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It’s uncanny.

You just… you look so much like JFK.

It’s not really the jawline. No offense.

Or the eyes. Or the hair. Not really those things either.

Must be the glasses? The pair that he actually wore?

Oh. Makes sense then.

Claim your frames at RetroSpecs & Co., an LA-based eyewear retailer and restorer peddling truly historic vintage specs—now open in Hayes Valley.

Twenty years ago in a Fleetwood Jamboree. That’s when and how these people got their start, driving around sourcing stunning eyewear pieces from around the country. That’s one way to do a road trip.

The shop is simple. Some massive windows, some drawers, some mirrors… a “recycling wall” to remind you that some stuff here is resolutely not new.

There are two categories: the gold-filled frames from the early 1900s and the bold acetate-cellulose frames of the mid-century. Every piece has been restored. They’ve got brand-new ones, too, but come on.

Think: the first pair Yves Saint Laurent was ever photographed in. Those 1960s combination frames worn by Malcolm X. JFK’s favorite pair, which he’d wear sailing in Martha’s Vineyard.

So we weren’t kidding about the “truly historic” part up there.

Even though it probably seemed like it.

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