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    1. Click on the menu item “Sunglasses” to see which sunglasses are currently available through the online shop.
    2. Click on the item you would like to purchase. You will then see the product description page with further details about the item you have selected (including product images, specifications and price). You also have the option to try on the item you have selected using out Virtual Try-On Tool.
    3. Click “Buy now” to add the glasses you have selected to your shopping cart. After that, you have the option to continue shopping or you can immediately place your order (“Go to checkout”).
    4. You can place your order either as a guest, using your existing account or by creating a new account.
    5. You will see a list of the items you have selected in the shopping cart. You also have the option to change the quantity of each item in your shopping cart, or to remove items from the shopping cart. You will also see the total price of your order, including tax.
    6. Please enter your details (first name and last name, email address and postal address). If your delivery address is the same as your billing address, please choose the option for this or else enter the correct billing address. We are only able to ship to addresses within the country that the online shop you are using serves.
    7. Next, please select the payment method you wish to use (credit card or PayPal) and enter your payment details.
    8. To finish placing your order, please review the items in your shopping cart one last time and confirm that you have read and accepted our General Terms and Conditions (GTC). You will then be transferred to our payment service provider to complete your purchase using the payment method of your choice. After your payment has been successfully processed, you will be automatically redirected to the payment confirmation page on the Silhouette website. You will also receive a confirmation email containing your order details. In certain exceptional cases, it may take a little longer before you receive your confirmation email.
  • When you have successfully completed your order, an order confirmation will be sent to the email address you provided. Your order is completed once Silhouette International Schmied AG sends the shipping confirmation. If you do not receive a shipping confirmation in your inbox, please check your spam folder.

  • You may specify a delivery address that is different from your billing address. We are happy to send your products to a different delivery address. During checkout, enter the delivery address of your choice and select whether the billing address is different from the delivery address. Please note: The delivery address must be located in your country.

  • Currently, our prescription glasses are only available through our partner opticians who offer a premium service that ensures the glasses will fit you perfectly and provide optimal comfort.

  • We currently offer the following payment options:


    Credit Card
    When selecting the payment method credit card, you will be asked to submit your credit card details to us. The data will be verified. We will then ask your credit card company to initiate the payment transaction. The credit card company automatically executes the payment transaction via two-factor authentication and your card is debited. The debit takes place after completion of the order.


    PayPal
    PayPal (United States) is an online payment service provider. When selecting the payment method PayPal, you will be redirected away from Silhouette’s website and onto PayPal’s website. Once on PayPayl’s website, you can enter your payment details directly and confirm that you wish to complete the transaction. Please note that you need a PayPal account to use this service and that PayPal will collect your financial information. We have no influence on the collection, use and processing of your (payment) data, and do not have access to the financial information provided to PayPal. By confirming your payment via PayPal, we accept your offer to conclude a contract and the debit takes place after the order has been completed. Please note that your use and sharing of information with PayPal is governed by PayPal’s applicable privacy policy and terms of use, which can be found here: https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/ua/legalhub-full?locale.x=en_US

  • In case of any difficulties completing a payment using the payment method of your choice, please check that you have entered all your payment details correctly and filled out all the additional fields.

    If your credit card payment is declined, please check:

    • that your credit card has not expired
    • that the name printed on your card matches the name on your billing address
    • your credit limit
    • that you have entered the correct card security code (CSC)
  • Your invoice will be sent via email.

  • Most products are in stock and will be shipped immediately. You will receive them within 2-3 working days.

    If your product is not in stock, we will do our best to send it to you as soon as possible. If that is the case, we will inform you in a separate email.

  • If you have created a customer account, you can log in to check your order's delivery status. As soon as your order leaves our warehouse, you will receive an email with a delivery confirmation and tracking code.

  • Shipping is generally free of charge, regardless of the order value. Free return shipping is not available in all countries. Please see our General Terms and Conditions for more information.

  • Except for any products designated on the site as non-returnable, we will accept a return of the products for a refund of your purchase price, provided such return is made within ten (10) days of delivery to you (or a third party indicated by you) and provided such products are returned in their original condition.

    To return the goods you must contact our customer service prior to the end of the return period (Silhouette Optical Limited, 260 Cannon Street, Green Island, NY 12183, us.silhouette.service@silhouette-international.com for return authorization. We will verify the transaction and the time of order and ask you for your reason of return; for agreed upon returns we will send you a return label per e-mail.

