Clip On Sunglasses | What Are They?

September 21st, 2018 | Posted in Guide | No Comments
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Clip on sunglasses were considered neither cool nor stylish a couple of years ago because of the limited choices available for lens colors and frame styles. Clip on sunglasses were also heavily criticized because of their 90’s antique look. Interestingly, with the ever-changing fashion trend, clip on sunglasses have been resurrected. Pictures of clip on sunglasses have started to pop up all over Instagram and Pinterest, on major celebrities to social media influencers.

You’re likely thinking, “what are clip on sunglasses?” Before we go into details, let’s take a look at their history.

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The Clip-On Sunglasses Renaissance

Clip on sunglasses made their debut in the US during the 1940’s and were used as a practical accessory rather than a fashion statement. A decade later they became popular after heartthrob James Dean started to wear them in the 1950’s. And just like that, clip on sunglasses were suddenly a cool accessory. But along with the changing trend in the fashion industry, the popularity of clip on sunglasses also went downhill as time passed…until recently when it started to make a comeback.

What are Clip On Sunglasses?

Clip-on sunglasses are glasses that are used to clip onto frames of regular or prescription glasses. They provide various benefits not necessarily available with regular prescription glasses, and can have either polarized or non-polarized lenses. Polarized clip-on sunglasses are mostly preferred by many because of their ability to filter and block glare from reflected light. And a fun fact: most sunglasses don’t have premade clip ons, but we’ve found a few. Check out these styles for a general sense of the look:

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clip on sunglasses Alexander Daas
clip on sunglasses Alexander Daas

Benefits of Clip on Sunglasses

One of the most common health problems around the world is related to eye damage. Millions of people suffer from presbyopia, myopia, cataracts, and more. To cope with these challenges and correct their vision, people turn to prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. But one common problem they encounter especially with prescription glasses is whenever they engage in different outdoor activities that require the use of sunglasses for eye protection against the sun. Hence the need for clip on sunglasses. People who wear prescription glasses can comfortably turn to clip on sunglasses because of their dimensional benefits, without the need to remove prescription glasses.

Custom Made Clip On Sunglasses

Most sunglasses don’t have premade clip ons. But there are clip ons that you can buy elsewhere, however, they will most likely not match your frame because there is no such thing as one size fits all. The best way is to have your own custom made clip ons that precisely fit the frame and size of your eyeglasses. You can have your own custom made clip on sunglasses at optical shops like Alexander Daas where you bring your glasses (or ship them) to have the clips ons made. This process includes matching the curvature and lens of your frame in any color and pattern like camouflage, leopard, or plain, even available in polarized. If done well, your clip ons can appear like you’re just wearing sunglasses and not clip on sunglasses.

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clip on sunglasses Alexander Daas

There are several designs available for clip on sunglasses. For example, titanium clips come in variations such as a bar across the top and hidden bridge styles where the bridge runs along the bridge of the frame so it is “hidden.” Another is a rimless clip on design where the clip on is almost “invisible”, as well as a flip clip design where you can flip the lenses up.

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Types of Clip-On Sunglasses

There are three types of clip-on sunglasses that are commonly available and widely used. The perfect type of clipon sunglasses for you varies depending on several factors such as your lifestyle, budget and preference in color, style and size. Let’s take a look at all 3.

1. Standard Clip-On Sunglasses

Standard clip-on sunglasses are one of the least expensive types, though the most noticeable and difficult to attach and remove from the glasses. Standard clip-on sunglasses are clipped to the middle of the bridge on regular or prescription sunglasses, and are rubber coated and should not damage the lense or the frame.

2. Flip Clip-On Sunglasses

Flip clip-on sunglasses are less likely to be damaged and are the easiest type to use since they do not need to be constantly removed and put back on. They simply clip over the glasses which you can flip up or down depending on lighting conditions. The clips used on flip clip-on sunglasses are not as noticeable as standard clip on sunglasses because of their relatively smaller clips.  .

3. Magnetic Clip-On Sunglasses

Magnetic clip-on sunglasses are the most expensive, but do not have clips and are barely noticeable. They are attached to the frame using only clear magnets, which means they can only be used on magnetic frames.

Clip on sunglasses are undoubtedly stylish, functional, and economical. Depending on the type you get, especially with options two or three above, they can allow for a more seamless, comfortable day-to-day experience. And, if you love carrying small bags or not hanging multiple sunglasses or eyeglasses on your t-shirt, clip-on frames can save so much space.

