Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Glasses, Optics & Eyewear Monopoly: Luxottica's Illusion Of Global Competition


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Serious eyewear for serious fun, on and off the water


Serious eyewear for serious fun, on and off the water
By Charleen Larson

My personal trainer, Jane, a petite blonde nymph whose physique I can only envy, has recently become obsessed with an activity called SUP (stand-up paddle boarding). Her sport utility vehicle is completely paddle board themed, from the floor mats shaped like giant flip-flops to the Hawaiian hula girl on the dashboard. And of course she wouldn't be caught out on the water without her SeaSpecs SunFire Polarized Surfing Sunglasses. Cruising around in our local lagoon, she tries hard not to fall off her board. If she did, though, no worries. The SeaSpecs have an adjustable strap that can't be removed, thus ensuring she's unlkely to lose them in the water. And if they did come off while she's stand-up paddle surfing on the weekends in the Pacifc Ocean, SeaSpecs are designed to float.

Jane knows that personal appearance is important when you work in a gym. It doesn't do to come to work with tired, reddened eyes. So the 100% UVA and UVB protection of her SunSpecs not only protects her from sea spray, sun and glare, it keeps her eyes looking daisy-fresh. Impact-resistant lenses guard against UFOs (unexpected flying objects).

SunSpecs have garnered a reputation for the ultimate in extreme watersport protection for good reason. Vents in the frame keep your lenses clear and unclouded. They're serious gear, yet inexpensive enough you can keep a second pair on hand as a backup. Watersports professionals swear by them. Whether it's surfing at Mavericks, boogie boarding in Hawaii or extreme wake boarding, SunSpecs keep going as long as you can.

Cyclists and cross-country runners know a good thing when they see it, too. Adjust the SeaSpecs sturdy strap for maximum comfort, then forget you even have them on, no matter how rough the road is or how steep the climb. SeaSpecs designers didn't forget about your proboscis; there's a soft nose and bridge cushion to minimize damage in case of a face plant.

And when the season draws to a close and it's time to reluctantly put away your water equipment, keep your SeaSpecs on hand. They're equally versatile for winter sports.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kulula Airlines Shades of Green



Kulula is a low-cost South-African airline that doesn't take itself too seriously. Check out their new livery! And have a read about their Customer Relations.























WHAT A PITY KULULA DOESN'T FLY INTERNATIONALLY - WE SHOULD SUPPORT THEM IF ONLY FOR THEIR HUMOUR - SO TYPICALLY SOUTH AFRICAN.




Kulula is an Airline with head office situated in Johannesburg.Kulula airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight "safety lecture" and announcements a bit more entertaining.



Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported: 




On a Kulula flight, (there is no assigned seating, you just sit where you want) passengers were apparently having a hard time choosing, when a flight attendant announced,



"People, people we're not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!" 



                 ---o0o--- 



On another flight with a very "senior" flight attendant crew, the pilot said,



"Ladies and gentlemen, we've reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants." 



                 ----o0o--- 



On landing, the stewardess said,



"Please be sure to take all of your belongings.. If you're going to leave anything, please make sure it's something we'd like to have." 



                 ----o0o--- 



"There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane."



                 ---o0o--- 



"Thank you for flying Kulula. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride." 



                 ---o0o--- 



As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Durban Airport , a lone voice came over the loudspeaker:



"Whoa, big fella. WHOA!" 



                 ---o0o-- 



After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in the Karoo, a flight attendant on a flight announced,



"Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as hell everything has shifted." 



                 ---o0o--- 



From a Kulula employee:



"Welcome aboard Kulula 271 to Port Elizabeth . To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don't know how to operate one, you probably shouldn't be out in public unsupervised." 



                 ---o0o--- 



"In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child travelling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are travelling with more than one small child, pick your favourite." 



                 ---o0o--- 



"Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but we'll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than Kulula Airlines." 



                 ----o0o--- 



"Your seats cushions can be used for flotation; and in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments." 



