F is for Frame-Fit: Canadian Launches Universal Eyewear Fit that Includes Faces with a Small Nose Bridge

Wherever she looked for eyewear, Canadian Kathy Tran was told, "Oh, they don't make them for you." So she designed sunglasses to fit her face, and yours too.
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Wherever she looked for eyewear, Canadian Kathy Tran was told, "Oh, they don't make them for you." So she designed sunglasses to fit her face, and yours too.
On the right: Kathy Tran, founder and designer of KayTran Eyewear

On the right: Kathy Tran, founder and designer of KayTran Eyewear

Kathy Tran and I have a little problem. Some of you have it too. We have a small nose bridge, which makes wearing stylish eyewear a bit tricky.

KayTran frames_Cecelia_Celine_Aiden

Ever had trouble finding oversized sunglass frames that don't suction themselves to your cheeks?

KayTran Allison frames

"I've always had issues with any kind of eyewear in general," says Tran, whose nose bridge is actually smaller than mine. "The response I always got was, 'Oh, no, no -- they don't make them for you.' My only option was frames with nose pads." (Nose pads for me always result in red indents on on either side of my nose bridge when I take off my shades. Unpretty.)

KayTran Celine frames

So while in business school, Tran created a business plan for a line of frames that would fit faces like hers -- and mine and yours, too.

KayTran frames

And later, she poured all her savings into research and product development, and what's become a capsule collection of 20 frames in seven different styles to suit a variety of face shapes as well as bone structures.

KayTran Olivia frames

Here's how KayTran frames differ from the standard:

The K-Tran Frames difference

Brands such as sportswear type Oakley call this sort of thing "Asian fit," but Tran recognizes that a low nose bridge isn't just an Asian thing. "KayTrans are really a universal fit that includes people who couldn't find frames to fit them before," she says. "It's like any other kind of clothing. When I was growing up, there weren't many options when it came to buying jeans. Now there's curvy fit, stretch, slim fit.... These frames are another fit option -- the KayTran fit."

Kathy and I are wearing her KayTran Cecilia frames; I'm in Amber Honey, she's in Vanilla.

Kathy and I are wearing her KayTran Cecilia frames; I'm in Amber Honey, she's in Vanilla.

Handmade in Italy, and featuring top-quality scratch-resistent UVA/UVB-filtered lenses, the line has a vintage flavour. "They're inspired by friends of mine," says Tran, whose plans for the future include optical wear – take note if you have a tough time finding specs that fit your face.

I'm wearing KayTran Olivia frames in Black Glass; Kathy's in Allison in Golden Maple.

I'm wearing KayTran Olivia frames in Black Glass; Kathy's in Allison in Golden Maple.

KayTran shades range in price from $295 to $320 and are now available via KayTran.com, which ships throughout North America.

I'm in KayTran Celine frames in Rose Gold/Plum Tortoise; Kathy's wearing Aiden in Amber Honey. 

I'm in KayTran Celine frames in Rose Gold/Plum Tortoise; Kathy's wearing Aiden in Amber Honey. 

What do you think of these? And may I be so bold as to ask for your input on what pair I should buy?