Eyeglasses are the bane of a good kiss, especially if both parties happen to be spectacled. Thankfully, Tokyo-based eyewear company Blinc Vase has come up with a great (albeit weird) solution – ‘Kiss Eyeglasses’ – specifically designed for those extra-long lip-locking sessions. These two-way glasses consist of a single pair of lenses that can be worn by two people at once.
How is that even possible, you ask? Well, it’s simple – the glasses have two pairs of arms facing opposite ways, allowing a couple (who would otherwise be wearing two pairs of specs) to get even closer to each other. Of course, an easier solution would be to just take both pairs off for a specs-free experience. But you have to admit, kiss eyeglasses sound way more fun. This way, even people with the worst eyesight can gaze at their significant other while sharing a kiss.
The absurd contraption was actually created as a PR joke for Blinc Vase’s TV ad campaign, but it has become a bestseller in Japan, much to the company’s surprise. They are quite pricey at $650 a pair, but people seem to be loving them nonetheless. “They’re very cool and a lot of fun, which is why I bought a pair,” said Mitsuto Otani, a fan of the product. “Now all I have to do is find and start dating a woman who has exactly the same glasses prescription as me. I reckon it will be fun.”
Which is exactly what the company is aiming for: “We are all for bringing people closer together and these glasses do just that,” said a spokesperson. Not only can they lean in close for a kiss, they can see who they’re kissing very, very clearly.” You’ve got to watch the promotional video to realise that they’re really serious about ‘bringing people closer’. It features an old couple wearing the glasses almost everywhere – on the bus, at the park, and even while rolling in the sand on a beach. Of course, they’re kissing the whole time.
The company also revealed that they kept the style of the kiss eyeglasses deliberately simple – the classic Boston shape – so they would blend seamlessly on to any kind of face and wearers wouldn’t get tired of the frames. Custom orders are possible as well, for people with higher nose bridges.
Online reactions to the kiss spectacles have been varied – some think they’re brilliant, while others wish they had never been invented. One guy brought up a really valid point: “Won’t your nose crash against the other person’s?”