Designer Profile: COACH

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Best known for their handbags, Coach’s Eyewear division (a partnership with larger distributor Marchon) offers a classically elegant line of frames offset with highly stylized details. The Coach line excels is in their plastic (or zyl) frames, where they typically combine basic outer colors (browns and blacks) with highly stylized temple details.  Look for an interesting pattern (as seen with the Roberta frame below) or a pop of color (like the Isabella offers) to create a more interesting aesthetic.  By pairing these details with a classic frame shape, Coach designs are ideal for someone looking for a more stylized frame that is not too overpowering or flashy. 

In addition to the details, the eyewire design is flattering to most face shapes.  Look closely at the frame shape of the Roberta and Isabella frames below and notice the rectangular shape of the eyewire has been softened with rounded edges, creating a classic shape that is flattering to both round and more square face shapes.   Note: I will be returning to face shapes in later posts to help you make sense of this optical lingo-- no worries.

Remember, no matter what frame you chose, glasses no longer have to be boring!  Chose a frame like you would any other accessory; it should be flattering and appeal to your own unique aesthetic.  A great pair of glasses is just like a great purse or a great handbag ---you should feel confident that you look your best when wearing them.

Coach is a noted accessory designer --no wonder they offer a great frame line as well!
Isabella Frame: note the classic frame shape with a pop of bright color inside the temples
The Roberta frame inspired this post -- the temple design offers lots of visual interest without being overstated!

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