I have been wearing glasses since the sixth grade, so, although these days I prefer to wear contacts most of the time, I'm still always on the lookout for new, cool eyewear. Buying frames, whether optical or sun, is a very subjective experience. It's all about how the frame fits your face, so what's popular or trendy or even aesthetically pleasing may not be the best option for you personally, so trying on the frames is key.
On a recent trip to Taipei, I was shopping with a fellow frame enthusiast, and we came across the Bravado eyewear line from Dita at a small eyeglass boutique. The look of these frames immediately caught our attention. I'm not knocking heavy plastic frames, which I fully support and wear proudly, but it was definitely refreshing to see something a little more subtle and light. The founders of Dita take crafting frames very seriously, producing only in Japan and using only the highest quality materials. So I was not surprised to learn, upon closer inspection, that the front of the frames are handmade with zyl acetate, while the bridge and temples are made from titanium. This design not only makes the frame less overbearing, but also extremely light to wear. Even better, I found that they fit quite nicely as well. Score! Dita Bravado frames are available in a variety of color variations; my favorite is the dark tortoise and burnt brown with gun metal. Peruse the selection and get your own pair at ditalegends.com.
—Eugene Tong, senior style editor at Details