                 ---o0o---



"As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses.." 



                 ---o0o--- 



And from the pilot during his welcome message:



"Kulula Airlines is pleased to announce that we have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!" 



               
--o0o---



Heard on Kulula 255 just after a very hard landingin Cape Town : The flight attendant came on the intercom and said,



"That was quite a bump and I know what y'all are thinking. I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilot's fault, it wasn't the flight  attendant's fault, it was the asphalt." 



            
--o0o---



Overheard on a Kulula flight into Cape Town , on a particularly windy and bumpy day: During the final approach, the Captain really had to fight it. After an extremely hard landing, the Flight Attendant said,



"Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to The Mother City. Please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened while the Captain taxis what's left of our airplane to the gate!" 



              
--o0o---  



Another flight attendant's comment on a less than perfect landing: "We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal." 



              
--o0o---



An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a "Thanks for flying our airline". He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old lady walking with a cane. She said,



"Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?"



"Why, no Ma'am," said the pilot. "What is it?"



The little old lady said,



"Did we land, or were we shot down?" 



            
--o0o---



After a real crusher of a landing in Johannesburg , the attendant came on with,



"Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we will open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal.."


              
--o0o---



Part of a flight attendant's arrival announcement:



"We'd like to thank you folks for flying with us today.. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you'll think of Kulula Airways." 



               
--o0o---



Heard on a Kulula flight:



"Ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to smoke, the smoking section on this airplane is on the wing.. If you can light 'em, you can smoke 'em."







Tuesday, October 19, 2010

TattooApparel.com National Fashion Model Search Contest for Men and Women,

TattooApparel.com and the Perpetual Vogue Store are known for working with aspiring models in the Southern California area. We receive many email requests from customers, fans and aspiring models in other parts of the Country asking if they can model for us. This is not normally feasible as we prefer to shoot at our own location and at other local area locations using our favorite local photographers. We decided to have this National Model Search Contest in order to give any legal resident of the United States who is over the age of 21 who has not modeled for us in the past the opportunity to win a spot modeling for us at a professional photo shoot in January 2011.



Friday, July 23, 2010

TRY ON SOME GAGAS!

Lady Gaga performing at Gröna Lund, Stockholm,...Image via Wikipedia








Looking for a star image to try on? Check out Gogglesand Glasses' line of Lady GaGa glasses



Her success is undeniable.

There is no one quite like her.

She has an incredible amount of nerve, courage and determination.

She is talented and creative.

She's distinctly different.



Born "Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta", one story of how she came about with the stage name of Lady GaGa is this:
Music producer Rob Fusari who helped her write some of her earlier songs, texted her one day, intending on addressing her as "Radio Gaga" (Fusari had a habit of launching into Queen's "Radio Gaga" when Lady G arrived at the studio, it had become "her entrance song"). As "Radio Gaga" was typed into the text somehow the phone did an autocorrect, and 'radio' was changed to 'lady'. She liked it and from then on Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta became "Lady GaGa".


TOP:
Retro Vintage Lady Gaga Sunglasses Poker Face Just Dance
ALSO IN TORTOISE


RIGHT:
Lady Gaga Round Flip Up Sunglasses ks1142hpsD





BELOW RIGHT:


Lady Gaga Sunglasses Paparazzi Flip Up 1199hpblk


Also in blue, purple and red frames

Thursday, July 22, 2010

BLUES BROTHERS WAYFARER SUNGLASSES


The Very Best of The Blues BrothersImage via Wikipedia
























A GogglesandGlasses

CLASSIC




Who can forget The Blues Brothers, the phenomenal music and the look John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd created? The black suits, the black fedoras, the skinny ties and probably the most significant item of their attire - Wayfarer sunglasses with dark lenses.

WAYFARER HISTORY - The well-known Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses were popular in the 1950sand 60s but their popularity fell off in the 1970s. Sunglass wearers of the 1980s brought the Wayfarer back however, probably to stay, as one of the top sunglass styles of all time.
At GogglesandGlasses, Wayfarer/Blues Brothers sunglasses are one of our most favorite products and we have over 125 styles and variations of colors, frame and lens combinations.













