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Rare pair of 1980s hand made sunglasses (NO prescription) by Prince Michel de Bourbon (fancy, right?). The style is an oversized updated cat eye style with blue snakeskin trim. The lenses are large and lovely and the slanted front gives them a sporty chic that will work with a range of noses and faces. These came from an optometrist's dead stock vintage collection of samples that were sold at an estate sale of his office. They had been stored in trays for 30 years and were probably only tried on in the office by potential customers. The lenses are rose colored. They are marked "hand made France" on the inside arm. They are also marked Prince Michel de Bourbon and 12300 PBL. A gold crest (the Boroubon-Parme crest?) is on the temples. It's a very high quality construction and were probably top of the market expensive when new.

The Bourbon-Parme family are European royals and this collection was I'm sure part of some licensing deal in the go-go 80s to put his name on sunglasses and luxury goods. High end merch, for sure, but the brand fell into obscurity--until now! The lenses are very light amber, gradient darker at the top and lighter at the bottom, and the frames are hand crafted molded acetate. Very high quality. The brow ridge is covered in real snakeskin. There are a couple of Prince Michel shades listed on Ebay that you can see to catch some of the other snakeskin styles he designed. This pair is in almost perfect condition with only a few very light surface marks on the lenses that are not too distracting when you see through them. They might be able to be buffed out, but they are really not that apparent. I wish they were mint condition but they have just this one minor flaw. I do not have a case for these but will pack carefully for shipping.

6" across front
5-1/4" arm length
4" from front of frame to bend in arm for ear
2-1/8" high lens measured at center of each lens

condition: one tiny mark on the left lens far left out of range of the center of the eye. It is not distracting. Apart from that the lenses are free of blemishes. The blue snakeskin trim on the sides is very slightly worn on the right arm at the ear bend on the top. These are very non-noticeable flaws. The frame is solid and strong and they look to have never been worn. I actually think they are never used vintage that kicked around in a vanity drawer for years and thats how the lens marks got there.

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About me: I am a NY based photo prop stylist for magazines like Real Simple, Instyle, Seventeen, and a few others, plus I’m a well versed shopping powerhouse for props for my photo shoots (some, you will find, oftentimes end up here on Etsy). I really enjoy finding cool stuff, and the result is what I consider a finely curated collection of vintage clothing, fashion and home accessories, and mid century odds and ends---with fair and affordable pricing. I like good stuff.

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I dutifully detail all measurements, blemishes, and details I feel are necessary in the listing, and welcome additional info about a designer or item from shoppers. In my travels I come across amazing vintage clothing in the spirit of Betty Draper and Joan Holloway from Mad Men--great silhouettes and styles that are hand made, dressmaker patterned, or tailor made by home makers in the 50s and 60s. When I come across major designer labels like Chanel or Dior I scoop them up, and again with damaged clothing of a certain quality I know there is someone out there with a mending kit and some moxie that wants them. That said, most of what I like to sell is in clean and ready to go condition.

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1980s Sunglasses Cat Eye - Prince Michel de Bourbon Brand - Blue Snake Skin Trim - 1980s Fashion Eyewear


  • Vintage item from the 1980s
  • Materials: snakeskin trim, lens, acetate frame, metal hinge
  • Feedback: 865 reviews
  • Ships from United States to select countries.