Straight, powerful manliness is awesome. We’re not talking “I’m a guy so look at me with my bro-tank, boxers, five o’clock shadow, and beer in the morning.” We’re talking about where elegance collides with masculinity.
Nobody mastered that better than Steve McQueen, the American badass who best brings together the duality of refinement and masculinity by boasting a roll as art-snob Thomas Crown and a hobby of riding some good old fashioned motor bikes. So have some faith in the brother of the shades that McQueen popularized. He wore Persol 714s, the folding version of the best frames on earth: the Persol 649s.
Big lenses (but not nose-dwarfing) cut straight to the chase: you sport your Y-chromosome proudly. How about that naughty metal trim on the sides? The finest tortoiseshell design ever — saturated color with the perfect amount of translucence — cuts through the bull shit: you have no business goofing around with these wannabe brands that try to reinvent the wheel with a crappy version of tortoiseshell. You know the best so you get the best.
Unlike Wayfarers, which (as much as we love them) now run the risk of standing for a form of “Look at me in my old school sunglasses” faux-culturedness, the 649s are untouchable. They’re nothing but elegant manliness. And that is a look worth cultivating.
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