BLUES BROTHERS TRIVIA



  • Dan Aykroyd wrote the original script for the movie, and that of the sequel "Return of the Blues Brothers", wrapping the stack of pages in a phone book cover because it was so thick.



  • The original "look" consisting of the fedora and the shades, came from a John Lee Hooker album cover that Aykroyd showed to Belushi, saying "If we ever put this together, this is the look". Hooker, a Mississippi-born blues singer-songwriter and guitarist also appeared and sang in the movie.


  • The rest of the look - black suits and ties, came from the Beatnik era when musicians would wear "straight-apparel" so they could go out into society and not be hassled.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010














AVIATORS & TOM CRUISE
Making Sunglass History

Undeniably, one of the most popular pairs of Aviators ever worn in a movie were those worn by Tom Cruise in the 1986 classic "Top Gun". This summer, Tom dons the Aviators again in the highly-rated action movie, "Knight and Day" with Cameron Diaz.
Cruise in "Knight and Day", pictured above, and Cruise in "Top Gun", below right.


At GogglesandGlasses, Mirror Aviators are our #1 selling sunglass.


Our 3 packs are especially popular and now for the first time offered in this combination - a 3pack of our 50mm Color Revo Classic Gold, Green and Fire Red. "Revo", in sunglass terminology is an innovative lens derived from a technology developed by NASA for satellite portholes: the lens is composed of a multi-layer coating capable of providing the highest protection from UV and IR radiation. Our Revo Mirror Aviator sunglasses are unisex and provide a nostalgic style for men and women both, while holding a modern appeal. (But we haven't seen a shot of Diaz wearing Aviators!)
Aviator sunglasses are a classic accessory that never goes out of style.

































PYRAMEX V2 READERS SAFETY GLASSES



This is the Venture II in reading glass form. The magnified lenses are below your eye level, so that they are not distracting when you don't need them. Magnification powers of the reading lenses are available 1.50 through 3.00. The arms can be extended to fit comfortably. These lightweight and stylish glasses offer excellent protection for the active worker with superior comfort and fit. Lenses are coated for scratch resistance. Features a black frame with gray lenses (pictured), also in clear lens, They are made of an impact resistant polycarbonate. Features a durable frame which stands up to abuse and a soft nose pads for extra comfort. They're great for the outdoor activities, like biking or cycling and also come in an I/O lens. They're so cool, nobody will even know that you're wearing safety glasses. Exceeds ANSI Z87.1-2003 High Impact Requirements, CSA standard CAN/CSA Z94.3. Provides 99.9% protection from harmful UV-A and UV-B rays. Measures 143mm wide, 45mm

Monday, July 19, 2010

MORE BACK TO SCHOOL - Show your school spirit






Is Your School Mascot a Bulldog?

Have we got the shades for you!
Body art and vision meet in this inksplosion of fashion of our
Tattoo Shades Vintage Bulldog Amber P8752 TT

These vintage tattoo designs have become highly popular and we have several choices of frame and lens colors. The Bulldog is available in black and tortoise frames, with a surly Bulldog on the arms, you'll be setting the style while showing school spirit. Other "mascot" possibilities
include a panther, screaming eagle, leopard, koi fish and others. Wait "Koi Fish"???!
"Go Koi Fish, beat the Tigers!!"
Never mind the koi fish..............




Summer is winding down


and at the end of every
summer is the season of

BACK TO SCHOOL!

Whether you’re in junior or high school, or entering college, you’ll soon be shopping for clothes, shoes and accessories like SUNGLASSES! Be the envy
of all the fashion-conscious girls at school with
these stylin' and profilin' shades to fit almost any decor.
The wide arms are artfully inspired and designed with a vibrant purple marble pattern.
They are sleek, contoured, luxurious, and a little unorthodox. They have a single lens design and because the gold metal frame is behind the lens,
they have a rimless look while remaining extremely durable.




















