The iconic 163 tortoise is one of the frames that eternally embody early Hip Hop culture. Originally designed as a feminine version of the 623 (hence belonging to the 100 series instead of the 600), it was immediately adopted by men and women alike and remains one of the most iconic Cazal designs of all time.
The history of Cazal is closely connected to the history of early Hip Hop fashion. It all started in 1977. The Bronx was burning, and after the blackout, a new fashion phenomenon started to pop up at the block parties: Thick acetate frames, often worn with the demo lenses meant only for store display. They became one of the earliest hallmarks of a new style, a new culture and sense of self that was about to sweep the globe. The Cazal 623 was originally designed for old West German gentlemen of a certain age. Then came the kids from the Bronx. It was one of the first instances where Hip Hop culture took something that was never meant to be cool and made it immortal by putting it in a totally different context. Unlike many other companies that got associated with Hip Hop culture and tried to distance themselves, Cari Zalloni embraced this new audience for his designs. After the fashion icons of early Hip Hop culture embraced his creations, he started to take cues from Graffiti and Hip Hop fashion to create new designs. Nine years later, the Cazal 856, 857, 858 and 859 were released as an homage to the style and culture that breathed new life into Zalloni's designs. The history of Cazal and early Hip hop fashion went full circle. And until this day, even though a lot of the originators are gone, the beat goes on and on, until the break of dawn.
Made in West Germany in 1979.
Frame in perfect new old stock condition. Original demo lenses with engraved Cazal logo show a few surface scratches from storage. Can still be worn as is, or fitted with your choice of prescription or tinted lenses.
Size medium to large (59*12)
Front width from temple to temple: 144mm / 5.67 inches
Temple length: 130mm
Including original Cazal hard case.
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