mens : 1980's/90's : k5606
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product code : k5606 : £ 125

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  • The Carrera brand, born in Traun, Austria in 1953,

    took its name after the legendary Mexican automobile race,

    the Carrera Pan-American. At some point they merged

    with German company Optyl and despite specialising in

    sports eyewear, throughout the 70's and 1980's made

    many of the top brands under licence, including Christian

    Dior, Playboy and Paloma Picasso. This pair is in their

    1984 catalogue and is called Cordoba L, the L probably

    meaning large as it is, with these 62mm lenses. We

    found it a little too loved so we had the lenses replaced

    in the same CR39 with matching gradient tint. The Cordoba

    design is indicative of Carrera's new direction for sunglasses

    from 1984/5, as they introduced more metal frames, rather

    than the plastic frames (usually optyl) they were known for.

    They were keen to point out though that that it still took '60

    operations' to make a pair of their plastic sunglasses while it

    took 120 for metal sunglasses - some of these by hand too.

    Cordoba only came in gold, black and brown metal. You'll

    probably agree with us that gold is by far the best option. This

    model's signature detail is the great 'badge' for the bridge,

    where the Carrera logo 'C', (also for Cordoba?) sits in that

    elongated golden lozenge. Obviously, Carrera were enjoying

    the flash and the substance that a metal frame provides.

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vintage sunglasses : mens : 1980's Cordoba by CARRERA (AUSTRIA)
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