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Black Eyewear in Noctis Magazine

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Photographer Luca Sage and stylist Rachel Holland have created some beautiful images for Noctis Magazine.  This spread entitled Test of Character features the Black Eyewear Buster, Cannonball and Pharoah.

Frame of the Week: Zoot

Friday, April 20th, 2012

This week’s Frame of the Week is the Black Eyewear Zoot. This bold round frame is inspired by Zoot Sims, an innovative tenor saxophonist who played with renowned bands including Benny Goodman and Buddy Rich.  His sound was included in recordings made by Jack Kerouac.

September in the Rain

Zoot Sims Quartet 1950

Looking for a Classic Wayfarer?

Monday, January 16th, 2012

We’ve got them!  If you like a wayfarer style frame but don’t want to follow the crowd in Rayban try our Black Eyewear Max at £147 for sunglasses.  We also offer the more affordable Retro 50s Memphis at £77 for sunglasses.  And they come in lots of fab colours…

The Black Eyewear Max:

Retro 50s Memphis:


A Life in Style – Robert Roope

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

The Guardian’s A Life in Style features Robert Roope.  In the first of a new series, the retro sunglasses designer talks about the navy, a duet with Count Basie and how style has influenced his life.  Click here to view the interview!

Black Eyewear: Nice To Draw

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Artist Elizabeth Graeber‘s drawings interpret items, that appeal to her sense of design, in her own unique style.  She featured two Black Eyewear frames on her illustrated blog Nice To Draw!  We especially like the pink lens tint in the Benny sunglasses.

Here are Elizabeth’s illustrations and the frames from which she drew inspiration:

Architecture Icons Wear Frames With Style

Monday, June 27th, 2011

To architects design is important so it follows that they pay attention to the style and design of the glasses they wear.

Design is important to us too which is why we have carefully selected our collection of vintage frames and are proud of our Black Eyewear collection created by Robert Roope, glasses and sunglasses designer.

Here are some architecture gurus through the ages and the design inspired specs they wore.

Josef Hoffmann, founder of Vienna Secession and Wiener Werkstätte, wearing  Pince Nez Glasses

Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the greatest American architects.  He was known for his Prairie School movement and notorious private life.  In this photo he wears a frame similar to Black Eyewear Bix.

Walter Gropius was a founder of the Bauhaus movement in Germany and The Architects Collaborative in the US.  He wears glasses similar to Vintage 50s Jake.

Le Courbusier was a pioneer of Modern Architecture or the International Style.  He is best known for his Villa Savoye and wears round frames similar to Black Eyewear Coltrane.

Philip Johnson is best known for the Sony Building (formerly AT&T) in New York and his Glass House.  He often collaborated with Mies van der Rohe and wore round specs similar to our Black Eyewear Monk.

As a student I. M. Pei was very interested in the early modern masters.  You may be familiar with his glass Pyramids at the Louvre or the JFK Library. These round tinted glasses are identical to Black Eyewear Chico.

It is often hard to miss the creations of Frank Gehry whose works such as the titanium clad Guggenheim in Bilbao have become tourist attractions.  Here he is in classic Aviators.

Richard Meier is best known as the architect of the Getty Center in Los Angeles.  Of note are his prominent use of the colour white and his fab round glasses.

Plumen Lightbulb Designer Wears Vintage

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Design is important to us at Roope Vintage and is evident in our collection of vintage and reproduction glasses and sunglasses.  Design also runs in the Roope family.

London design group Hulger has won awards for its eco friendly light bulb, Plumen. The world’s first designer low-energy light bulb was co-designed by Nicholas Roope, son of Robert Roope.  Here he is wearing fab retro Anglo American Princeton glasses while demonstrating the versitility of the Plumen!