Low Bridge Eyeglasses: What You Need to Know About Asian Fit Eyewear this 2021
Most Eyeglasses were not made with asian facial features in mind.
Once upon a time, you spent a few hours at your optical shop, trying on dozens of frames and "just settling" either with a pair that looks great but keeps sliding off your face or one that fits fine but you won't be caught dead wearing it out. You end up wondering what is wrong with your face, why your face is so flat, why you lack a nose-bridge, why every frame seems to sit on your cheeks, and why it's so hard to find glasses that hit the right balance of fitting right and looking great.
It's not you. It's the eyewear brands. Most designer eyewear brands only cater their eyewear collection for people who have higher nose bridges so the plastic frames are not designed for flatter face individuals. They will sit awkwardly on Asian or faces with a low nose bridge, aka the space between your eyes.
What is asian fit one may ask. Eyeglasses for asians comprises a few small, subtle, but incredibly important details in eyewear design. When you wear something on your face for 10-14 hours straight, those small details add up.
The first most telling detail for asian fit is whether or not they have elevated or increased nose bridges size for plastic frames. Usually plastic frames either do not build up their bridge or it is very small, a few centimeters. Asian fits eyewear is at least 8 mm to provide less sliding and more support.
A lot of regular fitting frames have tilts into the face. The most egregious example is the Ray Ban classic Wayfarers. Our Asian fit is designed so there is minimal tilt and the frame will lie parallel with the face so it doesn’t lay uncomfortably on the cheeks.
The third feature for Asian fit frames is using lighter, more wearable acetate material. A lot of plastic frames are chunky and use heavier material that weighs down the frame, especially if one has a high prescription and needs thicker lenses. Asian fitting eyewear typically will use high-density cellulose acetate. A thick, light material that also is very durable.
The Fourth feature of a asian fit frame are nose-pads. These are a given for metal frames but for plastic ones, they are few and far between. Some plastic frames have it but most do not. An experienced and skilled optician would be able to add these nose pads onto most plastic frames for a small fee. Adding a nose pad will have the frame lie further away from the cheeks and prevent sliding.
There are actually a few brands that specialize on asian fit. One is Mott and Bayard Eyewear. It is named after Mott Street Optical, a lower Manhattan optical staple that caters to the Chinatown community. It takes the trendiest plastic styles and adds an asian fit twist to it. All of their frames have a nose bridge of at least 11cm and they use some of the most beautiful acetate colors in the industry.
The Second asian fit brand is Suki Eyewear. For them, they specialize on matte titanium styles that are designed in New York and made in Korea. The matte titanium gives the wearer a hybrid plastic and metal look. Titanium is also a premium frame material that is one of the lightest in the market. All of their frames have nose pads so it provides the support that asian faces need.
Next time you go to an optical, if you have trouble finding a frame that fits your face, ask if they have asian fit eyeglass frames and ask them if those frames have the features described above: elevated nose bridge, flatter tilt, lighter material, or a nose pad.
Or, if you are in NYC, come to the Mott Optical Group stores locationed in lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens where they specialize in Asian Fit Eyeglasses frame little known independent brands to world famous designer fashion brands.