American Legend

John F. Kennedy made Saratoga sunglasses world-famous when he was photographed on the foredeck of his sailing yacht Manitou. A recent reissue means we can all indulge in a litte presidential panache.
Words // Bill Lindsey | January 31, 2024 | Lifestyle

President John F. Kennedy defined a style that has inspired generations. His gentlemanly elan is never more exemplified than in the striking Saratoga Sunglasses he wore just about everywhere. Made in the USA by the same firm that created the Original Pilot Sunglasses for the U.S. Military, the new Saratoga combines savior faire with the finest global components. American Optical craftsmen started by digging out the original blueprints from the archives to restore this classic style to its original glory. The spearhead décor, the sculpted temples and universally flattering browline — all just as they were when JFK sported his Saratogas. “As long as the sun shines, this style has a place,” said a mid-century AO Eyewear catalog, and that is true decades later. The lightweight acetate frames are available in black, tortoise and several other colors, with choice of glass lenses, all ensuring 100% UVA/UVB protection;