Fall Color Trending Frames | Dolabany Tortoise Frames | Horn-Rimmed Eyewear

The tortoise colored frames, also know as horn-rimmed glasses have been a best seller in eyewear for a while now, and their popularity shows no sign of slowing down.

Did you know that tortoise color frames first made their way frames in the early twentieth century? The original tortoise color frames were made from real tortoise shell or animal horn. In 1973, thanks to the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the use of this material was banned worldwide.

Why Tortoise Colored Frames?

While tortoise style glasses may have waned in and out of popularity over the past century, these vibrant, multi-color frames have finally proven themselves as fool-proof standards in more recent decades. 

Your customers should really consider the tortoise pattern glasses and get out of their comfort zone. The tortoise color frames are actually the best way to build a touch of complexity to their everyday look. Most designs incorporate two or three neutral tones that compliment all eye colors and skin tones while managing to go seamlessly with their day-to-day attire. 

Whether your customers are conservative or are quick to try something new, some of our favorite tortoise color eyewear will complement any taste.

The eyeglasses frames are beautiful nuances of honey yellow and wood brown, a style that complements your facial features.

Tortoise colored glasses can be worn in any setting and with any outfit. They are a versatile eyeglasses style, which aims to boost your customer’s look and give them confidence.

Dolabany’s Tortoise Frames

The Dolabany Assus has become one of the most popular acetate frames in the Dolabany collection, fulfilling a demand for styles in the petite size category.  Dolabany Assus in Dark Tortoise is an excellent example of how a simple frame can be attractive.

 

For a more graphic, bolder tortoiseshell pattern, have a look at our Dolabany Arnold in Tokyo Tortoise. This frame is a reinterpreted version of a classic, midcentury style and is made to stand out.

Tortoise is a Best Seller Among Women

The tortoise eyewear frames have been a best seller in women’s eyewear for a while now, and their popularity shows no sign of slowing down (Dolabany Baxter shown above).  Tortoise eyeglass frames are colored in beautiful nuances of honey, yellow, and wood brown, among others, and offer a style that will complement all facial features.

 

Check out the Dolabany Sardi. They look good on almost every face shape:  round, square, oval, or heart and they are available in three sizes.

As far as eyeglasses frames for women go, there is nothing more attractive than a pair of cat-eye shaped glasses. One of our bestsellers is the the Dolabany Carina in Tiger Olive.

Blast From the Past

Check out retro-inspired, round frames:  Dolabany Passage frames in shades of Dark Tortoise and a lighter Tokyo Tortoise!

The Dolabany Pueblo is a traditional, P3 shape that continues to return each season due to its popularity in both men and women’s categories.  The Pueblo is a vintage-inspired look, produced with premium zyl, and is available in a variety of tortoiseshell patterns.

Conclusion

Tortoise eyewear will never go out of the style.  They are classic and modern at the same time.  With excellent color choices, you only have to consider the shape of your frames. Have your customers try frames that are opposite to that of their face shape.

We hope that you have enjoyed our blog!

Here at Dolabany, we want to help you stay informed and up-to-date with all of our current frames, along with our new releases.

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Dolabany Announces a New Line, The Firenze Occhiali – Made in Italy

Dolabany Eyewear is known for its recreations of mid-century eyewear styles that celebrate the craft and creativity of vintage designs. This fall, the independent frame company launches a new brand, Firenze Occhiali (Florence Eyewear), celebrating old world eyewear production along with fine Italian artistry.

Staying true to the Dolabany’s philosophy of partnering with family-owned enterprises, Firenze Occhiali is handmade by a multi-generational and family-owned manufacturer that is operated by an Italian manufacturer. The new collection is made 100% in Italy, using local materials such as premium acetate.

Eyeglasses by Firenze Occhiali are made the old-fashioned way, utilizing multi-barrel hinges and hand-pressed rivets. Consequently, Dolabany Eyewear invites the consumer to experience the inspiration, quality, and quality of what it means to be “Made-in-Italy.”

The Firenze Experience

The new concept for Firenze Occhiali was developed by Dolabany Eyewear’s founder, CEO, and designer, Mark Dolabany. Mark, whose love for Italian travel, culture, art, and architecture has finally converged with his passion for eyewear design and production. 

And, it is no wonder why the birthplace of the European Renaissance and the center of trade during medieval times would serve as a backdrop to the “Italian-born” eyewear brand. Florence and the surrounding Tuscan region inspire the Firenze Occhiali brand name with frame model names derived from iconic monuments, buildings, and geographic markers of the area. 

Here are the collection’s introductory models:

ACCADEMIA 

When walking the city of Florence, you will see that it is beautifully lined with cobble-stoned streets and sidewalks. Winding down to the heart of the city, the ACCADEMIA gallery is a popular destination housing the renowned statue of David by Michael Angelo. The ACCADEMIA is similar to the famous Dolabany Pueblo.  The P3 shape has been fabricated since the 1920s and visible in most classic films and is fashionable today. 

