product code : k5597 :
Never worn 1960's layered crimson/blue horizontal stripes
on black plastic frame by OLIVER GOLDSMITH marked
CILLY and FILOS
Original grey/green glass lenses
Where to start? Unworn, all-original, 1960's sunglasses? With
those archetypal 60's op-art stripes? By pre-eminent English
designer: Oliver Goldsmith? Made by Italian craftsmen, Filos?
60's icon Cilla Black. Say, what?! Yes, the style
"Cilly" is obviously a play on words - as is the frame, with its
mod red and blue stripes - on Black. Red-haired singer Cilla was
Oliver Goldsmith's celebrity clients, along with
John Lennon (an obvious connection there) and Michael Caine
- she did sing the theme song to his 1966 movie, "Alfie".
These sunglasses though were part of Goldsmith's 1969 collection.
We have another from the same collection:
these examples of exceptional English eyewear should be in a
museum, but the Victoria and Albert in London already have
an Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear collection. This is a family firm
and still going after 90 years with third generation
Oliver Goldsmith, who would have designed this pair. The V&A's
website provides excellent information on Andrew's and his
father Charles's post-war designs, made and sold in their
London shop - even from A. O. Goldsmith himself, in videos.
Andrew's first design was apparently put into the OG shop in
1964 - so "Cilly" is just five years later. Their eyewear was
all hand-made up until the early 1970's, so again, this pair is
something very special. Cilla Black is now a 60's style icon,
acknowledged for her support of many young English designers
of the period. She wore Biba, co-financed Tommy Nutter's first
shop and had her hair cut by Vidal Sassoon. No wonder she
also wore Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear.