womens : 1960's : k5515
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product code : k5515 : £ 145
  • 1960's dark amber plastic frame marked
    AMERICAN OPTICAL and RACY

  • Original AO Tru-Color grey glass lenses

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  • An incredible 'owl-eye' design from American Optical at

    the height of the Swinging Sixties, when the emphasis was

    on the eyes. In cosmetics, heavy lashes, dark liner and

    deep eyeshadow defined the look and eyewear followed

    - this frame even extending the parameters of the eyes,

    like a mask. We can date it to two seasons: 1967-68

    and it's the only one we have ever seen. Its rarity makes

    it collectable, but it's also an extraordinary example of

    American Optical's ability to respond to fashion to bring

    couture design and quality to the market. Both the eye-

    shape, with lenses higher than they are wide, and the

    frame of offset circles that stretch out like wings are

    unusual, and the feel is luxury, with glass True-Color sun

    lenses surrounded by 6mm deep acetate. "Racy" is in

    remarkable condition - it looks never worn. It is ready to

    live up to its promise after 49-50 years - or should it stay

    pristine, preserved in a museum - that is the dilemma of

    the collector!

                                                           — klasik

vintage sunglasses : womens : 1960s Racy by AMERICAN OPTICAL USA
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