Colors: Classic Havana, Crystal, Dark Tortoise, Honey Demi, Sunrise Demi, Tokyo Tortoise

Size: 47-21-145

 

DUOMO

The DUOMO Making up the iconic skyline of the Italian city is the world’s first dome, or DUOMO, a gothic cathedral. Notice the retro stylings of a keyhole bridge and real rivets which is similar to the Dolabany Peace. 

Colors: Classic Havana, Crystal, Dark Tortoise, Honey Demi, Sunrise Demi, Tokyo Tortoise

Size: 50-18-145

 

ARNO

The ARNO River glides through Florence’s idyllic neighborhoods. At its most narrow point, the river passes under the Ponte Vecchio, a romantic bridge lined with gold and silver shops. Similar to the Dolabany Arnold, the ARNO is a prime example of the retro look for both men and women. 

Colors: Crystal, Dark Tortoise, Honey Demi, Sunrise Demi, Tokyo Tortoise 

Size: 48-21-145

MONTISI 

The Tuscan countryside is mosaiced with hilltop villages with hundreds of years of farming tradition, revolving around family, food and hard work. Every hill has its own unique soil which adds to the uniqueness and verity of wines and olive oils. At the heart of Tuscany, you will find the enchanting village of MONTISI. Similar to the Dolabany Sparta, the MONTISI has a unique look and is sure to make your customers smile.

Colors: Crystal, Dark Tortoise, Honey Demi, Sunrise Demi, Tokyo Tortoise 

Size: 48-21-145

SIENA 

The medieval city of SIENA is located in central Tuscany and boasts beautiful, gothic architecture. The SIENA is comparable to the Dolabany Karubi. These frames are plastic, which makes them lightweight, and have metal accents. The SIENA frame is great for round face shapes. SIENA frames are a little bit thicker than the Karubi and come in beautiful colors.

Colors: Dark Tortoise, Navy, Sunrise Demi, Tokyo Tortoise 

Size: 49-21-145

PIENZA 

Located in the southern part of the region, PIENZA is surrounded by beautiful landscapes with rolling hills, cypress trees, and winding country roads. Resembling the Dolabany Passage, these beautiful small round frames are sure to catch a lot of attention. These classic, mid-century fashion frames are sure to “bring you back.”

Colors: Beige, Crystal, Dark Tortoise, Navy, Tokyo Tortoise 

Size: 44-22-145

 

To view the new Firenzi Occhiali collection, visit www.dolabanyeyewear.com.

Dolabany Eyewear was founded over twenty-five years ago by Massachusetts-licensed optician Mark Dolabany. Dolabany Eyewear is an independent optical wholesale company that designs house brands Dolabany, Plume Paris and, now, Firenze Occhiali collections. 

 

With flashback styling, these brands are a perfect balance of quality and design. Dolabany Eyewear’s three brands are exclusively available through independent eyecare providers and will not be sold through internet retailers or big-box chain stores. For more information, contact Dolabany Eyewear by calling (800) 688-7661, emailing info@dolabanyeyewear.com or by visiting www.dolabanyeyewear.com


What Is The Acetate Material Used to Make Eyeglasses? | Acetate vs. Molded Plastic Frames | Acetate Eyeglass Frames Are Durable and Long-Lasting

What is the acetate material used to make eyeglasses? Cellulose acetate is a hypoallergenic, plant-based plastic, that first appeared in the late 1940s because of its durability. Today’s acetate frames are known for being strong, lightweight, and flexible.

Cellulose acetate is a non-petroleum based plastic made from natural cotton and wood fibers. While petroleum products can be more expensive and harmful to the environment, cellulose acetate is from renewable materials.

Acetate eyewear is made by forming layers of plastic into large blocks then carefully slicing individual parts, hand polishing, and assembling them into a frame.

The possibilities are endless for acetate eyeglasses. Cellulose acetate has the broadest range for transparency, vibrant colors, and finishes. An array of intricate colorations can be produced by layering several colors or transparencies in layers and melting them together.

Cellulose Acetate Frames vs. Injection Molded Plastic Frames

Cellulose acetate is hypoallergenic and made from renewable resources. Acetate frames are lightweight and very strong.  These frames are made from cutting, forming, and polishing sheets of plastic.

Injection mold frames are made by injecting a more brittle petroleum-based plastic that is liquified, then inserted into an aluminum or stainless steel mold. Colors are added through a spray application then coated and tumbled for shine.

Injection mold frames are generally less expensive; however, they are considered to be lower quality.

Acetate is stronger, flexible, and more durable than regular plastic frames, which is why we use them for eyeglasses frames. They are more resistant to pressure placed upon the frames and can bend further before breaking. Acetate is a higher quality plastic than injected molded frames.

