We’ve seen records transformed into everything from bowls and clocks to place mats and jewelry. Now, a company in Budapest is using castaway vinyl to handcraft stylish eyeglasses. Vinylize was born when founder Zachary Tipton spotted his father’s old record collection and had an aha moment. The company’s first line of frames was made using a batch of hefty communist records sourced from local flea markets. Today, the company produces 24 classic styles, including uber-cool Le Corbusier-inspired sunglasses, and sells them in 20 countries around the world.
What It Is:
To make the frames, vinyl records are fused with biodegradable cellulose-acetate to strengthen and insulate against the melting effects of heat. Then, they’re milled into frames. Each pair is handcrafted from a different record (pop, classical, you name it) so no two are exactly the same (trendsetting hipsters take note!), and the albums’ grooves are incorporated into the design giving the glasses a really distinct look.
Why We Love It
This company is so eco-zealous that no one on staff uses a car, they re-use all packaging materials and have a “cold-water policy” in the office. But when it comes to style, these nerdy-chic glasses are off the charts. Riveted hinges give each pair an old-world feel and the deep black frames are so well crafted they get more comfortable with time, kind of like your favourite Marvin Gaye album.
Peruse the collection and find a retailer near you at vinylize.com.