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Vintage sunglasses at Frames in the Lanes

16 April 2012 No Comment

We join Brighton boutique optician Frames in the Lanes for a look at some of this summer’s hottest vintage-inspired sunglasses trends. 


Vintage cocacobanna handmade sunglasses - Frames in the Lanes

Inspired by: Club Tropicana carnivAl!

Style eyed up on the catwalks of: Dolce & Gabbana

Style worn by: Lady Gaga

The FITL frames: “Hand-made by Jan Carlin in 1973, these are signed by Jan herself and we believe were made for a film.  Awash with rhinestones, theses are very high quality costume jewellery sunglasses and are priceless!” Not for sale.


Vintage Cazal model 911 sunglasses - Frames in the Lanes

Inspired by: Mid-Century chic

Style eyed up on the catwalks of: Carolina Herrera, Nicole Farhi, Louis Vuitton, Marni, Gucci

Style worn by: Olivia Palermo, Kirsten Dunst, Katie Holmes

The FITL frames: “These vintage Cazal model 911 sunglasses are bit of a collector’s item. Handmade in Germany in the late 1970s/early ’80s they are a hand-painted limited edition. These are one of very few remaining pairs.” £199.

Cats eye

Epos un Minerva-st N

Inspired by: 1950s Americana

Style eyed up on the catwalks of: Rochas, Yves Saint Laurent, Jason Wu, Dior, Prada

Style worn by: Dita Von Tease, Scarlett Johanson, Marilyn Monroe

The FITL frames: “Inspired by 1950/60s vintage Americana style, these Epos Minerva stoned sunglasses are actually a new design.  They’re all handmade in Italy using the best possible Italian acetate and Swarovski crystals at the temples.” £229


Hexagonal vintage sunglasses - Frames in the Lanes

Inspired by: 1970s boho and 1980s glamour goddesses

Style eyed up on the catwalks of: Burberry, Dolce & Gabanna, Loewe, Prada, Louis Vuitton

Style worn by: The Olsen Twins, Nicole Richie, Bianca Jagger

The FITL frames: “These unusual vintage hexagonal sunglasses are from the 1980s – we only have one pair left.” £65

Retrofitting & repairs

Alex - Laste, Brighton

Frames in the Lanes are able to fit prescription lenses to all of the frames they sell, with prices starting from £89 including the tint. The shop’s glazing lab also specialises in handling vintage frames meaning that they’re happy to offer lens fitting to anyone who, as Bernie says “is lucky enough to have found an amazing vintage frame somewhere”. Prices for the retrofitting service start at £99.

Alex, owner of specialist shoe shop Laste in the North Laine, was just one of those lucky people:

“I bought the frames at Andrew Wayward’s beautiful vintage haberdashery stall at the Upper Gardner Street Market in Brighton which is held on a Saturday.  Frames in the Lanes had my prescription and the glasses came back polished, re-glazed and good as new within a week.  I would definitely do the same again if I find any more frames on my travels but their selection of new frames may prove far too tempting to look for vintage ones!”

Find Frames in the Lanes at: 

12c Meeting House Lane, Brighton, BN1 1HB

01273 747769


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