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Cult Eyewear: The World's Enduring Classics Hardcover – November 1, 2011

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Neil Handley provides a rich history of eyeglasses… he skillfully educates us as well as entertains and enlightens via his study of this rarely examined accessory… 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

A gorgeously produced coffee table volume — Technorati

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

An intriguing perspective of the iconic brands who redefined eyewear — Eyestylist

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… The breadth of information is terrific and each time I dip into another chapter, I find out something else. But it is the pictures that steal the show. Cult Eyewear is spectacular in every sense. — 'Eye Wear Glasses' Blog

a fascinating read — Polaroid

A celebration of innovative glasses design, including a concise illustrated introduction to their evolution — The Times (UK)

About the Author

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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858945097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858945095
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This coffee table book is the answer to my search for a decent book devoted to eyewear, such that I've sought for many a year. I am not an optical professional but a long-time eyewear aficionado, who maintains his own eyewear forum, "Ken's Eyewear Club" as a Google Club (now a Google Group) since 1999; https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/kenseyewearclub/info

Sure there are are other eyewear books. Chic simple: Eyeglasses is wonderful - I love it - but it's from the '90s and just doesn't cover what a true coffee table book can with many large, colorful pages. Another small book I've seen, which goes through a number of designers/brands, doesn't have most names I'd like to see, only devotes two pages or so to each, and it's written by someone who's into collectibles in general and happened to decide to write on eyewear. Cult Eyewear was written, in contrast, by Neil Handley - a Britisher who has long worked with eyewear history as a museum curator as well as being a leader in optical-related organizations and a writer on ophthalmic antiques. Other small eyewear books concentrate on one collection or particularly bizarre or humorous frames.

There are coffee table books on eyewear concentrate on what people wore hundreds of years ago and then, if they get up to the past century or so, they still don't cover a lot of makers - not their standard designs, their most important designs historically, or their most interesting designs.

Cult Eyewear covers all of this. It starts with a handful of pages covering eyewear history in general (mainly European) and basically up to the time of the "fashion designers." I was, I must say, a little surprised Handley doesn't cover the possible Far Eastern origin of eyewear , but - oh well....
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark E. Jensen on September 3, 2012
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This is by far the most interesting read on eyewear ever produced. The eyewear industry has always been elusive when it comes to the history of the best brands ever produced in the later half of the twentieth century their methods kept secret. Here for the first time is a glimpse into the actual companies that produced some of the most iconic and collectible eyewear available ever. An eyeopening book! I would love to see the author write another book on the manufacturing and design processes themselves showing how handmade frames from acetate to wood are actually produced, where the materials come from, how the production changes made or kept over the years has affected the product and where is eyewear production headed in the future? New materials, techniques, designs, function over fashion and the post apocalyptic vision!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jmitch on February 11, 2013
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Wow! This book gives a backstage pass to what's what in the frame industry and how it became CULT. Very impressed with the formatting and photography. The details and text were all so well executed.
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