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  • Classic and timeless, these Cat Eye Glasses have just the right amount of vintage appeal without being overdone.

    Posted on November 13, 2014 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Made of a gorgeous tortoise coloration, these specs are ready for daily wear with their simplistic yet stunning design.
    Carrying the classic vintage cat eye glasses shape, they've got just a little hint of luxe with their flourishes on the cat eye swoops and arms.
    Made by Swan in the U.S.A., they're a beautiful piece of American [...]


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  • Pointy and petite, these vintage cat eyes are a great look for any Fifties loving lady!

    Posted on August 29, 2014 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Cast in a great neutral, earthy brown, these glasses catch the light with just the right amount of sheen to make them truly lovely.
    Filled with timeless retro grace, these specs are a perfect way to infuse your wardrobe with vintage allure – without being overdone.

    Featuring a smaller, pointier type of cat eye glasses, these glasses [...]


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  • Another 2 new vintage cat eye frames

    Posted on August 5, 2014 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Small but striking, these petite vintage cat eye glasses are filled with retro charms.
    Based on the classic cat eye look, these glasses take the design and run with it featuring bolder and more geometric lines.
    Cast in light, classic vintage pink, these glasses are truly unique.

    Featuring just the right touches of glam, these frames shine with [...]


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  • Two new pairs of New Old Stock Vintage Cat eye Glasses

    Posted on July 26, 2014 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Two new pairs of New Old Stock Cat eye Glasses:
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    Shining in retro orange peach, these cat eyes are a truly inspired design!
    Carrying the classic look of vintage cat eye glasses, these specs take the design one step further with their exaggerated edges.

    Delightful for everyday wear or as the perfect accessory for a night on the [...]


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  • These curly little cat eyes are vintage charm at its' best!

    Posted on July 4, 2014 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Great for the retro loving gal, these glasses are packed with vintage 50's charm – without being overdone!
    Fantastic for daily wear with their stunning yet understated tortoise coloration, these cat eyes will really set you apart with their unique perfectly curled edges.
    Set with just the right amount of sheen, these glasses get that little extra [...]


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  • Gold and rhinestones rule these glam glasses!

    Posted on June 28, 2014 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Made in a warm caramel brown, these glasses are just too sweet!
    Carrying the classic cat eye shape, they're ready to add a vintage touch to your daily outfits or be the perfect look for your retro life!
    Great for daily wear with their neutral yet dazzling colorations, these brown specs are beset with golden accents and [...]


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  • Light Blue Rhinestone Curly Vintage Cat Eye's

    Posted on June 20, 2014 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Light blue and dazzling in rhinestones and gems these cat eyes take vintage charm to the next level.
    Look amazing with these gorgeous frames. Made in light blue, they're a perfect 1950's color to add in to any retro loving girls wardrobe.
    Decorating the cat eye swoops and continuing onto the arms, these specs are really stunning [...]


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  • Perfectly pointy these cat eyes glasses will have you looking fine!

    Posted on June 12, 2014 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Breaking away from the classic cat eye, these specs are truly unique with their extra pointy persuasion! Sure to set you apart and carrying an appeal all their own, these frames are really the cats meow.
    Shining in light gray, these cat eyes are a perfect pair of glasses for everyday wear or to give you [...]


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  • These rhinestone cat eyes will have you looking fab!

    Posted on June 4, 2014 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    These rhinestone cat eyes will have you looking fab!
     Designed with an luminescent white frame, these vintage cat eye glasses are truly luxe! Sparkling with  rhinestone and metal details, these glasses are beautiful and in stunning mint condition!
     Gleaming with just the right amount of glitz, these frames are a perfect way to add a little vintage [...]


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  • Radiant and lovely in bone white, these NEW old stock cat eye glasses are geometric beauties!

    Posted on May 27, 2014 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Made in flirty France by Selecta Optical, these cat eye glasses really have an atomic flair!
    Cast in a color we love to call bone white, these frames play with lines and geometric grace for a truly one of a kind look.
    Classically inspired but with a twist all their own, these frames are sure to set [...]


