When a hip eyewear line meets a brand synonymous with Southern California streetwear, the result is Mosley Tribes x Stussy, a limited-edition sunglasses collection that combines the companies’ shared influences of street, surf and music. The three-piece range (antique gold and tortoise; pewter and matte black; silver and bone), hitting 70 Stussy stores and Colette on Dec. 1, pays homage to Steve McQueen’s motorcycle chic.
“It’s very old-school California coast in a Sixties-Seventies ‘Easy Rider’ sort of way,” says Larry Leight, founder and creative director of Mosley Tribes and Oliver Peoples.
The smaller metal aviators have an acetate brow bar and modernized cable temples, a hallmark of Fifties utilitarian eyewear that kept glasses snug on the face. The tribal print — an update of surfboard maker and artist Shawn Stussy’s iconic Tom Tom design from the Eighties, redrawn by artist Kate Gibbs — is featured on the temple of the silver and bone colorway and on the cleaning cloth and case. All styles retail for $275.
“Eyewear has always been a part of our heritage because we started by the beach,” says David Sinatra, whose father Frank (no relation to the singer) cofounded the apparel brand with Shawn Stussy. “There’s a mutual understanding of each other’s California roots.”