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April 29, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
It's been a long time since wearing sunglasses was just about shading the eyes from the glare of the sun. Just as often, that pair of Wayfarers, cat-eyes or aviators is used to create an air of inaccessibility and mystery. That's especially true among the celebrity set seeking a disguise and rock musicians trying to cultivate an anti-establishment vibe behind impenetrably inky or mirrored lenses. But, thanks to the latest celebri-trend - custom-made, lightly tinted lenses in light neutrals or pale pops of color - sunglasses are no longer an accessory that looks cool at the beach or behind the wheel but affected indoors and elsewhere.
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December 11, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
For the oenophile who snatches up everything made from reclaimed barrels - light fixtures, chandeliers, tables, outdoor lounge chairs, platters, candelabras, key chains, rocking horses, lazy susans, bottle holders, bread boards, coat hooks  - here's something he or she probably doesn't have yet. Sunglasses made from reclaimed oak wine barrels. And not just any wine barrels, but those once used for Robert Mondavi Private Selection wines. Talk about provenance. Actually, the barrels under discussion were used to age the Coastal Crush Red blend.
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June 20, 2010 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
In Southern California, it's not uncommon to pop open a glove box and unleash an avalanche of sunglasses. Many of us amass multiple pairs, or we have friends who stash what seems like dozens of styles in their cars, bags, closets and coat pockets. Some are boardwalk specials; others are top of the line frames that are stowed in plush cases. After all, we live in a place where the average number of sunny or partially sunny days hovers somewhere around 325 a year. Besides the obvious protection factor, sunglasses are a simple way to further accessorize and, sometimes, even serve as a mini-makeover.
NEWS
December 7, 2013 | By Susan Denley
On a visit earlier this year to California's Central Coast wine country, I fell in love not just with some excellent pinots, but also with a set of lawn furniture handmade from the staves of old wine barrels. And, yes, I did buy a couple of chairs and a table for a not-particularly-reasonable price, with no regrets. The chairs are oversized and comfy with staves that extend from the sides of the seat to hold a wineglass stem wedged between. Better yet every time I sit on my suburbs-of-L.A.
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November 24, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt, This post has been corrected. Please see details below.
Look-at-me designer sunglasses have long been de rigueur in Hollywood, where the sun and the flash of paparazzi cameras shine bright. The latest "it" sunglasses, launching for winter, up the fashion ante even more with super-luxurious details and limited-edition runs. Karl Lagerfeld introduces the Chanel Eyewear Prestige Collection this month, with 18-karat yellow or white gold lenses as its signature. And only 30 people in the world will have the privilege of purchasing a $23,000 version of Cartier's iconic aviator sunglasses crafted of solid 18-karat gold with leather trim.
NEWS
December 11, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
For the oenophile who snatches up everything made from reclaimed barrels - light fixtures, chandeliers, tables, outdoor lounge chairs, platters, candelabras, key chains, rocking horses, lazy susans, bottle holders, bread boards, coat hooks  - here's something he or she probably doesn't have yet. Sunglasses made from reclaimed oak wine barrels. And not just any wine barrels, but those once used for Robert Mondavi Private Selection wines. Talk about provenance. Actually, the barrels under discussion were used to age the Coastal Crush Red blend.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Cellphone maker Motorola Inc. and Oakley Inc. plan to make sunglasses that communicate remotely with electronic devices. Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola will install Bluetooth technology, which allows machines to speak to one another without a wire, in Oakley-designed sunglasses, the two companies said. Details of the first models from the joint venture are expected by the middle of this year, the companies said.
NEWS
April 16, 1993 | JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With these sunny days of spring, you may be thinking about playing it cool with a new pair of shades. * Go shopping for sunglasses and you're likely to see a variety of styles. "The retro look is especially popular, as are the classic round and oval styles," says Michele Yanchar, district manager of Pacific Eyes and T's shops located throughout Orange County.
MAGAZINE
September 3, 2000 | DARCY RICE
From their earliest incarnations, sunglasses have been multifunction fashion accessories. Chinese judges in the 13th century even wore smoke-darkened quartz lenses to hide their eyes, lest their reactions give away what they thought of a witness' testimony. Mostly, though, dark glasses are meant to protect the eyes from the sun's harsh rays. Eye-care experts such as Dr. Charles Manger recommend wearing sunglasses whenever you're outdoors, even on cloudy days.
NEWS
June 20, 1986 | PADDY CALISTRO
Eye-care specialists are cautioning consumers to look beyond this year's cache of handsome frames and trendy designer labels when buying sunglasses. There's nothing wrong with handsome and trendy, if the glasses also protect the eyes from ultraviolet (UV) radiation. A number of doctors are warning consumers that sunglasses, no matter how dark, may not be fully protecting their eyes. Dr. Richard W.
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November 24, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt, This post has been corrected. Please see details below.
