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The Frames of Yore

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As we’ve noticed before, frames haven’t changed much in the past few decades. So it’s nice to find a brand that was actually making them way back when.

Anglo-American Optical has been in the game since 1882, putting them a good century ahead of most of the other brands out there—and giving them quite an archive to pick from. So when you start looking for the same frames as that one extra in The Italian Job, there’s a good chance they’ve got the exact model. And if you want a slight twist on it, you can try out their “handmade” section, which lets you get a little more custom. Our favorite so far is this quasi-Wayfarer, available in any number of Moscot-esque shades.

Kempt Man of the Hour: Chip Kidd

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*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

In his capacity as a graphic design demigod, Chip Kidd routinely transforms books into *objets d'art*. In the course of a celebrated career he's done dazzling dustjackets for everyone from John Updike to Bret Easton Ellis. Some of his work, like the famous dinosaur skeleton he designed for Michael Crichton's *Jurassic Park*, even takes on a life of its own.

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