Designing women snazz up reading glasses

   July 17, 2013 7:24 am    0

 

eyehole3 eyehole2If you have a lot of reading glasses hiding around the house (yes,  hiding — aren’t they always hiding), designing women are taking care of you. Let me introduce you  to Eyehole and Lookie Lous.

Always losing those readers? Meet the eyehole — an adjustable eyeglass necklace that’s a pretty snazzy fashion accessory. The $25 necklace looks great alone, but it holds reading glasses and sunglasses and comes in a lot of great designs.

The brand was designed by Ann Lightfoot and Kate Berger, a mother-daughter design team — Kate came up with the idea after her mom lost her readers a gazilion times kind of like me! We’ll be giving away a pair in the Aug. 4 issue of Her Times.

Here’s the one we are giving away: eyehole4

Another pair of designing women came up with their own version of readers that double as a headband. I always knew lookie loos as a term for someone who looks at something with no intention of buying it — an old real estate word for people like me (but I do write about houses). Right now, Lookie Lous are a new brand of reading glasses with some clever looking designs that ellven make great headbands when you’re not looking through them.

Veterans of fashion and design, company founders Kelly Coty and Kristie Chiron met 25 years ago while working in the Los Angeles garment district. After relocating to Nashville and turning 40, Coty, a single mom, discovered that small print and misplaced reading glasses were a common problem. She also discovered her teenage daughter’s headbands were constantly around the house, and in impromptu cleaning, she put the headbands on her head and often mistook them for her reading glasses. In an aha moment, Coty made the prototype for Lookie Lous literally at her kitchen table with the idea that the glasses could double as a headband. Read the great story on Marlo Thomas’ blog on Huffington Post right here. Lookie Lous are in 120 stores throughout the United States and Canada. They come in a lot of colors and clear and list for $39.99. We’ll be giving away a pair in the Aug. 4 issue of Her Times.

Here’s to designing women with 20/20 vision.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three.

 

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