The double-edged sword that is less than perfect eyesight. Yes, it makes reading things a chore — in my case reading things further away, thus making me short-sighted (in terms of eyesight at least). If you’re wondering what the other edge of the sword entails, let me tell you…
Having worn glasses from my late teens, it took me over four years until I got myself a pair of frames purely with fashion at the front of mind; since then I’ve gone through my fair share of designer brands but change is definitely afoot with more and more people heading to online retailers and using opticians for eye tests alone.
This is where the wonderful folk over Banton Frameworks come in. Founders Jamie and Lucy have not only created a premium brand on the edge of a loch — they’re also making serious waves in terms of fashionable, affordable and durable eyewear, destined to take the nation by storm.
After being given the opportunity to choose a frame from their extensive men’s collection, I opted for Farrier in the ‘Ghost’ styling. I’ve been tempted by crystal frames for a while now and haven’t had the balls to go for them, opting for a strong black or tortoiseshell style instead.
That being said, Banton has a fab range of other colours if you’re not keen on crystal — but I definitely do recommend!
Before you wonder, temples are the glasses ‘arms’ (I had no idea either). You’re given the choice of different styles, for the Farrier you can have either silver, black or brass.
Wanting to make a statement I went with brass. Cut to perfection and well fit, the temples ooze quality and are held in well with strong hinges that don’t fling open and actually assist with the fitting when worn.
You’re given three choices for the temple tip: black, ghost or red havana (tortoiseshell) – I opted for ghost again in this instance, wanting to show off the brass temple again. Tips are held on super tight and there’s no chance of these suckers falling off!
What they also do is give leverage to enable you to manipulate the temples to a position that fits your face best.
As you can imagine, you don’t have an optician assistant in front of your measuring up your face to ensure best fit so this takes a little initiative with help from a handy guide supplied by Banton you can position the temples so ensure the glasses don’t slip off, slide down or wobble about.
Just don’t assume this will be done straight away, you may find yourself coming back to readjust as your life dictates; but it’s easy enough to do, just don’t rush this part it’s important to get it right.
My glasses arrived six days after confirmation but they do state on their website that delivery can take between 8-10 working days.
Well packaged and boxed, including a real leather case. Banton also included a handwritten thank you from Jamie and Lucy; a fantastic added touch by these two young business owners — something a lot of businesses could take note of.
Let’s get something clear, glasses ain’t cheap. It’s something us with less than perfect eyesight have had to deal with and it’s a fact. Most ‘cheap’ frames often lack any discernible street-cred thus ensuring you part with your hard earnt cash on the more stylish varieties.
I usually spend between £125-£250 on my frames direct from an optician, not including the eye test cost. All gents frames at the time of writing are set at £175 which I personally think is good value for a handcrafted item made with high quality materials.
These glasses have superseded the previous frames, and put all previous designer frames to shame. They’re not mass produced and it shows in the attention to deal and care in the build process – there’s an air of quality like nothing I’ve worn before.