Here’s your chance to dig into a summer essential from a local, independent source: starting today and running through July 14, Lower Haight pop-up shop Guns and Shades will be offering the launch collection of vintage-inspired eyewear from San Francisco brand Mayfourteenth, as well as a serious assortment of rare deadstock vintage frames from Gucci, Givenchy, Cazal and others.
Mayfourteenth comes from local photographer and designer Benjamin Belsky, who’s done time working with both Upper Playground and Goorin Brothers and has spent the last five years collecting vintage eyewear and schooling himself on the intricacies of acetate. The result is a six-style collection ($180-$240) for men and women that pairs old school sensibilities with contemporary panache, UV-protected lenses and layered frame colors that are anything but ordinary.
Along with Mayfourteenth shades, the pop-up shop promises Belsky’s handpicked selection of vintage sunglasses, priced from $100 to $1,200 for a rare pair of Cazal frames, and gold-hued weapon art by San Francisco’s Peter Gronquist.
“We’ve got a jackalope with uzis coming out of his antlers,” Belsky tells us.
Just try to resist that.
Party in person with the Mayfourteenth crew tonight during the opening shindig from 7-9 p.m., 252 Fillmore St., SF. Guns and Shades is open daily from 12-8 p.m. through July 14.
Photography by Pablo Franco for Mayfourteenth
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