Many years ago in a galaxy far way (1970’s-1980’s) there were two rimless revolutions. The first was the disruptive innovation of the nylon ‘wire’ (Nylor) by Logo in the 1970’s. The second was the Rimless Faceted Polaris eyeglasses in the 1980’s. Both revolutionized rimless, one for a fashion look and the other was functionality.
Prior to that time rimless was the classic drill mount using screws, that had been used for a couple of hundred years. Shapes tended to be square, oval, round or a sporty octogon.
After the 1980’s full rimless went on a downward trend. People converted to semi-rimless with the nylon cord.
About five years ago, two things happened in the world or full rimless: First is the trend of customization. The consumer wants their own individual i.e. ‘personalized’ look . With a full rimless eyeglass they could get any shape they desired. Add in custom lens tints and a person can have a whole new ‘me’.
The second is eyewear on the Runways. Full rimless eyewear started showing up in runways around 2012. The styling: unusual colors and shapes. The look has gone viral due to Social Media.
The onset we like started with Marni in for Spring Summer 2013. A full rimless sunglass were in triangular shape using screws .
Fall-Winter 2014: Felder Felder showed us via Silhouette, how to make a full rimless into a colored eyeglass. You would never guess this was a full rimless.. and the worksmanship!
Spring Summer 2015: Thomas Taitt oversized dramatic tinted and clear cat-eyes without temples were a little surprising.. how did they keep these on? Prince Nez eyewear circe 2015
Spring Summer 2015: Thom Browne Sunglass launched flowery daring shapes with mirrored lenses .
Desigual Ready to Wear Spring 2015 picked up the rimless with a red heart design. Heart shaped eyewear has never gone out of style.
Spring Summer 2016: Giamba collection introduced a stars and heart version with flash mirror coatings.
Spring Summer 2016: Todd Synder is another rimless frame by Silhouette. Anchored with a innovation double top bar, the lens treatment is truly revolutionary.
Silhouette didn’t stop there…. Wes Gordon for Silhouette round rimless look also for Spring Summer 2016
Spring Summer 2016: Chanel in another mask look brought back the mask with bold mirrored flash mirror coatings. This cannot be Rx’d.
Fall Winter 2015-16- Giambattista continued with the rimless in an oversized round shape.
In another surprise move, Chanel’s Ready to Wear Fall-Winter 2016 brings back the drill mount faceted frame.
As we said above, full rimless comes in every imaginable shape and color.
In investigating the full rimless trend further, we found Dream Optical on Facebook, who has created remarkable custom rimless.
Then we found Leggerissimi out of Italy who is doing some custom work.
And Tom’s Design from Germany. His collections are separated into three categories, Classic, Avante-Garde and Schmuck.
Micromega from Venice, Italy has been creating statement rimless eyewear for years.
Many of you may be familiar with Paul Garcia, who has been customizing lenses for many years and has been featured in the trade magazines
If you are not doing custom rimless in-house, check out these labs who can do it for you.
- Luzerne Optical Lab (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) has the equipment and the lab people that can make any lens shape.
- Luxe Laboratory (Anaheim, California) they also repair and clean up old frames.