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  • Celebrity Shades Spotlight: Brad Pitt

    Brad Pitt in the 1999 cult classic 'Fight Club.' Small, rounded and tinted lenses were popular in the 90's Brad Pitt in the 1999 cult classic 'Fight Club.' Small, rounded and tinted lenses were popular in the 90's

    Seems like Bradgelina is over, although we thought it would be a perfect time to see how Brad Pitt’s sunglass style has changed over the years. In the 90’s Pitt was known to rock the small sport style sunglasses (like the ones he wore in Fight Club). This was definitely keeping with the trends, as these minimalist style sunglasses were all the rage in the 90’s. However, his more recent films and red carpet appearances have shown him to wear more aviator style glasses. Whether it is Ray-Ban 3025’s or Gucci 2281/s, he seems pretty dedicated to that style of frame and the teardrop lens shape. Then again, aviators have had a serious resurgence in popularity the last 10 years, so it makes sense that he is sticking with the trends. My guess would be that in another 6 years he’ll have a different go-to style, and I'm sure it will be very fashionable as well.

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  • Movie Sunglasses Spotlight: War Dogs

    wd1One of the summers big hits, the action/comedy movie “War Dogs”, depicts the true story of Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz as they get a multi-million-dollar government contract to sell arms overseas. Diveroli is portrayed by comedian Jonah Hill, while Miles Teller plays Packouz and it is shaping up to be a hit with a cast like that. While I have yet to see the movie, I immediately took an interest in the sunglasses that Hill wears in the trailer/ poster of the film.

    Gucci 1018/S 57mm 0791 CC Gucci 1018/S 57mm 0791 CC

    At first glance they are clearly aviators, with their unmistakable teardrop lens. I originally thought that they were Carrera Speedway’s, as they have the thick frame aviator look that is reminiscent of 1980’s sunglass style (think Scarface sunglasses). However, looking into it a little bit more it became clear they were Gucci’s by the telltale G on the side of the arms.

    They appear to be the Gucci 1018/S model with the Havana color frame. Gucci has been modernizing the aviator design with several models like 1627/S (Kayne West’s partial to these) and the 1076/N/S. They are made for the most part of high quality plastics to cut down weight and are highly sought after by celebrities looking to be a part of the Gucci Designer culture.

    Jonah Hill wearing the Gucci's in the movie Jonah Hill wearing the Gucci's in the movie

    Gucci seemed to have done something right putting these glasses in the movie, as sales for the 1018/S model have increased since its release. It’s pretty amazing how easily a movie can have an impact with sales of products if its done correctly. As of right now these glasses are on Backorder until September 20th, so if you want a little bit of international arms dealer style you’re going to have to wait!

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  • Celebrity Shades Spotlight: Kanye West and his Gucci 1627/S Sunglasses

    Kanye West is one of the most well known Gucci fans. Kanye West is one of the most well known Gucci fans.

    Though he’s better known for his world renowned music and his celebrity wife (Kim Kardashian West), recent years in the industry have helped to propel Kanye West into his role as a fashion icon. Whether it’s crazy printed tops (like his “In Memory of Taylor Swift” t-shirt) or his own fashion line, the things worn by Mr. West are certainly noted by many. Speaking of being noted, Kanye shines as bright as his smile in his Gucci sunglasses. These Gucci GG1627/S sunglasses have been spotted on West before, so you know they’ve got to be one of his favorites. Stylish and bold, these sunglasses are a great choice if you want to make a fashion forward statement. They can be your favorite too, by purchasing them here – Kanye would be proud.

    By: Alexa Ojeda

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  • Best Old School Hip-Hop Sunglasses

    The new popular Netflix show “The Get Down,” has renewed public interest in the early years of Hip-Hop. In honor of this, let’s take a look at some of the most popular sunglasses from the beginnings of this movement.

    Cazal Sunglasses

    Cazal 163-3 retails at around $500 The Cazal 163-3 retails at around $500!

