1930’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s vintage specs are back in demand and not just for the intellectual cognoscenti. Hot styles from the era are both collectable and wearable; the look is the ‘owlish’ intellectual or the nerdish but cool Clark Kent.
Klasik.org is a London based company who specialize in NOS (new old stock), owned by Adam English, and based in trendy East London. According to English the most popular styles are old British National Health service issue, or more decorative 1960’s octagonal copper studded styles.
In line with current trends, the retro appeal of these styles is down to the superior materials and craftsmanship. Websites such as retrospecs.co.uk do good repro versions but nothing can beat originals which are often crafted from materials such as real tortoiseshell. In Great Britain spectacles became a fashion statement in the 1950’s, while designer styles appeared in the 1960’s. Stockists of new old stock also include Zacks London Eye Clinic (Kings Cross) and Cutler and Gross (Knightsbridge Green) which stocks styles dating back as early as the 1900’s.
Source: The Financial Times
Image source: retrospecs.co.uk