TODAY’S BLOG IS BROUGHT TO US BY A GUEST AUTHOR, JULIE KIM, PUBLICIST FOR TC CHARTON, THE FABULOUS DESIGNERS OF ASAIN FIT EYEWEAR…
I recently cleaned out a bunch of junk drawers and various nooks where I hide things when guests are coming over to my house. Besides what appears to be the largest collection of rubber bands, coupons and receipts, I found several pairs of glasses and sunglasses that I had forgotten about. And why wouldn’t I forget about them? They were a temporary fit that ended up being an expensive disappointment within a week when I realized that they gave me a headache or they just kept sliding down my nose.
For the longest time, I thought, “well, if it has nose pads, it can be adjusted to fit my non-existent nose bridge.” Not the case. My last pair of sunglasses cost several hundred dollars, a marvelous pair of oversized metal sunglasses that made me feel like a Bond Girl, you know, those really sexy women in the 007 movies. My husband tried to be the voice of reason but I persisted, saying this is it! This is the pair of glasses that are going to fit. Several hundred dollars and an hour later, I was already feeling buyer’s remorse, the glasses were sliding down my face.
This is a familiar complaint to many Asians. After all, we’re built a bit differently. Higher cheekbones, flatter foreheads and smaller noses and lower nose bridges thwart our efforts to find eyewear that fits well and stays on our faces. At 5’2”, it would be silly for me to go shopping at the Big & Tall store. It never occurred to me to think of that concept when shopping for eyewear. But until recently, there wasn’t much of a choice as most eyewear companies model their designs after Caucasian features.
Most non-Asians stare at me blankly when I explain my elusive hunt for eyewear that fits. It’s probably why it took an Asian to determine a need in the eyewear industry of designing glasses and sunglasses specifically for Asian features. TC Charton was a literal eye-opener for me! I was so dubious about ever finding glasses that fit. Even in the midst of a humid, sweltering summer, I walk from point A to point B and my TC Charton frames stay put, leaving no marks on my cheeks. After spending decades and thousands of dollars trying to find a pair of glasses… I am finally successful.
Designer Alexandra Peng designs and names each TC Charton frame after the person who inspired it, so each style is a little bit different and meant to address a specific group of Asian features. To me, Asian Fit Eyewear is a little like having a custom tailor size me up and make me a suit.
And now that I found the beautiful, fitting eyewear, my next goal is to have a pair named after me. It will be called, the “Julie.”