Some of the most original glasses in the world are found in Budapest at Tipton Eyeworks!
Zachary, a talented American-Hungarian designer who’s spent part of his childhood in Hungary, came up with the idea of making glasses from vinyl records after some experiments in his Seattle workshop. Since his father’s records collection suffered great damages, it was time for Zach to find some other vinyl providers (today he works hand in hand with musicians). He moved to Hungary later on in 2002 to produce his frames on a greater scale.
In the meantime his brother joined the business. And today the two of them make vinyl frame glasses (called Vinilyze) in the past they made cinematic glasses as well (including celluloid films strip mounted in the temples, made after your favorite film: these are now vintage as the production stopped!).
These are Budapest’s latest environmentally friendly fashion accessories! And they have come out of the shadows. Elton John ordered a whole bunch of frames and the brothers’ business has expanded to more than a few foreign countries. The collection changes regularly (about 30 different frames). And you can even get sunglasses!
Tipton glasses can to be found at some retailers but the best is to come to their own workshop-salon open for visiting and shopping (see Tipton website and here)! You can even create your own glasses in the workshop!
FIY: Your glasses can be made in a week and shipped by FedEx.