men's : 1970-2000 : k8318
product code : k8318 : £ 125
  • 1980's demi-amber plastic frame marked
    HEADBREAK and LUGENE

  • Can be glazed with Rx or sunglasses lenses.

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  • Lugene were high end opticians and innovators who started in 1922

    in NYC and made their own designs - for which they soon started

    taking out patents - as well as importing frames from continental

    Europe. Here is one of their ads from 1939 which reveals the genesis

    of women's cat-eye frames - a Harlequin shape, which was the idea

    of artist Altina Schinasi, and developed by Lugene. Clare Boothe Luce

    bought the first pair; Katharine Cornell the next, and so their popularity

    soared - Lugene had seen the potential and sold the frames exclusively

    at their Madison Street store. America's elite went to Lugene for their

    eyewear looking for the exceptional, and their celebrity clients included

    Greta Garbo, Miles Davis and Cary Grant. By the 1980s there were just

    three more stores outside of their three New York stores: Houston,

    Dallas and Palm Beach and their slogan was 'Lugene means style'.

    Headbreak was one of their designs ('Lugene' was printed on the other

    side, inside the left temple, but unfortunately that was lost when the

    frame was being restored) and is a typical late 70s through 1980s

    retro style. Something started perhaps by Clark Kent in the 1978

    Superman movie and with 60mm lenses, this is one giant of a man's

    frame. And Lugene have upped the detailing too, so there are three

    old-style pinhead rivets on the lugs for decoration, while contemporary

    sunken joints are used for the temples. Of course the acetate for these

    mega horn-rims is great too, with amber tones that are translucent

    so as not to overwhelm the face. Sadly, Lugene closed in the 1990s

    but then many of the great and unique eyewear makers did in the face

    of mass production overseas. Headbreak is a whole hunk of US history.

                                                           — klasik

vintage eyewear : mens : 1980's Headbreak by LUGENE (USA/FRANCE)