Vintage 1970s Sunglasses

Test: The Midnight Special and Inspiration 70s

It was THE pair that I desperately searched for several months. I took a trip to New York to buy much cheaper than in France.

At first I wanted the silver model, obviously more discreet, but after calling a dozen Opticians Manhattan (since they opened a flagship store in New York on Lafayette Street), impossible to get hold of the Midnight Special color silver!

Thus, I found myself much puzzled by this golden model that made me try. My priori were very classic: the gilded sunglasses, it’s bling, especially me who had never ceased to repeat that accessories should never convey an impression of wealth, people will look at me strangely, we’ll throw me pebbles, I can no longer leave the house, the whole world wants me…

Vintage 1970s Sunglasses

And Geoffrey, who was with me, reminded me that there is a time when one must live his dreams rather than dream your life. Or rather, he told me to take, arguing that the gold was well with my hair color, and the form was consistent with my wide face. And it reminded me that Usher had the same: the club that argument.

And the next day, after an hour of port, my conclusion was clear: they were much more comfortable than my Tom Ford (Martine model). The feeling of rigidity that I had with them was totally absent on Dita. It was as if I had passed a medium blazer cut the cut of a blazer Husbands, in terms of feeling.

The big difference is in the nose, where the difference of comfort between the two brands is even more marked.

This seems like a trivial detail, but it is rare for premium brands bother to put caps on branches with acetate with varied thickness. It’s the kind of little “feature” that contributes to the overall quality of the pair.

On Midnight, the wafers are mounted on fine titanium blades, which allows a great flexibility when the sunglasses facing each side of the nose. Combine it with the lightness of titanium, and that day I understood that I could never go back (and besides, I never managed to find the same comfort in other brands).

Even the unfolding of the branches has “something more” than a pair of Tom Ford or Dior : it is softer, more subdued, and the branch does not fall under its own weight.

In terms of colors, gold plating just in “12K Gold” on the branches of titanium. 12K Gold is actually an alloy made of 50% gold and 50% other metals. In French, we say that this is the12-carat gold.

His interest is obviously its price compared to a traditional gold plating, but also its resistance to contact with the skin (it is used for rings and bracelets). It is found all the material for branches of glasses!

You can imagine that passionate about products that I am, I watched these glasses all angles during the trip back. And again, this is a perfect: each weld is perfectly executed, they “drool” no, everything fits to the millimeter. There is not the slightest gap between the branches and the step on the side of the glass, with a nylon wire from the crimp impeccably made glass.

Even “Made in Japan” is not only printed on acetate as does the majority of other brands, but it is embossed! In short, I fell in love with this pair.

For over two years I wear them very intensively and they have absolutely not changed . I nevertheless made a few scares times (fall, compressed in the bag pair)… So what a pair of quality: absolute comfort and craftsmanship that commands respect.

This sunglasses is a very inspired design of the 70s, and some actually do not fail to point out that the glasses are very large, especially compared to the current trend to make small sunglasses (like Persol), but it is precisely what I liked in this pair.

A design slightly against the current, which does not seek consensus , but which takes its inspiration in a world that has more than 40 years! It’s a purchase I do not regret.

Last amusing detail: the color of the glasses accentuates the orange hues around you very subtly. Therefore, whenever there is a beautiful sunset in the summer, you feel like you’re in a film taking place on Sunset Boulevard.

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