Protecting noses was very important for mountaineers and anyone around the water. Nobody wants a sunburnt nose or skin cancer. Has nose protecting sunglasses ever become a fashion statement?
The first advertising we could find was for nose protection. This advertorial in Popular Mechanics Magazine in 1932 said: ‘Equipped with a shield that completely covers the nose, they new sun glasses may not impress the beholder as an aid to beauty, but that is actually what they are for…..
It wasn’t until the 1960’s where Oliver Goldsmith’s idea of Mod Fashion created a fashion look.
Bolle, established in 1888 in France, didn’t begin marketing ski goggles until the 1960’s. The Ski Goggles sequed into Mod and Space Age Fashion.
Leave it to Alain Mikli revitalized the Nose Guard look in 1987. One look was the shield and other an architectural monument to great noses .
This Alain Mikli piece was one of his special editions and seen for $6089.00 USD.
Toning it down a new type of nose guard appeared in the 199o’s. A Tent-like like structure over the nose was created. Capitalizing on the straight top bar trend, they added a nose piece. We found this piece on General Eyewear’s website.
Funky eyewear company Casanova tent-nose.
Issey Mikaye with Irving Penn made the nose an artistic expression in 1995.
2009 saw Linda Farrow in collaboration with Wilhelm Bernard in a classic remake of Oliver Goldsmith.
2001 a shield look complete with a blended nose guard by Alexandra Herchcovitch
Japanese eyewear innovator Factory 900 created a small series of mini nose guards in a modified Gladiator look.
2014 Saw a resurgence of the mask or nose protector.
2015 Tom Reblr launched a rustic version of nose guard.
Leading edge eyewear company Gentle Monster launched a true gladiator look in 2015.
Is this a trend? Probably not, just an architectural detail that sets the eyewear apart. For those of us who need a little more protection we need Mountaineering sunglasses along with SPF50 and hats.