Our Jazz great of the week and who we have dedicated our ‘SHELLY’ frames to is American jazz drummer Shelly Manne (1920-1948). Born Sheldon Manne in New York 1920, he could be relied on within many musical situations as he could play numerous styles including Dixieland, swing, bebop and jazz fusion. During his career he contributed to the background of hundreds of Hollywood films and TV programs including ‘Breakfast at tiffany’s’ and ‘The pink Panther’
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We can’t get enough of Shelly Manne playing the drums on the ‘King Swings’ from 1962. Have a listen and you’ll understand why!
Shelly Manne-King Swings (1962)
Bill Nighy appears on the cover of this weeks Big Issue wearing beautifully bold statement frames. We love this look on Mr Nighy, the strong shaped frames give Bill a very defined, modern, sophisticated yet unique style.
Bill clearly loves this style too, as we look back into his eyewear past we can see he stays true to this bold look which is very similar to our very own ‘CHET’ frames!
Our Jimmy frames have been dedicated to Jazz great Jimmy smith (1925-2005). At the age of just Nine years old he won a Philadelphia radio contest as a boogie-woogie pianist, he then went onto be a prolific recording artist realising a series of instrumental albums. Jimmy was best know for popularising the electric organ and in 2005 he was awarded the NEA jazz masters award from the National Endowment of the Arts, this being the highest honour bestowed upon Jazz musicians in America.
The ‘JIMMY’ frames in Amber Havana, the very bold statement frames we feel match the music created by our chosen jazz great of the week, Jimmy Smith.
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Our favourite Jimmy Smith track has to be ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ recorded in 1962 as part of his album Bashin’. Be sure to have a listen and get inspired!
‘Walk on the Wild Side’ Jimmy Smith 1962.
Around the world in 14 days the social experiment being carried out by three young music students determined to bring people from all over the world together through the power of music. So what’s the plan? In December 2013 Max De Lucia, Elliot Lyte and Sophie English started out with an idea, an idea to travel around the world in two weeks with one major difference they’re relying completely on you to help them on their journey. Asking people to get involved in any way they can from showing them the local area to giving them places to stay…………
Welcome to the ultimate social experiment!
We wanted to get involved and become part of their musical journey so we helped in the only way we know how and supplied the three travellers with some funky eyewear to keep them looking their best whilst they delve into what will ultimately be the most challenging and rewarding trip of their lives!
Left: Elliot wears ‘BUSTER’ frames Middle: Max wears ‘ARTY II’ frames Right: Sophie wears ‘GIGI’ frames.
Good luck guys!
Check out their sight and get involved here!
Whether you loved it or hated it I think we can all agree on one thing, that being the incredible style from suits to bikinis Wolf of Wall Street has nailed the 90’s Wall Street style. We are spoiled with a visual overload of wide pinstripes, contrast-collar shirts, baggy chinos and polos. The very well accomplished style throughout doesn’t stop at the clothing the specs are on top form too, so we decided to take a closer look at the highs and lows of the eyewear.
Bling, wide pinstripes and tinted sunglasses what more could you want! The selection of sunglasses from the tortoise shell ray-ban style worn by DiCaprio to oversized bulky two toned tinted shades worn by Hill. We are spoiled for choice, however we feel that Donnie Azoff the character played by Jonah Hill wins hands down on eyewear style.
Hill demonstrates that oversized specs are the way forward! Here he wears a frame in shiny marmalade that we feel is very similar to our very own ‘TRUDY’ frames. Which may just be why we love them so much!
The second look we love, Hill wears frames in a dark tortoiseshell which are very much like our ‘GIL’ frames, pair this with bling and a brilliantly 90’s tie and we have a winning look!
Look who managed to bump into each other at the 2013 Webby Awards. Two techies talking glasses? Harper Reed wears the ‘Miles’ and Nic Roope wears ‘Cannonball’.