by Ariston Anderson
Until Barnstormer Chris Mendoza teamed up with Ray-Ban to custom paint 100 pairs of Wayfarers in his inimitable style, nothing would've torn me away from my trusty black ones.
Chris's personal history with the brand dates back to his childhood when he'd see them on his father, who played for the Nicaragua national football team. The senior Mendoza, a close friend of Pele, defined hip for the young artist with his Wayfarers. And nothing much has changed.
The $250 version that Chris came up with pays tribute to 1980s graffiti, is available in red, black and white and will come in a signed and numbered case.
Chris will be at the Sunglass Hut SoHo this Friday, 28 November 2008, hand painting glasses from 1-5pm. And if that's not enough to make you pick up these one-of-a-kind frames, 25% of the proceeds will go to Give the Gift of Sight, a charity that brings glasses to the world's poor.
The glasses will be available online at Sunglass Hut starting Wednesday, 3 December 2008.