One of John Lennon‘s favorite eyewear makers, Hakusan, has decided to release a silhouette it’s been keeping under wraps for the last 40 years. The MAYFAIR, with its sleek frames and round lenses, was a silhouette Lennon wore regularly towards the final parts of his life, meeting with the owner to handpick his favorite colorways with Yoko Ono. Shortly after Lennon was killed, however, Hakusan halted production as a sign of respect.
Fast-forward to today, Hakusan is finally bringing back the MAYFAIR. This decision was prompted as a measure to counteract the overwhelming number of replicas that have since flooded the market. Hakusan has been scouring through its archives over the last two years to resurrect the original ’80s model, refining its designs in what the label has been calling the “MAYFAIR reproduction project.” Unveiled are three colorways: “Ranko,” yellow; “Havana,” brown; and “Transparent,” clear. Each piece features skinny acrylic frames with branding inscribed in kanji on the temples.
Hakusan’s upcoming MAYFAIRs will be available in early January at Hakusan stores and select retailers for ¥46,200 JPY (approximately $445 USD) each.
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