Retrospective: Upswept Eyeglasses

History is said to repeat itself and we see that in eyewear trends. The Harlequin look is the Cat-Eye (1940's) and the Upswept lens look from Solamar is back. One look is that has come back is the over the top lens look. We first see the look in Sol Amor's sunglasses circa 1945. Pointy lenses make a dramatic statement. Neostyle eyewear … [Read more...]

Eyewear Trends: The Onesie Lens

Just because you can't Rx a frame, doesn't mean that eyecare professionals shouldn't sell it or offer it to their customers. Case in point: The Onesie Lens. Most people think of a onesie as a one piece infant garment. Onesies are also adult jumpsuits which became popular in the late 2000's to 2010's. Re-introduced by the band Jumping Jammerz and … [Read more...]

Dove Eyewear For International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace is September 21, 2016. Aside from the Peace Symbol, doves have been used as a symbol of love and peace symbol by many cultures starting with early Christians. To pay homage to this important and wished for day we found some Vintage Dove Sunglasses made by Anglo American in the 1960's. According to Vintage … [Read more...]

For The Love Of Eyewear: Selling Vintage

Dead Stock, Heritage, Heirloom, Vintage, Retro, Antique, Iconic, whatever you choose to call it, Real vintage and antique eyewear is hot. As I was looking for companies that sold current products with vintage, I notices that many 'Vintage Eyewear' places did not even offer Vintage Frames. What's up with that? Which brings up the question, what … [Read more...]

Video: Evolution Of The Eye

This new video is about the evolution of the human eye.  Narrated by scientist Alom Shaha, it outlines how each part of the eye has formed, challenging the concept of "Irreducible Complexity". The video also highlights protecting eyes against modern dangers such as over exposure to blue light. Also included  some tips about preventing eye … [Read more...]

History of Sunwear In The Olympics

The Olympics have been around for 100's of years but the birth of modern Olympics was in 1898.  While many athetes wore sunglasses it appears that the major participant in Olympic Eyewear and Sunwear was RayBan, then Vuarnet. You can still find their Olympic Eyewear on ebay and vintage eyewear sites. Probably the best source of vintage olympic … [Read more...]

1932 Video Of Spectacles Through The Ages

We all love vintage eyewear videos. This video starts with a man dressed as Roger Baker holding large magnifying glass. The commentator tells us he is suspected by many to be the real inventor of spectacles. Then there is a man dressed as Samuel Pepys, he wore glasses with green lenses. Then a man as Isaac Newton looking at globe of the world. The … [Read more...]

Frieda Kahlo Eyewear

Frieda Kahlo born July 6, 1907  died July 14- 1954. One of my heroes is is Frieda Kahlo. This is a woman who overcame pain a life of pain to become one of the most famous women artists of all times. Married to Diego Riveria, their open marriage and affairs were no secret. Both were brilliant and flamboyant. Frieda Kahlo lived a short life and we … [Read more...]

History Of Great Britain’s Olympic Eyewear

Of all the countries, I would say that Great Britain has done the best job of creating and marketing eyewear for the Olympics. Maybe it is because Great Britain's flag is represented on so many other flags or because there are so many companies in Great Britain that manufacture eyewear or the fact they hosted the summer Olympics four times over the … [Read more...]

The Eyewear Evolution of Nose Shades

Protecting noses was very important for mountaineers and anyone around the water. Nobody wants a sunburnt nose or skin cancer. Has nose protecting sunglasses ever become a fashion statement? The first advertising we could find was for nose protection. This advertorial in Popular Mechanics Magazine in 1932 said: 'Equipped with a shield that … [Read more...]

Spexist Advertising: Eyewear Adorned Adonises

It's pretty hard to find beefcake mens eyewear ads.. why is it that? Advertisers don't think women want to look at men? Most ads were with women, Women showing cleavage, wearing bathing suits and underwear. Women is suggestive poses and half naked. Men on the other hand might be wearing a bathing suit, but they are usually in the background. We … [Read more...]

The Eyewear Evolution of Side Shields

Side Shields were first used in three areas: Safety Glasses, Glacier Glasses and Motoring Glasses. All three had several things in common: Glass lenses, side shields and some safety straps. Everything to protect against the elements whether inside or outside. Glacier Sunglasses came with nose guards and side shields with cable temples.  Who … [Read more...]

Retro Spectacle: History of White Sunglasses

With National Sunglass Day coming up, we thought we would give you a brief pictorial of white fashionable sunglasses throughout history. The first mass produced sunglasses were from Foster Grant in the late 1920's. That coupled with Polaroid Sun in 1936 lead to the rise of Sunglasses as a fashion accessory. Celebrities such as Marlene Dietrich and … [Read more...]

#TBT: 1958 French Fashions in Glasses Video

Most of the Vintage Fashion Eyewear videos were filmed in the UK. But France is known for fashion as well as eyewear. This video shows shots of glamorous models posing in gardens wearing different styles of sunglasses - Some pretty wild styles here. … [Read more...]

#TBT: 1953 History of Spectacles Video

This video goes back to the days of when men and women wore wigs. Various shots show spectacles through the ages. A man in 18th century dress takes out a pair of eyeglasses to read a piece of paper. A girl in Victorian dress uses a replica of Queen Victoria's glasses to read a book. A woman in a wig (1700s) wears some glasses with double … [Read more...]