I’ve been wearing the same pair of tortoise shell Ray-Bans for the last two years. And I’ve spent the last two weeks staring with envy at Kate’s new Karen Walker shades, so I decided it was time for a change.
I don’t buy a lot of vintage, but when Frock, SJP’s go-to vintage store, picked up Linda Derector’s sunglasses collection, I thought it worth checking out. And the mint-condition collection of vintage designer frames doesn’t disappoint.
If you’re still in 80s revival mode, Linda has tons of frames to complement your Dynasty-bitch fantasies. There are blinged out Medusa head Versaces, circa Gianni, and more modern-looking Rochas shades. I wanted the gold Gucci aviators—they were square—and they would have looked amazing with the Skittles-striped vintage Bill Blass dress hanging in the corner.
If you like your sunglasses piled high with stuff, there’s plenty for you, too: pink metallic, leopard, leather, gilt, rhinestones, rainbow plastic, and a particularly sassy pair with scroll detailing from a French brand called Lunette Paulette.
The stock ranges from the 60s (cat eyes!) through the 80s and it’s not thrift shop merchandise. The frames even look new, probably because Linda only buys unworn frames (and often replaces the lenses) through word of mouth, in Paris and in Germany which means they’re in excellent shape. Prices range from $250-$1000, though most were in the $300-$400 range. Her website‘s being updated soon and will feature measurements of all the glasses to make online shopping a bit easier.
I might have left without the Guccis, but I do have a newfound appreciation for vintage eyewear.