The essentials: 20 sunglasses that marked the history of design and pop culture
The success of an executive is often determined by the personality with which they are associated. So it was inevitable that John Lennon’s favorite sunglasses would become an eyewear staple. Teashades, with their pewter but sturdy steel frame, were popular lenses between the second half of the 800s and the first of the following century. However, they were rediscovered in the late 1960s thanks to the revival of Art Nouveau and dandy fashion. However, a big contribution also came from the courtesy of Lennon, who fell in love with this type of rounded frame when given a pair for his role in How I won the war a 1967 film set during WWII. Since then, the Liverpool musician has hardly parted with his teashas, ââordering a multitude, both prescription and sunglasses, with lenses available in many different hues.
Among them is a model with green glasses of Oliver Goldsmith, notable for having been forgotten by the Beatle in the car of his colleague Ringo Starr in 1968. When Starr’s driver, Alan Herring, found them, they were too wobbly. to be worn again. However, cherished for decades by Herring, the glasses were auctioned off in 2019 for the mind-boggling amount of 165,000 euros.