It’s rare these days to find a designer that is not only pouring their entire being into their collection but actually creating quality pieces. Jason Pollak is one of those designers. His voice gets pitchy when he starts talking about his 45 degree arm joints, historically accurate flat lenses, and custom lens colors (like beer bottle green and polarized beer bottle brown). In a previous life, Pollak was a men's vintage clothing and accessories dealer with a particular fascination for iconic eye-wear. Today, he is holed up on the east coast painstakingly designing luxury eye-wear under the masthead Deja Vu Refinery.
DEBONAIR BRAD tortoise shell frame w/Beer Bottle Green lenses* ($333)
Image via Eric Ryan Anderson
Deja Vu Refinery’s DEBONAIR frames, vaguely reminiscent of vintage Tart Optical Arnels, are handmade by master craftsmen and boast 7 barrel hinges (not just five), functional rivets, and rounded arm ends (an improvement on the Arnel). But one need not be an eye-wear connoisseur to appreciate the meticulous attention to detail. The flat face and lenses are an instantly recognizable distinction between modern interpretations of vintage eye-wear and period accurate vintage reproductions. It’s readily apparent Deja Vu Refinery has crafted something special (each frame is assigned a unique serial number). The spectacles are presented in a time capsule case wrapped up in brown butcher paper boasting quirky skeleton art and a glow-in-the-dark wax seal. Deja Vu Refinery offers 10 custom colored high quality zylonite frames in the DEBONAIR silhouette. Though the go-to-hell TOSH frames (my favorite) in translucent lime green aren’t for everyone, the traditional tortoise shells are as classic as the iconic frames that came before.
*courtesy of Deja vu Refinery