We love Tom Ford and his love of luxury and even though it makes us unable to afford anything he makes, we kind of love his penchant for making everything as expensive as possible. The most recent example of this: his new “Special Edition Optical Eyewear Collection.” A single pair of the ’50s-inspired frames will set you back $2,950–about ten times the price of your average pair of designer glasses.
Why the hefty price tag? In typical Ford fashion, every last detail and material is impossibly luxurious. The frames are made of gold-plated metal and water buffalo horn and come in a specially designed box that’s just as beautiful as the glasses. To prove we are not making this up, an excerpt from the press release:
Inspired by the enduring elegance of 1950s eyewear, Ford has created a new frame for women  and a frame for men  made of the finest quality gold-plated metal with precious water buffalo horn on the front and the temple tips. These gently retro-influenced frames represent the highest levels of design and fabrication in eyewear. Subtly luxurious and crafted with meticulous workmanship, the two styles are some of the most refined ever offered by TOM FORD EYEWEAR. Each frames and its leather case is presented in a luxurious, Bakelite box with a soft brown lining. A certificate of authenticity and a special cleansing cream and chamois cloth are provided to care for the water buffalo horn, which may appear slightly different on every frame due to its organic origin.
So keep that in mind if you decide to purchase a pair: don’t get pissed if your water buffalo horn looks a little different from someone else’s. The frames are available for both men and women and we have to admit they are pretty beautiful. If you do find yourself buying a pair, we don’t necessarily blame you. Just make sure you can still afford to put your prescription in them. And don’t accidentally sit on them or anything.
You can find them in Tom Ford boutiques and select luxury department stores. Click through to see the full collection.