LONDON--Anna Laub once flagged down an old man in a pub to ask him where he got his glasses.
By then, she’d been on the hunt for the perfect frames for long enough to know that she shouldn’t let another good pair get away. Besides the pub, she had searched through markets and specialty stores in London, Rio and Tel Aviv, and still couldn’t find her ideal pair.
So she decided to make her own.
“If I was looking for it, then other people must have been looking for it too,” she reasons.
Last spring, Laub launched Prism—an independent line of handmade glasses that’s been steadily gaining devotees.
Inspired by the best of vintage glasses, the five acetate frame styles are all oversized and modishly bookish.
“I really wanted to do something that was slightly fashionable but not over the top, really thinking about a balance between minimalism and sophistication,” she says.
Anna, who travels the world for her day job as a WGSN editor, named each style after a different fashion-forward city. There’s New York (“classic cool”), Paris (“a bit more coquettish”), Rio (“sexier”), London (“edgier) and Rome (“the place in Italy where things are happening”).
So much time around glasses means she can glance at someone and immediately know which style will work (apparently I’m Rio, dark tortoiseshell).
She’s just added sunglasses—the result of a groundswell of demand after she fitted one set of her frames with darker lenses.
We say: let the sun shine.
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