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Sunglasses for Any Season

  • Najib Benouar

Moscot glasses

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.

More looks at the rest of the new ocular offerings from Moscot, after the jump.»

Your Andy Warhol Range Hood Is Making You Look Silly

...for that matter, so is your Andy Warhol watch and your Andy Warhol T-shirt, tote bag, sneakers and snowboard.

You whittled the neighbor’s kid an Andy Warhol big wheel for no particular reason, so it’s safe to say his parents will be keeping a closer eye on you, and you’ve been patiently waiting for just the right woman to come along who will appreciate that Andy Warhol dress you’ve been storing in mothballs for years, along with the hip, snappy alternative, if such a thing exists in the world of old-timey soup can apparel. The problem, of course, is that dates have been ending prematurely of late, ever since you dropped the hammer on the duvet-slash-bedside lamp combo.

This is all to say: take a pass on the Andy Warhol range hood. We’re begging you. Because the Campbell’s Soup schwag is in grave danger of doing to Mr. Warhol what Evita and the Che Guevara shirt did for badass Cubans everywhere.

It’s time to build your own factory.

Last Year’s CGI

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For a movie getting a lavish update, the original Tron’s been pretty quiet. There was talk of a Blu-Ray release earlier in the year, but it disappeared almost as soon as it was announced. Last week saw a pretty good guess as to why: it’s embarassing. The CGI is all neon grids and pre-Pixar geometry, the lost-in-a-computer storyline feels obsolete in an age of smartphones, and the live-action elements stick out like a forehead tattoo reading “1982.” An HD release would only emphasize the awful truth: this is how we thought computers worked back then.

Which is to say, it’s pretty fantastic—as long as you’re not the type to be embarrassed about the past.

Allow us to elaborate»

Days of Fondue

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If we had to guess the year this gentleman was striding boldly into, we'd probably place it somewhere in the hazy era of the late 70s. Something about the feathery hair, the billowing pocket square and the cableknit-corduroy combo makes it seem like he's probably humming an Abba song.

But as it turns out, it's all coming back to the present tense. (That includes Abba.) In fact, this gentleman is part of Tommy HIlfiger's Fall/Winter offering for 2010, red pants and all. It's a pretty striking wardrobe, and we're excited to see if this takes off—if only because our years spent stockpiling blazers might finally pay some dividends. We're not sure about the turtleneck sweaters...but you can't have everything.

On the Wing

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We’re no pilots, but we’re also not above a little light co-opting when the moment calls for it.

This hand-sewn pilot’s cap comes from Bentley with a design that’s straight from the 20’s. It might be a bit more costume-y than our usual objects of desire, and we’re not sure we’d drop $200 on something that’s almost impossible to wear outside of a cockpit.

But if you’re looking for something to wear to your pilots exam, this is it.

Full Stop

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We’re already fans of healthy anachronism in comminuques, but this may be going too far.

Telegram Stop is a virtual telegram operator, taking missives over the internet and mailing them out in historically impeccable typewritten packages. The question of why one would want to sent a telegram in 2009 is left to the imagination, but one imagines retro enthusiasm has something to do with it. Personally, we draw the line at anything that fakes a postmark, but anyone looking to recreate the carefree Gilded Age should take notice.

Sweaters from the Archive

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Retro style can be a powerful force, but you’re still only getting things second hand. The genuine article can be a bit harder to come by.

Luckily, Cleveland’s Ohio Knitting Mills (via Uncrate) has a stash of 22 models dating all the way back to 1947, and they’re just now putting it on sale.

Finds include this red mohair sweater, a pitch-perfect acrylic polo from the 50s, and cardigans from the same factory that outfitted Mr. Rogers. It’s mostly what you’d expect from digging through a local vintage shop…only you’d be pretty lucky to find all this in one pile.

See what they’ve got in store»

Raise a Can

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In beer, as in all things, we have a fondness for the past.

So we were glad to run across this set of old school blue-collar beer cans, dug up from flickr by a few diligent design-heads. Most of them are discolored, misshapen, and generally corroded to the point of collapse, but we don’t mind too much. It’s amazing to see what a beer looked like 70 years ago.

Anyone who happens to be in the design business should take notes: this is what beer cans should look like.

See some of our favorite cans»

Revival Meeting

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If the shades on the top look familiar, they should. But they just got a whole lot less vintage.

As a response to the popularity of their vintage gear, Carrera dug into their archive for a set of their best old styles, and brought the resulting models back into production. Naturally, it’s still better to get the Real McCoy, but for a couple hundred dollars less, the revival isn’t too bad either.

Carrera’s newer styles haven’t done too much to catch our eye, but this reboot might be just what the brand needs to get its legs back. If they can jump back to 1986 and start over from there, they may start digging up a lot more than just nostalgia.

What this means for heritage brands in general»