product code : k5518 :
1960's black plastic frame marked
B&L RAY-BAN USA
G15 (grey/green) glass lenses
We believe that this 1960's Ray-Ban design was called 'Masculine' -
even though there is no name stamped on the arm. Note that it
Caribbean front and that design was introduced in 1964, but it has
different plaques - the same rectangular lozenges that B&L used for
their Sprint design, that also came out in '64. However, the arms do
not look exactly like Caribbean arms and the arm plaques don't either.
This is not the first time we've seen this:
check out a women's pair
which we've sold in the past which has a Solette front. And maybe
this is the clue - perhaps Masculine was a special edition and was paired
with a 'Feminine' in a Ray-Ban 1960's summer promotion. The 'Solette'-
front design could have been called 'Feminine'. Another thought is that
it may be a design in a time when fashion-forward imported European
sunglasses were challenging America's established makers and Ray-Ban
responded by trying out their new, distinctive and very Sixties plaques
on a Caribbean front. These pairs - always in black with G15 lenses also
note - turn up only occasionally, so they are quite rare. Caribbeans are
more common. And imagine the 1960's Ray-Ban buzz, if a collecting
couple today were to have a Feminine to wear with this Masculine.
And you just KNOW we are going to want a photo of that!