Dillon Optics // Stand out in Steel

Kayla is wearing Mikel, a fashion-forward aviator with a unique triple bar bridge by Dillon Optics. These sleek shades allow you to stand out in Stainless Steel, which is super light-weight and ultra-modern. With this cool frame, you surely won’t be forgotten!

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This large size aviator features a 2.3mm Eye-wire Frame, spring hinges and adjustable nose pads. It comes in 3 frame colours and 4 shades of Dillon’s very own NIR Polarized lenses.

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The site of this photoshoot is a place in Boise, Idaho called Freak Alley. This shoot has an extra connection to the optical community because there is a painting of a local optician in her optical that is one of the featured paintings in Freak Alley. You can actually see the reflection of the doors to the waiting area in the reflection of her glasses… super cool!

The optician, Abby, comes from a family of optometrists and opticians. To add to the connections, the artist who painted the mural is her significant other, Hawk.

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Conceptualized and designed by a military aviator and adventurer, their eyewear is like nothing you have ever experienced. Stunning design, lightweight, and a unique satin matte finish that is as functional as it is beautiful. Preventing glare and hiding smudges are a great start – but their real “vision” was to provide a razor-sharp image that would be hard to duplicate elsewhere & we think they achieved just that.

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So what is NIR lens technology ?

NIR lens technology is a polarized diffuse reflector that reduces internal reflections within the lens allowing for noticeably sharper clarity, while at the same time protecting the lens from scratching or exposure to harmful environmental conditions.

About the Dillon Optics

Dillon Optics entered the highly competitive sunglass marketplace in the spring of 2008. Making it to market, however, has not been easy. Dillon first conceived the idea for NIR (No Image Reflection) in 1986 at a family-owned machine shop in Scottsdale Arizona. The idea was to create a lens having clarity superior to anything else by diffusing and eliminating reflections within the lens. It took many years to get it right.

Looking through a Dillon lens is an experience. They eliminate reflections that you might simply take for granted until you switch back to a pair without NIR. The most interesting thing about Dillon though is that nothing looks like them. The lenses are so striking that I literally whiplashed the first time I saw a pair in an optical shop. They have the appearance that the lens is painted, yet vision through them is extraordinarily clear.


Shooting: TEFdoesBOISE
Eyewear: MIKEL by Dillon Optics
Model: Kayla Ashlee, optical trainer at Spexy
Optical Mural Artist: Hawk Sahlein


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Author: maarten weidema

After being a freelance eyewear designer since 1999, TEF founder Maarten Weidema now solely writes about his fellow designers in the optical industry. His passionate mission is to promote independent eyewear to the international optical arena, backed up by a large group of bloggers and journalists from all over the world. He has recently been awarded "International Optical Personality of the Year", "Leading Innovator in Optical Social Media Marketing", "Social Media Marketing Company of the Year" and received several awards for "best eyewear blog" for his efforts to promote independent eyewear to a community of 517.000 eyecare professionals.

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