I just came across this ad for Bell Labs from 1969. Two things struck me about it: one, apparently there was a time where science was mainstream (this would have been during the peak of the Apollo Program) and two, that scientists once had some style.
I eschew those short rectangular eyeglasses that many wear – if you’re going to go through the trouble of wearing a pair, they might as well be bold and the NDG-1’s from Oliver Peoples continue to be one of the nerdiest models you can buy.
First introduced in 2008 in collaboration with Nom de Guerre, I’ve since purchased two pairs (the latest set being the glossy black/clear gradient called “smoke”) and will probably acquire a third next spring if they’re still being made then.
They’re not shown on the website, but any Oliver Peoples dealer can order them for you. If you’d like a similar pair but with shorter front, look for the Denison model.
J.Crew recently lowered the price on their Rivington sunglasses and it was enough to get me to finally order a pair. The glasses, which are made in France by Selima Optique, have so far performed fairly well for my needs and I’ve been generally happy with them. If you have problems with heavier glasses, these might be a good choice as they’re fairly light (a bit like Wayfarers).
J.Crew has been pushing them harder lately by featuring them in more pictures so you might not want to wait long to order a pair – I’m even considering getting extra pairs to turn into eyeglasses as well. Read on for more pictures. Available at jcrew.com, $250: Link