Welcome to the Pince-Nez Renaissance. Pronounced "pahns-nay." I'm glad you dropped by to check out this column. My name is Alan and I've been writing a blog called "LeDandy (of Northern California)." I like to write about my own lifestyle and focus primarily on clothes and fashion. There are other subjects but I try to avoid politics and religion. I live in the San Francisco Bay area, about to turn forty-four, and am happily partnered for the last eight years to Jon Dean. We have six cats and three dogs, including a one year old pug named Tater.
I've had a strong desire to wear pince-nez eyeglasses for about twenty years. It is one of those hopes that you think will never reach fruition. The main reasons include:
- Pince-nez frames can only be found in antique stores. Usually they are in poor condition and expensive;
- Belief that they will fall off one's face and are uncomfortable to wear;
- Optician's lack of knowledge, and interest, regarding pince-nez;
- Extreme rarity in public and lack of information on this style;
- Eyewear is a costly purchase, as lenses alone can be a substantial amount.
These factors can kill even a motivated individual's desire to wear pince-nez.
Then one day a reader of LeDandy contacted me about wearing pince-nez. He is an expert with this eyewear and speaks from forty or so years of experience. He opened my eyes, so to speak and is a wealth of information on the subject. I'd like to show others that wearing pince-nez these days is not only possible, but a great look that you will love if this style appeals to you.
I'm in the process of having my first pince-nez made. Leading by example, as they say.