After years of faithful service, my sunglasses sustained the first flesh wound. The silver bit from the left side had fallen out, probably after some rough handling on my part during a recent trip. I don’t remember the brand since I got these so long ago (I don’t even remember the year or the shop where I bought them), but I do remember they’re not Ray-Ban.
I don’t believe in holding on to things beyond their time if they’re not used, even if they hold sentimental value, so I’ll give these away soon. Meanwhile, I stepped into a local eyeglass shop and bought a new pair.
Why is it so hard to find a decent pair of sunglasses these days? I mean I know that taste is subjective, but there are some styles that really shouldn’t go out of style no matter what and many more that shouldn’t come into style in the first place.
These were the most similar to the old pair and the least offensive to my sensibilities. Also they felt solid and seemed the least likely to fall apart in a year. Luckily, the branding is also small so it won’t be visible at a distance.
I don’t really like any overt branding in the products I buy since I think the product itself should be the selling point, not the name. Speaking of which; why do designers feel it necessary to brand their products loudly? Ray-Ban, Dolce&Gabbana, Gucchi, Police, Oakley etc… are all guilty of this, but D&G seems to be the absolute worst when it comes to loud branding. You wouldn’t want to see a giant “Armani” on a back of a coat, so why cover the entire arm on a set of sunglasses with D&G?
Well, here’s to (hopefully) a decade of future service.