Being in the optical industry, it's easy for me to spot various eyewear styles. I may not wear all types of styles myself, but I can appreciate the designs of eyewear out there! And, it's so easy for me to be distracted by it since it's what I do 8-10 hours a day, 5 days a week! My "natural" instinct is to look in the direction of cool eyewear and wonder what brand it is ... or .. try to name the model/style in my mind. Nerdy I know... shush!
While I was out last week, I spotted a small vintage eyewear shop called Cateye Vintage Spectacles on Heliotrope in Los Angeles. I just had to walk in. It's what I do. I like to browse the different styles and observe the type of clientele that those types of shops get. I also look at craftsmanship, age of the vintage pieces (plastic becomes brittle over time with exposure to elements - we usually advise NOT to re-use older frames for this reason, unless it's been well taken care of), and price. I'm always looking at what my "competition" is and what other fashion demands there are in the eyewear market.
I absolutely loved the displays that were set up. I would love to have something like that in my own store. I think the closest thing I have in my own shop that is "retro" or vintage-inspired are some Polo Ralph Lauren P3 shaped aviators. Very John Lennon if you ask me.
Anyone remember these styles? Well you should, 'cuz it's been out there... again! :) Loved the details of this very summery piece. Found this a version of the 70s style here.
I loved seeing ALL the different frames out! So many cool vintage pieces! And they are all brand new. Never used/worn. They've all been taken care of and only exposed for display purposes. I had to ask...
What's your eyewear style? Are you into vintage? Modern? Sophisticated? Nerdy/Geek Chic? Sexy? Simple? Retro? What are some of the things that you look for in a good pair of eye glasses or sunglasses?
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Happy Friday and have an awesome weekend!