewear! That is correct, marble, as in the stone, the heavy stone that Roman statues are made from.
I bet you are all thinking, how can you make a pair of frames with marble? More importantly, how heavy are they and are they even comfortable to wear? Yes, I hear you and when I saw them I asked the same questions too, here are my thoughts.
I was super impressed that you can make a pair of glasses out of marble and that no frame will ever look exactly the same. As Mora was telling me, these are not glasses, these are like works of art. They are like sculptures, a wearable marble sculpture. It was impressive.
Considering they are made out of marble, I was impressed how comfortable they were to wear. Obviously they didn’t feel the lightest just by holding them but to wear, they were actually ok. I would even go as far and say they felt more comfortable than some of my acetate frames, but I did only have them on for 2 minutes.
So, here are some facts on these marble glasses. All glasses are cut from one solid block of marble, it takes 18 days in which 193 steps are needed to complete one pair of frames. 59 steps are done by machine and the other 134 steps are done by hand. It is rather amazing.
Will they ever take off as a popular choice of material for eyewear? Probably not due to cost and the technology needed to produce them. However, maybe marble effect frames will become thing. Who knows. One thing I would say, if you are after a truly unique pair of glasses then you cannot get much more unique than that. If you want to find out about Mora Eyewear then please click here for more information and complete the contact form if you wish to make an enquiry.