mens : 1970s : k5453
product code : k5453 : £ 125
  • Never worn 1970's black plastic and aluminium frame
    marked PASSPORT GT and FRAME AUSTRALIA

  • Original grey CR39 acrylic sun lenses

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  • Passport were "quality sunglasses" from the Australian company

    Martin Wells, which was formed in 1953 by three men: Sidney

    Sinclair, Eric Hurst and Dino Zigarelli - who invented the name

    'Martin Wells' for their eyewear firm. Sinclair was a business man,

    Hurst an optometrist and Zigarelli a "spectacle frame expert" and

    they are now recognised by Australian optical and design museums

    for introducing new fashions into spectacle designs. An Australian

    success story, they also exported their frames and sunglasses all

    over the world. Passport was launched to British opticians in 1972

    as sunglasses, "for the big spenders. For the style conscious, well-

    informed, trend setters."
    This pair lives up to that - further, the

    tags say that Passport were worn by the 1972 Australian Olympic

    team, so this never worn pair may be from that original range. The

    tags also show a moustachioed designer Martinelli, who must be

    'Martin' and the real designer: Zigarelli. Moonglasses had been

    around since the Sixties and here with the addition of Passport's

    Lunar Lens - a light CR39 acrylic in a pale tint - added star-gazing

    and moon landings to night-clubbing. Roy Orbison is credited with

    the craze for musicians to wear lighter-tint sunglasses when

    performing (his were actually Rx sunglasses) and fans wanted to

    copy their idols. By the 70's, not only had the space race brought

    a new spin, but also motor racing - hence the fantastic GT arms

    and in brushed aluminium. And always a black frame around the

    visible eyes, in this sports shape with another sliver of metal

    bracing the brow. Never will men's sunglasses reach heights like

    this again.

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