What is the difference between Asian fit and Standard fit
Historically, standard fit eyewear was the gold standard for the optical industry. Eyewear companies would follow trends and famous designs that disregarded asian customers for decades. For example,some of the biggest culprits include the famous Ray-ban Wayfarers and the designs of Tom Ford. They look great on Tom Cruise in Risky Business and the Jonas Brothers, but there are barely any nose pads on these standard fit eyewear and the tilt of the frames digs into the cheeks if you don’t have a nose bridge to support it. Thankfully, asian fit eyewear has become more popular as time went on.
However, the problems have continued to persist despite the popularization of Asian fit eyewear. In fact, within the Mott and Bayard family, our staff have encountered customers on more than a few occasions who complained about how their glasses fit and even wondered out-loud what was wrong with either their face or our selection of eyewear. Ultimately, the main reason why Asians can not wear standard fit eyewear is because of facial features that include higher cheek-bones and shallower nose-bridges.
Because of these concerns, our company sources and designs frames that sit higher on the bridge of the nose, lifting glasses away from the cheekbones and making them more comfortable to wear in the process. For Plastic or Acetate frames, it means that there is a built up plastic bridge. Typically, plastic bridges are only a few centimeters big. However, we make sure our Asian fit glasses include at least 11mm of length on the nose bridge to provide less sliding and more support (more than double the length of the industry).
Finally, our asian fit glasses are designed so there is minimal tilt and the frame will lie parallel with the face so it doesn’t sit uncomfortably on the cheeks. In comparison to traditional standard fit glasses (which have a close to 45 degree tilt), Mott and Bayard frames have a tilt closer to 90 degrees tilt from the temple to the frame itself.
If you are interested in our eyewear, please check out our designs at mottandbayard.com.