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Shopping: Gimme Albert Maysles’ eyeglasses!

October 29, 2009 |  6:00 am

ALBERT MAYSLES2_5X7_1Albert Maysles, along with his late brother David, directed documentaries such as “Gimme Shelter” and “Grey Gardens” that captured the 1970s-era zeitgeist and set the bar for documentary filmmaking.

“Grey Gardens,” which revealed the squalid surroundings of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis'  cousin Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale, set fashion trends in recent years. The film unsparingly depicts former socialite Beale’s ingenuity as she crafts outfits and her trademark turbans out of old swimsuits, flags, aprons and tablecloths. Maysles appears in the film with his signature eyeglasses interviewing Little Edie.

Barton Perreira, based in Irvine, teamed with Barneys New York to honor the legendary documentarian with an Albert Maysles frame sold exclusively through the department store.

Maysles, egged on by Judy Collinson, Barneys' general merchandise manager, mailed in his own eyeglass frames that he’s worn since the 1960s to Patty Perreira, Barton Perreira’s designer. She reproduced the spectacles in new lighter materials and colors, including black, cloud and white.

The limited-quantity Albert Maysles frame sells for $350 and a percent of sales benefits the Maysles Institute, which operates a documentary film theater in Manhattan and a summer youth film program.

9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 276-4400. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

-- Max Padilla

Photo credit: Barton Perreira

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