SOLAKZADE: Vintage Stunnas
While H.G. Wells’ classic The Time Machine may seem far from possible, eyewear connoisseurs Tatsuya Okamoto and Ryo Okamoto prove otherwise with their extensive collection of retro shades.
Words: Tatiana Johnson
Images: Courtesy of Solakzade.net
So where exactly does the correlation between a time machine and eyewear come from? Enter Solakzade, a premier online vintage eyewear boutique founded by brothers Tatsuya and Ryo Okamoto. Collecting since 2005, the Okamoto brothers are fascinated with finding rare stunnas that are far from your everyday frames. Going as far back as the 1800s to present day, their Japan-based company strictly services collectible shades, frames and seeing glasses to their growing number of followers.
“Our biggest advantage is the art of restoring,” says Tatsuya, who believes that he can find everything and anything that you’re looking for in a pair of glasses and bring it back to life. But because eyewear is more than just an accessory to Tatsyua, who often calls them “FaceJewelry,” the duo succeed in taking the restoration up a couple of notches. Looking for a old pair of “like new” shades? Check out their site for exclusive street finds like Cazals and Versace shades from the ’90s to high-end designer mod wears from Emilio Pucci. And even if you’re looking for something a little more classic, they have a few Benjamin Franklin styled spectacles by Francis Clark on deck for sale.
Images courtesy of Solakzade.net