One of the troubling issues we as Opticians have had to deal with for the last several years is the shrinking sizes of frames. The “Fashion gods” seemed to decree that EVERYONE would wear a small rectangle frame, with no exceptions. So if you didn’t meet those criteria, you either ended up with a frame that was to small, or looked like a refuge from the ‘80’s.
Fortunately, a few manufacturers’ stepped up to the plate and brought in stylish frames both for people needing either petite or XL sizing. The Cole Haan 985 neatly fits the bill for both fashion AND fit for men requiring a larger frame.
The front is a trim and tailored rectangle that is sized and proportioned for a man with wider features. Where this frame really sets itself apart from the look-alike competition is in the temples, which features a beautiful block of real wood for the front portion of the temple. It is followed by a small, square block of cast metal with an interesting design, neither Celtic nor digital, but maybe a cross between the two. That is followed in turn by a husky chunk of laminated plastic, tapering slightly to the end. This frame doesn’t scream fashion, it’s more like (ahem) fashion, very noticeable, but brilliantly understated. Add a spring hinge to lend ruggedness when wrestling with the kids, and this frame is a winner. And that’s what I like about the Cole Haan 985.