A good entertainer knows the power of glasses -- John Lennon's colored teashades were arty yet trippy, while LeVar Burton refashioned himself with a visor that prevented him from reading or seeing rainbows. Nab the vintage shades that today's stars are copping, at Vintage Frames Company.
A Montreal outfit that's hoarded over 150,000 unworn designer shades from the '50s-'80s, hooking up the likes of Jay-Z and Pharrell, VFC just debuted an e-shop stocked with 750 rotating pieces of deadstock pulled from its vault, but not From The Vault, because that'd be Grateful deadstock. Some standouts:
Playboy 4508 -- Straight outta the '70s, this super-rare pair features a translucent, honey-colored aviator frame, thin black metal arms, and the iconic logo adorning their silver temples, a look likely shared by anyone who still bothers to read Playboy.
Cazal 867 col.650 -- One of the scarcest pieces in their collection, this white-framed job's accented with an uneven upper edge striped in pink, and boasts teal detailing, gold hardware, and fading blue lenses, a wise move, as fading to black'll get you sued by Lars Ulrich.
Speedo 1 MP GEP -- A Blublocker/aviator hybrid, this brown-armed model frames its quick-fade orange-to-clear lenses in textured gold metal, though Speedo should know they'll be stripped of it if the look turns out to be performance enhancing.
If you prefer your specs new, they also just debuted a collab with Cazal, who were so impressed with their collection they wanted to work together, a relationship sure to spawn a successful enterprise.
Published: November 8, 2010 at 4:00am EST
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