I am not sure if we are in the midst of a Beatle’s renaissance or not, but over the past couple of months we have been getting a ton of requests for Lennon style sunglasses – also known as Lennon specs or Teashade specs. Lennon specs are simply the plain, perfectly round sunglasses that John Lennon wore while with the Beatles. As such, they represent an iconic symbol of the 1960s.
Here at Matrix Eyewear we sell our own version of quality Lennon specs (Seraph Sunglasses), and they have been selling like wildfire recently. Other major brands, like Ray Ban, Chanel, Persol, Ralph Lauren and Proenza Schouler, have also recently launched their own versions of Lennon specs. So I decided to poke around the Internet for awhile to try and figure out why Lennon specs have enjoyed a spike in demand in recent months.
The main driver of this trend, it would seem, is the fact that the style has seen resurgence amongst celebrities. Celebs such as Lady Gaga, Ozzy, Mary Kate Olsen, Liam Gallagher, Victoria Beckham, Helena Bonham Carter, supermodel Agyness Deyn, Roger Daultry, and Mic Jagger wear this style of sunglasses on a regular basis. The style has also been seen in various movies such as Harry Potter, The Last Emperor, Natural Born Killers, The Professional, and of course the last two Matrix movies.
So my conclusion is that the style has now been accepted by mainstream society thanks to the ever-present celebrity influence on pop culture. In prior years, the style was only commonly seen only in fringe segments of society: beatniks, hippies, eccentric artists, and similar nontraditional types. But now, the style is accepted and desired by a much broader group of people. That said, whether this will be a long term trend or a flash-in-the-pan fad remains to be seen.