Greg Hofman

Can a nice pair of glasses help you find love? Greg bought these Dita “Statesman” frames after a woman in the store told him he would land a date if he wore them. A few days later, he found a girlfriend.

This classic half-rim silhouette is made from a handcrafted zyl acetate frame, with a diamond pattern titanium nose pad and trim. Custom hex rivets are a Dita signature, while the matte black design keeps it classy and confident. Handmade in Japan, the “Statesman” is a staple in the Dita collection, and has been seen on everyone from Ne-yo to David Beckham – proving Greg is in pretty nice company (and has pretty good taste) when it comes to charming the ladies.

Julia Rapp

As one of the designers – and namesakes – behind Toronto-based Rapp Eyewear, Julia Rapp has a very important job: giving every frame a unique name. The process, she explains, is really quite simple. “I name the glasses after three things: streets in different cities of importance, clients of importance (especially ones that look great in those frames), and movie stars of importance.”

We photographed Julia wearing Rapp Eyewear’s “Ethel” frame, named after Ethel Merman. “I really like Ethel Merman as she was crazy, harsh and sweet all at once,” Julia told us. “This frame is strong and pretty, while a little aggressive.” We love the juxtaposition between the soft and delicate colour of the frame, and the stark black arms. The sweeping brow line also crescendos into sharp and slightly jagged temples. Like Ethel Merman, the glasses are kooky and cool at the same time.

Another favourite frame of Julia’s is the “Gilda,” named after Rita Hayworth’s character in the movie of the same name. Hayworth was a friend and client of the Rapp family for more than 30 years. “That type of dedication,” Julia says, “deserved to have its name on a frame.”

Katrina Reynolds

Katrina bought these cut-out metal frames from the Patricia Field store in New York. Best known as the costume designer for Sex and the City, Field has since expanded her influence to the retail world, opening a store on the Bowery that sells everything from dresses to jewelry. These frames carry Field’s signature aesthetic – which mixes retro glamour with bold, over-the-top silhouettes. The super-round lenses sit within a silver frame that’s reminiscent of chain-link fencing, or even a pair of sexy, fishnet tights.

Katrina liked the geometric pattern, and that the frames are so different from anything she’s ever seen. The best part: these Patricia Field glasses are available on her namesake website for only $18!

David WIld

David purchased these two-tone frames at Rapp Eyewear in Toronto. We love the contrast between the golden tone of the frames and the slate grey arms. The shape of the frames, meantime, is at once sleek and sculpted, with a thicker nose bridge and rounded lenses that square off slightly at the temples. David liked the butterscotch colour and thought it would bring out his skin tone (he used to have thick black frames and felt they were hiding his face). If you’re looking for something a little different, this colour is still a classic and subtle neutral, but also a fresh alternative to the more traditional black and brown.