product code : k5524 :
This pair dating from 1968, was designed by Degenhardt who had
been the sole British agents for Zeiss since the previous decade.
Here is one of their ads from 1959. Nine years later,
latest catalogue of designs including this pair, you can see how
Degenhardt/Zeiss had captured the luxury UK sunglasses market.
They were expensive and exclusive - selling through opticians -
and advertised in the high fashion "glossy" magazines. So they
this Degenhardt design 'Wimbledon' - made from imported
Italian acetate, the same as they'd had success the year before
with another model, Capri - but interesting that they have left the
Continent to use the famous English tennis tournament as a name.
Perhaps it was for some of that sporting cachet, but as it's a more
outlandish design, it's likely they were aiming to reflect a Swinging
London in 1968, especially with oodles of that amazing op-art
effect striped acetate in that rounded upswept front. Note the
lenses are their famous glass Zeiss Umbral 65s, which were
marketed as the 'sunglasses to heighten beauty and not conceal it':
sherry-tinted and scientifically-correct for protection, they allowed
the eyes to be seen and not masked. The original lenses had seen
some partying, so naturally when we replaced them, we used new
Zeiss Umbral 65s. So we can truly say, Wimbledon: game, set and