In which Scojo New York explicates the key eyewear features that typify the literary look.
Whether you scribble in a diary daily, steep yourself in leather-bound books, or just take pride in being a highbrow bookworm, chances are you channel your literary sensibility in one form or another. One such way—which is slightly less demanding than writing the next great American novel—is astonishingly simple: adopt the literary style.
There are a whole host of ways to do it, of course—some of them are slightly more predictable than others. (We’re staring at you, corduroy sport jacket!) However, before you sprint out to the local tailor in search of a new tweed blazer on which you intend to sew a pair of professorial elbow patches, consider embracing the literary look with premium reading glasses.
Think about it: you can wear them all year round, they transform an entire outfit with ease, and—perhaps most importantly—they are reasonably priced.
The staples of the style, famously associated with men and women of letters throughout history, have remained the same for decades—in some cases, centuries. Here, we highlight two of the eyewear mainstays consistently invoked by the literati to help look the part.
Few shapes in the eyewear strongbox are as versatile—yet reliably smart and apt—as the P3. Distinguished by its round silhouette and keyhole bridge, this design has been the preferred shape of writers, poets, and thinkers for centuries. Indeed, it has become a club member’s badge, a visible mark of intellect, tacitly understood by all knowledge keepers and truth seekers—irrespective of their field. The Fulton Street, from the Tribeca Collection of Scojo New York, carries on this tradition. It is, above all, unmistakably bookish.
Crystal acetate—also referred to as Antique Crystal and Champagne—emerged mid-century as a favorite among literati in the U.S. and throughout Europe. Shown here as the frame style donned by Mr. Karl Shapiro, a former U.S. Poet Laureate, transparent frames instantly provide an air of distinction and a signify a keen observing eye. No wonder its popularity, since it was first introduced decades ago, hasn’t waned; in recent years, it has become ubiquitous, preferred by professors and writers alike. The Chambers Street, by Scojo New York, is the latest iteration—with all the modern upgrades—of this iconic style
Karl Shapiro, Poet