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AS offers over 50,000 vintage frames for prescription and sun- glasses, with styles hailing from the 1980s all the way back to the 1800s -- when corrective lenses weren't yet widely available, and the nearsighted were often locked up in mental institutions. To showcase their wares, they've created a gallery of bespectacled greats: Malcolm X's mixed acrylic and wire affairs; Michael Caine's stylish-nerd horn rims; Peter Fonda's contoured, golden easy-riders; Marcello Mastroianni's thick-legged new wavers; and Teddy Roosevelt's wire-frame roundies, as narrow as his torso was not. Best of all, none of the frames have ever been worn -- so you can be sure your Gandhi-style specs were never nibbled on during a hunger strike.
AS only stocks a small selection of their specs online, selling the rest at fashion fairs and swap meets all over Southern California -- a nomadic business plan inspired by Peter O'Toole, in his role as Lawrence of Raybania.