Since I was a teenager I’ve needed to wear prescription glasses. I don’t always wear them (in fact it’s relatively rare that I do) in day-to-day scenarios but they are needed. I need them for things like visiting the cinema, going through the airport (so that I can see departure boards!), or just visiting a new place that I want to see properly.
My eyesight isn’t degrading. In fact, it improved over the last two years. I have classic computer-vision eyesight issues. Which is to say that I’m short-sighted and need glasses to correct my distance vision. My prescription is quite mild, around -1.2 in each eye with a slight stigmatism in one eye.
For most of my glasses-wearing life I’ve just worn moderately cheap designer glasses from high street stores. Hugo Boss, Quicksilver & the like. Nothing too fancy, but not so cheap as to break in 6 months (which is important since I only need to get a test every 2+ years).
About a year ago I did a bit of research into glasses on the market after a visit to my favourite city, Berlin. I came across a lot of pop-up brands or Korean import brands but one stood out from the crowd: mykita. Their brand was a high fashion brand that hand-makes their frames. That last sentence is the reason they’re priced so high.
I was skeptical, despite loving the brand and their styles, because of the cost. I was going to wait until I next visited Berlin to go to one of their stores to try them on, but then I found an optician in Dublin that sells the frames, so I popped in.
The initial reaction to them, after you get over the price, is the feeling of quality from these frames. They’re really well made. And then there’s the fact that there are no hinges held together with screws. Anyone who’s worn glasses knows that the one thing that’s almost always going to break is the screw/hinge mechanic. Last year in Tenerife my prescription sunglasses decided to break on day 1. No stores had a screw that fit after the one in the glasses decided to commit suicide in the lobby of our building.
So mykita have no screws and a really maniacal attention to fashion detail. So what? Well, the other major thing is how light they are. It has to be seen (or worn) to be believed, but these glasses are unbelievable compared to anything I’ve ever adorned in the past. Trying on someone elses glasses feels like putting weights on my face now.
I own a pair of Ernie frames, which are my normal day-to-day (read as: whenever I decide to wear them) glasses. Just last month I had my two-yearly(ish) optician visit and had the frames replaced in the same frames I’ve had for a while. But then I splashed out on some sunglasses; the mykita Cooper frame. Honestly, having prescription sunglasses is a gift from the heavens when you have any need for corrective vision!
There’s no real point or end game to this blog post (it’s certainly not sponsored, although it reads that way). I guess if there was a key takeaway here it’s that something built with quality, by hand, costs a bunch more than mass market popular stuff. But knowing it was hand-crafted & knowing it’ll last many years more than the normal stuff makes it so worthwhile. For me, though, knowing very few people have it is another bonus.