    If you make an authorized return, we will reimburse to you all payments received from you not later than fourteen (14) business days from the day on which we have received the returned products. We will reimburse you using the same means of payment as you used for the initial transaction.

    You must return the goods to Silhouette Optical Limited, 260 Cannon Street, Green Island, NY 12183, not later than fourteen (14) days from the day on which our customer service authorized the return. We will pay the shipping cost for authorized returns.

  • Our customer service is available from Mon-Fri from 08:00 a.m. to 08:00 p.m. at the following email address: us.silhouette.service@silhouette-international.com.

  • You do not need an account to place an order in the Silhouette online shop. You can also place an order as a guest.
    If you choose to create an account, you can check the status of your current and past orders any time, update your billing and delivery address and, if you use our Virtual Try-On Tool, you can save your Virtual Try-On images for up to one year.

    You can also enjoy the additional convenience of having a central account for all our online stores. That means you can also use your login details to log in on our evil eye store.

  • In the upper right side of the page, click “Login.” You will then be transferred to a page where you can either log in (if you have already created an account) or create a new account, so you do not have to re-enter your details the next time you want to place an order. You can also log into your account during checkout.

  • Please check to make sure you are entering the correct login details. If you’ve forgotten your password, click on “Forgotten your password?” and enter your email address. We will email you a link to reset your password.

  • Please read our privacy policy for more information about data protection.

  • The Silhouette brand is synonymous with the very highest levels of precision, premium quality and innovation. Since our company was founded in 1964, we have continually invested in our production facilities in our home country of Austria. This has ensured that we can continue to maintain the position we have held for decades as a leader in quality in the premium eyewear segment. We set the highest standards for craftsmanship and are unwaveringly committed to quality and design as well as to our town of origin, Linz in Austria.

  • Our titanium glasses are made using premium high-tech titanium.
    Compared to stainless steel, which is also used in the eyewear industry, high-tech titanium is seven times more flexible, without losing its shape. It weighs only half as much as stainless steel, making it extremely lightweight and comfortable to wear. It is also twice as strong, which makes titanium glasses highly durable and resistant to wear and tear.

    We owe the excellent quality of our glasses not just to the optimized titanium alloy we use but also to our production processes, which we continually strive to perfect. Our goal is to consistently achieve the best quality as we turn raw materials into the smoothest and most refined surfaces. We are committed to using all our materials as efficiently as possible and minimizing waste. And all of this enables us to deliver the high quality that our customers expect.

    Silhouette eyewear is made entirely without screws and many of our models are also made without hinges. High-tech titanium is an extremely flexible and durable material. It is hypoallergenic, making it an excellent choice for customers with sensitive skin. The combination of these exceptional properties enables us to create the most comfortable glasses while also expanding the possibilities of our unique minimalistic designs. High-tech titanium is also resistant to cosmetics and UV light. What’s more, it perfectly maintains its shape for a comfortable fit, day in and day out.

  • Titanium is the main material we use to make our eyewear. All the titanium we use consists of special alloys that are not available in Europe and are sourced exclusively from Japan. Our suppliers there are ISO-certified and regularly publish their own sustainability reports.

  • Our SPX®+ material offers clear and proven benefits for manufacturing plastic glasses. All the materials we use to make our eyewear must be able to fulfil specific requirements with regard to lightness, finish, precision, flexibility and strength. SPX®+ is processed using state-of-the-art injection moulding, enabling us to create nearly any shape or dimensions for each model, working either manually or semi-automatically. This enables us to work with far greater precision than conventional techniques which involve milling frames out of acetate. SPX®+ types with different degrees of hardness are fused together using composite injection moulding technology. For example, a softer plastic is injected over the hard temple inlay to make the temple soft and comfortable. Combining innovative materials and techniques enables us to minimize waste during production.

    SPX®+ maintains its shape perfectly despite its extreme flexibility. It is twice as strong as acetate, although it is nearly 40% lighter. Its ideal balance of lightness and strength makes it an ideal material for creating unique minimalistic designs that offer the highest comfort and functionality. The flexible, heat-resistant material never loses its shape and fits comfortably and securely all day long. With SPX®+, you never have to worry again about uncomfortable pressure points on the nose or behind the ears.

