Persol Typewriter Edition Sunglasses
Inspired by the antique charm of the long lost writing tool, Persol introduces the “Typewriter Edition” collection. Composed of two timeless shapes, a rounded (3108) and a squared off model (3110), each encompassing subtle details to recall a golden era of literary heritage.
These combination frames have, a newly conceived metal bridge which is finished with refined laser engravings and features rivets inspired by the letters of the old keyboards. The name of the collection is written in the iconic “American Typewriter” font on the inner side of the temple with a fan-shaped pattern on the tips that helps prevent slippage. The three-cylinder Meflecto system on each temple ensures maximum flexibility, grip, and comfort. In exclusive acetates, the sunglasses are available in standard, as well as polarized lenses.
To commemorate the special edition, each frame comes packaged in a premium leather chocolate brown pebbled leather case with suede lined interior.
Shop Persol 3110 Typewriter Edition Sunglasses, Available in:
Honey Tortoise w/ Blue Gradient Polarized Lenses >>
Striped Brown w/ Green Lenses >>
Shop Persol 3108 Typewriter Edition Sunglasses, Available in:
Striped Brown w/ Green Lenses >>
Honey Tortoise w/ Blue Gradient Polarized Lenses >>
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As the temperature heats up, SUPER Sunglasses drops their Summer ’15 installment of their “Vacanze Italiane”(Italian Holiday) collection.
Celebrating classic iconography of Italian vacations and timeless style, the range is composed of five unique new series/colorways. Some of our favorite pieces include the Costiera series: a one of a kind pearlized navy blue matched with tortoise and metallic gold. As well as the Ponente: pearlized navy matched with silver decor and metallic mirrored lenses.
Without further delay…
Super’s Ponente series sports a unique pearlized navy blue tone for the body, gunmetal detailing on the front, and matte black temple tips. It is then finished with metallic mirrored lenses by Zeiss. Available in: Flat Top, Basic Shape, Jaguar, and Racer models.
The Levante series features two different rich havana acetates for the frame, paired with dark brown lenses.
Costiera features a variation of Supers’s signature color-blocking acetates: a leopard-esque havana acetate was matched with a deep blue with metallic gold trim, recalling the warm hues of Italian sand beaches. Panama Costiera sports “Tobacco brown” lenses by Zeiss.
The Basic Shape Smeralda sunglass is dressed in an unconventional and rich embossed acetate featuring a luxurious snake texture and it is finished off with deep green lenses by Zeiss.
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Basic Shape >>
The expression of summer bliss, the Gals “Marina” features a beautiful mother-of-pearl striped acetate matched with deep ocean green lenses by Zeiss and a seashell decor on each temple.
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Han Eyewear Summer 2015 | The Doc Clip-On
Danish designer, Han Kjobenhavn adds some utility to their staple Doc eyeglasses with the addition of clip-on sunglass lenses.
The Doc, fittingly named for its perfectly circular lenses reminiscent of the 1920’s and “8mm deep cylinder shaped front”, returns for Summer 2015 in a new clip on model. Available in three colorways: “Raven”, “Wolf”, and classic black. Each comes complete with a detachable gold metal sunglass clip which can easily by taken on/off.
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Coming off the success of their previous pairing, Garrett Leight California Optical and esteemed American designer Mark Mcnairy are back with a new limited edition collaborative frame for Spring/Summer 2015.
Available as both a sunglass and eyeglass, the “Pinehurst” is a classic unisex round shape. Distinctive features include inlaid metal surrounding each lenses, as well as a metal bridge with filigree detailing to lend a vintage touch. Additionally it features 5-barrell hinges for strength and durability.
Garrett Leight describes the design as:
“Reminiscent of 1980′s England, but meshed with a modern New York sensibility”.
Some cool subtle touches include: “Veni Vidi Vici” (Latin for: I came,I saw, I conquered”) on the inner left temple. As well as McNairy’s signature “TCMB”(Taking Care of Mother #&@%-ing Business)” on the inner temple tip and behind the bridge.
It is available in three unique colorways: Storm, Demi Tortoise, and Navy. Also worth noting, each frame comes complete with a special edition box, hard clam case, and carrying pouch to commemorate the collaboration.
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Ksubi Eyewear’s new Spring Summer 2015 collection embodies the raw underground aesthetic the Australian fashion house is renowned for. A cohesive nod to the past, present, and future, the range showcases a diverse fusion of inspiration. Everything from a 50′s inspired cat-eye(LIVIA), to a 70′s squared-off aviator(HELICON), feels very fresh through metallic finishes, modern detailing and lens treatments. This blend of vintage vibes with minimalist execution brings out a eclectic, yet very wearable assortment of one of a kind sunglasses.
The colors of the season include a staple of sleek black, gold, silver, tortoise, faded blue, and a new signature “Bleached Denim” acetate – inspired by Ksubi apparel’s denim washes.
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Gold / Black >>
There’s just 24 hours left to our Second Chance auction, and there are still some serious deals to be had. Here are my top picks, some for less than $1,000.
Get them while they’re here, because, starting Monday, we ship them all back to their original owners.
Bicycle posters are always a hot seller, and this one looks like a fairytale come to life.