    These were by far the most prestigious sunglasses of the era. Only the top dogs wore these, because they carried with them a hefty price tag. Custom made in Germany, these sunglasses were simply a must have if you were a "somebody" during that time. They are still available today with prices from $300- $1000

    Carrera 5530/S

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    If you’re looking for that old school hip hop style, but don’t want to shell out $700 for a new pair of Cazal’s, these Carrera’s are worth a look. They have the “shield” style, which resembled ski goggles, and were popular with celebrities like Michael Jackson, and members of Run DMC. These are an excellent, less expensive alternative to the very expensive Cazal’s and certainly are a must have for hip hop fans. More recently, James Franco can be seen wearing these glasses in the film Spring Breakers.

    Versace VE4299

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    These Versace’s are similar to what many rappers in the 90’s wore. They are based on the aviator design, except they are pitched inward slightly. While Versace wasn’t producing this frame during that era, the design itself clearly has a lot of character and worth reproducing for anyone who wants to have a bit of the 90’s with them every. Versace is one of the foremost fashion brands in the world, being held in very high regard with everyone from modern rappers, to movie stars.

    Michael Kors MK1003

    Michael Kors MK1003 58mm 10046E Michael Kors MK1003 58mm 10046E

    These Michael Kors are trying to capture the flashy and unique attitude that these early artist’s shades had. The formula is quite simple, take a classic design and then make it “louder.” The unique stem design with the flashy gold frame really draws attention to these shades. The best part is they are unisex, which means anyone can look good wearing these “old school cool” sunglasses!

    By:Peter Cusumano

  • Celebrity Shades Spotlight: Selena Gomez 3025 Polarized Ray-Ban Aviators

    Selena wearing her Ray-Ban 3025 001/58 Aviators Selena wearing her Ray-Ban 3025 001/58 Aviators

    Aviators have had a big comeback the last 5 years, especially with celebrities. Selena Gomez is often spotted wearing Ray-Bans, so it comes to no surprise that she is pictured here wearing these classic 3025 aviators. This particular pair is a little different than the originals because it has polarized lenses. These make great beach glasses because the polarized lenses help protect the eyes against the direct sun and the UV rays. Selena probably realizes that the polarization is worth the extra money because of the added protection and visibility it offers! If you want to check out a pair of these for yourself click here.

  • Celebrity Shades Spotlight: Beyonce and Her Ray-Ban 3447's

    Queen B waving off the cameras Queen B waving off the cameras

    Queen of music and global phenomenon Beyoncé Knowles is no stranger to Ray Ban sunglasses. From classic Wayfarers to blue lens Aviators, Beyoncé rocks the runway each day as much as she tops the charts. So which Ray Ban style is she slaying these days? Queen B was seen last month wearing none other than the RB3447 (pictured left). Even when she’s getting snapped by the paparazzi, Beyoncé is still flawless. In the words of the legend herself, “I’m a star, ‘cause I slay…all day”.  You can match Beyoncé and purchase these glasses for yourself here.

    By: Alexa Ojeda

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  • Pokémon Sunglasses and Their Real Life Counter Parts

    It turns out even Pokémon love wearing sunglasses! We decided it would be fun to check out the real life counterparts of the sunglasses that some Pokémon like to wear.

     

    Ducklett wearing Persol PO2803S 58mm 24/57 Ducklett wearing Persol PO2803S 58mm 24/57

     

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    These Persol’s were the closest thing we can find to this water type’s choice in eye wear. We have to admit they don’t look half bad on her!

     

     

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    These sunglasses definitely have more attitude than a lot of other pairs. It’s no wonder why Krokorok decided to pick himself up a pair.

     

    Pikachu wearing his Ray-Ban RB2140 Wayfarers Pikachu wearing his Ray-Ban RB2140 Wayfarers

     

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    There is no coincidence that the world’s most popular Pokémon wears one of the best-selling sunglasses of all time. Pikachu must have watched Risky Business one too many times!

