News – tagged "vintage" – Vinylize Eyewear

Nspiration for NVSBLE

When Warner Bros. asked us to make a birthday present for country sensation and vinyl junkie Hunter Hayes, we said YES! They sent us a copy of his hit single Invisible in clear vinyl, of course.

We immediately got down to developing an invisible Vinylize frame for Warner Bros. and began using a new adhesive which is clear. The crystal vinyl (a serato for the prototypes) was laminated to crystal cellulose acetate and then carved into a frame. The adhesive was later colored sand to lend the frames a vintage look. 

Clear vinyl is vinyl in its purest form. All other colours, including black, are added later. The main issue with clear vinyl is that any impurities are easy to see. As most records are 30% recycled vinyl, achieving consistent colours would be impossible - so it is easy to see why manufacturers “fade to black”. 

The name NVSBLE was coined to accentuate the removal of the letter "i" (which is why the letter "e" remains), "i" representing the self "I" or "eye". 

NVSBLE allowed us to introduce a more subtle look to our designs. The groove texture is present but the heaviness of the black is gone. The surface also appears more uniform. To maximize "face friendliness"  and comfort we cut the rims thinner and sculpted the temples.  

The sculpted temples had to reflect the quality of the frame front as well as improve the balance of the frame. The sandblasted wire core brings texture to the temples.

Gold hot foil stamping was chosen over silver because it accentuates the sand crystal hue.

Each of the 6 models (Ellison, Jack, Ralph, Ras, Rinehart, Tod) were named after characters in H.G. Wells' famous book published in 1897, "The Invisible Man".

To check out the entire collection, click here.

Bob Marley Remastered

Vinylize had so much fun with the blue Pink Floyd set that we decided to continue the tradition and celebrate Bob's 70th birthday.

His posthumous Legend release has been reissued as a tricolor pressing a la Rastafarian flag.

This leads to some very unusually colored vinyl and the resulting frames are asymmetrically colored.

Both models are yellow in the center with either red or green on the sides. The Tosh model (available as a classic Vinylize frame as well) is sized for men. Riveted 5 barrel hinges hold the temples together.

The Henneman is sized for women and is also available as a classic Vinylize color. 

The temples are also asymmetrically airbrushed, though it is almost impossible to tell because you never see both temples at the same time unless the frame is closed.

Legends is laminated onto vintage Italian Acetate and the temples sport matching temple tips.
Both the frame and the case are beautifully packaged (with the remaining vinyl holding it in place) in a custom gold lettered box. Featured on our site are the models Tosh and Henneman. Both Legend models have been modified with the addition of airbrushed metal temples.
The frames are not for sale and available only to members of the Marley family. The Bob Marley box sets will be available for viewing at MIDO in Milan and in our Budapest showroom.