San Francisco Fashion Week

San Francisco Fashion Week was an amazing event, as fashion, technology, and design innovators – and the most au courant fashion bloggers – all converged to create a unique, “only in San Francisco” experience.
 
Zenni would never miss a fashionista event. So we were there, to learn from, revel in, and record all the latest exciting trends in fashion.
 

 
Within the concrete walls of SOMA lofts, fashion photographers clicked away, recording bloggers, designers, and techies sharing their fashion industry insights.
 
Masters of the trendy blogosphere Natasha Lo and Anthony Rogers discussed their approach to the “Street” part of the theme. We loved hearing them describe how they take pictures of strangers on the street, and we were really taken with Amy Roiland’s description of collaborating with street people, by giving them cameras to capture their unique perspective in distinctive photo sessions.
 

 
We were especially delighted to hear Natasha and Anthony address whether it’s possible to make a living from your blogging passion, because the answer is “Yes.”
 

 
Also, we have to give a special shout-out to some of the fashion experts we met, who helped make the night special: Owen Geronimo, Robyn Hagan Cain of RackedSF, Caroline Curran, Kelly Huibregtse, Rafael Cano, and Lena Drozdova of LiveLoveModa & California Crown Clothing.
 
To sum it all up, it was simply awesome! It was great to meet you all, to hear your stories, to laugh with you, to get a sneak peek into your apps, and especially, to see you looking so great in our glasses!
 

 

 

 

 

 
We will definitely be back next time, and we hope to see you there, too!
 
 

Saturday, September, 27 2014 by

Frame Friday: Fall Glasses Collection

Fall is definitely here and Zenni’s got some great styles that can take you through the end of the year. Check out a sampling of our fall glasses collection below:
 

Frame #535421
 
These wayfarers combine black and metal for an edgy look. Sure, you can wear them to the office, but they’ll look just as cool at a friend’s party or at a poetry slam. Try pairing these with a gray shirt or blouse for a super-sophisticated look.
 

Frame #628921
 
Here’s another pair of glasses that mixes two colors: Black with wood grain temples. The contrast results in a look that’s a lot more interesting than what plain black frames can offer.
 

Frame #293125
 
I admit that I love this simple pair of tortoiseshell rectangle frames: The color is deep and warm and there are no distracting embellishments. This is a beautiful pair of glasses that will look great with the warmer, richer colors of fall.
 

Frame #100512
 
Now here’s something a bit different: Gray woodgrain frames. These would be a great option if you want draw attention to your eyes: Try pairing these with black or brown clothing for maximum impact.

 

 

Friday, September, 26 2014 by

Maker Faire Inspired DIY Glasses Cases


 
Here at Zenni we’re all about the DIY spirit, as you can probably tell from infographics like this one, and there are few events in the world that capture the do-it-yourself attitude quite like the famous World Maker Faire in New York.
 
Labeled as “the greatest show and tell on Earth,” the Maker Faire is a hodgepodge of talented “makers” putting their wares on display and sharing knowledge and innovation. Comprised of techies, artists, engineers and craftsmen, the participants at the Maker Faire are truly an inspiring bunch.
 
In honor of them and this amazing event, which takes place this weekend, we decided to put together a blog post that features “makers” of a different sort. We searched the web and found some unique blogger tutorials for making your own glasses cases and they were so good that we had to share!
 
Check out the finished products below and be sure to click through to the full tutorials on each site.
 

Leather Sunglasses Holder from A Beautiful Mess

 

 
This tutorial is super easy to follow and the finished product looks really professional. We love the added clasp to keep your glasses in and the black leather glasses on front are a great touch. Read the whole thing here.
 

Simple Fabric Cases from Poppytalk

 

 
These are so fun and easy to make. All you need is calico or plain fabric, fabric markers, scissors and a needle with thread! For more, visit the full tutorial.
 

Hand Sewn Felt Cases from Design Sponge

 

 
Taken from one of crafter Kata Golda’s book, these lovely DIY glasses cases are so artistic! Click here to learn how to make them yourself.
 

