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Lou Reeds 1966 Sunglasses!

Postby Foggy Notion on Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:01 am

Hey everybody I got a question!

This might be a long shot but here goes anyway - Do any of you recognize the (killer) sunglasses that Lou Reed is wearing in these 1966 photographs?

If you do, have you ever seen them in stores? On ebay etc?

Also if you know of any sunglasses that replicates or look a bit like the ones in the picture, please tell!

Thank you. 8)

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Postby Peter_J on Mon Mar 31, 2008 8:53 am

Lou said he only liked nostalgia when it was his. These sunglasses are nostalgia worth celebrating, and I think your retro is ahead of the curve.

I'm not able to ID the originals.

Based on where we are in the fashion cycle with other eyewear styles from this period, I am surprised that we don't see this style more often. However, I think the designers are catching up.

For example, hot off the bench are the Wiley-X for 2008 with a number of models that reflect this influence. See the whole collection of Wiley-X Sunglasses but take a look especially at the Wiley X Drapht Sun Glasses and Wiley X Zak Sun Glasses.

Otherwise, I think our current wrap-arounds have been flirting with this look.

Wrap arounds appear throughout the collection of Bolle Sunglasses, especially in the Bolle Snakes family of sunglasses. See the Bolle Snakes Anaconda Sunglasses, the Bolle Snakes Spiral Sunglasses, the Bolle Snakes Piraja Sunglasses and the Bolle Snakes Boa Sunglasses.

Contenders from Ray-Ban include the Ray-Ban Leisure Sport RB4037 Sunglasses and the Ray Ban Predator Leisure Sport RB4054 Sunglasses.

I like Lou's sunglasses but I really want those on the guy who is left of Lou in picture 1. Once again, that influence appears in Bolle in models like the Bolle Kicker Action Sport and the Bolle Hellbent Fusion Sun Glasses.

Allow me the pleasure to say walk on the wild side.
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Thank you

Postby Foggy Notion on Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:19 am

Allow me the pleasure to say thank you!

I find these to be the closest macth, it is hard to tell in these pictures, but I seen other pictures/movie snaps that the frame is clearly in this snake/havanna style. That's actually what I like about Lou's shades, they have that kind of modrock/futuristic/predator design (with the wrap around), but at the same time the color of the frame is kind of oldschool.
The only problem I find with these and most of todays sunglasses is that they don't tone them enough! Sunglasses are in my oppinon ment to be non transparant BLACK, just as the ones Lou is wearing !

BTW the guy on Lou's left is legendary guitar player Sterling Morrison.

Again thank you!

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Postby Peter_J on Tue Apr 01, 2008 7:57 am

You will definitely have the Lou look with the Snakes from Bolle!

Are you getting the tortoise color frame? It's not what Lou is wearing but it's nice.

For a lens that is more opaque, you might consider a mirror finish or the Bolle "gun" flash mirror. Maybe the heavy tint will come back.

I figured Lou's crew was filled with "Lou-minaries". I can hear Morrison fly on the frets!

Thanks for bringing these sunglasses to our attention. A vision of vision's future.
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Re: Lou Reeds 1966 Sunglasses!

Postby anon on Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:00 pm

Does anyone know anything about the sunglasses John Cale is wearing? (the guy on the far right in the first picture)
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Re: Lou Reeds 1966 Sunglasses!

Postby Liz on Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:20 pm

anon wrote:Does anyone know anything about the sunglasses John Cale is wearing? (the guy on the far right in the first picture)


Could be Ray Ban Olympian or Ray Ban Olympian 2. These two Ray Ban models are around for a while now - probably of the same "age" and popularity as the famous Ray Ban Wayfarer glasses :lol:
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Re: Lou Reeds 1966 Sunglasses!

Postby matt on Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:11 pm

Ive been looking for Sterling Morrison, the guy to the left of Lou, top image.
The closest I've had were some Polaroids with gold frames in the early 90's.
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Re: Lou Reeds 1966 Sunglasses!

Postby larumd on Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:32 am

I love Polaroid Sunglasses! You are right they look like that Polaroid but hard to say. Anyone else?
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Re: Lou Reeds 1966 Sunglasses!

Postby u53105 on Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:06 pm

None of the suggestions look anywhere near as good as Lou's. One thing unique about Lou's is that the front is completely straight.

The closest match I was able to find are the Zeal Takeoffs; and even those aren't that close.

Lou's glasses have a sculpture-esque look. Kind of a blend of antique design and modern technology. Which is very fitting of The Velvet Underground's music which included Victorian lyrics and antiquated melodies, played on electric instruments.


Source: Raro Video's "Vinyl/The Velvet Underground and Nico")
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Re: Lou Reeds 1966 Sunglasses!

Postby derek on Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:26 pm

hello. I'm not sure of Lou's they might be Polaroid cool-rays or they could be European - perhaps Persol. I think Sterling Morrison's are Renauld bubble sunglasses or knock-offs of that brand. I also associate these wrap around sunglasses wth the Yardbirds, another great 60's group.
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Re: Lou Reeds 1966 Sunglasses!

Postby larumd on Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:41 pm

I own the Zeal Optics Takeoff Sunglasses and I love them.
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Re: Lou Reeds 1966 Sunglasses!

Postby u53105 on Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:32 am

I just had my local Pearl Vision order the Zeal All Ins for me. They ordered the ones with the design (pictured), so I can see it in person. If I don't like it, I'll just get the glossy black ones. Thank you, derek, for IDing Sterling Morrison's sunglasses. Were you referring to them as "Bubble," proper? Because my searching indicates that they're called "Spectaculars"


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Re: Lou Reeds 1966 Sunglasses!

Postby larumd on Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:46 pm

That one is the Zeal Optics 10030: All In Sunglasses, Brown Gloss Frame and Polarized Copper Lens. In stock and ready to ship.
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