• The Wayfarer

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    You should take your shades off when speaking to someone who’s not wearing any. It’s a trust issue.

    But when speaking to everyone else who is, few can do wrong behind the classic Ray-Ban Wayfarer ($130). In 1983’s Risky Business, Tom Cruise was a teenage dork before he discovered the power of these shades. That marked the beginning of a Wayfarers phenomenon; 360,000 pairs were sold that year. They embodied the swaggering, top-down prosperity of the decade. Film and rock stars from Bob Dylan to Roy Orbison, Jack Nicholson and Elvis Costello embraced the Wayfarer as a signature accessory. Since then, Ray-Ban’s classic specs fell victim to pop culture’s innate fair-weather friendship, yet, Preps have kept them attached to their Croakies.

    Today, Ray-Ban offers a variety of Wayfarer styles. The most unique being the Folding Wayfarer. It’s the perfect combination of Original Wayfarers and ultra-compact storage–the best part being the laser cut makes it almost impossible to see that the frame is cut by the nose-bridge and the temples.

    Sep 16, 2009 | Permalink (3) Total Comments

    Anna left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 12:12 PM:

    I inherited a pair of Wayfarers from my grandfather and I’m trying to figure out a way to date them- any suggestions for a good website on the topic?

    Sabir M. Peele left a comment on 2/10/2011 at 1:13 AM:

    I have these shades and broke one of the fold arms. So damn sad.

    Speedmaster left a comment on 9/16/2009 at 5:59 PM: