ray-ban : k5420
product code : k5420 : £ 185



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  • Ray-Ban's Stroller was designed in 1958 - see it here in this

    ad from the Spring that year - and it continued for the next

    4 years. For the 1959 season they added new frame colours

    like Straw and Stripe, and the cheaper green tint as an option

    for lenses. G15 lenses were a newish introduction to Ray-Ban

    sunglasses in the late 50s, and consequently these cost 15%

    more than if you had ordered them with the more common

    green lenses. A Stroller in Ebony with G15-tinted precision

    ground lenses would have set you back an extravagant $8.25 in

    1959, equivalent to a deposit on a small car. Which is appropriate

    as it was a design aimed at drivers, and not just passengers -

    'she's driving safely' in that convertible. A perfect pair then to

    wear in a Corvair or Nash Metropolitan - especially if you go to

    car shows and meets. In 1948, the Nash 600 had co-ordinated

    interiors designed by WW2 refugee and artist Helene Rother,

    whose work came to influence the entire US car industry. After

    WW2, Ray-Ban too must have recognised the growing number

    of independent women who might also want to motor - in super-

    quality sunglasses. The Stroller is a classic butterfly or cat-eye

    shape but the racy angles give it edge and zip. We found it with the

    original G15 lenses but they were imperfect, so we upgraded with

    Klasik G15 mineral glass lenses, matching the original tint. This is

    a rare, early acetate Ray-Ban, especially in this combination, and

    it has been restored to concourse condition.Just promise to send

    us a picture with your wheels and wherever you go, tell all your

    Klassic car buddies where you source your eyewear!

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