You have probably spent hours at your local 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 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.
Most designer eyewear brands only cater their eyewear collection for people who have higher nose bridges so plastic frames are not designed for flatter faced individuals.
What is Asian fit one may ask. These frames comprise of 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- only a few centimeters. Asian fits eyewear is at least 8 mm to provide less sliding and more support.
A lot of regular fitting frames tilt into the face. The most egregious example is the Ray Ban classic Wayfarers. Our Asian fit frames are designed so there is minimal tilt and the frame will lie parallel with the face so they don't lie uncomfortably on the cheeks.
The third feature for Asian fit frames is a lighter, more wearable acetate material. A lot of plastic frames are chunky and use heavier material that weigh 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 an Asian fit frame are the 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, skilled optician would be able to add these nose pads onto most plastic frames. 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 in Asian fit. One of them being Mott and Bayard Eyewear. It is named after the location of Mott Street Optical, a lower Manhattan optical store on the corner of Mott and Bayard streets. 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 colors in the industry.
The second Asian fit brand is Suki Eyewear. They specialize in matte titanium styles that are designed in New York and made in Korea. The matte titanium gives the glasses 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 people with more Asian features 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 frames and ask them if those frames have the features described above: elevated nose bridge, flatter tilt, lighter material, or nose pads.
Or, if you are in NYC, come to the Mott Optical Group stores located in lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens where they specialize in Asian Fit Eyeglasses from little known independent brands to world famous designer fashion brands.