If you were living the 1960s and needed sunglasses, there was only one person to turn to: Charles Goldsmith. Before he came along, sunglasses weren’t really considered a must-have or even a basic accessory (to be fair, they were only invented in 1929!). They were just something you wore if you happened to be somewhere really sunny or you happened to be a pilot. No one really cared what they looked like. That’s until they saw a pair of Oliver Goldsmiths. And they sure were impossible to miss since his work appeared on some of the most fashionable actresses around, like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.
Audrey Hepburn in How to Steal a Million (1966)
Although Oliver Goldsmith founded his eyewear company in 1929, it wasn’t until his son Charles took over, after the death of his father, that it really exploded. With high expectations that sunglasses could become a part of everyday wear, he set out to change the accessories world forever. It is now, of course, a multi-billion dollar industry.
Audrey Hepburn in Two For the Road (1966)
Did you know that the average woman owns four pairs of sunglasses? Well, I only own three, so that means there is vacancy for one more….
Grace Kelly out and about (1960)
Grace Kelly’s iconic cat-eye sunnies were in fact designed with Sophia Loren in mind, although they are now associated with Grace Kelly. She sure had a way of appropriating objects of desire and renaming them.
Princess Diana on the cover of Tatler (1990)
Who could forget the crazy aviators Princess Diana wore in the 80s? The story has it that these actually belonged to Prince Charles and she stole them! Haha, he deserved it!
The pair most loved by fashion magazines is “Y-Not,” originally designed in 1966. Truly one of the most original sunnies ever designed, they are still extensively used in editorials today. Plus Lady Gaga wears them, like all the time.
After 90 years in operation, Oliver Goldsmith is still a family business. Charles’ granddaughter Claire is now at the helm, and she also happens to be a wicked eyewear designer. Check out more amazingness by all three Goldsmiths at olivergoldsmith.com.
PS. Have you heard of Oliver Goldsmith before? Which ones are your faves (other than the butterflies, of course!)?