Shopping From The Present

Brand Admiration – Drift Eyewear

If given a choice, I’d rather have a pair of frames on my face than possess 20/20 vision.  As a teen, I would track down the most obscure vintage style I could source via my optometrist’s back catalog of frames.  In the last decade, I’ve brand hopped from Oliver Peoples to Paul Smith to ic! …

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Archival Permanent – PDX

In Randonneuring, a perm is a permanent route you can schedule to ride at any time. On Saturday, I rode Michal Young’s scenic Alsea 200k loop with several friends from the Oregon Randonneurs. On Sunday, I dragged my friend Bruce up to Portland for what I would consider my favorite Archival shopping perm.  The loop …

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Archival Eyewear: 8½ (Fellini 1963)

I haven’t seen 8½ in ten years and my memory of the film (filtered through Stardust Memories and the Simpsons) boils down to three set pieces: the spa, the rhumba and the rocket. Screening a new Criterion Blu-ray edition, I enjoyed revisiting the film’s small transitional scenes and secondary characters. I was further amazed by …

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Archival Eyewear: 1968 Preview

High School (Wiseman 1968) An article in the June 10, 2009 Thursday Styles section of the NY Times declared round sunglasses the hot fashion trend of 2009. Article author Eric Wilson writes: This summer…the memo for sunglasses says circles are in. Very round shapes, as round as goggles in some cases, appeared in the recent …

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