Firstly my apologies for not posting as much of late. I’ve been busy working on something. I’ve also been thinking about the WWI Centennial. 100 years ago, when the war broke out the populace on all sides had great enthusiasm and men were eager to fight.
This is Fashion Week in New York. I sort of wandered into fashion by wandering into the tent shows in Bryant Park soon after finishing school. Back then the shows were both more open and more closed. I’ll explain. Security wasn’t rigid and students and those who cared could generally find a way into most […]
Every now and then I hear people discuss the value of product placements. Some think they’re important, some don’t. Ultimately their worth depends on one’s ability to reach those customers that notice such things. For example, the Mad Men character Don Draper’s use of Vietnam era issue HGU-4/P sunglasses – a style we recently discussed […]
Celebrity Culture in this country is a strange thing. When the Porsche Carrera GT Fast and Furious start Paul Walker was riding in hit a light pole and then burst into flames debris was strewn everywhere. A bystander supposedly recovered Walker’s sunglasses and then put them up on an auction website.
In honor of May Day I’ll recount the time I scored a pair of Elton John sunglasses – made by the now defunct May Optical Company of Wareham Massachusetts – from eBay. If you collect vintage eyewear you’ll know some of Elton John’s sunglasses are harder to find than others. Certain frames, like these square […]
One thing hardly anyone knows is that not only were the Byrds’ Roger McGuinn’s little rectangular sunglasses probably made in Japan, they were very likely branded as “Pat Boone” sunglasses. Here are some originals, which folded up into the little pen-style case with Pat’s signature on it. McGuinn nixed the visor. I wonder if he […]
One of my first two accounts was Barney’s. This led to an interview for Vogue Nippon. We talked Rock fashion. Afterwards the interviewer suggested I meet their Fashion Director Gene Krell. She thought we’d get along well. She affected an introduction. At that time I was unaware that Gene was a more innovative and influential […]
Whenever I had a chance to pick up a pair of these vintage Bollé polycarbonate sunglasses I usually did. Not only did they protect your eyes, they protected your nose, too. How could you lose?
I never looked into it but I think there must have been a technical advance in surfacing styrenes with metal finishes around 1968 or so. An avalanche of plastic sunglasses with metal plating came tumbling down on consumers over a five year period beginning around then. There were lots of variations on the theme of […]