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    Bespoke or custom-size titanium/steel frames (for <49mm rectangular frames)?

    Has anyone encountered a vendor able to manufacture bespoke titanium or steel frames, or at least adjust the width and height to any reasonable dimension?

    A male patient wants rectangular frames in a modern style - think Orgreen, Dutz, Theo, Bevel, Prodesign - in roughly 46-48 mm lens width. So far the only option I've found is Orgreen Everest, which is 48: https://orgreenoptics.com/product/everest-783/ . While they may work, I'd prefer to give the patient more than one good choice.

    This frame is the only design-forward rectangular metal one I've found in the 46-48 range except kids frames with short temples. Many vendors offer 46-48 round or oval (and much narrower), so it's not a practical concern, simply that everything rectangular seems to be >50 and mostly >52.

    I think he'd consider bespoke if the option existed, which is why I'm posting. Tom Davies only has a few metal frames and although one fits the bill (TD 497), apparently they can't actually modify it more than a few millimeters -- "bespoke" just means 2-3mm size adjustments and color choices. They don't seem to offer truly custom frames, at least metal. Acetate may be another story. If anyone has had TD manufacture a fully custom metal frame, please say so (we don't sell TD, but I contacted a friend who does and we both found it hard to get specifics from the vendor).

    So… has anyone found a vendor able to at least customize the dimensions of design-forward metal frames, if not make custom frames? I assume there would be a tooling investment, potentially a significant one.

    (Manufacturers, if you're reading: the market for design-forward 45-49 mm rectangular frames is unserved. After thinking about this request, I believe more of my patients would choose them if some existed that we could stock.)

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    It's absolutely true that smaller rectangular men's frames are hard as hell to find. I used to sell a semi-rimless 49mm Carrera in many of those cases, but Safilo discontinued the frame a year or so ago. There are a couple Chesterfields and Adenscos in the upper part of that size range, but I really doubt he'd be interested in such plain frames.

    Can you pivot him into a drill mount? Silhouette answers all of his size, shape, and material needs.
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    But the customer wants something stylish...

    You could try Marcus marienfield in Switzerland. He does everything bespoke I believe. And makes excellent quality. But you are talking around $2000 retail

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngeHamm View Post
    Can you pivot him into a drill mount? Silhouette answers all of his size, shape, and material needs.
    Thank you for trying to help here. No luck on rimless - aside from style preference, his rx looks better with a full rim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert_S View Post
    You could try Marcus marienfield in Switzerland. He does everything bespoke I believe. And makes excellent quality. But you are talking around $2000 retail
    Thanks! At least from the Web site, this may be an option.

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    He's a good guy to deal with, and his frames are really beautifully made. He uses block titanium in the metal frames. I think there is a slightly less expensive range that he does too but not sure if those are bespoke.

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    Tom Davies can absolutely do any size or shape bespoke titanium, I've done them. They have a more restricted tier of modification MTO "made to order" which is what you're describing, but their true bespoke offers very wide flexibility. I don't know if they would be up to offering a one-off job, they did require some in-office frame design and software training before opening my account.

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    These are not bespoke, but a couple of options that may be worth considering:
    NW77th has some stainless-steel options in your size range: Dragonstooth, Sven, Tony, and Beard of Zeus all have eye sizes 48 or less.
    Bevel has some great small-size options for men, though more in acetate than titanium. Models Ted and Morse are titanium and both a 50-eye but seem to fit a bit smaller and may be of interest to your client.
    ic!Berlin's Hans-Peter may work.
    Mykita's Claude would be a good option too.

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