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What’s in a frame, er, name? Confusion for two shops in the same D.C. building.

By John Kelly, Sometimes, people walk into the Frame Mender at 750 17th St. NW holding a large piece of art and Brian Grund knows they are in the wrong place.Sometimes, people walk into Penn Imaging and Custom Framing at 750 17th St. NW holding a pair of broken eyeglasses and Christine Yi knows they are in the wrong place. Said Brian: “I can’t tell you how many customers go ‘I need this picture framed.’ ”Brian tells them: “Two doors down.”“Last year, I put that sign up,” Christine said,...

8 Pairs Of Aviator Eyeglasses To Master That Geek Chic Look

Aviator sunglasses are a classic style. Buy them and you will have them for years to come and they will never look dated. Therefore, it isn’t too surprising that the classic style is also being created without the tinted lenses so glasses wearers can rock them all of the time.The beauty of aviator eyeglasses is that they’re timeless but they also give you that geek chic look that is all over the Gucci runways. They’re also easier to pull off than some glasses trends like completely round...

Eyewear Company State Optical Co. Brings Manufacturing Back Home

By Tracey Greenstein. Source: WWD.“Made in the U.S.A.” is a coveted label that seems to be craved by consumers across various product categories and retail segments. The epithet also seems to create an air of mystery around industries dependent on foreign manufacturing.At State Optical Co., the American eyewear company, staked claims on the moniker as the first to fully manufacture luxury eyewear in the U.S.State Optical employs 50 craftsmen in its Chicago-based manufacturing facility, which...