Japanese fashion is having a global moment, from the ever-more-influential denim brand Visvim to new clothing companies like Orslow and Tomorrowland. And now you can add an innovative eyewear brand to that list: Allied Metal Works, which offers both optical frames and sunglasses. Introduced last year and available for the first time in the U.S., at Bergdorf Goodman, these glasses are made without screw hinges, which means they’re less prone to snapping or bending. Designer Gunnar Gunnarsson’s goal in making these screwless titanium fulcrums was to create durable, futuristic glasses that don’t look like something out of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. So far, he’s succeeding. The rest of the frames are made of lightweight stainless steel.
The combination of the steel and titanium feels incredibly comfortable and light on the face, almost like you’re not wearing glasses at all. And it represents a step away from the chunky plastic or horn-rimmed glasses made so popular by Warby Parker. Soon, you’ll be seeing stripped-down or mostly metal frames everywhere you look.
The Allied Metal Works collection was released under the umbrella of eyewear maker Barton Perreira. Founded in 2007 by former Oliver Peoples exec Bill Barton and his business partner, Patty Perreira, the company is aimed squarely at the luxury end of the market: Prices on the new Allied Metal Works glasses range from $445-$495 for optical frames and $540-$710 for shades and currently available online at Bergdorf Goodman .
“We developed AMW to push the boundaries of eyewear design, to take a very technical concept and merge it with Patty’s design vision,” Barton says. “The results are beyond anything we imagined!”
A previous version of this article misstated the relationship between Bill Barton and Patty Perriera in the third paragraph. They are business partners, not spouses.