Reggae has inspired many things.
It gave The Clash their staccato swagger. It gave Clapton a sheriff to shoot. And it gave Snoop another reason to light a spliff.
Add to the list: sunnies.
Give a temple doff to the Rhyging by Barton Perreira, a face-flattering pair of shades inspired by Jimmy Cliff’s character in The Harder They Come (Ivan Martin, better known as — you guessed it — Rhyging).
Cliff’s reggae rebel actually wore a pair of aviators. Barton Perreira stuck to that basic shape for the Rhyging, but firmed the brow with matte acetate and used a lightweight zyl frame. They also added intricate detailing to the temples and angled the lens for a boxier silhouette.
These are the most versatile shades a man can buy. Meaning: they’re great for summer.
They work at a wedding.
They work by the pool.
They work playing bocce.
They work at work.
It’s always a bright sunshiny day in L.A. So ... they work every day.
Nota bene: You can see Jimmy Cliff this summer at the Hollywood Bowl, tickets on sale now.