This snap comes via The Selvedge Yard, where they’ve dug up some great mid-’60s snaps of Capote’s Hamptons home. Hard to beat those shades.
Our obsession of the day is vintage ski posters (which may have something to do with the frosty conditions outside). This one comes from the legendary Warren Miller in Jackson Hole circa 1965. We don’t have a name for the skier, but he certainly knew his way around a pair of sunglasses.
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.
A new batch of sunglasses just arrived online from Super, perfectly timed to ward off snow blindness. There are the standard Wayfarer shapes, as always—but we thought we’d highlight a few of the more interesting frames, starting with the tortoiseshell model on this gentleman…
These shades just arrived at Shipley & Halmos in thick acetate and thinner steampunk varieties. They’re our favorite shades of the winter so far. (You’ll need something to take the edge off all that snow.) Think of them as a cross between a McQueen and a Godard.
If you were waiting for the right moment to break out your Barbour…now’s the time.
This particular jacket belongs to Paul William of Goose Barnacle, snapped at yesterday’s Atlantic Antic. It’s a prime example of fall style, right down to the neutral socks and shined loafers—colorful in a muted way that only feels right once October rolls around.
Our favorite touch: a pair of shades to keep the glare out and to remind you it was summer not too long ago. Future’s so bright…
Soul is a funny thing. You can dress it up, press records of it, put it on film—but there’s always some surge of inspiration you can’t quite nail down.
And another thing about soul: it always looks good.
Fashion Week’s remarkably short on genuine, wide-eyed enthusiasm, so when we find it, we tend to take notice.
This particular grin comes from Antonio Azzuolo, walking the runway at the close of his Friday show in one of his best outfits, complete with a buttoned-down club collar and a fantastic pair of Robert Evans shades. It’s a less louche version of the continental style Tom Ford usually traffics in—and if you can pull it off, it’s a lot more fun than tweed.
Which brings us to that grin. Most designers take their bow with some mixture of nerves and our-and-out fear (assuming they take one at all), so it’s good to see one who isn’t ashamed to bask in the applause. We’d say he’s earned it.
The 80s were a strange and magical time.
And while the dust has largely settled on the era, we wanted to give a belated salute to one of the decade’s most iconic men. And also, the News…
We’ve imparted a few thoughts on baseball in the past—particularly listening to it on the radio—but here’s one more often-overlooked detail: Baseball is one of the few sports you can play while wearing sunglasses.
So far, most ballplayers haven’t seized the opportunity to gain style points. In fact, the results have ranged from the inspired to the regrettable…but that’s not to say they’re not interesting.
It’s always nice to have a source for a $100 pair of shades. Not because you’re unhappy with the ones you’ve got…but the way you live, accidents happen.
So you’ll want to keep Raen Optics on file in case your clubmasters fall prey to a tragic windsurfing mishap. They’re a California brand specializing in mid-century style shades and optical frames. At the moment, our favorite is the Squire, inspired by James Dean’s 50s frames—something like Wayfarers by way of Moscot.
Just try to keep them out of the ocean.
The 70s were a good time for frames, so Nike’s offering up some new sunglasses in the Downey Jr./Killy style along with their first ophthalmic glasses based on the same frames. Think skiers and Formula One drivers. A good reason to get excited: they’re made by Marchon Eyewear, the artisan-behind-the-curtain for everyone from Fendi to Calvin Klein.
You’ll be seeing a lot of summer gear in the blogodome over the next few weeks, and to the untrained eye it might seem like everyone’s going to spend the next three months in shades, shorts and brightly colored t-shirts.
They’re all good things to have in your closet, provided you know when and where to break them out—but in the wrong hands, they’re a faux pas waiting to happen.
So as a public service, we thought we’d share the sartorial code we live by during the summer.
In honor of the Preakness this weekend, we thought we’d provide you with one more pair of shades before kicking off the long, bright summer. These Robert Geller shades split the difference between white-framed hipster sunglasses (see: Williamsburg and/or Silver Lake) and the classic dark framed wayfarer, which means they’ll play wherever you happen to find yourself on Saturday night.
As for the icon scale, we’d file them under Godard…if he’d gone Hollywood and started making formally adventurous action comedies.
Okay, we’ll admit it: we’ve been on a bit of an acetate-induced bender lately. But, hey, it’s beautiful out. And just when we thought we’d gotten over our rekindled UV-rated enthusiasm, these stunners popped into our mailbox.
Behold, this week’s sunglasses infatuation: Yankee Eyewear.
On the heels of yesterday’s sunglasses roundup, we came across this handsome repp-striped take on Tom Cruise’s favorite shade, courtesy of Brooks Brothers. Of course, the pattern in question will be invisible whenever you actually wear the things, but sometimes it’s enough to know it’s there.
Here’s one thing we like about sunglasses: not a lot’s changed. If it looked good in ’56, it looks good now. So to help you settle on your own personal style for the summer, we’ve brought together some of the most stylish gentlemen ever to block out UV rays, together with the modern equivalent of their signature shades.
We mostly pay attention to the front-facing part of our sunglasses, but apparently there’s been a huge breakthrough in the ear-related department. These Activist Eyewear frames boast an extra pair of arms for more stability and a lot less pressure on the tops of your ears.
It’s good news for anyone planning on jogging or dramatically turning their head this summer. And naturally, it doesn’t hurt that they’re pretty handsome begin with, with models taking after wayfarers, aviators and circular, Lennon-style frames.
Film directors are typically the coolest people in any given room, so we thought we’d take a moment to appreciate the gentleman at the top of the heap. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Akira Kurosawa…
Count on the Northwest to make us nostalgic for summer. Oregon’s Shwood just released a new set of shades, the Ashland, and as handsome as they are, we suspect we won’t be needing them for at least a six months.
The frames take after a classic 80s aviator not too different from the kind Kanye’s favoring these days, carved out of East Indian rosewood. It’s a kind of texture you don’t get the chance to wear very often, and it’s strange and handsome enough to turn a standard pair of aviators into something that’s almost avant garde.
And yes, they’ll be even better once the sun comes out.
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