men's : 1970s : k5442
product code : k5442 : £ 145



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  • Another fusion between fashion and sport in this pair of prestige

    sunglasses from France. Of course the motor racing circuit was

    where the European elite would spectate and some participate

    (after changing outfits), in their haute couture ensembles and

    eyewear - but after Hollywood came calling with the movie

    'Grand Prix' in 1966, the influences went all ways. Elvis Presley

    wore the silver (and black) Polaroid versions of this sporting

    aviator style with its distinctive metal arms, after picking up a

    pair at a gas station, while racing superstars like Francois Cevert

    wore the superior French version. Apologies to the King, but French

    supremacy here is undeniable. The metal arms are called a Grand Prix

    or racer type, and are slotted for that dynamic look. The front is a

    luxury curve of high quality French acetate with the flat top and a

    sporty, square cut-out at the bridge. The lens shape is really unusual

    with those angled outer edges. These sunglasses are more about

    design and fashion - probably inspired by Formula One and aimed

    at the drivers of luxury cars. Men's eyewear of this standard is rarer

    to find, and we have restored it to grid glory - also replacing the

    lenses in the same shade, using our Klasik mineral glass sun lenses,

    which blend well with the dark and light brown tones in the 'tortoise-

    shell' frame. It is not large, so could also be worn by women. The

    perfect sunglasses for motor racing fans and admirers and drivers of

    vintage cars, or for just looking that European jet-set part.

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