For custom made clip on sunglasses, you can personally visit or ship your glasses to Alexander Daas! Contact us for more info at 323.466.4396.

How to Use Blue Light Filter for Your Pc, Mac or Phone?

September 20th, 2018 | Posted in Guide | No Comments
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Have you ever felt tired and watery eyed after facing your computer screen for long hours? Blue light from any device or gadget can impact and disrupt your cardian rhythm causing tiredness, eye strain, and overall health problems. Let’s take a deeper look at blue light to understand it’s challenges and opportunities to help protect your eyes.

The problem with Blue Light

Blue light from your PC, Mac, or phone is part of the light spectrum that penetrates deep into the eyes. Its cumulative effects can cause serious damage to the retina of your eyes, promote age-related macular degeneration, and disrupt sleeping patterns. Sleep is part of the body’s natural biological cycle that is regulated by the amount of light our body is exposed to. Our retinas associate blue light with daytime and can sense the sun when it rises and sets as it gets dark, inducing our body’s hypothalamus to signal the production of sleep hormones called melatonin that aids with our sleeping. Being exposed to blue light at night by facing your mobile phone, Mac, or PC right before you sleep confuses our body’s internal clock causing our body to be alert and therefore can produce less melatonin, making it harder for us to sleep at night and wake up early in the morning.

Ideally, the best way to avoid the effects of blue light is to lessen your exposure to it. But in the real world, avoiding blue light–especially at night–is hard to follow. Not only do many have 9-5 work hours that involves the use of a computer, but we also spend several hours watching our favorite shows on television or Netflix, and use our mobile phones to check and update our social media profiles. Avoiding blue light simply means avoiding work and sacrificing our leisure, which is not realistic. As such, making use of the blue light filter is very important.

 

How to use blue light filters

If you can’t avoid blue light, one of the best approaches to remedy overexposure to blue light from your PC, Mac, or phone is to use a blue light filter to alter your screen’s color display.

Blue Light Filter for PC

Blue light filter for PC is an easy find since most of the monitors sold already have a built-in blue light filter. If you have Windows 10 installed, you’re in luck since it also has a blue light filter feature which means you do not need to buy another monitor for your PC. Microsoft added a new feature for Windows 10 in April 2017 called “Night Light,” which is Microsoft’s built-in blue light filter for PC’s. Windows 10 Night Light allows the user to reduce the amount of blue light emission by adjusting the color display to a warmer temperature. All you have to do is activate the blue light filter for PC, and you can even set a schedule for the night light to automatically turn on with your set time. Simply follow these easy steps to activate Microsoft’s blue light filter for PC.

  1. Press the Windows key and click settings.
  2. Click “System”
  3. Select “Display” option
  4. Turn on “Night Light”
  5. Click “Night light settings” if you want to configure the color temperature or set an automatic activation schedule.

Your eyes will have to adjust a while on your first try when using Microsoft’s blue light for pc feature. You’ll immediately notice the color shift if you turn on night light but your eyes will eventually adjust to the color change and it will likely become less intrusive. With the reduced amount of blue light exposure to your eyes when using Night Light at night, you’ll find your eyes less strained, which may lead to a more restful, good night’s sleep.

Blue Light Filter for MAC

Apple brought its blue light filter feature called Night Shift to MacOS in MacOS Seirra in March of 2017. Similar to Microsoft’s Night Light, MacOS’ Night shift is also very easy to turn on and configure.

  1. Simply open System Preferences
  2. Select “Displays”
  3. Click the “Night Shift” tab

On the Night Shift tab, you can customize how you want the Night Shift feature to work. You’ll have the option to automatically turn it on during your desired time or based on your location, and set the color temperature however you like. Like Microsoft’s blue light filter for PC called “Night Light’, MacOS’ Night shift will also set your screen color warmer to reduce the blue light emission.

Blue Light Filters for your Phone

If you’re one of the millions of people who constantly use their mobile phones to search, watch videos, update social media accounts, and other activities for several hours before going to bed, you’ve probably already experienced the effects of blue light at some point. To battle the effects of blue light from your phone, you might want to consider installing applications from Google Play or iOS App stores that have blue screen filter options.

Eyeglasses and sunglasses with blue light filter lenses

Aside from turning on blue light filter options, another way to block blue light is by wearing eyeglasses or sunglasses with blue light filter lenses during screen time, whether on a PC, Mac, phone, watching TV or being around artificial lights like LED bulbs which have been getting popular as room lights. 

