Posted by Audrey Lee on August 11, 2010
You know the old saying, clothes maketh the man. But here we say it is vintage eyewear that maketh the man. Meet Robert Roope, whose collection, Black Eyewear, takes you on a nostalgic hike way back in time, where the giants of all that’s jazz once walked.
Since its launch in 2006, Black Eyewear’s retro style has made its mark on magazines, films and even on the red carpet. The collection fondly references the rich past of jazz in the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s, while still retaining a philosophy of simplicity that’s thoroughly old school.
As his way of paying homage to the likes of jazz legends Thelonius Monk, Chet Baker and John Coltrane, Roope decided to name his classic selection of understated specs after them. Needless to say, he finds inspiration in the pictures of musicians wearing glasses that grace the covers of his impressive collection of more than 200 jazz albums. Already worn by hot shots such as Johnny Depp, Roope’s trend-setting collection has definitely stolen the limelight. People from all over the world have come to use his signatory work for inspiration, and though it annoys him, who can really blame them?