mens : 1980's/90's : k5562
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product code : k5562 : £ 135
  • Never worn 1980's blonde mock tortoise plastic frame marked
    POLO SPORT 1 BY RALPH LAUREN FRAME ITALY

  • Original gradient brown acrylic lenses

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  • This is the other 1980's Polo Sport 1 sunglasses by Ralph Lauren

    that we have - this one with gradient brown lenses. Ralph Lauren

    started out with a tie store in 1967, where he first used the name

    "Polo". His design career after this was pretty much meteoric and

    by the 1970's he had created a line of eyewear. An ad from that

    period shows his 'Polo Lifestyle Eyewear' for men
    , which gives you

    some idea of the direction he was heading, for these sunglasses,

    which we would put later, in the 1980's. What is fantastic about

    this pair - besides the obvious - is that it is a Polo Sport 1, so the

    VERY FIRST Polo Sport model. And it is never worn. This makes

    them very collectable, but they are also so darned wearable. A

    large frame that wraps around like goggles or a mask, the shaping

    shows its sporting inspiration, but the acetate used is more one

    would expect in the boardroom. It's a pale tortoiseshell-like plastic

    though, so won't overwhelm in those honey and amber tones and

    this one with gradient brown lenses is an even lighter look on. Nice

    wide arms extending from those swept-back lugs, giving a little

    side protection and then that notched bridge which leavens all

    and just makes this design sing. Some real American heritage

    here in this Polo Sport 1, made in Italy, but to the exacting detail

    and inspirational design of master Ralph Lauren. Number one

    indeed.

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