Jean Paul Gaultier is in its renaissance period, experiencing a revival thanks to the brand’s guest designers such as Olivier Rousteing, Glenn Martens and Chitose Abe, and aside from this, the house is continuing to reference its archive for today’s Y2K-obsessed TikTok’ing generation. Now, it unveils a new campaign fronted by the La Liga club Real Madrid and the France national team striker Karim “KB9” Benzema, who has worked with JPG on a new pair of signature sunglasses.
Available in three colorways: “Gold/Green,” “Black/Black” and “Silver/Purple,” the pair of sunnies draws on past JPG house cues from the ’90s. Specifically, Benzema references and, in turn, has produced a re-edition of the iconic 1990s 56-6106 frame, which found fame thanks to 2Pac.
Limited to just 500 units per colorway, the sunglasses combine iconic motifs such as the Gaultier branding on the bridge and the arms that transform from three prongs into a coil, before elongating into acetate tortoiseshell components. Elsewhere, the footballer’s “KB9” motif has been engraved into the temples alongside a unique serial number, further denoting the sunglasses’ rarity.
Naturally, anti-glare, category 3 UVA and UVB filters have been applied to make these sunglasses fit for health regulations, while Mazzucchelli acetate temple tips round things off in comfort and style.
Karim Benzema‘s Jean Paul Gaultier 56-6106 sunglasses can be seen above and bought from the JPG website and in-store and online at Dover Street Market London now. They retail for €390 EUR and stocks are running low.