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July 2019Words by Mr Jim Merrett

“Never look back,” they say. But who are they and what do they know? “Don’t look back in anger,” Mr Noel Gallagher proffered, at least offering some specificity. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” noted Spanish-American thinker Mr George Santayana, who was probably well meaning and all, but sounds like the guy who always brings up “that thing” you did once, a long time ago, in an argument. And you don’t want to be that guy.

All we can say for sure is this: if you do decide to look back, in anger or otherwise, we suggest you do so with a pair of Kirk Originals sunglasses perched on your face. Why? Because you’re a handsome fellow and these are classic frames that hark back to when sunglasses were sunglasses. Drawing on the styles of the 1950s and 1960s, they capture the self-assured confidence of mid-century masculinity, or at least one that was portrayed by Hollywood. Which isn’t to say that the wokeness of the modern man should be dismissed, but take that emotional maturity, awareness of our privileged place in the world and our collective desire for improvement – in both ourselves and society in general – and pop on a pair of these sunglasses and, well, you’ve got the best of both worlds.

In taking the shades sported by Mr Cary Grant and Sir Michael Caine for inspiration and being given names such as Reed, Clark and Burton to reiterate the point, these specs provide a template for a better you. Bold and sure-sighted, each pair is handmade in England employing a process that takes three days to complete and, as well as protecting your peepers from harmful UV radiation, in turn make you look more complete. (They’d certainly look great on Mr Gallagher.)