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Dom Vetro Brings Seriously Stylish Handmade Alpine Eyewear to Los Angeles

In recent months, artisanal eyewear brand Dom Vetro has had a homecoming of sorts. After a trip to the Italian Alps introduced founder Ashley Bezamat to an exclusive group of expert frame makers and artisans (or Maestri) who had made a life handcrafting some of the world’s finest frames using the same methods pioneered in the 17th century, the then-30-year-old relocated to Europe to set up shop. Now, 5 years after founding Dom Vetro and learning the ropes of artisanal frame making, Bezamat...

The Future of Online Retail Is Offline

© Mike Blake / ReutersWhen Warby Parker was founded in 2010, the pitch was simple: Don't buy expensive designer eyeglasses in stores; buy cheaper ones on the Internet.It was a good pitch. It was also a financial necessity: The founders had no outside capital and it was far cheaper to build a national brand online than to open a dozen storefronts in malls across the country with debt. But as Warby Parker grew to become a darling of online retail, the founders had a funny idea. Maybe they...

What's The Best Online Glasses Store?

Shopping for glasses used to mean dealing with salespeople selling expensive frames at the mall. Now you can get better glasses with more options, cheaper, all from the comfort of your computer. This week, we want to hear about the stores you browse when you shop for a new pair. The days of hopping in the car with your prescription in-hand and driving to a strip mall only to be up-sold on pricey frames so a salesperson can make a commission are long past. You can still do it that way, but...