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The Beats

28 Aug

“Poets are damned… but see with the eyes of angels.”
Allen Ginsberg

James Franco portraying Allen Ginsberg in the film Howl

   Allen Ginsberg was a seminal figure of the literary renaissance of 1950’s America.  The style of dress he and other reputed ‘bohenian hedonists’ of the Beat Generation adopted likely had  less to do with choice and more to do with  making due with what was on hand. 

  The iconic eyewear of that era is popular again.  Contemparry versions of the classics are masterfully crafted by Sama, Chrome Hearts and Linda Farrow.


Allen Ginsberg


  A film adaptation of of the 1951 novel On The Road by Jack Kerouac will screen this September at the Toronto International Film Festival.

On The Road Trailer

Ti Jean Louis Kirouac, son of Leo-Alcide Keroack and Gabrielle-Ange Levesque of Saint-Hubert-de-Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec

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Steven Patrick Morrissey

Morrissey charmed the despondent youth of the 1980’s.  The mordant humour of his lyrics  for  songs by the Smiths made light of  unrequited love and alienation.

If you emulated Morrissey’s style then, you can recreate the awkward appearance of your adolescence, now, with the assistance of  COPPE SID Cosmopolitan Eyewear.  Agonize over which shape may suite you best, then write a love letter you’ll never send and cry yourself to sleep.

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David Bowie photographed by Helmut Newtown, 1982

The Thin White Duke  is pictured above in a frame that’s lean.  To varying degrees, the styles shown below also support the adage ‘less is more’.   They are designed by Willems Wonderglasses, Robert Marc and Phillip Lim.

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Someone In The Dark

15 Aug

“There is no better  way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark.”
Helen Keller


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‘Colonel’ Harland David Sanders’ iconic style can be emulated by dawning a stark white suite , string tie and browline glasses.  Hand-crafted variations of that classic frame construction, produced by Chrome Hearts, Thom Browne and Lunor, are pictured below.

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The Untraceable

12 Aug

The Untraceable, Marcel Marien, 1937

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His Eyes Are Closed

12 Aug

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
Albert Einstein

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09 Aug

Canadian auteur David Cronenberg is a valued and loyal client. One of his more recent purchases was of a frame by Berlin based Mykita. The ‘Hans’ is elegant by virtue of it’s austerity. It is in this regard that the frame  so aptly reflects  the director’s own style.

David Cronenberg

Link to the Mykita blog here

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Jung at Heart

09 Aug

Carl Jung

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
C.G. Jung

Michael Fassbender portraying Carl Jung in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method

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Romanticism Redux

09 Aug

The August 2012 edition of W Magazine features apparel designer Haider Ackermann. His own antique spectacles are evocative of a more romantic epoch.  Sometimes a subtle expression makes a larger impression than a brash statement, such as the thick acetate frames which dominate the market at the moment.  My own vintage Oliver Peoples frame is shown here with an image of the designer and actress Tilda Swinton by photographer Solve Sundsbo.

Frames of like virtue, which are currently available at our stores, are depicted below. Shown are styles produced by Oliver Peoples, Lunor and Anne et Valentin.

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