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Round Glasses

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Looking for a little individuality, a way to stand out from the crowd?  Try a pair of round glasses.  They will make you look studious, inquisitive and can soften an angular face.

James Dean Glasses

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Cultural icon James Dean is known for his early tragic death and brooding good looks.  He was also a specs wearer and poster boy for classic frame styles of the 1950s.  Here we match his look with vintage eyewear from Roope Vintage.

 

 

 

On The Road

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

When we heard a film had been made of Jack Kerouac’s Beat classic On the Road we were sceptical and sure enough when Walter Salles premièred the film at Cannes recently it did receive mixed reviews.  However, the cast is stellar, including young talent alongside veteran actors, the eyewear a fantastic representation of the 1940s, and we loved Salles’ The Motorcycle Diaries!

 

Retro 50s Retro 1D CCYS

 

 

Two Days in Paris

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

We love the frame styles in Julia Delpy’s romantic comedy Two Days in Paris.  Delpy wrote, produced, directed, edited and composed the soundtrack to the film as well as starring as Marion with Adam Goldberg.  She also cast her own parents in the roles of  Marion’s parents.

 

Vintage Glasses worn in The Hour

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Tonight is the start of the much anticipated BBC2 Drama The Hour.  The series follows two reporters Bel Rowley (Romola Garai) and Freddie Lyon (Ben Wishaw) as they join a start up current affairs program.  Set in 1956, fantastic vintage specs are worn by a variety of characters in this show which has been compared to Mad Men for the quality of sets and costumes.  If the brief clips we’ve seen are anything to go by this is a must see for vintage lovers!

 

 

 

 

What are ‘Panto’ Eyeglasses?

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Panto refers to the shape of glasses which we often associate with the NHS of the 1950s and 60s.  The term panto comes from the word pantoscopic which literally means seeing everything or wide view.  These frames, a combination of round and oval with a high hinge, certainly deliver maximum lens!  While the classic NHS plastic styles are currently very fashionable we are also seeing a resurgence of interest in panto frames which can be fitted with sunglass lenses.

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 created by Robert Roope, glasses and sunglasses designer.

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

 

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

 

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 Anglo American 180E.

 

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.  His iconic round tinted glasses are identical to Anglo American 221EVO.

 

It is hard to miss the creations of Frank Gehry whose works such as the titanium clad Guggenheim in Bilbao have become tourist attractions.  He frequently may be seen wearing 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.


Arthur Miller – The Misfit?

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Arthur Miller was an author and playwright of great acclaim best known for The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, and A View from the Bridge.  He also received notoriety for his marriage to Marilyn Monroe in 1956 and the testimony he gave to the House Un-American Activities Comittee.  He was a specs wearer and, like the name of the film he wrote, a bit of a misfit.  Here are some frames of the 1950s similar to those he and his wife wore.

 

 

Dr Who in Black Eyewear

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The latest series of Dr Who got off to an exciting start over the Bank Holiday weekends.  The first two episodes were packed with fantastic 1950s frames as well as lots of FBI agents in black sunglasses.  Roope Vintage supplied frames to the show earlier this year so look out for 50s style frames in future episodes!

 

 

 

 

 

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

As we bid Elizabeth Taylor, who died recently at the age of 79, a fond farewell we take a look at one of her most incredible performances as Martha in the film adaptation of Edward Albee’s play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. In the film Martha’s husband George was played by Richard Burton.  The character George, an associate history professor, wears retro 50s frames similar to our Retro 1D.