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Never worn 1950s/60s Bryan by TART OPTICAL (USA) KlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewear KlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewear


Tart Optical were an American firm started by Julius Tart in NY

in the mid-1940s. They were relatively successful but didn't reach

the heights of other US giant brands like Bausch & Lomb, Shuron

or American Optical. They closed - like many optical firms across

the world that we have mentioned on these pages - in the 1980s.

However their legacy has been strengthened by the fact that a

certain James Dean decided to wear one of their frames, the Arnel.

Retrospectively, this has given Tart cult status, so much so that

when Julius Tart died in 2008, the brand and all the past patents

and designs were swiftly bought up by a Los Angeles vintage eyewear

dealer and Tart Optical Enterprises was reborn. They began remaking

all of Tart's most iconic designs, which included this model, Bryan.

The design was introduced in the 1950s and continued to be made in

the 60s and 70s - indeed we had a 70s pair recently on these pages.

This though is an original 50s/60s pair - they didn't change over

the turn of the decade - and rare to find these days. And it looks to

have never been worn: we found it unglazed and in new condtion.

The remakes by the new Tart company offered this colour but only in

the 46[]24, made in Italy. A quick look reveals that they are no longer

offering Bryan, but if they were, their frames start at an eye-watering

$475. This is an American made classic and could be yours for a fraction

of the Italian remake.

                                                                  — klasik
product code : k8249 : £ 195

Never worn 1950s/60s demi-amber plastic frame
stamped with Tart (TOE shield) logo

Can be glazed with Rx or sunglasses lenses.


lenses : n/a

frame : new

fit : very good


face : 124mm

lens width : 44mm (marked on frame)

lens height : 37mm

bridge : 20mm (marked on frame)

arms : 135mm (5½" marked on frame)