men's : 1970-2000 : k8287
product code : k8287 : £ 295
  • 1960s black plastic frame marked RÉGÉ AND PC

  • Can be glazed with Rx or sunglasses lenses.

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  • Régé started making frames in the famous region of Oyannax

    France, after WW2. By the late 1960s, when we believe they

    made this frame, they were noted makers of high quality

    eyewear and as Régé Freres, exhibited at the International

    Salon of Plastics, Oyannax's prestigious trade fair. The founder

    was an Italian artisan, Gustave Régé-Turo, who came from Italy

    in the 1940s to settle in the Jura area and create hand-made

    frames: we assume the Freres - meaning Brothers - were his

    sons. The business was successful by the mid-1950s, which is

    the date of this advertising poster by a well-known artist for

    Lunettes Régé. It's a shame it's an illustration of a women's pair,

    but this men's frame is actual, wearable proof of Régé's work.

    We would like to think that the 'PC' on the other arm refers to

    Pierre Cardin and that this was his personal frame, as when he

    did start wearing glasses, he did wear a rectangular black frame

    like this - but we can't say. It's certainly a frame that looks like a

    couture contender. Sleek and curvy with contrasting facets and

    angles, make this a very special Sixties piece. And not dissimilar

    to the pair worn by Alain Delon in Girl On a Motorcycle (1968) if

    you need some inspiration. This is a wonderful example of the

    craftsmanship and style of top echelon French eyewear from this

    time, especially for men. Descendants of the Régé family still

    work in that area of France - in the optical world - and it's great

    to see that endures too.

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