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Monday, November 24, 2014

Ask the MB: Johnny Depp's Sunglasses in Blow

Ask the MB: Johnny Depp's Sunglasses in <em>Blow</em>
Q: Can you identify these sunglasses worn by Johnny Depp in the movie Blow? I've not been able to find any leads. Thanks.
--Rick


A: There were a handful of companies that marketed this aluminum frame in the '70s. The ones Depp is wearing are called the "Fast Back." They were pre-fabricated sunglasses with not very good lenses. As you can kind-of see (bottom pic), there are no openings in the frames to install a lens (typically metal frames open somewhere and are reattached with a screw). Replacing these lenses require what's called "cold popping," i.e., it's forced in. It may be OK for a sunglass non-corrective lens but may be tricky to "cold pop" certain Rx lenses.

If you'd like to buy a pair, our friends at allyn scura are ready to take your order.

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