Tariq Trotter—you probably know him as Black Thought—wants you to know that he’s definitely, unequivocally the most stylish member of the Roots. His new collaboration with the eyewear legends at Moscot makes a pretty strong case for that. So we talked with the man about tortoiseshell, secret Grammy jam sessions and the virtues of not giving a fuck.
For past couple of years, acetate-framed sunglasses have been thick on the ground. (In fact, you’re probably on your second or third pair by now.)
And sure, there’s good reason for the acetate renaissance—Persols and Wayfarers are undeniably timeless—but they aren’t the end-all, be-all of eyewear. Which is why we’d like to draw your attention back to the metallic end of the sunglass spectrum. The sorts of wire-rimmed shades that were championed by the likes of industrialists and John Lennon. In other words, it’s time to go beyond the acetate.
Next weekend marks the unofficial start to summer—which means it’s time to kick your summer preparations into high gear right now.
And above all else, you’re going to need to pick up the right pair of shades for wherever it is you plan on summering—because the sun in Cannes requires a different UV protection than the sun you’ll encounter on the music festival circuit. So we put together a handy guide for your summer’s eyewear-related needs.
While you’ve probably got a trusty pair of shades tucked away from last summer, it’s always nice to have another pair to reach for in the event of the inevitable... Forgetting them in a cab. A tragic kayaking mishap. Accidents happen.
Luckily, a handsome new crop of sunglasses has landed on the market just in time to have you fully equipped to keep your eyes stylishly protected from the harmful effects of the sun—and the occasional morning after—when you’ll need them most. Even luckier: we’ve rounded up your best options, from new-age club masters to good old aviators. So, without further ado:
It’s been hard to get excited about some of the early spring and summer gear that’s begun trickling into shops when it still feels like winter out...
But here’s something you can actually start wearing now: the new collection of sunglasses from NYC’s retro opticians at Moscot. The designs are all based on archives from their heyday in the earlier half of the century (they’re coming up on their 100th anniversary in a couple years) and have been inspired by the stories of their neighborhood’s denizens—our favorite pair of the bunch, shown above, was named for the family lawyer, Zev.
Now that we’re firmly in sunglasses season, we thought we’d turn our attention to one of the men who established shades as the effortlessly cool item they are today. Andy Warhol, take a bow.
And on the off chance you need to pick up a pair for this summer, we thought we’d run down a few of the man’s favorite frames, with a few glasses frames thrown in for good measure. And naturally, you'll want to know where you can get them...
A lot of great new labels arrived on the scene in 2011—the most we’ve seen in recent memory—so we thought we’d give a much-deserved victory lap to our five favorites. They range from homegrown Italiana to biker-tough outerwear, and they’ve been pulling together some of the most exciting ideas in menswear and making clued-in gentlemen look like rock stars from February on. If you were waiting for a chance to get acquainted, now’s the time.
Previously the patron saint of nebbish frames, Moscot’s put together a pretty impressive catalog over the past few years—including a few frames that are a good deal more sleek than the thick black squares you’re used to. Case in point: these newly released Grovers. It’s a shape that’s surprisingly hard to come by these days: a little less boxy and a little more goggley than the sharp corners Moscot built their name on. It’s the same hazy, bookish acetates, but a little more adventurous and a whole lot less professorial. Which, all told, is probably a good thing.
A Serious Man, the Coen Brother’s latest, hits theaters this week, and if you’re a frames nerd like us, you’ll notice one sartorial item getting an unusual amount of screen time. In addition to a shlubbified Mad Men closet and a truly impressive selection of early 60s ties, Larry Gopnik spends the film sporting an enviable pair of Moscot Lemtoshes. In fact, it may be the only enviable thing about him.
Gopnik also spends the movie being pummeled by metaphysical torment, which is probably why the Coen connection hasn’t found its way into more press releases. As a costume, it’s pitch-perfect: Moscot’s such a beloved brand because people like your dad wore them—or at least the better dressed version of your dad who ends up in movies—but mortgage payments rarely find their way into that particular pitch.
Personally, we came out of the movie with a greater desire for nebbish frames…but results may vary.
Duckie Brown has been mining Savile Row-style classicism for a while now, so it’s no surprise they finally brought some real cobblers on board. The real surprise here is the subtle shifts they bring in, like adding blues and greens to the leather-dyeing palate, matching the sole rubber to the color of the shoe, and putting out a whole line of cap-toes fastened with metal studs.
Best of all, they’re pricing the bulk of the line at $295, as a gesture to modern times.
We love a good pair of shades, but unfortunately it’s too easy to mess up a good thing. For instance, let’s take an icon, known for its classic simplicity and connection to the past. And then we’ll fold it in half!
They even throw in a hardshell case, which almost makes up for completely missing the point.