Jamal Johnson

We spotted Jamal Johnson at a party in Miami’s Design District during Art Basel 2013, and couldn’t help but notice his glasses. Jamal found these vintage “Annabella Offshore” frames on eBay and fell in love with their unique shape and details. The frames are made of wood, with screws made from real gold. The details extend to the rest of the frames too: notice the studded detailing of the contrast-colour nose bridge, and the beautiful wood grain that runs down the arms.

“Annabella Offshore” was a popular Italian brand in the 70s and 80s, known for their craftsmanship and timeworn design sensibilities. These glasses – which likely date back to the early 80s – reveal the fine art of hand-making frames in all its glory… How appropriate for Art Basel!