The philosopher George Santayana once opined that “family is one of nature’s masterpieces.”
This is something Saint Rita Parlor founder Neil Bardon knows and knows well. Rita, the eponymous saint in the company’s name, was his grandmother, and her influence is a thread woven throughout Saint Rita Parlor’s figurative fabric.
With her visage stamped across the company’s product line, she is both mentor and muse.
Saint Rita Parlor has been described, variously, as “L.A.’s hottest eyewear brand” and “timeless, cool.” Its offerings–American made and relentlessly classic–are nonetheless targeted to a contemporary demographic.
Bardon describes describes his design aesthetic thusly: “Ivy league meets the wild west with an emphasis on European tailoring and attention to design detail.” Quite an amalgam of diverse influences, but one that has resulted in a very nice product.
I first caught site of these sunglasses on the Manready Mercantile website. While I thought about pulling the trigger then, sunglasses are a curious beast, and what looks good on the computer screen can look awkward spread across the dimensions of the wrong face shape. Plus I can’t resist the opportunity to visit the fine folks at Manready.
The model I ended up purchasing is the 1072–an amber tortoise frame with a hunter green lens. The glasses call to mind Persol at its best, and they turned out to be both an ideal size and shape for my face.