Today I'd buy: Tom Ford water buffalo horn eyeglasses

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Just kidding, even my imaginary budget can't afford them. But the spectacles are definitely spectacle worthy.

Though the use of animal horn might garner you more than a few terse looks from conservationists. BUT... the plight of the water buffalo is not similar to that of the rhino. Many, many rhinos are being attacked by inept poachers. 

Check out NPR's story on the plight of the rhino, i.e. not the water buffalo: Save the Rhino, Just Not the Horn.

Water buffalo on the other hand are valuable work animals and are much more prized alive than dead.

Though people might consider it environmentally dubious to make something out of water buffalo horn, I'm sure the argument will be made that the designer had no part in the animal's demise. However, this is a little like saying we only use chinchillas that die of natural causes.

That is to say, where there is demand (and money), supply will follow. Water buffalo are hunted for sport in some regions and I'm sure that once working water buffalo are too old to perform, they don't get much time to practice their gardening skills.

Anyway, Tom Ford is launching a special edition of eyewear, which debuting in April. Retailing for $2,950, this fall collection is inspired by eyewear from the 1950s and includes new frame silhouettes for both men and women.

Made from gold-plated metal and water buffalo horn, the frames and soft leather cases are presented in a Bakelite box with a soft brown lining. A certificate of authenticity, a special cleansing cream and a chamois cloth are included in the set.

The women’s frame is available in yellow gold-plated metal with brown and gray striped horn or yellow gold-plated metal with white and gray-striped horn. The men’s frame is offered in white gold-plated metal and brown and gray-striped horn or yellow gold-plated metal with black-striped horn.

Dubious, but chic.

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