     

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    I have to admit these Kate Spades are a near perfect match to these Pancham’s sunglasses. Maybe she decided to buy them from EyeCare Universe!

     

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    Squirtle is probably the best known sunglass wearing Pokémon due to the popularity of the famous “Squirtle Squad.” Somehow it seems like these Pokémon were always meant to rock a pair of shades.

    By Peter Cusumano

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  • What a little Risky Business did for the Wayfarer design.

    Ray-Ban Wayfarers have been a staple with American fashion trends since the 50’s. Their design is considered today to be timeless, capturing what was good about the days past, while still remaining youthful and energetic. Today there are a seemingly endless amount of variations, colors, and lens types available that people can choose from, and that only helps to further its popularity across gender and income lines.

    JFK and his black Wayfarers JFK and his black Wayfarers

    The year is 1952, and Ray-Ban had just released its newest frame design for their sunglass line, called the “Wayfarer.”  They were designed by Raymond Stegeman for use by Bausch and Lomb (former owners of Ray-Ban). These sunglasses were revolutionary for the time, featuring a plastic frame that went against it companies traditional frame styles.  Up until then, all sunglass frames were made of metal, like their popular aviator frame. Bausch and Lomb were able to develop a new molding technique for plastics which helped make these frames stronger than other types of plastic of that era. This combined with a new lens, which had an attractive mirror coating that also helped block out UV rays, meant these glasses had the whole package. This UV protection was provided through a patented process of superheating metal oxides in order to molecularly fuse them to the lenses. This ensures that the process is applied uniformly so viewing isn’t affected.

    Its easy to see the resemblance between the fins on this Cadillac and the fins on the Wayfarers. Its easy to see the resemblance between the fins on this Cadillac and the fins on the Wayfarers.

    The popularity of these sunglasses spread fast, with movie stars and athletes seen wearing theses shades. Muhammad Ali, Ray Charles, James Dean, and Marilyn Monroe were among the early adopters. Even the president of the United States, JFK, was known to wear these glasses! Looking at the design of the glasses in relation to the time period, it’s no wonder why these glasses were popular. The fins on the glasses resemble fins on the popular cars of the day, such as Cadillac.

    These glasses remained a very popular piece all the way up until the 70’s where their numbers started to dip. The plastic frames became very unpopular at that time because the round metal glasses that John Lennon wore became the must haves for that decade. By the end of the 70’s the sales for the frame had plummeted to the point of the line almost needing to be discontinued.

    The "Blues Brothers" starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd The "Blues Brothers" starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd

    This was somewhat remedied in 1980 where the Blues Brothers famously wore these on the big screen, which began to rekindle public interest. Ray-Ban recognized the affect this movie had on sales and then in 1982 they signed a product placement deal to have their products featured in movies and TV shows. The following year, 1983, had the release of the film that would undoubtedly save the Wayfarer line, “Risky Business.”

    One of Tom Cruise’s breakout films, “Risky Business” is about a teenager who get involved in some troubling affairs involving an escort and his dad’s Porsche. The film is considered a classic 80’s coming of age film, and was very popular with young adults. The Wayfarer sunglasses are prominently featured in the film, even appearing on the poster for the film itself. After the film was released, Ray-Ban sold an estimated 360,000 pairs of wayfarer by the end of that year. This led to Wayfarers popping up all over TV and other movies, and by 1986 1.5 million have been sold. Ray-Ban aviators also received a huge bump in sales thanks to product placement in movies like “Top Gun” and “Cobra.”

    No wonder why these glasses became an 80's Icon! No wonder why these glasses became an 80's Icon!

    The 90’s saw yet another decline in sales for the Wayfarer line, and the Ray-Ban brand in general. They released the New Wayfarer model, which is a smaller version of the original that also isn’t tilted. This however wasn’t enough to save the company, and in 1999 Bausch and Lomb sold Ray-Ban to Luxottica.

