$95 eyewear as fashion accessories

Source:  NYTimes, Jan 2012

…  the young crowd (progressive lenses are not available) played with pair after pair of glasses, soliciting opinions from loved ones, friends and strangers. The scene was nonchalantly fashionable. “You can’t throw a rock in here without hitting a designer,” said Chuck Routhier, a furniture and graphic designer. His girlfriend, Jennifer Buoncontri, was trying on large black rectangular frames, cringing and decreeing, “I look like a cartoon character!” (She didn’t.) The bold look grew on her. “At $95, they are just like another accessory — earrings or a scarf.”

Not everyone was impressed with the price. Norman Cherubino said he had purchased glasses at Zenni Optical online for $6.95. A partner in a branding and communications firm, Mr. Cherubino was also lamenting the lack of wire rims among the acetate frames, …

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