  • The polyamide granulate for SPX®+, which is also one of the main materials we use to create our eyewear, is made by a renowned supplier in Switzerland with a responsible corporate approach to environmental protection, safety, health and social responsibility.

  • All Silhouette eyewear comes with a lens cleaning cloth, a matching case and an information leaflet.

  • Please arrange an appointment with an optician near you to find out which frame size and temple length are right for you. They can perform the necessary measurements to determine the right sizes.

  • To ensure perfect vision and functionality, clean the lenses regularly with clean water and a soft cloth. We recommend using the cleaning cloth that comes with your glasses, or a similar microfiber eyewear cleaning cloth. You can also use a mild soap, dishwashing liquid or standard commercial eyewear cleaners. Never rub the lenses dry, but lightly dab them with a soft cloth or leave them to air dry instead.

  • To avoid damaging them, always store and transport your glasses/sunglasses in a suitable case.

  • When you buy a pair of Silhouette glasses, you will always receive a matching Silhouette case to go with them. If you need a new case, please get in touch directly with one of our partner opticians near you.

  • Silhouette sunglasses offer anti-glare protection and 100% protection against UV radiation (UVA/UVB/UVC, up to UV 400). They also keep your eyes protected from snow, rain and wind. All Silhouette sunglasses lenses are made from durable polycarbonate, making them extremely break-resistant. They also include back-surface anti-reflective coating.

    They do not provide suitable protection against heavy impacts, hard objects, looking directly into the sun, lamps with high radiant energy or tanning beds.

  • Silhouette sunglasses lenses are made from polycarbonate and meet the international requirements for protection against UVA, B and C rays.
    If you want to know which filtering category and international standard your lenses comply with, check the code that is stamped on the inner side of the temple.

    The first digit specifies which standard is used (EU, Australia or USA); the digit in parentheses specifies the filtering category the lens belongs to, and how the lens is intended to be used.


    Category 0:Untinted to lightly tinted; light transmittance between 80 and 100%. The lenses can be worn while driving either in the daytime or at night.

    Category 1: Lightly tinted; light transmittance between 43 and 80%. The lenses can be worn while driving in the daytime but not at night.

    Category 2:Moderately tinted; light transmittance between 18 and 43%. The lenses can be worn while driving in the daytime but not at night.

    Category 3: Dark tinted; light transmittance between 8 and 18%. The lenses can be worn while driving in the daytime but not at night.

    Category 4:** Very dark tinted; light transmittance between 3 and 8%. The lenses cannot be worn while driving.

  • We developed our patented Silhouette Light Management® lens technology specifically for our sunglasses. This unique lens-making technology is exclusive to Silhouette sunglasses.
    Silhouette Light Management® lenses provide a pleasant brightening effect and comfortable vision along with complete sunlight protection, enabling you to enjoy all the following benefits:

    • Enhanced color brilliance for vivid, intense colors with a focus on cool and warm tones
    • Stronger contrasts so you see more details with enhanced depth perception
    • Total protection: 100% UV protection up to UV 400, along with absorption of harmful blue light, and strong anti-glare and flash protection

    Silhouette Light Management® technology is integrated into most of our sunglasses models, but it is not technically feasible in models with lighter lenses, such as Classic Gradients.

  • Silhouette's POL filter gives you extra protection against glaring sunlight and strong reflections. Our polarizing lenses deliver relaxed vision so your eyes do not become fatigued as quickly.

    Please remember that wearing polarized glasses may limit your ability to see images on liquid crystal displays such as smartphones, laptops and dashboard displays etc.

  • We offer clip-ons in two different colors: grey and brown. In general, clip-ons are available for most of our rimless glasses. The lenses have a polarizing (POL) effect.

    In addition to the clip-ons, we also offer Style Shades. Unlike clip-ons, Style Shades are available in 5 different lens shapes (each in 2 sizes) and three different colors. The Style Shades let you instantly transform your rimless prescription glasses into a pair of stylish sunglasses. While the clip-ons always have the exact same shape as the lenses of your rimless glasses, Style Shades let you create an entirely different look.

    Both clip-ons and Style Shades give you 100% UV protection and a POL filter, so you always enjoy clear vision. They are also light as a feather, making them extremely comfortable to wear.

  • Silhouette Vision Sensation® means that your glasses are “100% Silhouette”—this guarantees the highest quality from the lenses and frames to the service you receive.

