The iconic 623 is one of the frames that eternally embody early Hip Hop culture. This is a very early and insanely rare matt black 623 produced in the late 1970s while the patent was still pending. One of the most featured frames in Jamel Shabazz‘ book «Back in the Days», it was adopted by pop culture icons like DMC (Run DMC), Sammy Davis Jr., Rick Ross and countless others.
Elegant and masculine at the same time, the 623 is muscular and slender frame with a perfect geometry. Matt black acetate with rolled gold temple fronts. The signature 623 double temples have become one of the most recognizable and copied temple 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 sweap 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 the late 1970s.
Including original Cazal soft case.
New Old Stock. Frame and lenses in perfect condition. all inner temple markings intact.
The lenses are brand new polarized gray gradient with 100% UV protection. Although they seem to be purple gradient in the fotos, they are actually gray gradient with just a hint of purple.
Size Large (57*16)
Front width from temple to temple: 145mm / 5.7 inches
Temple length: 140mm
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