Trad Eyewear: P3 Glasses

P3 Illustration

You have seen them on one of your professors, a lawyer you know, and the gentlemen that you see regularly in the elevator at work. The distinct circular shape and tortoiseshell color make these glasses easily recognizable  (and very trad); they are called P3 eyeglasses. P3 is an optician term that refers to the circular shape of the frames. These frames are also commonly referred to as tortoiseshell or horn rimmed glasses. Like anything trad getting the correct style is of the utmost importance, but fit ultimately reigns supreme. I have included a few varieties that may be of interest.

Moscot-Miltzen Moscot – Miltzen ($200)

Anglo American 406Anglo American – 406 ($190)

 Kala 903 Demi AmberKala -903 ($200)

Francois Pinton Classic AmbreFrancois Pinton – ($395)

Lafont Concerto

Lafont – Concert0 ($300)

Warby Parker - Percey Warby Parker – Percey ($95)

Classic Specs - BrightonClassic Specs – Brighton ($89)


Once you start to notice P3’s you will see them everywhere (I recently saw the new Spider-Man movie and was more interested in Uncle Ben and Dr. Curtis Connor’s frames than the plot). Sadly, looking at all of these eyeglasses leaves me yearning for the day that old age compromises my eyesight and allows me to indulge. As a matter of fact, maybe I am having a hard time reading right now. This may require a trip to the optometrist.

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Jerrod Swanton is a simple man interested in simple, classic, and traditional style.

9 Comments on "Trad Eyewear: P3 Glasses"

  1. OldSchool says:

    Just in case you haven’t seen this post on the same topıc. The comments include links to photos of many famous wearers of the P3.

  2. Conor says:

    Hah I feel the same way sometimes.

    Curse my perfect vision!

  3. Mark R says:

    Epos Milano has some nice ones too.

  4. Camford says:

    Thank you for introducing me to the Moscot Miltzen.
    All of the other P3 frames are flimsy by comparison.

  5. oxford cloth button down says:

    Camford – Glad to be of help. Enjoy them!

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