Designers Turn Their Eyes Toward Lennon

February 21, 1991|By Mary Gottschalk | Mary Gottschalk,Knight-Ridder News Service

Imagine all the people . . . wearing John Lennon's eyeglasses.

Although people have emulated the late singer's style for close to three decades by wearing round, wire-rimmed glasses, until this month none of those frames had the cachet of his signature on the inside of the right temple.

Now New Jersey-based Eagle Eyewear is launching the first four models in the John Lennon collection of eye- and sunglasses for men, women and teen-agers. Priced at $70 to $80 in metal or plastic and expected in local stores by the end of this month or early March, the styles are named after popular Lennon songs or albums -- "Revolution," "Imagine," "The Walrus" and "Double Fantasy."

Each style is a replica of frames worn by Lennon -- one of the requirements stipulated by his widow, Yoko Ono, in granting licensing rights. Yoko Ono's other conditions were that the frames be affordable and that all licensing profits go to the Lennon estate-sponsored Spirit Foundation to be used to create an international John Lennon Scholarship Fund for music students.

The John Lennon collection of glasses will be available at national chain stores such as Sears, JC Penney, Montgomery Ward, Pearle Vision and Lens Crafters as well as through independent optical retailers.

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