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London optician E.B. Meyrowitz makes limited-edition eyewear that creates the appearance of bookish cool


“IN THE SPRING a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love,” wrote Alfred Lord Tennyson in 1835. Now that I am a middle-aged man, however, I find that when the bluebells hover like a cobalt mist inches above the woodland floor and the daffodils inspire one’s inner Lake poet, my fancy wanders in the direction of a new pair of sunglasses rather than fresh romantic complications.

Sunglasses are a superb medium for self-expression. Whoever came up with the idea that sunglasses promote anonymity plainly needed, well, glasses. In the Hitchcock classic North by Northwest, Cary Grant’s attempt to disguise himself behind a pair of dark glasses provides one of the film’s most memorably stylish vignettes. And just think of American Vogue editor Anna Wintour: Without her dark glasses, she is so much harder to recognize.

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