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A quick question before we start our friendly encounter with Warby Parker again – what do you get when you try to mix and match the essence of 1960s with the adventures of 2017? Of course, you must be thinking that this is our indirect reference to some new silhouette which we have been spying on. Right? Well, yes! Ames by Warby Parker has made us fall head over heels in love with it!
A literary overview
Now, why the 1960s for inspiration? Why not the 50s or the 80s, or some other era? We had the same question too. And then we stumbled upon the reason on their website – “(this silhouette) takes visual cues from the shaky years when social change was nearing take-off – an era of hiked hems and hard-living novelists… Ames (…) is a literary reference to the 1960s. (It offers) mid-century style without the flea market goose chase…”
So, now you know! Warby Parker’s tradition of seeking literary inspiration gave rise to ‘Ames’. After all, this inspiration gave Warby Parker their name (derived from two Kerouac characters – Warby Pepper and Zagg Parker)!
The sunwear and optical versions have the power to make you look like an intellectual lost in deep thoughts or transform you into the most sophisticated person to ever walk the streets!
Ames is a frame which you can say is a beautifully adapted version of a classic. Thanks to its bold browline and generous width, this gender-neutral pair can help you transit easily from mornings in the quad to nights on the town. These specs offer you more ways to express your personal style when life takes you on adventures!
Presenting the 60s-inspired literary title for the eye in two variants –
Black is timeless, universal and the sexiest color ever! And this frame does complete justice to this incredible legacy of black. Also available with classic grey lenses, you get the option to transform yourself into a glamorous diva or handsome hunk in an instant!
The combination of colors in these glasses is compatible with most shades in your wardrobe. The sunwear version comes with green-grey lenses to offer you better protection when you encounter a sunny day.
Aiming for perfection
Ames is a mixed material frame – made from Warby Parker’s signature material, custom cellulose acetate, and stainless steel. These are crafted in-house – from the initial sketch to prototype testing and the final design. They are cut from a single sheet of acetate to maintain color evenness. The temple arms are fitted with akulon coated screws. This ensures that the pair you get is durable, sturdy, and splendid.
When it comes to lenses, they are made from polycarbonate. They are highly impact-resistant and UV 400 protected. Lenses for sunglasses are polarised and designed to give you maximum clarity and color. Optical lenses comprise of super hydrophobic anti-reflective and anti-scratch coatings.
Fit and price cue
Ames is one of the widest frames by Warby Parker. This cool combination of an acetate top and stainless-steel bottom has a keyhole nose bridge for a perfect fit. Though it is ideal for people with a round face, you can try it too if you think you have found your soul-mate in this silhouette.
And for that, Warby Parker has an amazing home try-on program where you get the chance to select any five silhouettes of your choice for five days. At the end of the trial, all you need to do is use a prepaid shipping label to send them back again! Yes, you read it right – no getting hit by shipping charges!
These frames start at $145 and come with a 30-day, no-questions-asked return policy. You also get a one-year no-scratch guarantee on the lenses.