Don Draper basically designed this. Hello Mid-Century Modern.
Cool Circus Design: Check.
Flying Horse: DOUBLE CHECK.
How many of your friends have a poster from the 19th century in which poodles dressed as circus strong-men advertise motor oil? None? I thought so. Start a trend.
Is she a drag queen? Is her coat still alive? Were those animals endangered?
Who cares?! She’s FABULOUS! More importantly, her strange rabbit-deer-in-a-saddle totally beats any miniature pet Paris Hilton could buy.
Do you like naked men? I do! And there’s nothing wrong with having a life-size specimen of perfection on your wall.
Imagine your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. You walk over hill and dale, and finally come upon a living, breathing garden gnome who wants to make you a cappuccino from a can in the middle of the woods. OF COURSE YOU SAY YES. That’s what this poster is all about: saying yes to gnomes and tripping on mushrooms in the middle of the forest.
Do you hate the Illuminati? Do you think Dan Brown and The DaVinci Code single-handedly ruined America? Let the world know that Freemasons suck with this poster.
Garret Leight California Optical’s Spring/Summer collection is inspired by timeless getaways, and the colors of that serene oasis we all want to escape to. Clean, classic, and comfortable frames shine in a well balanced mix of rich, soft, and vibrant hues. Colors such as, “Whiskey Tortoise”, “Leight Beige” reminiscent of the soft sand, and “Pink Blush” a vision of cotton candy.
The collection is an assortment of refined and technical designs that maintain a beautiful simplicity. Foldable frames, sunglass clips, layered mirrored lenses, and detailed filigree, are just a few of the notable features throughout. Fan favorites such as the Kinney, Milwood, Wilson, return this season completely reimagined. However for us, one of the highlights would have to be the new “Van Buren” sunglass, which adds to its cool factor by neatly collapsing down for easy transport and storage. Checkout all the new additions below…
Striped down to its bare essentials, this progressive light weight GLCO design features antique inspired perfectly flat lenses (aka zerobase), etched detailing, and a foldable frame for added utility.
A new version of the staple Wilson style. The Wilson M (metal) is a minimalist, yet highly refined and sophisticated sunglass. It features detailed filigree along the eye wire and end pieces and Japanese layered mirror lenses done in beautiful surreal colors: “Magenta” and “Dodger” Blue.
The Kinney is given some extra flavor with the addition of acetate windsor rims to the Kinney Clip. This sytle still holds the same functionality of the metal folding clip, but now with the ability to create interesting color combinations, such as the “Whiskey Tortoise” frame with Matte Black clip on or the “Leight Beige” frame with “Dark Golden Tortoise” clip on featured below.
The new tone on tone colorway of “Pink Blush” with a matching “Pink Blush” clip that has pastel pink mirrored lenses.
Shop Garrett Leight Hampton Eyeglass + Clip | New Color Available:
Pink Blush >>
The Milwood eyeglass in Brandy Tortoise paired with “Pastel Blue Mirror” clip-on lenses inspired by the lush and vibrant colors of an oasis.
Shop Garrett Leight Milwood Eyeglass + Clip | New Color Available:
Brandy Tortoise + Pastel Blue Mirror Clip >>
Considered the patriarch of the GLCO family, the Brooks gets two new colorways. The vintage inspired “Whiskey Tortoise” with green polarized lenses, as well as “Matte Espresso” with gold layered mirror lenses.
An unexpected, yet perfectly complimentary colorway: Pink Blush paired with Pure Blue glass lenses.
Shop Garrett Leight Hampton Sunglasses | New Color Available:
Pink Blush >>
For those that asked for it, the popular Milwood sunglass is now available in a larger size, as well as a new Pink Crystal with Magenta Layered mirror lenses.
Shop Garrett Leight Milwood Sunglasses | New Color Available:
Pink Crystal w/ Magenta Layered Mirror >>
Pulling him away from his desk on this sunny spring morning, the Vintage Poster Blog asked Jack Rennert for his run-down of the upcoming May 3 auction at Poster Auctions International:
Vintage Poster Blog: I noticed that the back cover of the auction catalog is the Café Jacqmotte by Fernand Toussaint. You obviously felt it was an important enough work to highlight – what makes it so great?
Jack Rennert: We actually have two great posters by the Belgian painter Toussaint. He is better known for his paintings rather than his posters because he did very few posters. But, his two best ones are the Café Jacqmotte and the Le Sillon, both of which are featured in this sale. They’re of note not only for their design but also for their incredibly fine lithographic treatment that Toussaint got on both of them from De Rycker, the number one printer in Belgium. There are really such fine gradations of color in both posters, and they come up very seldom at auction; so, we expect them to be met with a lot of enthusiasm from buyers.
VPB: Would you say he is the most important Belgian posterist?
JR: Well, him and I would say someone like Livemont of course. But Toussaint is rarer and very much in demand.
VPB: There’s also this incredibly rare variant of the famous Chat Noir poster.
