Our favorite eyeglasses? They would be those chunky, thick, black rimmed acetate frames that defined looks decades past. To call them iconic is an understatement and while some believe that all black acetate frames look the same, we hope to prove you wrong. Acetate thickness, lens size, and even the shape allows for the world of black rimmed eyewear to offer up a wide variety of distinct looks for each individual. And while the distinctions can at times be subtle, they will allow for you pick and choose the best frames for you.
We take a moment and look at eight of our favorite black rimmed acetate frames available on the market today – from the likes of MOSCOT, Cutler & Gross, SUPER, HAN, and many others. Consider this a starting point as this is no where near a definitive list. We recommend a stop in at your local Rx dealer for even more options.
View all 8 Black Rimmed Eyeglases made from acetate on the following page.
No list of black rimmed acetates would be complete without one of the iconic looks from NYC’s MOSCOT company. The Nebb is best described by MOSCOT themselves: “raw, aggressive, and in your face – just like a New Yorker.” Find them throughout the city and online. $225.
Retro SUPER Future Ciccio
Quite possibly our most favorite of the thicker-end acetate frames. Italy’s SUPER delivers the Ciccio in prescription/Rx form – hitting shops in a few weeks. Those familiar with Highsnob’s first pair of collaborative sunglasses will be familiar with these. Again, chunky as hell and very proper. Part of their extensive SUPER Optical Collection. Made in Italy.
Han Kjobenhavn Wolfgang
Copehagen’s Han Kjobenhavn has been in the eyewear game since mid-2008. They produce all their frames locally with the Wolfgang being one of their staple looks. With the Wolfgang frames now available in Rx form, everyone can enjoy their classic looks. Made in Denmark. Available online.
FUCT SSDD Eyeglasses
Part of FUCT’s SSDD Winter 2012 line for Japan (with a drip here and there outside of the islands), these are solid built frames, made in Japan with the classic look which cannot be beat. Temple and bar hits look great as well. Made in Japan.
Cheap Monday Blindness Crude
Cheap Monday worked with Flo Scandinavia on a rather wide collection of eyewear. These are the Blindiness Crude frames. Thick and boxy – for those looking for a slightly larger viewing area. Well priced. No word on stocklists – your best bet may be through Flo Scandinavia’s online shop.
EFFECTOR by Nigo
A new entry in the world of black rims. This flat top is a special Japan only exclusive from EFFECTOR as designed by A Bathing Ape’s Nigo. Every Japanese acetate frame we have touched has been built ultra tough. These look to be of the same standing. Made in Japan.
Selima Optique Armour
We had to offer up just a touch of the cat eye while keeping the listing proper for the gents. Selima Optique’s Armour eyeglasses. Selima has been in the game since the early 90’s. Find them throughout New York and beyond. $360
Cutler & Gross 772
Cutler & Gross’ 772 frame is a classic, chunky, rectangular play with a certain vintage 50’s and 60’s feel. They are hand-made from Italian acetate. A very classic look. Cannot go wrong with these. Made in Italy. $470