All of us at Annapolis Opticians are super excited to host a trunk show in August with Barton Perreira, and the sister collection, a new minimalist metal line by Barton Perriera called Allied Metal Works. Barton Perreira is a favorite among our customers and celebrities alike, and it's easy to see why: there's something for everyone in the extensive collection of simultaneously classic, modern, and stylish frames. Regardless if your sense of style is more traditional, more glamorous, or more industrial, you'll find something that suits you perfectly. Besides having killer style, the frames are also meticulously well-crafted. They are all handmade from start to finish in Japan, and you can feel the quality and attention to craftsmanship when you hold them.
Barton Perreira and Allied Metal Works are some of our favorite frame lines we carry. We all wear at least one frame from either collection (some of us wear several, but I'm not pointing fingers). Besides wearing them ourselves, we also love when our customers fall in love with a frame from them--they're a dream to adjust, which means they're extra comfortable to wear, and they're really made to last. It's nice helping someone pick out a pair of glasses you know they're going to love and receive tons of compliments when wearing.
The brand got its start when its founders, Bill Barton and Patty Perreira, met at Oliver Peoples. Barton was the CEO and president, and Perreira was the designer. They decided to establish their own company with a focus on excellence in artistry, craft, and design. In addition to designing quintessential styles for Oliver Peoples, Perreira also helped create eyewear for Miu Miu, Prada, Vera Wang, and other high-end designer lines. Combined, they have over 60 years experience in eyewear.
Manufacturing 100% of their frames in Japan was a deliberate choice. It's nigh impossible to top the level of attention to detail and the quality of handwork found in Japanese manufacturing. The acetate used in Barton Perreira frames features a rich, glossy shine achieved by tumbling the material for several days and hand-polishing twice. Allied Metal Works frames are made from surgical stainless steel that is folded and bent into shape from a single sheet--unlike most metal frames, there are no weld points to break over time, and no screw in the temple to loosen with wear. Tension from the hinge holds the eyewire shut (which holds the lens in place). Each frame is a beautiful piece of engineering that alludes to Perreira's love of art and architecture.
We hope to see you on August 25th for the trunk show! Besides the usual fun--giveaways from 103.1 WRNR, delicious food, and drinks--you'd be hard pressed not to find a frame you love from Barton Perreira and Allied Metal Works. There are dozens and dozens of styles to choose from and within those, multiple color options, and no matter which look you settle on, you can tell how well-made they are when you touch them. We're crazy about Barton Perreira! We bet you will be, too.