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The eye-care experts at Phoenix Optical nestle prescription lenses into a collection of handmade, vintage, and rare frames from workrooms and warehouses in France, Italy, and Germany. Shelves teem with frames made partially or entirely from bamboo ($275+), which complement faces with their masculine or feminine shapes and lightweight construction. Envelop eyes in a pair of retro acetate frames ($275+), or peruse a spectrum of unworn vintage spectacles ($275+) handpicked from Phoenix Optical's German warehouse of more than three million old-school eye panes, whose styles include cat eye, thick-rimmed Buddy Holly frames, and Teddy Roosevelt–inspired glasses wrought from pure testosterone. Stately specs handcrafted from genuine water-buffalo and ram horn ($650+) embellish visages with unique brown, ivory, and black marbling. Phoenix Optical's glasses gurus sculpt simple single lenses ($100) or multifocals ($250) with antireflective coating to ward off glares from jealous monocles. New rims arrive in a week or less, after a 10-minute pickup fitting ensures they rest comfortably on noses, ears, and cheeks.