    Since then the Wayfarer line has regained some of its popularity, and Ray-Ban now offers them in a seemingly endless amounts of colors and unique designs. They are popular with celebrities like Robert Patterson and Reese Witherspoon, who are regularly spotted wearing these old school designs. Clearly there is something about this style that resonates with people from all different generations.

    If you're interested in purchasing a pair of these glasses check them out here.

     

    Supermodel Cara Delevinge wearing her Wayfarers Supermodel Cara Delevingne wearing her Wayfarers

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  • Sunglasses Through The Decades

    We are going to take a trip through the decades looking at the most popular styles from one decade to the next. It’s amazing to see how fast trends change, and to see what designs really stood the test of time.

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    Many consider the 1950’s post war period to be the most prosperous time in American history. Americans were spending more money on goods, and sunglasses were beginning to become very popular in the U.S.

    Cat Eye

    Cat eye sunglasses were all the rage in the 50’s. Big name movie stars, like Marylin Monroe, wore these glasses to make a statement. They were popular with pattern designs, such as leopard, Havana, or polka-dotted and usually had a dark tint to them. These glasses are still popular with the Hollywood crowd, with big names like Kendall Jenner always seen wearing these type glasses.

    Wayfarers/Clubmasters

    Plastic frames were big in the mid 50’s and early 60’s. Ray-Ban had two of the most popular models for this style the classic Wayfarer and Clubmaster. People liked the plastic frame because they thought of it as more durable then their thin metal counterparts. These glasses are still popular today and are some of Ray-Ban’s best-selling models.

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    The sixties sunglasses style was almost completely dominated by round frame sunglasses. The sixties were big on peace and love, and everyone coming together as one. These round frames encapsulate this way of thinking perfectly, and all sorts of celebrities from that time chose to wear them.

    Large Oversized Round

    These were very popular with females and started the whole oversized frame fashion movement, that still persists today. Companies like Gucci continue to make these bold flashy sunglasses that were popular with everyone from “hippies” to housewives. With these types of glasses: the flashier, the better!

    Round “John Lennon” Sunglasses

    The famous Beatle made these glasses legendary and true icons of the 60’s. They embody his spirit and style so well, that every Beatles fan of the day simply had to have them. In modern times, they certainly aren’t as mainstream, however that doesn’t stop the diehards from wearing them religiously. After all, he did actually help design these sunglasses!

    The-1970s

    The 70’s saw a significant departure away from the hippie style of sunglasses, and started to lean more toward rectangular shapes, at least for men. This was the era of disco and sunglasses were the ultimate way to show just how cool you really were!

    Tinted, Small and Round

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    For women the round trend continued to an extent, only this decade saw the lenses shrink significantly. They also began to be tinted in odd colors (like blue and green), primarily because stars like Elton John loved wearing these odd glasses while on tour. These glasses sure looked groovy, but a lot of them weren’t very good at actually protecting your eyes from the sun.

    Rectangular Frame

    Clint Eastwood was one of the many people in Hollywood who started wearing these cooler, sleeker, and tougher looking sunglasses. They depart from the easy going round glasses of the 60’s and take on a more defined look that was more clean cut. The lenses were usually gradient brown or black and could have been seen everywhere from discos to the police force.

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    Fashion trends in the 80’s were all about being extravagant and over the top. Whether we are talking about the crazy hair or sunglasses, everything had to be bigger and better. This was also a time where pop culture really started to become big and where one star wearing something cool in a movie, could ignite a fashion trend.

    Shield Sunglasses

    These big, flashy in your face sunglasses are so 80’s it hurts. Popular with ski lift operators (the 2nd coolest job in the 80’s), these glasses were actually practical at keeping the wind and snow out of your eyes, essentially working like actual ski goggles. Throw in a set of mirrored lenses and you are the coolest guy or gal on the slopes!

