Sunglassespreservation is very proud to add the most important pair of fashion sunglass eyewear for the spring summer 2013 season to our archives! The exclusive pair of CHANEL: “COCO CHANEL silhouette” shades, model number: 40987 A, color: S0133, was produced for CHANEL boutiques by LUXOTTICA, in Italy.
The typical CHANEL minimalist elegance is masterfully united to the, very easily interpreted as tacky, COCO CHANEL top frame silhouette. These shades remind us of CHANEL’s golden sunglass era from the early to the mid nineties. In those years almost each CHANEL pret-a-porter collection delivered incredibly beautiful experimental pieces which have become extremely sought after collector items today! One of these jewels is model 0027 from CAHNEL’s fall/winter 1992 collection, (also included in sunglassespreservation archives).
Model 40987 A is indeed a return to CHANEL’s golden era of experimentalism but with a sober twist. In fact, Lagerfeld allows himself very seldom to push the boundries of good taste. He used to do it a lot in the nineties, by adding dashes of pop color to CHANEL’s creations. So we have decided to rejoice in each bit of exuberant brilliance he throws our way (granted it has CHANEL’s logo on it!)!
Model 40987 A is made of a very thick black acetate. Both frames and temples are the same color. The frame, carrying COCO CHANEL’s silhouette on top, is made of one unique piece of acetate. The silhouette represents mademoiselle Chanel with her signature hat and four rows of pearls as well as a pearl earring. The silhouette could have easily been inspired by a photo of Coco Chanel from the sixties. The pearl adornments are made of white acetate bits within the bigger silhouette. Each one of the two temples carries a double “C” silver metal logo on it’s outer side .
The lenses are faded from dark grey to grey and carry CHANEL’s lasered logo on each one. The right lens also bares the authenticity identification number that can be used to prove where the shades were produced, when and in which CHANEL boutique they have been purchased.
We are not really sure why this model has the letter “A” placed after the five digit model number. CHANEL boutique exclusive models usually bare the “A” in front of the five digit model numbers and in some cases the “A” is not printed at all on the inner part of the tamples. In fact, some of the 40987 models do not bare the “A” at all in the temple print.
The right lense bares the authenticity identification number lasered in it.
Model 40987 A does not come with a hardcover clasp case to protect it. CHANEL and LUXOTTICA opted to save money by not producing a special extra size hard clasp case for these shades. Instead they made a thick pouch where the sunglasses can fit into. This pouch will not in any way protect the shades if one would for any reason decide to carry them in their bag or purse. A luxury product like this one needed to have its own custom made hard cover clasp case.
Model 40987 A S0133 is a CHANEL boutique exclusive!
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