How many times have you seen someone on TV or just walking down the street with the coolest eyeglasses and thought to yourself, "Where on Earth did they buy those? And dear lord, how much did they cost?" If you're talking high-end designer glasses, the answer is a pretty penny. But you don't need to break the bank to be fashion-forward on your face.
That's where Vint & York comes in, our new favorite glasses brand that is changing the way we make a statement with our eyewear, one funky frame at a time.
At its inception, the brand was inspired by the roaring '20s (as you'll easily notice by style names like Ritzy and Dapper), taking the best vintage silhouettes and reimagining them into timeless, modern frames that are stylish, chic and sophisticated -- with a touch of nostalgia. The result looks very much like a vintage find, but doesn't feel like it could fall apart any moment. Plus, every pair has modern features at its core, like impact resistance, blue light filters and UV protection.
“We like to believe that a pair of glasses from Vint & York would have been what Gertrude Stein reached for when proofreading Hemingway. So much about the beauty of this bygone era speaks to our inspiration”, says Larisa Ginzburg, CEO & Founder.
Ginzburg founded Vint & York in 2012 after spending years in an optical store, where she eventually became fed up with the prices of the big designer brands. She wanted to create stylish, high-end eyewear at reasonable prices, without compromising style and quality.
And so, Vint & York was born. And so were the bold silhouettes, textures and eye-catching colors that the brand is now known for. They provide a fresh take on iconic rounded and aviator glasses, while mashing bright colors over neutrals and refining the classic frame shapes you're already used to.
The best part? All of Vint & York's frames are made with androgynous proportions, so truly anyone can wear them. All frames are designed right in New York, and all can be ordered as eyeglasses, sunglasses or blue light glasses. I recently got a pair of the blue light glasses, and I can truly say that I've tried plenty of different ones over the years and this is the first pair I can actually tell makes a difference for my eyes.
Similar to other eyeglasses companies, Vint & York has a virtual try-on functionality on their website, so you can actually see what various frames will look like on your face prior to purchasing them. Want to get even deeper than that? They now provide optional one-on-one online consultations with their eyewear experts, who can help you choose the best pair of glasses and will answer all of your questions about frames, shapes, lenses, prescriptions and anything else you might need.
The prices range from $109 for eyeglasses and from $129 for sunglasses and include prescription lenses, anti-reflective coating and anti-scratch coating, plus free shipping and returns. If you're going to invest in fashion for your face, shouldn't it be something you really love?
TL;DR: We love them. And we think you will, too.