CHANEL model 5009 was made in the early 00s. It represents the transition from the exclusive CHANEL boutique sunglasses to the authorized dealer sale installed by LUXOTTICA.
In fact, from the early 00s, CHANEL had moved on to sell sunglasses to a broader consumer audience by giving out licenses to eyewear dealers acorss the globe. From that moment on, there would be a distinction between CHANEL boutique exclusive sunglasses and regular CHANEL retail sunglasses.
Model 5009 is a regular retail pair.
The beauty of these shades is in the seldome use of iridescent acetate. Depending on the light, these sunglasses change color from purple to aquamarine to blue. They are very thin but nevertheless very sturdy.
The frame is classic, mixed between round and rectangular cut, with the bridge slightly protruding to the front. The temples are thin, with a typical CHANEL matelassé design covering eighty percent. The twenty percent left is flat, with a silver metal double “C” logo integrated within the surface. The inner right temple bares the white CHANEL logo and copyright while the inner left side bares the model and color codes.
In the early 00s all CHANEL shades had the authenticity identification numbers lasered in the inner right temple. This would subsequently change. In fact, today’s CHANEL eyewear distinguishes between Ophtalmic glasses (with the authenticity identification number lasered onto the inner right temple) and sunglasses (with the authenticity identification number lasered directly into the lenses – mostly into the right upper side).
The use of iridescent acetate is very rare as there are very few examples of sunglasses made in this material.
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