Oliver Goldsmith was a true artist and a magnificent observer, taking in all that he saw and letting it fuel his work. His designer sunglasses were inspired by the most beautiful things around him – especially beautiful faces and places. As for faces, we’ve all seen his frames adorned by and for Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and more, but he also created frames that were odes to his home of London.
Above, one of our customers wears Oliver Goldsmith Berwick sunglasses, which was designed in 1979 and named after a street in the capital city where his favorite pub, the Berwick arms, was located. Back in the ’80s when the brand was an official outfitter for the Royal Family, this particular pair was given to Prince Charles. His then wife, Princess Diana, decided to enjoy them herself and was famously seen wearing them on the cover of Tatler magazine in 1985, creating a surge in its popularity.
The color our friend is wearing is Electric Tortoise, which features a tortoise frame complemented by blue details throughout, most prominently on the stripes that detail the bridge and brow. Berwick is also available in black and white, crystal sapphire, black quartz, white quartz, and black raspberry. We love the distinctively retro design with its plastic aviator silhouette and keyhole bridge. The blue is complementary and looks fantastic when hit by the sun.
Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses have been worn by many icons over the years and each have an intriguing story behind their creation. Head over to VizioOptic.com to explore our selection of ICONS shades and pick up a pair of your own!