Today, blue light filter lenses can be applied to modern eyewear frames to provide both style and eye protection. For example, these lenses can be applied to prescription glasses like the Alexander Daas St. Margherita

Blue Light filter Alexander Daas

Alexander Daas St. Margherita

Interested in exploring blue light filter lenses? Come into our store at 161 N Larchmont Blvd in Los Angeles, or give us a quick call at 323.466.4396, and you’ll be one step closer to an optimal sleeping pattern and proper eye health.

KBL Eyewear: The Perfect Eyewear for a Bohemian Lifestyle

September 7th, 2018 | Posted in Brands | No Comments
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A great pair of eyewear can make a huge difference, not only accentuating your look, but it can also help you see the world better (literally) than you ever have before. There are many brands available designed for specific styles and made from different materials and qualities, and sold at different prices. That can be a bit frustrating, deciding which one truly fits your personality, style, quality standards, and budget.

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If you’re looking for a style that will fit your free-spirited, wanderlust, then KBL Eyewear (which stands for Kind of Bohemian Lifestyle) would be the perfect choice for you. KBL was founded in New York in 2009, and has continuously created and designed boho and urban, yet elegant inspired eyewear with a variety of models.

KBL Eyewear proudly manufactures all of their products using special laser technology to ensure quality and durability. They take pride with using only the best materials and pay special attention to the lenses they use making sure that they give extra protection, comfort, clarity, and a lightweight feel to the user. All KBL lenses are impact resistant and have both anti-reflection and anti-UV coating against harmful UV rays. KBL Eyewear only uses top Japanese Titanium making their eyewear corrosion and chemical resistant. And, a fun fact: pure and beta Titanium is one of the hardest yet lightest materials used in manufacturing eyewear. KBL  also uses the famous Japanese “patch” technique to solder the titanium which only a few manufacturers use in the world because of its complex and time-consuming method. As for their handmade frames, KBL uses cellulose acetate from natural materials like cotton and wood pulp produced from very few Italian and Japanese companies.

Today, KBL Eyewear has successfully established their brand as a “culturally defined luxury brand for people on the move”. The collection perfectly embodies the bohemian lifestyle of ambitious and passionate people who love to wander and travel with their Metropolis, architectural, and endless artistic inspired designs. A few of their famous architectural inspired pieces are Liberty Island, Gotham City, and The Hamptons. Similar to how the brand rapidly grew in many cities and spread to Europe, KBL Eyewear aims to bring their customers along their marvelous journey as they travel from place to place taking inspirations to translate the city’s nature, architecture, and arts & culture to the eyewear they create. Let’s take a look at a few of their most popular pieces:KBL Eyewear Alexander DaasClassy, stylish, and sleek, you can’t go wrong with KBL eyeglasses like Wish List in Havana. This frame is a great fit for the round or oblong shaped faces with its rectangular look. Featuring a unique print that subtly resembles the luminous city lights, this is definitely a statement to add whether you’re looking for an on-the-go look, or more formal attire. Check more chic KBL eyeglasses at Alexander Daas. 

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This tinted beauty is one of the famous KBL sunglasses, Five to Get Ready in Vintage Orange. The warm orange, black, and brown neutral colors and tinted lens makes this a great frame for all skin tones. With its impact and scratch free feature, plus 100% UV protection, it’s durable enough for constant travel and even for busy music festivals like Coachella. Shop yours here.

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Featuring a retro vintage vibe, KBL sunglasses in Dream Rush will help you achieve that celebrity-like look. Whether to the beach or even just for a simple ladies’ brunch, this transparent nude frame will perfectly complement your outfit of the day. Staying true to its model name, Dream Rush also features a cool gradient tinted lens closely resembling a dreamy misty look. Get yours now.

Other eyewear brands like New York city based Warby Parker, known for their “Buy a pair, Give a pair” features cheap

 

If you are looking for the perfect glasses for a bohemian lifestyle, then you might wanna check out these brands. If you are on a budget, then Warby Parker is probably your best choice. If you are looking for a long-lasting and guaranteed high-quality pair of glasses, KBL is your best pick and one of the very few luxury brands that offer top quality eyewear at a fairly competitive price. Shop your favorite KBL eyewear here.

