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What A Spectacle

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Iconic figures of film have always inspired retro-themed collections. With eyewear becoming a key classification for retailers, it’s no wonder that Barneys New York decided to partner with LA-based Barton Perreira to recreate legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles’ trademark frames. Maysles, along with his late brother David, directed documentaries such as “Gimme Shelter,” “Salesman,” and “Grey Gardens” that captured the 1970s-era zeitgeist and set the bar for documentaries.

Maysles, egged on by Judy Collinson, Barneys’ general merchandise manager of womenswear, mailed in his own eyeglass frames that he’s worn since the 1960s to Barton Perreira’s designer. She reproduced the spectacles in new lighter materials and colors, including black, cloud and white. The limited-quantity frame sells for $350 and a percent of sales benefits the Maysles Institute, which operates a documentary film theater in Manhattan and a summer youth film program.

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