A pioneering force in the eyewear industry, Sanford Hutton, founder of Colors in Optics, brought color to eyeglass frames in the 1970s. His initial collection consisted of eight silhouettes in 12 colors each. Diane Keaton selected several of the original styles to wear in the classic Woody Allen film “Annie Hall.” Today, the company has brought back the original vintage collection, Colors in Optics by Sanford Hutton. Targeted to men and women, the new line consists of 13 ophthalmic frames and seven sunglasses. The styles are all made of acetate and consist of retro-inspired variations on rounds, preppie designs and softened rectangles in such hues as cherry, green and tortoise. Frames are accented with nail heads.
PHILOSOPHY: ”It’s an honor to re-launch this namesake brand. Everything is totally true to the original line,” says Colors in Optics vice president Rhona Hutton.
MARKETING: Countercards and original logo plaques from the initial launch 30 years ago are available to support the collection. Each style comes with a deep orange/red case.
PRICE POINT: $$$. For additional information, contact Colors in Optics, (866) 465-COLOR.
InSight Diane Keaton, Woody Allen’s heroine in the neurotic 1977 movie “Annie Hall,” was very much unlike other leading ladies of the period in one all-important area. She dressed like a man—men’s oversized shirts, ties, fedoras, blazers, baggy pants and vests accessorized with that traditional masculine eyewear style—a preppie design in tortoise-colored zyl.
There have been several times when working as a scribe, I have seen some very interesting cases. One in particular stands out in my mind. We had a young patient come in for her eye exam; she was about 7 years old. Her mother said she was a good student for the most part, but had some trouble with reading and was in Title 1 reading assistance. She was a very sweet and curious girl who had abundant questions about all the equipment and all the staff. The young girl did not seem to have issues with distance because her mom said she could see signs farther away than mom could, but she was not reading well and was behind in school. After the doctor’s exam, she was prescribed reading glasses. The doctor prescribed a pediatric bifocal so the child would wear them all the time and not have to remember to take them on and off for reading. The girl was excited! She really wanted glasses just like her friends in school, which is actually quite common among the kids in the area.
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