By Denis Langlois

The history of rimless eyeglasses dates back to the 1820s, but this type of eyewear has almost always been in fashion.

Rimless specs have maintained their popularity throughout generations because of how inconspicuous they are on a person’s face and due to their lightweight feel. In 2011, following the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, rimless glasses – part of Jobs’ signature look – again soared in popularity.

Within a month of Jobs’ death, eyewear brand Robert Marc reported “overwhelming” demand for rimless glasses, according to media reports from 2011.

The company, which first designed Jobs’ round, rimless glasses in 1998, began to mass produce the specs. Today, rimless specs remain popular.

Some companies continue to sell true rimless glasses, while others have created their own
twist on the classic look.


The Airlock Wisdom 201 frames by Marchon are rimless glasses that appeal to the modern man. They are titanium strong but also lightweight. These specs come in either a rectangle or modifi ed rectangle silhouette.
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Silhouette has a wide variety of rimless eyewear available, including both rimless optical frames and sunglasses. Its rimless Fusion collection features 12 temple colours and a wealth of lens shapes. Highlights of the collection include Metallic Coral in rose gold and coral with a soft cat-eye shape and Metallic Graphite in dark green and metallic black with a rectangular masculine shape.
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Smith Optics, a Safi lo brand, has launched a pair of rimless styles in Canada. Davis is a  rectangular frame that is feather-light and perfect for all-day wear. Leady boasts a  rounded-edge rectangular lens profile and is both lightweight and sophisticated.
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RayBan also has several rimless frames, including the RX8694 and the RX8720. The 8694 is available in four colour options: silver and grey, blue, gunmetal and black or gunmetal and red. The 8720 comes in either gunmetal and red, gunmetal and blue, gunmetal and black or all black.
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