    We design and create all our lenses and frames ourselves at our headquarters in Linz, Austria.

    • Our consistent approach to how we design and create our glasses guarantees a tailor-made look and feel.
    • At our Silhouette Lens Lab, we adjust each pair of lenses to meet our customers’ individual needs.
    • By the time the glasses are ready to be shipped to you, they have already passed 100 quality checks to make sure they meet our strict standards.
      Find our more about Silhouette Vision Sensation®.
  • If you bought your Silhouette glasses from one of our partner opticians, please contact them for full details about the warranty coverage and conditions they offer you.

  • If you need to replace the nose pads on your glasses, please contact your optician directly. They will be glad to help when it comes to choosing your nose pads, including ordering them for you.

  • If you bought your glasses from one of our partner opticians, they will be able to arrange repairs for you if needed.

    If you bought your sunglasses from the Silhouette online shop and need to have them repaired, please email our customer service team:
    USA: us.silhouette.service@silhouette-international.com

  • If your glasses are still under warranty, our partner optician will be happy to repair them for you free of charge. Please contact your optician if you need to arrange a repair. They can also answer any questions you may have with regard to your warranty coverage.

  • Please contact your optician directly. They will be able to help you arrange a repair.

  • We recommend that you do not attempt to repair your glasses yourself. Please contact an optician near you if you need to have your glasses repaired.

  • The temples and other replaceable parts of the glasses can be replaced individually. You do not need to replace the entire frame.

  • It may be possible to repair clip-on lenses, depending on how badly they are damaged. If the nose bridge is broken, this can be repaired by your optician. If the lenses are broken, the entire clip-on will need to be repaired or replaced.

  • Silhouette glasses are available for sale from our partner opticians. To find a partner optician near you, please use our Retailer Search tool on our website. Our partner opticians can advise you on choosing the right pair of Silhouette glasses.

    You can also buy Silhouette sunglasses directly from our online shop.

  • Please use our Retailer Search tool on our website to find a Silhouette partner optician near you.

    You can search be entering the name of your town/city or entering your zip code.

  • If you are searching in a country where we also offer eyewear style consultations, you will also find a filter for this option in the Retailer Search. This lets you easily search for opticians who can provide you with an eyewear style consultation. Use the Contact option in the Retailer Search to get in contact directly with a partner optician.

  • Our sunglasses are currently available for sale in our online shop in the United States.

    If you are located outside of the US or if you would like to buy Silhouette prescription glasses, please visit any of our partner opticians near you.

  • If you would like to have your Silhouette glasses adjusted, please visit any of our partner opticians near you. They will adjust your glasses to ensure they fit perfectly to provide the Silhouette comfort that you expect.

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  • You can search for information about a specific product or topic using either the Search bar on our website or by searching in our product catalogue.


    Search bar:
    Click ‘Search’ in the upper left side of our website and then type in your search term.


    Product search:
    If you are looking for a specific product and want to search by its name or article number, we recommend searching in our product catalogues. We offer a separate catalogue for optical eyewear and sunglasses. You will also find a search bar and filter options next to the magnifying glass symbol at the top of the screen.

  • You can visit the Newsroom on our website to view our press releases. Please note that the images used in our press releases are subject to copyright restrictions.

  • Yes, please follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

  • Please click the link to sign up for our newsletter: Newsletter

    Once you have signed up, we will send you an email to confirm your sign up. You must click the confirmation link included in the email before we can send you our newsletter.

  • Please check whether our newsletter may have ended up in your spam folder. If so, please mark our newsletter as “Not spam” or “Trusted” so you will receive it in your inbox from now on.

  • We hope you will enjoy receiving our regular newsletter. But if you do decide to opt out, you can click any time on the “Opt out” link at the bottom of the email containing our newsletter.

    If you change your mind after opting you, you can always sign up for our newsletter to start receiving it again.

  • Please click the link to sign up for the Silhouette Journal: Journal

    Once you have signed up, we will send you an email to confirm your sign-up. You must click the confirmation link in that email before we can send you the Silhouette Journal in the mail.

    The Silhouette Journal is sent out once a year.

  • Please send us a message using our contact form: We will make sure you no longer receive the Silhouette Journal in the post.

  • Thank you for your interest in our company. We invite you to apply directly on our website for any positions that are currently available.

    To see which jobs are currently available, please visit our corporate website.

  • Our company headquarters is not open to the public.

