This shop, founded in 1927 and bought by current owner Tony Lim from its third generation owners a few years ago, has always been known for its stock of vintage eyewear from brands like Ferragamo, Versace and Coach glasses, as well as older brands like Maczler and Rodenstock. But for four years now, Lim has also been selling his own design under the Tony Hardy brand, which features a number of vintage styles such as the tortoise shell THS-001 ($128) and the Wayfarer-styled TH017 ($88), available for prescription lenses or as sunglasses. The frames are specifically designed for Asian wearers. ‘You hardly find foreign brands making sunglasses for the local face, so I thought, why not just make my own brand?’ says Lim. Each piece is handmade in Taiwan, Korea or China, and sports an adjustable nose bridge and a more angled lens rim that doesn’t end up sitting on one’s cheeks. We also love the case and cleaning cloth that come with every purchase; it sports a colourful cartoon scene of a bustling modern Singapore street (the original mural is still featured on Lim’s shop wall). Look out for future styles in their recently launched website – like bamboo-hewn spectacles, and maybe even a ‘Bobby’ style, named after local actor Bsobby Tonelli, who’s said to be a massive fan.
|Venue name:||New China Opticians|
#B1-12A Peninsula Shopping Complex
3 Coleman Street
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