Edwardian Spectacles in Gold, Library Tips & All… Well, I found these lovely looking specs online and I ordered some and they are quite delightful – at least to a the spectacles specerati, like me – with their elegant “library” temples and small round lenses and lovely soft gold colour finish. You can find them too here at I Need Spex When I talk about library temples, it means that they are straight without the bent hook over the ears… Why? So that you can easily slip them on and off when studying in the library (where you’d find all […]
Classic Sunglasses from the 1950’s & 1960’s At London Battersea’s Decorative Antiques Fair yesterdayand on one of the new stands and a little off the side of the normal furnishings and decorative arts was a wonderful collection of late 20th Century ladies accessories like handbags and jewellery. Amongst this and what caught my eye were these two pairs of sunglasses. The blue pair were labelled “exceptional Limited Edition Sunglasses, representing the most famous movies of Brigitte Bardot (Babette 1959 and Maria (1965)”. The second pair, I’m afraid that didn’t catch the label. I was so busy trying to get good […]
Spectacles Blog Likes the Retro Sunglasses: Do They Do Prescription? I came across this sunglasses collection recently on the web and rather liked the concept. (Unfortunately, they don’t do prescription by the way.) In addition to the range you can see here – featuring sunglasses from each decade, they have a competition to design your own and the winner gets theirs made. You have two months to enter… check the details here: Polaroid Sunglasses Design Competiton. Meanwhile, I got myself a pair – from the 40’s as second from the left, top row above. I’m trying to find who they […]
Spectacles Spam… Spectacles Blog had a spam comment from Zorn Optik disclosing the simple fact that they are in Germany. Now I don’t know if that meant that they are made there or that they sell them there. I guess the spammers don’t care as long as their url gets published (so I won’t do that. Spite. The pictures on the linked site show what look the same as the Shuron range from the US (though I don’t know if they are made in USA?), but they don’t look that good (in common with the US pictures that I’ve also […]
Now These Specs Are Cool And 50 Years Old* I saw these today – a pair of 1960s clear plastic spectacles with reflective metallic green stripes – amongst other glasses and novelty spectacles-collectables on the Millers Antique Guide site. I’m not sure if this site is new because I’ve seen it in two different contexts in the last week. If you’re interested in the real thing, then check them out and maybe you can track down your own antique spectacles. They were showing 1950’sand 1960’s glasses mostly Or if you’re interested in something like these, made to your own design with […]
How Specs Are Gaining All The Time In Style & Image I read last year (I know I’ve had a lot of time off spectacles for a while and I’m just caching up now) three pieces and two completely different articles that endorse just how specs are on the up & up these days when it comes to image. First up were two bits about matching your handbag with your spectacles – and I guess (because I’ve lost the link) that this applies to shoes too because these specs featuring in one of the articles are from Jimmy Choo – who from […]
Glasses Designer Robert Marc Sees It This Way… Taken from an article in The Star Tribune, glasses designer of over 20 years Robert Marc tells us what he thinks glasses say about you – or more specifically, what different types of glasses say about different you’s. Quoting directly from the article… (And not all of his comments are shared by Spectacles Blog…) Rimless: Minimalist and smart. The rimless style reflects a desire to be professional. Who wears them: Sarah Palin, Kate Beckinsale and Steve Jobs. Wire or metal rims (including half-frames): Proficient and sophisticated, they’re for someone who wants a minimalist […]
Good Price Vintage Spctacles If You Bid Clever I’ve been back to Ebay to check their vintage glasses and spectacles offers and this one looks good. Mind, You never know what will happen when the end is nigh! that’s up to you to get in there and bid what you want. The top two pairs are American Optical and the bottom blue-y ones are Shuron (with rhimestomes). The current bid is $45 (about £28) which would be an amzing bargain. Go bid for these vintage glasses… I think all three pairs of spectacles are ladies’.
Mikli Paris 30th Anniversary Glasses Collectors Items Looking again at Alain Mikli’s site (see last week’s discovery of Milki spectacles) I see they have some of their signature spectacles in an anniversary collection as these above. Each pair comes with an edition issue number. They’re an update of 30 year old sunspecs as seen in this ad. Originally said to be specs to be seen in as well as worn. Not such a big idea now as when it was then!
1998 Film With Sixties Sunglasses I came across this picture and these specs the other day on a movie site. It’s Ralph Fiennes and of course Uma Thurman in Warner Bros’ The Avengers movie (which met with critical distaste). The original Avengers was a 1960’s UK TV series with the Thurman role (Emma Peel) played by several girls in series, including Dianna Rigg and Linda Thornton(?) Always stylish and usually contrived and a bit odd. Just like these sunglasses, though I’d like to see a biit more of them.