All our sunglasses have always featured the same frame, and this flat top frame is different only for its straight (and flat) top edge. It's literally identical to our existing singular frame in every other way.
We remain committed to the concept of a universal frame, and this new flat top has the same dimensions and characteristics that have come to define Westward Leaning sunglasses: the length of the stems and size of the lenses are the same, and it features the keyhole nosepiece and unique material inlays on the sides that have become hallmarks of our glasses.
All that's changed is the top edge of the front of the glasses: where our normal frames slope slightly downward as they reach the center of the frame, this flat top frame is, well, flat (and straight) on top.
This model celebrates Futurism-- the early 20th century Italian art movement that glorified speed, technology and modernity-- with pieces of bronze, the same material used to cast the genre-defining sculpture "Unique Forms of Continuity in Space" by Umberto Boccioni.
Although the movement's founding manifesto was written by Marinetti in 1909, it was Boccioni's 1913 bronze sculpture-- which depicts a person being deformed by speed-- that survived as the most celebrated piece of Futurist art. So iconic is Boccioni's work, it is featured on the obverse of the Italian-issue 20 cent euro coin.
While the bronze in these sunglasses is a direct tribute to Boccioni's masterpiece, the shape and design of this new flat top frame was also inspired by Futurism. The Futurists rejected traditional art forms, celebrating instead the energy and dynamism of modern technology. They idolized symbols of the future like the car and plane and industrial city. The Futurists experimented in diverse mediums that included fashion, and we designed these sunglasses-- with their modern, sharp lines and flat top profile-- to be worn by them.
The Futurists were obsessed with newness to the point that they rejected the concept of a museum as a vehicle for preserving the past. Ironically, casts of Unique Forms of Continuity in Space are today in the permanent collections of the world's leading art museums (including the Met and Moma in NY and Tate Modern in London). And while we love art museums ourselves, we felt that to truly honor the Futurists, proceeds from the sale of this model should exclusively support contemporary and current artistic endeavors.
So in keeping with Futurist ideology, proceeds from the sale of this model go to organizations that support living artists and new, temporary installations. For more information on the specific charities associated with each model, please see our Concept page.