What they have in common Stanley Tucci, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jessica Biel, Beyonce, Chloë Sevigny, Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon?
All wore on the set and in private life, the Spectaculars glasses, created by a small American craft-based production company in New Jersey and showroom in West Hampton Beach.
The Spectaculars brand was created in the early 80s thanks to the intuition of Stan Blackmer and Ken Finneran holders of the store Fabulous Fanny’s, located in the heart of the most fashionable district of New York, the East Village. The idea was to create a collection of eyeglasses and sunglasses that can travel through time giving “new life” to the American classics from the 30s onwards, baptizing them with a name that linked the term “glasses” (spectacles) to the word “show”. Thus was born the Spectaculars collection that is the great classics of the made in the USA, the iconic glasses of the 30’s created with the techniques of the time, came back to life with a brand shiny new.
So the American eyewear craftsmen work on the same materials, now reinterpreted to preserve the elegance of the past. And realized with “ancient” techniques as riveting batting hand, the recessed hinges manually and, finally, polishing also made piece by piece, glasses vintage effect and, above all, a product made entirely in the United States.
Exclusive distributors in Europe of this American line very appreciated in Italy are Paolo Corradossi and Patrizia Puliti that together, after thirty years in the optics sector, have created Florence Distribution based in Florence.
Limited production of the American brand, we explain in the course of our meeting took place in the beautiful rooms of the cooking school Desinare at Riccardo Barthel in Florence, has had an excellent showcase and a surge in requests and in its sales thanks to appearances in films very popular as “The devil wears Prada”, in which Stanley Tucci wears the Herbert model with round lenses and frames in tortoise. The Bruno model, however, wore Matt Damon in “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, while Elliot Gould put on his Oliver in “Ocean’s Eleven”.
The feeling between Spectaculars and cinema embodies the link between the glasses and the spectacle, then that is the origin of the brand as noted.
But Spectaculars lines for their transversal are voted to outline better than others the trend genderless. Just think of women as a style icon like Chloë Sevigny, who never misses a chance to wear the different models of glasses Spectaculars combining her look between the masculine and the feminine. At an innate elegance image like the New York 95 year old Iris Apfel, interior designer, businesswoman and international fashion guru, it is dedicated the new collection is inspired by the 70s and the glasses of the time by the charm a little ‘nerd.
We saw a preview of the collection recently for sale in Italy, but I have the heart to do such radical choices: the style of Iris Apfel is a clever mix of elements haute couture garments and purchased at flea markets and prints, fur , bright colors are the pillars on which a unique style that transcends fashion. With the glasses must be able to show off too much personality. Moreover she has repeatedly stated that the style is not the same appearance, but self-knowledge and deep introspection, a journey that can take many years.
So I gave myself time and for now I preferred a more “lightweight “frame with retro shapes winking to the 50 years. It’s called Viola (will be a chance as it was chosen among many right in Florence?) and has tips slightly upturned able to give an air of calm and happy to face even in the bad days.
In short, how do you say new year, new life and we of Città Meridiane started from eyeglasses for new points of view and maybe to see places and people in a different light.
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