Serge Gainsbourg's Pierre Marly Sport Sunglasses New Old Stock Made in France in the 1990s


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The rare Marly Sport frame worn by Serge Gainsbourg remains Pierre Marly's most iconic design. More than just a pair of glasses, the Marly Sport became part of Gainsbourg's identity, shielding him from the world and letting him dive deeper into creativity and excess. Pierre Marly was one of the first designers to consider eyewear not just as a medical tool but an important part of the outfit and the fashion character of an individual. Gainsbourg picked up his first pair of Marly Sport sunglasses at the designer's Paris boutique, still located in the same spot, on 50 Rue François 1er.

Here is an article by Josh Arnold about the Marly Sport in Eyesee Magazine:

«Gainsbourg’s dark glasses are a cult object still to this day. The design that he wore were from the Marly Sport line made by French optician Pierre Marly whose glasses were much admired by celebrities in the 1950s and 1960s.

Parisian society was often to be found in his boutique on rue François 1er and he designed original pairs for Audrey Hepburn (who wore his designs in the 1963 film Charade) and a pair of glasses shaped like television sets for Sophia Loren. His loyal clientele also included Romy Schneider, Lauren Bacall, Madonna, Marlene Dietrich, Michel Serrault, Michou, Lino Ventura, Michel Legrand, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, César, Jean Cocteau, Brigitte Bardot, Sophie Marceau, Johnny Hallyday, Elton John, André Courrèges, Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Jackie Kennedy, Aristote Onassis, Michel Polnareff (the famous rectangular white frames) and of course, Serge Gainsbourg.

Before he died in 2015, the optician helped transform glasses from a simple practical object to a fashion accessory, capable of adding something to an outfit. In 2016, two pairs of Marly glasses that Gainsbourg had worn were sold at auction by Drouot. One of them, a black acetate pair which the singer was often seen wearing in public, was sold for 2100 euros. The other, a brown tortoiseshell acetate pair, had been ordered by the singer but never collected. In 1978, Pierre’s son Gilbert Marly took charge of the company, helped by his own daughter Camille Marly. Vintage designs from the brand are also available on Ebay and Etsy, but be warned: some rare pairs can reach the heady heights of 1300 euros like those made famous by Audrey Hepburn.»

Made in France in the 1990s.

Size Large

Front width from temple to temple: 137mm / 5.4 inches

Temple lenght: 135mm

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