From Yves Saint Laurent’s thick black frames to Paul Newman’s Persol aviators to Audrey Hepburn’s Wayfarers, few accessories have the same immediate impact as a pair of statement-making eyewear. Bold frames are uncommonly hot this season, whether reimagined designer labels, affordable newly launched brands, or resurgent classics. After building a career dealing vintage frames to stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Opening Ceremony, and Jeffrey, Silver Lining Opticians co-founder Jordan Silver is an expert in the rapidly expanding market. He launched his frame-packed shop in 2007 with business partner Erik Sacher, specializing in a rare and storied collection of eyewear from the sixties through the nineties. The Silver Lining brand has grown considerably since then, partnering with labels like Antonio Azzuolo, Band of Outsiders, and Nicholas K for spring 2011 and outfitting celebs from Jay-Z and Kanye West to Brad Goreski and Stefano Pilati. The pair moved into a larger, sleeker space down Thompson Street in October and has been unveiling new styles for their in-house collection of handmade plastic frames (five are out so far; three more will be released this winter). Last month, Silver released his second collection of frames for Opening Ceremony. We met up with the eyewear expert to discuss his new line, “regressive” style, and latest vintage collecting obsession.
What’s one item you’re saving up to buy?
I’m really into scouring the diamond district for gold vintage watches. I’m not really buying any right now — I got married this year, so I’ve been told I’m not supposed to spend a lot of money — but that’s my main collecting passion lately.