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.


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.

We would love to know your thoughts on our new releases, so please email us here.

Stay up-to-date with our newest releases by following us on our social media:  Twitter, InstagramFacebook, and LinkedIn.

If you are interested in becoming a distributor of the Dolabany frames, send us an email or give us a call!

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:


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



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



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


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


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


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

Dolabany Eyewear 2019 Fall New Releases

The weather is cooling, the leaves are changing, and we are adding more frames and colors to our Dolabany Eyewear line-up!

Trending this Fall

Trending now is the thin, shiny, metal frames, similar to the Aviator. 

Dolabany Killarney

Just like the Arizona, Kabelo, Seville frames our  Dolabany Killarney frame encompasses a new geometric shape that is more notable than the classic round, rectangle or aviator shapes.  With an almost octagon shape, these frames are sure to catch some looks!

Dolabany Dingle

The Dolabany Dingle frame demonstrates a very pronounced cat-eye shape in the same thin, metal frame. We are introducing this frame in the of color Rose Gold. Famous across many industries, such as clothing, jewelry, and interior design, the Rose Gold color is classic, delicate, and pretty. This trend has made its mark throughout the world and looks like it is here to stay.



The material is an ultra-lightweight material, more so than any acetate frame, and possesses a rubber-like texture that almost makes the glasses feel like they are not being worn. TR-90 frames have become the pair of eyeglasses that an individual can wear on an everyday basis. These frames are great for long periods without getting those irritating aches on the bridge of their nose, at the temples, and pain around other pressure points that are on our heads.  Another great thing about the TR-90 material is that it’s hypoallergenic for those that may receive a skin reaction from acetate frames.

 TR-90 is remarkably durable, and its flexibility allows for the frames to withstand most “accidents” for those that live an active lifestyle. The TR-90 frames are also great for those that are merely prone to misfortune when it comes to their fragile eyeglasses. These frames are hard to break or distort, which is an advantage to most opticians as they do not need adjustments. Their resilience also allows for their resistance to extreme hot and cold temperatures. Furthermore, an optician can decide for either hot or cold lens inserts, which is a bonus!

We have added a couple more models to our most popular TR-90 frames for adults.

Dolabany Zion 

New adult TR-90 styles are released this season to diversify the selection of frames made in the favored material. Model Zion has been added to the line of TR-90 styles to incorporate a retro-round shape produced in the lightweight material.  

Dolabany Beaumont

The Beaumont is a classical-shaped rectangular frame with a slight cat-eye,  adding a bit of sass and style to function. 



Dolabany Dublin

The square is a timeless, classic shape. While the Dolabany Dublin has a modified square frame, the model exhibits a keyhole bridge and deep eye that embodies a refined “hipster” look. 


Dolabany Galway

Do you remember Albert model? It was designed with a narrow eye and produced with high-quality acetate. Our new and improved Galway model is the reproduction of the Albert, which is still receiving requests today. We have released the Galway in updated color combinations that your customers are sure to love!


New Colors in our All-Time Favorites

Dolabany Activist

As an ode to the original style of the 1950s, Dolabany Eyewear has released the Activist in new colors. Cultural leaders of our time have notably worn these retro-style frames. The combination of acetate and metal establishes a distinguished, fashionable look, and has proven to be a best-seller in its category. Look for the new colors: Ebony/White, Wine, Blue Demi. Your customers are sure to love them!









Dolabany Arnold

The line’s retro-inspired models are made the old-fashioned way – using high-quality acetate, real rivets, and multi-barrel hinges. The Arnold is Dolabany Eyewear’s best-selling model in this category and continues to be a staple in the brand with new colors released every year. This season, the collection adds Brown Fade, Smoke, and Wine. You have to check them out!

Dolabany Baxter

Dolabany Eyewear continues to expand on this retro-inspired model. The Baxter frame is being re-released with the new color combo: Matte Ebony/Demi. Customers favorited the color in a model called Marrakech, which was similar in size and shape.


Dolabany Juliana

The Dolabany Juliana flaunts a subtle butterfly shape with a mesmerizing, feline pattern in autumnal colors: amber, wine, and teal and indigo. 

This fall, three new colors have been released in color combinations that have proven to be successful in other models. Hints of sparkle have been added to select colors producing a slight shimmer effect. You can see them here! 

Dolabany Madylan

The Dolabany Madylan is a modified round shape with playful colors and effects. The blue, green and red, feature a creative plaid or “mesh” effect in the acetate.  Color, brown mix, combines hints of ruby and amber for a fiery combination of warm hues. This season, Dolabany adds a new color, the Multi Demi. Multi Demi is a prominent color combination now seen throughout the collection due to its growing popularity.


We hope that you have enjoyed our blog!

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

We would love to know your thoughts on our new releases, so please email us here.

Stay up-to-date with our newest releases by following us on our social media:  TwitterInstagramFacebook, and LinkedIn.

If you are interested in becoming a distributor of the Dolabany frames, send us an email or give us a call!