Here at Respectacle Company we make it our mission to partner with the coolest, most unique eyewear brands on the market. This month, to tie in with World Environment Day (5th June) and National Eyewear Day (6th June) our chosen eyewear designer for our “Spotlight” feature is Vinylize; a Hungarian brand that undeniably epitomises unique and cool by remodelling old vinyl records into some of the most beautiful and stylish eyewear we’ve ever seen. And we’ve seen a lot of glasses!
You may or may not be aware, but vinyl has been making a comeback on the music scene in recent years. While we’re on the fence when it comes to the resurgence of vinyl records in the digital age, one thing we’re very much in favour of is the manufacture of eyewear from recycled materials.
Based in Hungary, Vinylize create their unique pieces of eyewear using only the highest quality materials. Each frame is individually handcrafted from a different record at their Budapest workshop over a six-week period. During production, the vinyl records are fused with biodegradable cellulose acetate to strengthen and insulate against the effects of the heat, and then cut into shape.
The founder of Vinylize, Zachary Tipton, made his first glasses in 1998 with his brother Zoltán. He started with rimless frames before progressing to experimenting with different plastics. The first incarnation of Vinylize eyewear was made from vinyl taken from his father’s precious record collection, incorporating a pair of cigar box hinges and prescription lenses. After years of rigorous testing, Vinylize launched onto the eyewear market in 2004. Their first line of frames was developed from communist vinyl, which they salvaged from local flea markets.
Vinylize is extremely distinctive in style, with each piece of eyewear featuring original grooves from the vinyl record, which are an integral part of the design. The frames themselves are black, big and chunky, with riveted hinges. No two pairs are ever the same, which adds to the individuality of the brand. They can even customise your own vinyl, making it even more unique and personal to the wearer. Currently, the company produces over 30 classic styles, and they are available in 20 countries around the world, in over 500 optical stores. And we’re proud to be one of them.
We think music lovers will fall head over heels for their newest AC/DC collection, which is made from the Australian rock band’s Back in Black album. Handcrafted from 12” black ice vinyl, every frame in the collection features the distinctive AC/DC lightning bolt inlayed in the temple.
Ever the trendsetters, it is no surprise that Vinylize is loved and worn by many celebrities and musicians, including Robbie Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and Barack Obama, the former president of the United States.
We love how unwanted vinyl records are given a second chance to serve a new purpose as optical and sunglasses frames. The eyewear designer has really taken upcycling and nerdy chic to a whole new level. We live in such a throwaway society, and Vinylize is an excellent example to us all to reuse and recycle more.
If you’re looking for glasses or sunglasses to boost your look and make a statement, look no further than Vinylize. You can read more about Vinylize here or call into our optical store and take a look at the collection first hand. You’ll find us on Manor Walk in Market Harborough, during the opening times of 9AM to 5PM Tuesday to Friday, and 9AM to 4PM every Saturday.