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.
Ever had trouble finding oversized sunglass frames that don't suction themselves to your cheeks?
"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.)
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.
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.
Here's how KayTran frames differ from the standard:
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."
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.
KayTran shades range in price from $295 to $320 and are now available via KayTran.com, which ships throughout North America.
What do you think of these? And may I be so bold as to ask for your input on what pair I should buy?