Elegance of a Gentleman

In addition to being a true gentleman, Domenico Spano (“Mimmo”) is a custom clothier based in New York City.  His suites are inspired by the 1930’s American style, featuring classic broad lapels and tailored waist that gives off a look of classic elegance and assertive power.  Wear one and you’ll know the feeling!
Pictured above: Domenico Spano at his Manhattan showroom – by appointment (212) 265 7848.

From the Windows of Your Soul, To the Soles of Your Feet, Part IV

Gaziano & Girling Hemple bespoke and Nader Zadi Customeyes

The other Gaziano & Girling partner is Tony Gaziano, who has been instrumental in the design and development of shoe ranges for many premier quality brands, and continues to offer a constultancy service.  He insists on maintaining hands-on involvement in the production of bench made and bespoke shoes and is a talented craftsman as well as being a leading designer.

These gorgeous shoes are a work of art that will influence your demeanor and stride to be graceful, elegant and will definitely command a second glance from onlookers. 

Accessorizing the soles of your feet appropriately starts at the top, with the windows of your soul.  Therefore, this traditional rose gold frame with distinguished gold nose pads compliments these shoes.

Thanks to the Gaziano & Girling web site for Tony Gaziano’s biography. 

From the Windows of Your Soul, To the Soles of Your Feet, Part III

Gazian & Girling Croc Bespoke and Nader Zadi Customeyes

One of the Gaziano & Girling partners, Dean Girling, has been producing the highest quality of tailor made shoes for some of London’s top bespoke houses.  He is recognized in the trade as an artist and craftsman of exceptional skill, a man who maintains shoemaking standards that might otherwise be lost forever.  As such, he is widely considered in the trade to be the craftsman’s craftsman. 

The privilege of having bespoke shoes made is that you have the choice to select various leathers and exotic skins offered by the shoemaker.  Furthermore, you’ll be walking with the joyous comfort from gathering exact measurements of the contours of your feet.  

Hopefully your garments and accessory wardrobe will reflect the beauty and luxury of these fine bespoke shoes. 

Here the Gaziano & Girling Croc is paired with a rose gold bespoke eyewear that matches the shoes in quality and opulence.

Thanks to the Gaziano & Girling web site for Dean Girling’s biography.

From the Windows of Your Soul, To the Soles of Your Feet, Part II

Gaziano & Girling Deco Cooper and Nader Zadi CustomeyesThe clean lines and high polish of these Gaziano & Girling Deco Cooper shoes pair suitably with these white gold, saddle-bridge eyeglasses circa the 1920’s.

This clean, sophisticated look conveys a simple yet captivating sartorial image. 

With this pairing the wearer will exude sharp elegance.

Advantage and Performance

A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.-Ernest Hemingway. Experience the comfortable advantages and performance of bespoke eyewear by Rare Frames  

Out of Sight

Flying High!  Nader Zadi sunglasses featured in US AIRWAYS Magazine.


Out of Sight

Nader Zadi Eyewear – rareframes.com

These are not your father’s sunglasses. Nader Zadi crafts eyewear that complements facial features and proportions as well as complexion. Working by appointment only from his studio in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Zadi holds a vast collection of vintage gold frames and nose bridges, which he custom fits according to individual taste.

From the Window of Your Soul, To the Soles of Your Feet, Part I

Gaziano & Girling Deco Bowlly and Nader Zadi Customeyes

Gaziano & Girling’s Deco collection is a fine example of ready-to-wear shoemaking made to resemble the styles of the 20’s and 30’s. These shoes bring an edgier look to the G&G grace with a trimmer style that reflects the art deco period.

The detailed filagree on these white gold eyeglasses circa 1930 compliment the design embellishment surrounding the laces of the Deco Bowlly shoes by Gaziano & Girling.


Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.-Jean-Paul Sartre
Scene and be seen: In the past, shopping for the right eyewear was an arduous task. Until recently, the eyewear industry had abundant reasons not to take the extra time to place on exceptional design and precious metals. Thankfully, in the immediacy of today’s fast-paced world, the important exception to the demands of efficiency, form and function seem not only to have fallen upon us but rather are here to stay with us. Despite his formidable record as superior craftsman, intricate designer, and technical genius; Nader Zadi, creative director of “RARE” bespoke eyewear, chooses professional deliberateness in his precision of style and quality. It is world class designed for world travelers and recognizing this exceptional product is the first step in a positive visionary change of a lifetime.
Nader Zadi (212) 249 5609. By Appointment.  Purveyor of Vintage & Bespoke Eyewear by www.RareFrames.com

Sophisticated Heights


Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter. by Winston Churchill
As the name suggests, Rare Eyewear is the embodiment of excellence and tradition created far and away from the main field. This bespoke eyewear company delivers unbelievable quality and forgiveness to maneuver and outperform in battle. Now you can be powerful and efficient at the same time. By Appointment – Nader Zadi(212) 249 5609, www.RareFrames.com.  Purveyor of Vintage & Bespoke Eyewear

Mechanical Elegance and Artistic Excellence


Roland Iten belt buckle pairs will with Nader Zadi custom eyewearAbove are two examples of mechanical engineering at its best. 

The Roland Iten Calibre R8 Mark II Mechanical belt buckle is a mechanical and artisanal masterpiece.  This belt buckle is one of a kind — it can expand and contract with a flick of your thumb and forefinger.  Although I have not met Mr. Iten in person, I feel a connection with his passion and artistic spirit.  He is a master in transforming regular items into functioning mechanical objects that are as delightful as fine art.  He brings extraordinary character to all of his creations.

I share a deep appreciation for beautifully crafted mechanical objects that are made with traditional standards of luxury and craftmanship.  When I craft such an item I feel as if the piece generates its own soul. 

In the photos above, I have profiled a centerpiece bridge circa 1920 (oval inset) and an original antique frame circa 1930.  Both of these pieces are in yellow gold and feature a marvelous mechanism that allows the nose pads to spread and conform to the nose of the wearer for a precise and comfortable fit.  

The 1920s bridge features two lion paws handles, that allow the nose pads to spread, neatly covering the drill holes and screws while masking the spring coil that enables the handles to swivel.  I have restyled the nose pads of the 1930s frame  to incorporate the mechanism of the spreading S-shaped nose pads.  Both of these frames allow for a perfect fit and are aesthetic marvels.

Looking at Mr. Iten’s pieces and comparing them to mine, I wonder what the two of us could create together.

Luxury Deserves Luxury Eyewear

Maserati and Nader Zadi custom sunglasses

When the top is down on your Maserati and you’re coasting by the water, make sure that your custom sunglasses have polarized lenses.  They will filter out the reflected glare from the water and other shiny surfaces around you, such as the hood of other cars and the road’s surface.  You’ll enjoy a smoother drive with enhanced visual acuity and the style to go along with the driving experience.

When you go to reach for your sunglasses in your Maserati, will they match the luxury and style of the car you’re driving?

Your sunglasses ought to fit you as well as your car does.

The Poet’s Craft

Custom Made Reading Glasses

“There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the
craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman”. Quote by
french realist and novelist, Emile Zola. Bespoke eyewear artist,
Nader Zadi, creates functional art works of eyewear that will be
sure to last a lifetime filled with poetry and
craftmanship. These saddle bridge half-eyes, are completely shaped by hand into a crescent, emulating the shape of the 9th phase of a waxing moon. Optimally designed for reading and fitted to provide clearance when looking up to glance at distant objects. 

Fire and Ice

“I do not like the man who squanders life for fame; give me the man who’s living makes a name”. Quote by Emily Dickinson. Caught in the crossfire between winter and spring, her eyewear should embrace the role of romantic mediator. She welcomes the new season with bespoke eyewear and the breakout art of individual style. These one-of-a-kind bespoke sunglasses feature bi-colored gradient lenses (brown top, blue bottom), mounted with a yellow gold spring bridge (circa 1875) and white gold templates. By Nader Zadi. www.RareFrames.com