Take a Peek at Portland's Best Eyewear

From throwback John Lennon rounds to lenses that support kittens, the days of mall shopping for glasses are over.

By Eden Dawn July 10, 2017 Published in the August 2017 issue of Portland Monthly

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In Portland, local eyewear options abound.

Image: Michael Novak

Glasses pictured top to bottom 

Hollywood Vintage Find what your face deserves at this classic spot, where an inventory of 3,000-plus frames awaits to channel your love of Buddy Holly, Sally Jessy Raphael, or just librarians. The collection of both reruns and new-old stock tours the best of the past hundred years. Vintage cat eye, $145

Fetch Not only does this chic eyewear company donate 100 percent of its profits (yes, all of it) to Pixie Project to improve animal welfare through rescue, vet care, and education, its NW 23rd Avenue shop has a chatty in-house tuxedo cat named Eliot and rosé on tap. Bella, $95

Look/See A breakoff from 141 Eyewear with its own inventory, this small direct-to-consumer line is available only at its stately Pearl showroom, where you can eyeball more than 40 styles with frame, lens, and case clocking in at an affordable $99. June, $99

Warby Parker Once online only, in October optical giant Warby Parker opened a physical Portland locale with classic arcade games (Pac-Man anyone?). Bonus: the inexpensive line gives a pair of specs to someone in need for every purchase. Beckett 16, $95

141 Sound it out—the name says it all for this local wholesaler found all over North America. For every pair you buy the company donates a set to one of the 153 million people the World Health Organization says lack access to see properly. Petite Lola, $150 at Myoptic

Shwood Once the king of the madrone wood sunglasses, this eight-year-old company now boasts materials aplenty, with both prescription glasses and sunnies in wood, acetate, and titanium. Madison, $149

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