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  • Unused Mink Vintage Cat Eye Glasses

    Posted on May 21, 2014 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Beautiful and in mint condition, these vintage glasses were made in France by Selecta Optical (as you can see in the photos below!).
    Glowing in a gorgeous shiny pinky brown finish (entitled Velvet Beige!), these cat eye glasses are really lovely. With their neutral tone, their great for daily wear and they have just the right [...]


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  • Unused Black Vintage Cat Eye Glasses With Silver Accents

    Posted on May 16, 2014 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Classic and bold, these fancy NEW old stock cat eye glasses are ready to make you look simply divine!
    Just what do we mean by new old stock? It's not a typo – it actually means that these eyeglasses were made back in the era they were popular but never sold or worn. So they're brand [...]


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  • Early Advertising Gimmicks for Antique Eyeglasses

    Posted on July 25, 2013 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    It was during the Roaring 20's in America that the first use of fashion considerations to sell more eyeglasses appears to have reached a refined and concentrated level. Prior to that time, gold-filled frames were purchased by the chic, and steel or nickel rims by those who could not afford the more costly metal.  Antique [...]


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  • The Slow Emergence of Fashionable Vintage Spectacles

    Posted on July 19, 2013 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    The second and third decades of the twentieth century saw a slow but inexorable change in the status of vintage spectacles. The long period during which eyewear of all kinds was viewed with scorn and contempt, and its users dismissed as weaklings unless they were elderly enough to be excused, was finally coming to an [...]


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  • Old Fashioned Eyeglasses – Pince Nez and Style

    Posted on May 20, 2013 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Though pince nez eventually became the old fashioned eyeglasses that symbolized money and status in the latter 19th and early 20th century, there was another reason why people who could afford pince nez bought and wore them. These vintage eyeglasses were not simply conspicuous consumption. In fact, they were preferred by anyone who could buy [...]


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  • Ray Ban in the Era of Cat Eye Glasses

    Posted on April 5, 2013 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    The 1950s and 1960s saw the emergence of cat eye glasses and many other flashy styles that had never before been seen on Earth. The cat eye frames shape lends itself to many different fashion statements, unlike the rather sober round or oval designs that had appeared through most of history before then. Overwhelmingly worn [...]


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  • Neostyle Glasses in the Cat Eye Glasses Period

    Posted on March 16, 2013 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Neostyle was a company founded in 1961, right at the height of cat eye glasses popularity. Though the French and Italians are probably the best known fashion designers, many other nations have produced outstanding vintage eyeglasses interesting to the collector and to those who enjoy wearing unusual, colorful glasses or “shades”. Germany, despite its stodgy and [...]


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  • Algha, John Lennon Glasses, and Postwar Fashion

    Posted on February 12, 2013 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Emerging from the dark and bloodstained days of the Second World War, the antique eyeglasses fashion world exploded into huge popularity. Not only a host of new materials, but probably peoples' defensive psychological reaction to the grimness that had just ended, caused the market to embrace bright, whimsical, or magnificently stylish designs.
    Algha, Max Wiseman's British [...]


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  • Vuarnet – On the Ski Slopes in the Age of Cat Eye Glasses

    Posted on January 15, 2013 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Even at the height of popularity for cat eye glasses and other glamor eyewear, the need for practical eyeglasses was never far away. In previous centuries, eyeglasses were used only to correct vision, but in the twentieth century, spectacles took on many additional roles. This was partly due to the plethora of new materials and [...]


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  • Pierre Marly and 1950s to 1960s Cat Eye Glasses

    Posted on January 4, 2013 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    If Oliver Goldsmith played a very important role in fostering the spectacular world of stylish 1950s and 1960s eyeglasses, the era of cat eye glasses also owes a major debt to Pierre Marly, an eccentric French artist, historical eyeglass collector, and optician operating from a single shop in Paris. His creations are eminently collectible today [...]


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