How can one make something their "own" if it's ubiquitous?
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How about Marcello Mastroianni? Maybe you have to be italian (or Steve McQueen). Of course, "classic" and "fits everyone" aren't the same thing. They don't fit me well, either...
Unless you're Andre the Giant, they're too big for everyone's face but your comment regarding the frame color has finally crystallized what was nagging me about them. Now, I'm glad that I didn't pull the trigger. Thanks.
I still remember the look of envy from many passers-by. Kind of like you have when you see a person in aWhite Hanes V-neck tee that just fits him right, or the perfect Redwing boot that has age so well and becomes the perfect compliment to all denim.
Unfortunately, I had to order a new pair of cockpits two months ago because the originals were stolen. When I received the replacements the first impression was the case unlike the original, was a piece of shit. However, I went on like these were the replacements for the originals. From my daily wear they felt different, lighter and inferior to my original purchase. It was not until a recent cleaning that I noticed on the arm stampeded "Made in China".
What a let down, Ray Ban soon will become a joke of a brand and anybody wearing their glasses will be considered a tool!
American Optical are nowhere compared to B&L. I have some experience with Luxxotica and their also short of the B&L quality (but better than AE). I've heard the Randolph Engineering Aviators are better (but haven't seen these myself).
Also, keep in mind there is a big difference between the original Bausch and Lomb Ray Bans and the current manufacturer's effort.
If given the choice, get a Made in USA (gently used). Those Ray Bans are outstanding sunglasses.
If only the Italian made ones are available, check out Oakley frogskins or holbrooks.