Crystal Clear: Optics

Posted on May 22, 2013, 8:00 am
2 mins
John and Shari Behnke in unique glasses at the Brink Bash

John and Shari Behnke in unique glasses at the Brink Bash

As summer approaches, everyone is gearing up with seasonal accessories. At the top of this list are sunglasses. It is rumored that Seattle sells more sunglasses annually than any other US city per capita. I’m not really sure if it’s true, but another rumor about Seattle states that we spend more than twice the national average on books annually, and that seems plausible. I wonder if our attention should then be on optical glasses, which are the perfect (and often necessary) accessory year-round. John and Shari Behnke, avid art collectors and founders of The Brink, both wore glasses to the Brink Bash hosted by The Henry. Their unique frames certainly gave their looks a fun energy and artistic quality. John’s rectangle frames suited his masculine features and smart suit, while Shari’s cat-eye frames played off of her black-and-white striped frock. It is clear these two have a deep appreciation for art, and the art of optical glass goes back hundreds of years as a craft that is both beautiful and useful.

A pair that works for both men and women is Kris Van Assche’s clear and silver frames available at Linda Farrow. The shape is neither too angular nor too round—totally gender-neutral. Furthermore, the silver and clear materials make them versatile and unique—distinctive without an overpowering or gaudy aesthetic. In a city with so much water both on the ground and in the sky, the clear Lucite frames and silver underlay would mimic the glittering water all around.

For those who do not need glasses—don’t worry. Eventually you will…

Kris Van Assche’s clear and silver frames available at Linda Farrow

Kris Van Assche’s clear and silver frames available at Linda Farrow