What's for sale?
This is a pair of new-old-stock, ladies' sunglasses by the late Italian designer Gianfranco Ferré. The design is a classic, narrow, cat's eye shape with brown lenses, gold-coloured frames and tortoise-pattern tips.
The model code is GFF 149/S, colour N14. They were also available with plain gold-coloured frames, but we think this combination is superior.
Their condition is categorised as new old stock and the branded hard case is included.
As a brand, Gianfranco Ferré is probably better known in America than in Britain. Ferré created his company in the late 1970s and managed it successfully until his death in 2007. On top of that, he achieved additional success for several years as Stylistic Director for Christian Dior in Paris. This is the opportunity to own a great-looking design that's no longer made.
Who made them and when?
They were made for Gianfranco Ferré by the Italian lens maker Safilo. The frames carry the codes:
- 135 GFF 149/3 N14
- 135 GIANFRANCO FERRE MADE IN ITALY
What condition are they in?
- New old stock (they're old but are unused and haven't been retailed)
- In excellent condition
What are the measurements?
- Each lens is a maximum 60mm wide and 32mm high
- The frames are a maximum 145mm wide and 35mm high
- The bridge is 13mm
- The temple arm length is 135mm
- They weigh 30 grams
How are glasses measured?
- Some frames have their sizes printed on the arms
- Look for a pair of numbers separated by a square and a three-digit number on its own (e.g. "5219 ... 140")
- The first two numbers are the lens and bridge widths. The three-digit number is the temple arm length
- Lens widths are from 40 to 62mm, bridges 14 to 22mm and arms 120 to 150mm
- The bridge is measured where the gap between the lenses is narrowest (not the frames)
- The arm is measured from the hinge along its full length, including around the bend
- It's easiest to compare online measurements with similarly-shaped glasses that you already have
- The key measurement is the frame width. Rest a ruler on the bridge of your nose, level with your eyes and measure the width between your temples in millimeters (we'll call this A). Take the frame width of the glasses and subtract 6mm (we'll call this B). If A and B are within 2mm of each other, the glasses are more likely to fit.
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