Polaroid Celebrates Its 80th Birthday With A Limited-Edition Eyewear Drop

Age is just a number.

BY IAN LOH | Dec 4, 2017 | Accessories

The story goes something like this: Edwin Land, a Harvard dropout, invented an inexpensive polarised film and then had his invention of modern filters to polarise light patented and produced them for use in sunglasses. In 1937, Polaroid Corporation sold its first pair of sunglasses, and two years later, at the New York World’s Fair, it showcased the first 3D movie glasses that changed history forever. To celebrate the milestone, the limited-edition eyewear is a pilot shape inspired by the ’40s style made in polycarbonate with a curved temple. It retains the most typical stylistic elements—such as the curved temples, the lens shape and the slightly elongated design—but has been reinterpreted in terms of size, fit and colours. And it will last a very long time.