Vintage sunglasses at Frames in the Lanes
We join Brighton boutique optician Frames in the Lanes for a look at some of this summer’s hottest vintage-inspired sunglasses trends.
Inspired by: Club Tropicana carnivAl!
Style eyed up on the catwalks of: Dolce & Gabbana
Style worn by: Lady Gaga
The FITL frames: “Hand-made by Jan Carlin in 1973, these are signed by Jan herself and we believe were made for a film. Awash with rhinestones, theses are very high quality costume jewellery sunglasses and are priceless!” Not for sale.
Inspired by: Mid-Century chic
Style eyed up on the catwalks of: Carolina Herrera, Nicole Farhi, Louis Vuitton, Marni, Gucci
Style worn by: Olivia Palermo, Kirsten Dunst, Katie Holmes
The FITL frames: “These vintage Cazal model 911 sunglasses are bit of a collector’s item. Handmade in Germany in the late 1970s/early ’80s they are a hand-painted limited edition. These are one of very few remaining pairs.” £199.
Inspired by: 1950s Americana
Style eyed up on the catwalks of: Rochas, Yves Saint Laurent, Jason Wu, Dior, Prada
Style worn by: Dita Von Tease, Scarlett Johanson, Marilyn Monroe
The FITL frames: “Inspired by 1950/60s vintage Americana style, these Epos Minerva stoned sunglasses are actually a new design. They’re all handmade in Italy using the best possible Italian acetate and Swarovski crystals at the temples.” £229
Inspired by: 1970s boho and 1980s glamour goddesses
Style eyed up on the catwalks of: Burberry, Dolce & Gabanna, Loewe, Prada, Louis Vuitton
Style worn by: The Olsen Twins, Nicole Richie, Bianca Jagger
The FITL frames: “These unusual vintage hexagonal sunglasses are from the 1980s – we only have one pair left.” £65
Retrofitting & repairs
Frames in the Lanes are able to fit prescription lenses to all of the frames they sell, with prices starting from £89 including the tint. The shop’s glazing lab also specialises in handling vintage frames meaning that they’re happy to offer lens fitting to anyone who, as Bernie says “is lucky enough to have found an amazing vintage frame somewhere”. Prices for the retrofitting service start at £99.
Alex, owner of specialist shoe shop Laste in the North Laine, was just one of those lucky people:
“I bought the frames at Andrew Wayward’s beautiful vintage haberdashery stall at the Upper Gardner Street Market in Brighton which is held on a Saturday. Frames in the Lanes had my prescription and the glasses came back polished, re-glazed and good as new within a week. I would definitely do the same again if I find any more frames on my travels but their selection of new frames may prove far too tempting to look for vintage ones!”
Find Frames in the Lanes at:
12c Meeting House Lane, Brighton, BN1 1HB
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