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Vintage custom wear company A. Kurtz has added sunglasses to its line of unisex accessories, which currently includes hats and bags. The 15 eyewear styles are inspired by military and aviation wear in Vietnam War films, says designer Darren Zio, vice president of the licensor Zio Group, adding that he also looked to eyewear molds from the Seventies and Eighties, “tweaking them for modern flair.” Updated touches include sleeker lines, new technologies like soft plastic and laser-engraved patterns and colors including tortoise, black, white and burgundy.
This story first appeared in the October 20, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
The glasses retail for $130 to $150 in plastic and $200 in metal, says Sean Connelly, brand manager for A. Kurtz, and are available on akurtz.com and at Kitson in Los Angeles.
The line, which made its debut in June, fits the A. Kurtz image as historic and iconic, he says. “We like to think of [the company] as things that have historical significance…and represent your favorite things.”