    Aviators

    In the mid 80’s aviators finally became cool again, and it was thanks to the famous fighter pilot (number 1 coolest job in the 1980’s) film TOP GUN. This movie was actually sponsored by Ray-Ban, who was hurting in sales at the time, which is why theses were the only type of sunglasses featured. This reinvigorated public interest in these pilot glasses, because after this movie everyone wanted to be a hotshot fighter pilot!

    90s title

    The 90’s saw a significant departure from the trends of the 1980’s. Everything was about practicality and being minimalistic. This was proven by looking at the style of sunglasses of the day.

    Sport Sunglasses

    For men, sport sunglasses were big in the 90’s, as they were the most practical for day to day life and not really much of a fashion statement. There was nothing ‘bold’ or “in your face” about them, they simply did their job and nothing more. They could be worn while doing outside activities, which was a major plus for people who wanted sunglasses on while playing sports.

    Small Round Throwback Glasses

    In the 90’s everything from the previous decade was considered to be completely out of style. Although fashion trends from the 60’s and 70’s regained some popularity, especially the John Lennon style glasses. Stars like the Olsen twins and Courtney Cox loved wearing these glasses, and anything that was even semi-related to “Friends” was sure to be a hit with women everywhere.

    2000s

    Retro Is Cool again and So Is A lot of Things...

    If Lady Gaga can rock these, why cant you wear Wayfarers? If Lady Gaga can rock these, why cant you wear Wayfarers?

    Our last two decades are hard to define a specific style to. The show Jackass made aviators cool again, while the public also took an interest in 50’s style cat eye glasses, as of late. In this writer’s opinion, it’s all about wearing what you like in the 21st century, as there are so many different types of sunglasses out on the market now. We live in a society that puts an emphasis on individualism and being yourself, so why shouldn’t that apply to sunglasses too?

    By Peter Cusumano

     

     

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  • Top 5 Olympic Sports Where Eye Protection is Required

    1. Cycling
      Timothy O'Donnell wearing Smith sunglasses Timothy O'Donnell wearing Smith sunglasses

    Olympians competing in the triathlon, and other events that require cycling, understand the importance of having good eye protection. Sunglasses, especially polarized ones, have a tremendous impact when athletes are trying to prevent glare from the sun. Riding at high speeds downhill, riders need to have 100% visual clarity so they don’t make any mistakes

    1. Swimming
      Swimming is usually the first Olympic sport people think of when they think of eye protection. Swimming is usually the first Olympic sport people think of when they think of eye protection.
      Michael Phelps kicks off season at Encore Beach Club at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. Michael Phelps kicks off season at Encore Beach Club at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Everyone can understand the importance of wearing good goggles while swimming professionally. It is important to have goggles that do not fog up, and ones that remain securely on the face while swimming at high speeds. Out of the pool, athletes like Michael Phelps also enjoy wearing sunglasses as a means to protect their eyes

     

     

     

    1. Beach Volleyball
      Sand in the eye can be painful, especially during the middle of a game Sand in the eye can be painful, especially during the middle of a game

    During a game of beach volleyball, participants are constantly being blinded by both the sun and sand getting sprayed in their face. They need a good pair of glasses that are resistant to shock and scratches. They also need to be able to remain on the face when players need to quickly dive for the ball.

    1. Running/Track and Field
      Not all runners wear sunglasses, but the ones who do couldn't imagine running without them Not all runners wear sunglasses, but the ones who do couldn't imagine running without them

    Having a good pair of glare reducing sunglasses can sometimes make a break a race for a distance runner or sprinter. Running at high speeds for an extended period of time, all while exposed to the bright rays of the sun, can make it difficult to see for a lot of runners. Note, while not all runners wear sunglasses, the ones that do swear by them.

     

    1. Canoeing
      This team understands the importance of having good eye protection while canoeing This team understands the importance of having good eye protection while canoeing

    Polarized sunglasses are a must have for athletes participating in any of the canoe or rowing sports. Sun glare from the water during the heat of midday completion can be almost blinding for many participants. Polarized lenses do the absolute best job of preventing glare and protecting eyes from UV rays.

    By Peter Cusumano

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