ARNEL Optical Frame

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48 mm
22 mm
132 mm


Model: Arnel

Material: Acetate

ARNEL is a limited edition remake of the classic rounded horn-rim silhouette eyeglass design made famous by the legendary James Dean. Using the Datum Expression Size method, the ARNEL Shape or also known as the JD frame is hand made of the Japanese 4mm Zylonite that retains the material’s luster while boasting a thinner rim for additional comfort and fit. The unmistakable vintage design features the SPM (Sun Platinum Metal) spear rivets, a keyhole bridge, 7-barrel hinges, and miter cutting by hand.

Eyewear made yesterday is made today the same way, in True Vintage Revival style. There are no rocket science tools or methods used in the making of True Vintage Revival (TVR) eyeglasses. Known as the home to handmade eyeglasses, Sabae, Japan has created a positive impression to connoisseurs of the industry as a breeding land for talented artisans who have developed their skills and an eye for precision that are said to be better than machines. And here’s where every piece of TVR eyeglasses are made. Using mainly hand tools that are passed down from master to apprentice, most of these museum-worthy pieces carry some of the most prolific history in eyewear evolution. Vintage design features are greatly highlighted in the making of the TVR classics. These include the keyhole-bridge, functional spear rivets, 7-barrel hinges, and miter cut techniques that are boldly executed with the unrivalled skills and technical know-hows. Piece by piece, every one of a TVR eyewear is honed with decades of expertise by selected artisans from Sabae. Each pair of glasses starts with the “Datum Expression Size” technique, a specialized measurement method commonly used during the 50s in Japan to obtain the subtle balance of the eyewear. TVR also refers to only original templates and blueprints in the creation process of these first-class traditional optical frames. Once the frame takes shape, the craftsmen will begin adjusting every little details with intricate care and precision. It is easily overlooked that what is now called vintage was once brand new. As TVR continues to bring forth authentic vintage styles with traditional skills, iconic designs and high-quality materials, we are also paving the way for classic vintage eyeglasses to once again be mainstream through true vintage revival.