Fashion Flash: Gatsby-Era Eyewear Emerges from the Archives

  • Lafont Leo tortoise
  • Lafont Gatsby silver
  • Lafont Leo red
  • Lafont Gatsby gold
  • Lafont Leo green
  • Lafont Gatsby metal tortoise

The Parisian eyewear company Lafont has unveiled two adaptations of one of its earliest styles—the Pantos—timed with the much-anticipated release of The Great Gatsby at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15.

The stainless-steel Gatsby ($345), which comes in three antique finishes, features the round frames that appear in the Lafont family’s archives as far back as 1923—the year the family opened its first shop in Madeleine. The Leo ($519), which comes in burgundy, navy, and tortoise acetate, more resembles the modernized Pantos silhouette (introduced in the 1950s), characterized by its high hinges. Despite the brand’s use of contemporary materials, each pair of glasses still is made entirely by hand in France and requires 8 to 16 weeks to complete. (800.832.8233,www.viziooptic.com)

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