  • Our success story began in 1964 when Anneliese and Arnold Schmied founded a new eyewear company driven by their long-term vision and passion. They were united by a vision of creating the world’s most beautiful eyewear, with an unwavering commitment to superior quality.

    Headquartered in Linz, Austria, Silhouette International Schmied AG is now the global market leader in premium eyewear, with a workforce of around 1,400 employees. Today, three generations later, our company is still 100% family-owned. The company sets high standards for craftsmanship and is firmly committed to quality and design as well as to our hometown, Linz.

    Our family company’s leadership team consists of CEO/CFO Reinhard Mahr, COO Thomas Windischbauer, CSO Christian Ender and CMO Michael Schmied.

    Learn more about Silhouette.

  • Our company has always been guided by a strong sense of responsibility towards the world around us. We are committed to striking a healthy balance between people, the planet and our company’s success. We believe that we can actively shape the future for the better. And that is an opportunity that we do not want to miss.

    As part of our long-standing commitment to sustainable business practices, Silhouette International serves as a role model as an active member of multiple sustainability organizations, including the Austrian Climate Federation, which we joined in early-2020.
    Companies in the Austrian Climate Federation are committed to sustainable business practices, responsible handling of resources and our responsibilities towards society.

    At Silhouette, we are dedicated to protecting the planet. That's why we've put the strictest environmental protection policies in place throughout our company, far exceeding the legal requirements. In 2021, we became the only eyewear brand ever to be certified under the European Commission's Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

    For a detailed description of all our activities in the areas of sustainability, climate protection, social responsibility and our long-term vision for our company and region, please read our full sustainability report.

  • If you would like to contact our online shop with any questions related to your order, delivery, payment, products, etc., please email us:
    USA: us.silhouette.service@silhouette-international.com

    You can also reach us any time by submitting your query using your Contact form.

    If you are a business customer (eyecare professional), please contact our local support team in your country.

    If you are a member of the press, please find our press contact details on our Newsroom page.

    We will respond to all queries as quickly as possible. In some cases, it may take longer to get back to you. Thank you for your patience!

  • You've seen some glasses you like. Now you can try them on virtually on our website. It's a great way to get to know our extensive product range and to find out which of our various models suit you the best.

    To do a Virtual Try-On, take a video of your face using the camera on your device (desktop PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone). Make sure that you follow the instructions on how to move your face. You'll also be asked to hold a standard-sized credit card in front of your face (this is an optional step that you can skip) — please use the reverse side of the card so the camera doesn't capture your personal information. Putting the credit card in the frame ensures that the glasses are displayed at the right size. Now you're all set to try on models from our wide range of prescription glasses and sunglasses that are available to try with our Virtual Try-On tool.

  • The Virtual Try-On tool will ask your permission to use your camera. Once you have granted permission, the tool will use the camera on your device.

  • You can find the Virtual Try-On tool on the Silhouette website. Simply follow this link: www.silhouette.com/virtual-try-on. In addition, all products that can be tried on virtually can be identified by an icon. You can also access the tool via the product page of any item with Virtual Try-On capability.

  • Yes, the Virtual Try-On tool allows you to download the video footage as an image.

  • You can view the video recording in your user account for 1 year after it has been taken. However, this depends on the availability of your user account (which varies depending on your country) or whether you have accepted browser session cookies with a duration of 90 days. This happens automatically as soon as you re-start the Virtual Try-On process. The process works with session cookies provided that the cookies stored via your browser have not been deleted in the meantime. You can delete the video at any time. Our software provider ditto Technologies Inc. stores data on their servers for 2 years. You can ask our software provider to delete your data at any time by revoking your consent.

  • The credit card is used to help scale the glasses so that they are displayed on the face at the right size.

  • Please ensure that you take the video in a bright, well-lit place. You will also achieve better results in the video if your hair is pulled back and your ears are visible. Look directly into the camera on your device and follow the instructions guiding you through the Virtual Try-On process.

  • The glasses and colors are displayed in a realistic way. There may be minor differences due to the way different screens are set up.

  • The Virtual Try-On tool is available for a selected range of optical eyewear and sunglasses. The models which have a Virtual Try-On option are highlighted with an icon.

  • There is an icon that shows which products have a Virtual Try-On option.

  • If you have any problems when using the Virtual Try-On, please get in touch with us via our contact form.