Author(s): Neil Handley
Selecting a pair of glasses can be a tricky business. With so many styles and labels available, the choice is as much about making a fashion statement as gaining perfect vision. Cult Eyewear is the first book to give an account of the world's top eyewear brands, from Ray-Ban to J.F. Rey, Persol to Polaroid, and from the 1780s to the present day. Neil Handley, an authority on the history of eyewear, selects more than 30 famous names that have enduring appeal and command a dedicated following, and discusses the history of each brand and its most iconic spectacles or sunglasses. The book also includes a concise illustrated introduction to the evolution of eyewear; innovative designs and historically important inventions; films and key personalities associated with particular designs or brands through the years; and other fascinating aspects of this global industry.
' - one of the most fascinating tomes on the history of eyewear. A celebration of design as well as a chronicle of the global industry - ' - EDGE 'Cult Eyewear is a coffee table tome worth its place in any home - eyewear enthusiast or not, anyone with an eye for design or fashion will struggle not to enjoy every carefully illustrated page - Cult Eyewear is spectacular in every sense.' - EYE WEAR GLASSES 'Cult Eyewear celebrates particularly innovative designs and historically important inventions, setting them in context and discussing their legacies.' - BOUTIQUE 1 'a fascinating read.' - POLAROID 'If you know someone who owns more than a couple of pairs of glasses or know someone who collects them, then this is the perfect gift.' - NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS 'This is a great new addition to any serious collector's bookshelf or coffee table - it really should be classed as a "Must Have".' - OPHTHALMIC ANTIQUES
Neil Handley is a Curator of the British Optical Association Museum at the College of Optometrists in London. He is Vice Chairman of the Scientific Instrument Society, a member of the editorial panel for the journal Ophthalmic Antiques, and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.