Eyewear and Trends: New Frame Products


Continental Optical: Airclip; Eyedeals: Changeables; Metzler International: Revlon Eyewear

Photographed by Nedjeljko Matura

Continental Optical: Airclip

Continental Optical Imports has been appointed by Ontario-based Jupiter and Leo Trading Inc. as exclusive distributor in select states for its patented Airclip technology. Airclip is a feather-light, non-magnetic, non-metallic, non-invasive frame and clip-on solution. The line consists of Airclip, Airclip Elite and Airclip II. Airclip features both titanium and monel frames, each with a polarized, rimless, color-coordinated clip-on lens with a patented bridge attachment that snaps onto the frame. The clip is 0.8mm thick and weighs five grams. Airclip Elite frames are also available in monel and titanium and come with a rimless, color-coordinated, polycarbonate clip that uses a four-prong hinged, plastic clip system. Airclip II, a customized clip-on system for existing frames, combines custom-cut lenses with the patented bridge and clip components and is available with polycarbonate or polarized lenses. All three collections are offered in assorted colors. PHILOSOPHY: “We are excited to be part of the team introducing Airclip to the United States. Airclip is top fashion married to state-of-the-art technology and design. It has great growth potential—a real win-win situation for everyone,” says Continental Optical president Alvin Benz. PRESENTATION: An assortment of merchandising materials including display stands is available. Each frame comes with a hard case with a clip compartment and monogrammed lens cloth.
Eyedeals: Changeables

Eyedeals International launches Changeables, a collection of metal frames dispensed with plastic fashion strips. The one-piece strips attach magnetically to the upper eyerims. Three shapes, an oval, bowtie and angled geometric design, are available and are offered in blue, shades of brown, champagne, cranberry, gunmetal and antique silver. Fashion strips come in such combinations as black/blue, black/brown, black/red, brown/blue, brown/tan, cranberry/purple and tortoise. Frames are equipped with spring hinges. Eye sizes are 48mm and 49mm with a bridge of 18mm and temple lengths of 135mm. PHILOSOPHY: “With Changeables eyewear, eyeglass wearers can quickly go from a conservative to a trendy look that matches their wardrobe and mood. My objective in designing this concept was to give consumers the best of both worlds,” says Sam Shapiro, Eyedeals president and Changeables designer. PRESENTATION: Merchandising materials include a display and countercard. Each frame comes with two fashion strips and a custom hard case that holds both strips.


Metzler International: Revlon Eyewear

Metzler International introduces Revlon Eyewear, a collection of nine metal and three plastic ophthalmic frames. The new line takes its name from the worldwide cosmetics and personal care products company. The eyewear is designed around three key points: color, size and feminine flair. Taking its direction from the Revlon color story, frames are offered in a wearable palette that enhances eye and hair color. Hues range from gold with red to blue, brown, teal, plum and wine and include triple laminate treatments on the plastics. Styles are available in a variety of sizes that accommodate average as well as petite- and plus-size women. Design details include subtle, but distinctively feminine accents, such as stones, engraving, temple twists and textured patterns. PHILOSOPHY: “Revlon Eyewear has been designed to meet market demand for feminine product at a moderate price point. The combination of such a recognizable name with high-fashion Italian styling and Revlon’s well-known flair for color gives us limitless possibilities,” says Metzler. PRESENTATION: Merchandising materials are being planned. Each frame comes with a red hard case with an interior mirror and a lens cleaner and cloth.