If all else fails…

 

 
We understand that not everyone is the DIY type. Sometimes you just want have someone else make it for you! If this is the case (pun intended!) with you, don’t worry. You can always browse our selection of eyeglass cases and find the perfect one to fit your personality.

 
 
 

Saturday, September, 20 2014 by

Frame Friday: Ahoy Matey!

Avast! If Talk Like a Pirate Day has ye in a mood for skulls and crossbones, check out these whimsical Zenni frames:
 

 
Sail the high seas in comfort in these plastic frames: The blue temples lighten up the look and show off the skull and crossbones embellishment. Wear these to school and take note of the reactions you get.
 

 
If you are looking for something a bit more feminine and discreet, check out these lovely two-tone cat eye glasses. Note those subtle little skulls on the temples. Think of how sneaky you’ll feel wearing these around town: You’ll look conservative enough, but only the truly observant will know about your inner pirate.
 

 
Looking for something a bit more hardcore? Try these black plastic/acetate frames with silver trim: Those little skulls will remind the general public that you are not one to be messed with.
 

 
Nostalgic for the eighties? Try these new wave rectangular frames with a Jolly Roger printed right on the side. Create some spikes with some hair gel, and you’ll be all set.
 

 
Continuing in the spirit of MTV when it still played music videos, here is another dramatic look: Black frames, red temples and a sleek Jolly Roger on the sides. A bit much for daytime wear, but should look great with some black leather while out clubbing.

 

 

 

Friday, September, 19 2014 by

Frame Friday: London Fashion Week

London Fashion week starts today, so we decided to focus on some of our most runway-worthy styles. If you are looking to add some serious glam to your look, these frames are for you.

 

Frame #A10120223

While some folks use sunglasses to disappear into the crowd, these frames will likely have the opposite effect, particularly with the gray-tinted lenses. These offer a bit of coverage, causing people around you to wonder “Who IS that behind those sunglasses?”

 

Frame #A10120721

Here’s another pair of full-coverage glasses that might well make people scratch their heads as they wonder if you are some sort of celebrity. These basic black frames are crafted in a wayfarer style but with some distinctly feminine curves. If you want a high-impact look, check these out.

 

Frame #180833

Stylish and unique, the pattern on this pair of cream-colored frames is supposed to be “woodgrain,” but it reminds me a bit of mother of pearl. Regardless, this is a gorgeous pair of glasses that will pair nicely with the last remnants of your summer tan.

 

Frame #303615

I just checked out some early photos from London Fashion Week and while there are some gorgeous jewel-toned fabrics on display, I’m also looking at a LOT of neutral earth tones. These lovely frames start out as chocolate brown on top, gradually fading to tan at the base. Pair these with some brown and beige this fall . . . you’ll look amazing.

 

6794 Acetate and Stainless Steel Full-Rim Frame with Acetate Temples

Frame #679421

Looking forward to a night out but haven’t seen your threader in awhile? Check out these industrial-looking browline glasses. They add structure to your face while also helping you see clearly. Try pairing with a black leather moto jacket.

 

Frame #785321

Here’s another pair of frames that will go great with the neutral earth tones that we are seeing at London Fashion Week. We have two colors at play: Black and copper, creating a distinctive look.

(Into steampunk? Try out a pair of these frames with your garb.)

 

7824 Acetate Full-Rim Frame with Metal Alloy Temples

Frame #782425

We love to mix it up at Zenni! Just as the previous pair of frames mixed black and copper, this pair combines gold and tortoise. These are a bit more conservative, though, and may be a better choice for the office.

 

Men's Black 6372 Acetate Full-Rim Frame

Frame #637221

No eyeglass wardrobe would be complete without a pair of basic black frames, which is what we offer you here. When in doubt, grab these and you’ll always look appropriately dressed.

 
And don’t forget to snap a selfie of you in your new Zenni’s with the #zennifashion Hashtag for your chance to win a $300 dollar Nordstrom’s Gift Card!
 

Friday, September, 12 2014 by

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