Before beginning to envision their business, let alone their brick-and-mortar shop on Chula Soi 11, Passanunt Tarajaruspat and Piyawan Eauboonsiri wrestled with that timeless post-modern question: Why is prescription eyewear so unfashionable? Bifocals, thick-rimmed glasses, rec specs, and geeky goggles—all mostly uncool and unfit for an age of high style. With Rosemanclub, the partners have added a longed-for design element to unisex eyewear.
Rosemanclub was officially founded in 2014, and the shop on the corner of Chula 11 launched soon after. It was modelled to resemble a “private walk-in closet,” filled with antique furniture, paintings, and bronze decorative items. It’s also clearly noticeable from the outside, with its bold orange door and the brand’s smooth cursive typeface.
The glasses—original designs hand-made in Japan— are intended for everyday wear, especially in chic urban settings, eyewear for magazine spreads as well as shots of espresso at neighbourhood cafés. There are over 36 styles and 15 different frames on display. Each design is simple yet sharp, given some flair with vibrant, strategically chosen colours and patterns. The brand’s signature model, Haru (meaning sunlight in Japanese), features frames made from Italian acetate. The Haru Black Lava (B4500) is black on the top half of the frame with amber tortoiseshell underneath, the unique structure of the glasses even more eye-catching with this burning two-tone colour technique. Haru Moss (B4500), on the other hand, is toned down but equally mature, with a greenishgrey semi-transparent colour scheme.
The newer Smith Twoface (B3950) goes well with just about any look. Monochrome and square-line, the frames are discreetly attractive, formal yet somehow youthful. Other top models include the Smith Rocksand (B3950), inspired by the cheek-to-jowl buildings of capital cities, and the Theo Walnut (B3950), slim fit for those with narrower head shapes.
Rosemanclub gives one free prescription lens with every purchase of eyeglasses, quality multi-coated lenses with an index of 1.56, and so 20 per cent thinner than standard lenses. Most of the products come with convertible sunglass clip-ons, as well. So those who need prescription lenses can easily convert to sunglasses without sacrificing style or comfort. Each pair of glasses comes in a genuine leather case, in line with the understated elegance that the brand puts forth with its designs.
Apart from eyewear, Rosemanclub offers other accessories from local and international purveyors, including headwear, bags, leather goods, and men’s clothing. Domestic and international shipping is available, too.
1497 Soi Chula 11, Rama 4 Rd | 08 1444 2642 | rosemanclub.com | Wed-Sun 12pm-8pm
By Pongphop Songsiriarcha