JR: While we have many interesting posters by Steinlen, this is particularly intriguing because Rodolphe Salis – the owner of the Chat Noir nightclub – had financial problems, and he had to sell out everything in his cabaret. This was done at the Hotel Druout – an auction house that still exists today in Paris – in 1898, and this is the very rare version of the famous Chat Noir poster with text announcing that famous sale. It is also in really excellent condition because all these tones – these greys against the black – are missing in most surviving versions of the poster, but here they are very strong, giving a sharp outline to the fierce cat.
VPB: I thought the reason for the sale was that Salis died?
JR: He did die around this time, but I think the auction occurred before that.
VPB: So, if they sold everything in the Chat Noir, does that mean the club shut down?
JR: Yes, so this is the absolute final version of the Chat Noir poster. The club itself may have lived on by name, but certainly not by management.
I’d also like to point out the Clinique Chéron poster by Steinlen, hanging next to the Chat Noir in the gallery right now. This one I like for all the obvious reasons: there is a compelling charm to everything that Steinlen does, especially if it involves children – largely his daughter – or if it involves animals. And here we have a congregation of them! It’s always interesting to figure out why one small shop in Paris would need such a huge poster, which really could only have been put up in about 20 or 30 places in all of Paris. Why would he go through that huge expense of getting a top artist to do this very large poster? And the reason for it is that Steinlen’s home was filled with between 30 and 40 cats – stray cats that he would pick up off the street – at all times. Of course, he needed a veterinarian. So, Chéron was his vet, and I have a feeling – I can’t prove this of course – that instead of paying him francs, Steinlen decided to give him as a gift this very impressive poster.
VPB: I also noticed that there are actually three posters in this sale promoting the esoteric sport of jai-alai, most notably the image by Dufau.
JR: In the Dufau, you have everything that’s great about Art Nouveau present in the poster. First, you have fashion – but then, you have the movement, the way the player is seen and the way he is framed by these very stylish spectators, and also the exclamation point of his rich red cap. I think it is one of the classic Art Nouveau designs, and rarely seen at that.
VPB: There’s also quite an impressive collection of images of Mistinguett in the sale.
JR: We are very fortunate to have in this auction at least a dozen Mistinguett posters. She was, of course, one of the leading singers of the early 20th century, and more importantly she was able to get the top posterists of the period – largely Gesmar, Zig, Van Caulaert – to do posters for her. She’s always exuberant, very youthful. Even when she’s in her 60s performing, she’s advertised to look like she’s in her 20s. And some of the very finest posters of the 1920s and 1930s are of Mistinguett.
VPB: Speaking of fine, I also noticed that you have both the poster and the maquette of the Chocolat Menier.
JR: By anyone’s definition, one of the most iconic French posters ever done, period, would be Bouisset’s charming poster for Chocolat Menier in which a little girl takes a chocolate to write this graffiti of the brand’s name on a wall. Sometimes it says just simply “Chocolat Menier,” and here it says “Avoid Any Substitutes.” Utterly charming. And what we have beside the poster even more importantly is the very fine drawing. We call it a maquette – meaning a preparatory design for the printing of a poster – but this is so fine that I have a feeling it was done after the poster as a presentation artwork, possibly for the president of the company. It’s one of a kind – you have gouache, watercolor, crayon – all mixed media. It is hand signed, and it’s always nice to have a unique work by an artist. Speaking of, we are also showing by Bouisset his interpretation of the Four Seasons in which he shows children in nature, each hand signed.
VPB: Now, my favorite poster in the auction is this design for Marshall Field – can you tell me more about it?
JR: It’s a very, very rare poster. You know, American Art Nouveau is already rare – I mean, we do have Bradley. Penfield is Art Nouveau in terms of period but not necessarily in terms of style. And here, you have everything we think is great in Art Nouveau, especially the rendering of the female figure and the ornamentation of the background with leaves, trees – nature, if you wish. We have never seen this poster before, and I’m not, frankly, familiar with the artist – his name is Godfrey. And it was done for the grand reopening of the Marshall Field store in Chicago in 1907. So this, to me, is one of the finest and certainly one of the rarest posters in terms of American Art Nouveau.
VPB: Of course, I couldn’t finish this interview without asking you to elaborate on the large presence of Bernard Villemot posters in this sale.
JR: We have, in conjunction with our publication of his catalogue raisonné, been able to source a collection of about 30 of his posters in this sale. I don’t think that we need to “launch” Villemot per se – he is already well known and very much appreciated – but I think we are launching a new appreciation of his posters. We have his designs for Perrier, Bally, Orangina, and others – all of which are some of the most iconic advertising designs of the latter half of the 20th century. It’s a great opportunity to invest in the Lautrec of the Modern period.
A year ago, I posted what would become our most viewed blog post: a collection of fan art in which some genius (or geniuses?) took the Game of Thrones heroines and reinterpreted them as Alphonse Mucha posters.
Well, fans have been busy, and here are five new additions to the Game of Thrones/Mucha mashup collection:
The Red Woman Melisandre meets Hamlet.
Meera Reed as Spring.
Oberlin Martell & Ellaria Sand as inspired by Mucha’s Flirt.
Olenna Redwyne (spelled wrong in the poster, sadly) meets Topaz, one of the Precious Stones.
And finally, Osha in the style of Tosca.