Robert lives around the corner from Rapp Eyewear in Toronto, so it only made sense for him to pick up a new pair of glasses there. The aesthetics and unique use of acetate in these “Stuart” frames really resonated with him, and he liked that they were different from brands sold in other stores. Produced locally in Toronto at Rapp’s dedicated eyewear manufacturing facility, these frames feature a matte finish, with crisp edges and a pronounced, forward bridge. The warm caramel tone is subtle rather than overpowering when given a translucent finish, and we love the bold, structured square shape. They say you don’t always need to match your accessories to your clothing, but when the overall look is as dapper as Robert’s, it doesn’t hurt to be a little matchy-matchy.
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.”
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.