Durable

Besides the fact that acetate frames are lightweight, they are also very durable. Acetate frames are made by forming, cutting, and polishing multiple sheets of plastic; which gives these frames their strength. Since the acetate process takes longer with the many layers coming together rather than a straightforward molding, the acetate frames are very durable.

Strength and durability are essential aspects of eyeglasses frames, especially since glasses are the lifeline for 64% of the American adult population.  Without them, some people wouldn’t be able to function, let alone read one sentence in this paragraph. Eyeglass frames are vulnerable items because an impact slightly too hard on any point on the glasses might render them obsolete. For instance, if the bridge breaks, then you have two halves which won’t stay on by themselves. If the frames surrounding the lenses break, you won’t be able to see out of one eye. In this sense, durability is essential, and acetate provides it.

Long Lasting and Affordable

Since acetate is a form of plastic, it doesn’t cost a lot to make acetate eyeglass frames. Acetate eyeglasses frames are a worthwhile investment. They provide the essentials of vision correction, but they are comfortable to wear if you need your glasses on while you are awake.

Since acetate frames are melted and molded into different eyeglass frames, the design and color of the frames won’t chip away, even after a couple of years of daily wear.

Dolabany Acetate Eyewear

Here at Dolabany, we have several frames made out of Cellulose Acetate.  We are going to share a few of our top sellers.

Dolabany Peace

The Dolabany Peace frames are modified round model eyewear produced with high-quality acetate. Note the retro stylings of a keyhole bridge and real, original rivets. The Peace frame is available in the collection’s most admired color tones: Multi Demi, Teal Demi, Amber Demi, and Brown Dusk.

Dolabany Abigail

The Dolabany Abigail frames are embedded with a hint of glitter within the acetate material that is sure to stay in place and will not fade. These two-toned frames have a subtle flare shape that adds a dramatic note to an already eye-catching style.  You can find the Abigail in a Demi Blue pattern.

 

Acetate glasses last longer and are stable, thanks to the plastic frame that huddles the lens inside. When choosing your new eyeglass frames, you want to be sure to select a pair of eyeglasses that is comfortable to wear, affordable, and flatters your face shape.


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An Old-Fashioned Diner and the Independent Eye Care Provider: What’s the connection?

After a fifteen-year hiatus from working in the New England area as a result of moving the company to Miami, I have returned to visit old customers and create new ones. After all, this is where I founded Best Image Optical 25 years ago. As I headed north on a beautiful afternoon in early June on state route 93, I noticed that the number of license plates marked with the motto “Live free or die” was quickly increasing – a clear indication that I was driving farther into the great state of New Hampshire.

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Grow your Business with Email Marketing

Because we care about the growth and success of the independent Eye Care Business, Best Image Optical presents cost-effective online marketing strategies that have been proven to produce real results. Today, Best Image Optical focuses on an essential tool used to reach potential and current customers. Email Marketing should be considered as a vital part of your business Marketing Plan.

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The Sardi is Now Bigger and Better

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After receiving your suggestions and feedback, we are excited to announce that the SARDI is Now Available in a bigger size & even more vibrant colors.

The style is now available in eye sizes 51 and 53.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this particular Dolabany frame model: the Sardi has emerged as the highest grossing style in company history.

Why is the SARDI the most popular frame by Dolabany Eyewear?

We have been fortunate to find a style that is easy to fit & looks great on many different face shapes.

The Sardi is ultra-lightweight, flexible, extremely durable, and resistant to high & low temperatures due to its TR-90 material.

It has also been a comfortable alternative to acetate frames and alleviates pressure points added by nose pads.
Call us today at 800.688.7661 or Click Here to add the Sardi’s newest color’s and size to your optical board. Ask about the new Sardi banner to include with your purchase!

 

 

 

 


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The Dolabany collection recreates retro design. With flashback styling, every frame is a perfect balance of quality and style. Dolabany frames are handmade with Italian Zyl in a variety of wearable colors. Comfort and fit are always an integral part of the design features of each and every Dolabany frame. The look of the line is versatile, while always maintaining a high standard of functionality and excellence. The entire Dolabany Collection has something for everyone possessing distinctive tastes, and seeking a retro style. Continue reading


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Because we care about the growth and success of your business, we are continually looking for ways to improve the traffic of your independent brick & mortar Eye Care Business.

Today, we wanted to notify you of the changes occurring with Google, the internet’s leading search engine,  and how it can affect you, an independent business owner.

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Plume Paris 2015 features Rectangular Silhouettes with Sleek Finishes

Spring is here! And, Plume Paris continues to grow its collection of unique & beautiful designs by using sleek lines, complimentary hues, and captivating details.
Plume Paris eyewear, a European influenced brand, is produced keeping the wearer’s comfort in mind without sacrificing creative design and premium materials. Each model is made out of a lightweight stainless steel with a soft, silicone finish.
The Plume Paris collection also has a variety of styles in order to satisfy every wearer’s fashion preference. Some frames take inspiration from the 1940-1960’s while others keep a more modern edge.

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