The Ray-Ban Wayfarer is a classic. A cultural icon. However, I’ve recently switched from them to Tom Ford for all my eyewear needs.
The definitive Wayfarer just isn’t what it used to be. Cheap, but identical, copies have flooded the market. Ray-Ban have been introducing more and more tacky colour variations and lenses. But most importantly the build quality has been dropping and the price has been rising. The 2113 Wayfarer’s I bought in 2009 for £60 are now double that.
Step in Tom Ford. His eyewear is generally 20-30% more expensive than Ray-Ban’s, but they’re worth it in my opinion. The build quality is unbelievably superior to Ray-Ban’s. My Wayfarer’s now feel like plastic pieces of crap. And Mr. Ford makes some stunning looking glasses. They’re beautiful.
So if you’re in the market for either some new prescription or sun glasses, give Tom Ford a go. Go to a store, try on a pair, I’m sure you’ll love them.