Look-at-me designer sunglasses have long been de rigueur in Hollywood, where the sun and the flash of paparazzi cameras shine bright. The latest "it" sunglasses, launching for winter, up the fashion ante even more with super-luxurious details and limited-edition runs. Karl Lagerfeld introduces the Chanel Eyewear Prestige Collection this month, with 18-karat yellow or white gold lenses as its signature. And only 30 people in the world will have the privilege of purchasing a $23,000 version of Cartier's iconic aviator sunglasses crafted of solid 18-karat gold with leather trim.
SPORTS
August 7, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Do they come with bumper guards or anything? Yasiel Puig, a major leaguer all of two months now, has landed an endorsement deal, and it's just too cool. The contract is with the Italian high-tech sunglasses maker Rudy Project. The high-energy Puig, 22, is wearing the wraparound-style performance sunglasses on the field - but wait, there's more! In addition to the Magster ($234.99) sunglasses Puig wears while playing, Rudy Project also boasts you can purchase the aviation-style sunglasses Puig “can be seen relaxing in,” the Skymajor ($259.99)
NEWS
April 23, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Singer and actress Katy Perry is known more for her chart-topping hits than her sartorial ones, but she deserves kudos for her sense of style over the last couple of weeks. At the 2013 ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo in Hollywood, Perry donned a Suno Spring 2013 dress with a cellphone print and metallic sandals. At the Lacoste Coachella party she chose a print Dolce & Gabbana skirt. And she wore a striped dress by the Italian fashion house to a press conference for her new film "The Smurfs 2" in Mexico.  At the fifth annual Summer of Sony in Cancun, Perry attended a photo call for the film wearing a Monique Lhuillier spring 2013 lace dress that she cinched at the waist with a black belt.
HEALTH
April 13, 2013 | Roy M. Wallack, Wallack is coauthor of "Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100."
I should be dead, twice. The fact that I'm not -- or even brain-damaged (I think) -- is due to the helmets I wore while being hit by a car and slamming head-first into a mountain trail. By design, their foam shells cracked instead of my skull, leaving me with scrapes, a concussion and the ability to ride another day. Cycling's speed and freedom make it inherently risky. Dangers lurk everywhere: distracted drivers; trees, rocks and potholes; 50 mph downhills. Bike fatalities are overwhelmingly due to head injuries.
HEALTH
December 15, 2012 | By Roy M. Wallack
What's more fun: getting hold of some of the coolest new athletic technology, or giving it as a gift? You could end up buying two of each of these noteworthy innovations. Smartphone golf coach SwingTip: A 2-ounce, 3-D Bluetooth motion sensor that attaches to any golf club and instantly shows you a video animation and metric analysis of your actual golf swing, so you can identify problem areas and make adjustments. Images are stored for later viewing. Likes: It works, showing you what your swing looks like and providing valuable analysis, including your swing speed, whether the swing was inside-out or outside-in or whether the club face was open or closed.
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July 22, 2012 | By Alisha Gomez
Thirty-four-year-old Van de la Plante looks every bit the gentleman. Sporting a beige linen resort suit, a green Cuban guayabera cigar shirt and Cole Haan huarache sandals, De la Plante fits in well as owner of Gentlemen's Breakfast, a new boutique in Laguna Beach that sells antique eyeglasses, sunglasses and accessories. The small shop, splattered in bitter chocolate and beige tones, is decorated with manly finds and furnishings. Antique crystal decanters sit on an old desk, filled with Scotch and ready for the pour.
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June 20, 2010 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The next time you peruse the rotating sunglass display at a department store, don't be surprised to find several new names peppering the space traditionally reserved for brands such as Anne Klein, Donna Karan or Liz Claiborne. Relatively new companies (and designers) such as Alexander Wang, Tory Burch, Jason Wu and The Row have all launched eyewear this year, adding accessories that are a direct extension of their ready to wear lines and creating more opportunities to merchandise their collections.
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June 11, 2011 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Hand-painted, colorful striped sunglasses. That's the second chapter of Toms Shoes' one-for-one business, revealed last week after months of mystery. "With every pair purchased, Toms will give someone sight," Toms founder Blake Mycoskie said. Meaning that for every pair of sunglasses purchased, sight-saving medical treatment, prescription glasses or surgery will be donated to a person in need, a model that goes well beyond Toms' original archetype of donating one pair of shoes for every pair purchased.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
OK, so you, me and most of the rest of America didn't win the raffle to meet with President Obama at George Clooney's house Thursday night. Don't despair. Through the magic of the Internet, some thoughtful analysis and some outright guesswork, I can take you there , for free. First, Clooney's house . It's in Studio City. It's about 7,300 square feet. It looks, well, like a lot of houses in Southern California -- that is, sort of like an English cottage, with wood planks stuck into stucco.
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April 29, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
It's been a long time since wearing sunglasses was just about shading the eyes from the glare of the sun. Just as often, that pair of Wayfarers, cat-eyes or aviators is used to create an air of inaccessibility and mystery. That's especially true among the celebrity set seeking a disguise and rock musicians trying to cultivate an anti-establishment vibe behind impenetrably inky or mirrored lenses. But, thanks to the latest celebri-trend - custom-made, lightly tinted lenses in light neutrals or pale pops of color - sunglasses are no longer an accessory that looks cool at the beach or behind the wheel but affected indoors and elsewhere.
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