Celebrities in Alexander Daas Eyewear

September 7th, 2018 | Posted in Celebrity Sightings | No Comments
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Holding a big dream, Alexander Daas has always wanted to create his own eyewear brand with the vision of creating designs with the real wearers in mind. Using only the finest materials from Japan and Italy, he started his label with the aim of bringing old-school optical principles in creating his sunglasses and eyeglasses thoughtfully and precisely by hand. With Alexander’s philosophy and fresh perspective came a brand born out of love for the wearer. Alexander Daas named his brand after himself and has since continued to live up his dream and vision, and inspire other people. As a brand, we at Alexander Daas encourage a culture of giving and selflessness by giving a portion of our sale to a charity chosen by our authorized dealers. We’ve never felt this grateful and fulfilled!

 

Our collections have been greatly inspired by our giving and consumer-oriented philosophy. We have created eyeglasses and sunglasses with emphasis to design, fit, quality, and functionality in mind. Our timeless and unique spin on classic styles have attracted us with loyal clients who keep coming back for our top-notched quality and excellent service. Some of which includes big names in Hollywood. Here’s a recap of celebrities in Alexander Daas eyewear.

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One of our favorite clients, the famous singer-actress, Zendaya came to get styled at Daas Optique in Los Angeles. Zendaya in her new Alexander Daas ‘Victory’ looks so fab! Her new aviator sunglasses perfectly complimented her cool personality and style!

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American actress Emily Wickersham wearing St Margherita in her famous show, NCIS. The star best known in her role in NCIS as Eleanor Bishop, an NCIS Special Agent was always spotted wearing Alexander Daas St Margherita on the show. The audience always looked forward to her character as she brightly showed her acting prowess in NCIS. Adding so much to her character, St Margherita eyeglasses by Alexander Daas became a must-have among the audience.

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Michael Keaton has the need for speed in Alexander Daas sunglasses. Starring Aaron Paul, Michael Keaton, and Dominic Cooper, the movie grossed over $203 million worldwide. The box-office hit movie revolves around a street racer as he sets of to race avenging the death of his friend from the hands of his rival racer. Michael Keaton playing as the Monarch in the movie gained much attention with his eye-catching Power sunglasses by Alexander Daas. The actor was also spotted wearing the sunglasses even off screen. He absolutely adores his Power sunglasses!

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Check out the American-Canadian actress Lauren Holly out and about, enjoying a good day while looking gorgeous in her Alexander Daas sunglasses ‘Majesty’. Famous in her notable roles in Picket Fences, NCIS, Motive, Dumb and Dumber, Dragon, Beautiful girls, What Women Want, and more, the actress is also known for her adoration with sunglasses. We are very honored that we are one of the labels that she loves to wear. And among her favorites is our very own Majesty sunglasses!

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Youtube star Justine spotted running an errand with her Alexander Daas frames. She’s been seen wearing our Wisdom X on her coffee run, random selfies, and on her trips! The famous Youtuber with over 5 million followers surely knows where to get the right glasses!

The award-winning television host, actress, and model Jenny McCarthy is probably one of Alexander Daas Eyewear’s best fans. She was frequently seen styling herself with our awesome specs not only once nor twice, but she was spotted wearing our designs a lot in her television shows and even award shows.

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Here’s Jenny McCarthy confidently wearing Alexander Daas Hayes as she co-hosted on the American TV show ‘The View’. Pretty in orange, the actress stunned everyone with her amazing hosting skills and incredible style. She absolutely nailed her look with our very own Hayes!

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Here’s another snap of Jenny McCarthy on The View still rocking our Alexander Daas Hayes. She once again co-hosted on the show alongside Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepherd Joy Behar, and more. She surely can’t get enough of her Alexander Daas eyeglasses!

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Another TV show where we spotted Jenny McCarthy wearing her favorite pair of Alexander Daas Eyewear – Hayes. And we can’t get enough of her straight hair look!

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Jenny McCarthy absolutely looked stunning on her purple dress during the American Music Awards in 2011. She looked fabulous as ever but more especially with her favorite Alexander Daas Eyewear in Wisdom X on.

Indeed, celebrities have fallen in love with our eyewear collection. That’s not even half of it. We got a lot more celebrities in Alexander Daas eyewear on our list but it’ll take more than a day to blog about them one by one. For now, let us know what you think. Which one was your favorite? 🙂

If you’re looking for the perfect eyewear, you can check us out at the Alexander Daas Eyewear Showroom located at 431 J St., San Diego, CA 92101 or visit https://alexanderdaas.com/store-locator to find an authorized optician near you.

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