Vintage 1980s Jean Paul Gaultier 56-8171 Sunglasses – New Old Stock – Including Gaultier Case and Tag – Made in Japan
Made in Japan in the 1980s.
Including original Gaultier metal case and original Gaultier tag.
New old stock, frame in perfect condition. Original blue flat lenses show a few tiny surface scratches from storage. They do not affect vision and are not visible when worn, but have been reflected on the price.
As worn by A$AP Rocky in Goldie, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Bon Jovi and countless others over the last decades.
The extremely rare 56-8171 is probably the most iconic frame ever produced by Jean Paul Gaultier. It's been reissued by Jean Paul Gaultier and Supreme in 2019, but this is the original silver and blue model manufactured by Murai in the 1980s. With its oversized bolts, springs and screws, the 56-8171 is the archetype of Gaultier's 1990s industrial steampunk design. Truly a timeless work of art, incredibly easy on the face.
Jean Paul Gaultier was at the avant-garde of eyewear design in the 1980's. Although Japan was by far the most expensive place of production for eyewear frames at that time, Gaultier did not want to settle with anything less than the best craftsmanship for his sunglasses. Unlike most other designers, he did not license his brand to a big eyewear manufacturer but instead kept a minute supervision of the design and production of his sunglasses by Murai Japan.
Lenses: Flat dark blue with 100% UV400 protection.
Frame: Matte brushed silver.
Size Medium to Large.
Front width from temple to temple: 138mm / 5.43 inches
Temple length: 140mm
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