If you’re looking for something original and stylish for your everyday reading glasses, these bamboo readers are the perfect choice. Not only do the temples have the natural beauty of bamboo wood, but also the legendary strength. The rimless, rectangular Reader lenses are clear and the Sunreader lenses are available in grey, bronze or violet. The hinges are available in gunmetal, silver and gold. Provides 100 percent UV400 protection and are perfect for reading outside. Available in strenghts 1.00 to 3.25. Most strengths available in most colors. Comes with a decorative magnetic box. Measures 27mm tall, 161mm long, and 128mm wide.







Micro Fiber Pouch with Locking Ball in Colors




We now offer a rainbow
of colors of our

Improper cleaning of sunglasses or glasses can often lead to scratches. For instance, never use paper towels - they are abrasive and can create surface scratching.
These micro fiber cases can double as proper cleaning cloths, preventing scratching on the surface of lenses. They can also be used to carry other small items, such as pens or pencils, small digital devices, or marbles. The drawstring has an easy-to-operate locking ball. Comes in red, blue, orange, purple, grey, pink and basic black. Measures 3.7 X 7 in./ 96 X 175mm.


























Friday, July 16, 2010

UVA, UVB, Gradient and Polarized Lenses ??









WHAT DOES

IT ALL MEAN?



There are a number of terms used in the descriptions of our products. “UVA and UVB”, “Super Dark”, “Gradient lenses”, “Mirror coated lenses” – all are features of different products. To upgrade your shopping experience from “casual” to “informed”, we hope this information will help you make knowledgeable choices. (For more about lenses, go to INFO on our HOME page)
UVA & UVB Most everyone knows that ultraviolet light (UV) can damage your skin but we are learning that long-term exposure to UV light increases the risk of cataracts, the clouding of the eye’s lens. Also, it is now believed that UV rays increase the risk of macular degeneration, a chronic disease that affects the central vision.
Higher price doesn’t mean better protection. High-priced sunglasses are most often the result of fashion and a brand name, usually with a good dose of quality in the mix. Inexpensive sunglasses will usually provide 100% UVA & UVB protection and are oftentimes manufactured with the same materials as the more pricey ones. Look for labels, tags and stickers stating the degree of UV protection that should come on the glasses, if there aren’t any, it’s probably wise to choose another pair.
Keep in mind that most people think that they're at risk only when they're outside on a sunny day, but UV light can go right through clouds, so it doesn't matter if the sky is overcast. The sun's rays are strongest between 10 am and 2 pm. Children need protection too. It is believed that over-exposure to the sun that results in a severe sunburn before adulthood creates an increased risk of cancer related skin conditions later in life, consideration that a child’s protection to the sun’s harmful rays should include his/her eyes as well.
Lens Color The darkness or color of a sunglass lens does not indication UV protection, in fact the coating that blocks UV light is clear. The degree of lens darkness has no effect on UV rays. Gradient lenses, (which appear in our Neon Tetra Wayfarers pictured at right) were designed with driving in mind; the top and darker part of the lens is for looking up and or straight ahead while driving and the lighter bottom of the lens is for viewing the dashboard, your gauges and speedometer. Many of our sunglasses feature a gradient lens.
Mirrored Lenses We agree they make you look cool but mirror coated lenses actually limit the amount of light entering your eyes, so you're more comfortable. Mirror coatings (also called flash coatings) are highly reflective coatings applied to the front surface of sunglass, the color of the tinted lens under the coating determines your color perception.
Finally, the age-old question of “How Do Polarized Lenses Work?” we’ll blog about in another post.







Thursday, July 15, 2010




















We regularly get large orders of any number of our Novelty/Party Glasses. As we gather and pack them for shipment we wonder, “Why would someone buy all these glasses?” Occasionally, we hear from a customer who bought Aviators for their son’s high school graduating class, a bride who bought Elvis glasses for her Las Vegas wedding party or rose-colored glasses for a 50th wedding anniversary celebration.
So, while cruising our aisles of sunglasses and novelty glasses we came up with these PARTY THEMES to help get you started:

Pink, Red, Black and White Cat Eyes OR

Elegant Butterfly Sunglasses for Girl’s Slumber Parties
Alien Glasses or Trekkie Robot Devos for a fun, space geek theme party.

Kids’ Aviators for any type of children's parties or events.











Harry Potter/Ozzy/Lennons for a magician or music themed party.




Alien Glasses or Trekkie Robot Devos for a fun space, Trekkie, Star Wars theme.

PARTY, PARTY, PARTY!


Is there a party
on your calendar?

With these pink flamingo and palm tree party sunglasses, you are bound to find a party wherever your travels take you; Mexico, The Bahamas, or right in your own backyard. You will be the life of the party when you are sporting these awesome party shades.



Yum...Wake up to a Bloody Mary when you slide on these festive Bloody Mary Sunglasses. Get your day started when you put these on, whether you are at a pool party or afternoon brunch. Spice up your life with these lightweight, durable plastic sunglasses. Adult-sized, dimensions: 7 x 3.Bloody Mary: 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 cup ice cubes, 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger vodka, 3/4 cup spicy tomato-vegetable juice cocktail, 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce, 1 dash hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco) salt and pepper to taste, 1 stalk celery and 2 stuffed green olives.






Strawberry Daiquiri Cocktail Party Glasses Yummm. Fresh Strawberry Daiquiri on a hot summer day. What could be better?
Strawberry Daquiri: 1 oz Light Rum, 1/2 oz Strawberry Schnapps, 1 oz Lime Juice, 2 tsp Powdered Sugar, 2 oz Fresh or Frozen Strawberries, Crushed Ice, Whipped Cream.
Directions: Dip the rim of a glass in strawberry juice and coat it with sugar. Shake all ingredients well with crushed ice and pour into the sugar coated glass. Top with whipped cream and a whole fresh strawberry. Fruity-licious Pineapple Party Sunglasses. These glasses are perfect for theme parties: Hawaiian Luau, SpongeBob, Pina Colada Night, etc. They offer full UV 400 ultraviolet protection. Features orange lenses.







Wednesday, July 14, 2010

GogglesandGlasses Opens New Website








WELCOME TO OUR

GRAND OPENING
Welcome to the grand opening of our new GogglesandGlasses website! We have been working long hours to get our new site ready for your visit. Everything is arranged and organized to make it easy to shop for the sunglasses, reading and safety goggles and glasses and accessories that you have been searching for. They are all here – "the high speed eyewear you want at low speed prices".
That's GogglesandGlasses CEO and founder, Gary Richardson pictured above right.
We have so many features that are NEW and IMPROVED we can't begin to tell you about them all! Just to touch on a few :
  • We have streamlined our cart/checkout procedures and, to save you time on future visits, you can now have your own GogglesandGlasses Account.

  • To jump start your shopping experience, we show you our New Additions, Top 4 Best Sellers and Most Recent Item Purchased on index pages during your visit.

  • Our inventory is updated with each purchase so you can be confident you're selecting items that are currently in-stock.

  • With each order we offer SPECIALS. These are some of our best selling accessories -lens cleaner, repair kits, visor clips - you'll wonder how you ever cared for your eyewear in the past without these!

A new security feature we are very proud of is our GogglesandGlasses SSL Certificate, SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. SSL is an industry-standard way of passing sensitive information between computers. SSL Certificates are used to securely transfer credit card numbers and other information across the Internet. With Extended Validation, GogglesandGlasses visitors using high-security browsers will see the address bar turn green when they begin to enter sensitive information while placing an order. Extended Validation SSL Certificates provide a convenient and visible sign to our customers that GogglesandGlasses.com is a highly authenticated, trustworthy site and that your sensitive information is secure.