Vintage Frames Company Community Project: Graham Funke
Name: Graham Funke of The Captains of Industry
Job: part-time writer, sometime actor, full-time disc jockey
Who Are You:
I spend most of my time in airports and hotels in order to play records for a few hours every night in various cities, in the US and abroad. Visit www.thecapts.com or www.skamartist.com to confirm this fact. In between those obligations, when there's time, I appear in some commercials and tackle interesting topics for some magazines. I devour literature, study filmé, indulge in boutique coffee roasts and good scotch, smoke mellow cavendish from fine old briars, and would like to live on a boat. Shout out to StoneRokk.
What is your most prized pair of Vintage Frames and why:
"Prized" is open for definition. "Prized" as in "These frames are so rare but I wouldn't rock them" or "prized" as in "These frames complete me"? The latter is more interesting to me. There are two frames that I love, that are hard finds, and that I think encompass my presentation; I really only wear one or the other, even with many shades to choose from daily. The first style I don't want to name because I've only seen three people with them and there's no need for anybody besides this select group to possess a pair. Those are produced by Neostyle. The second style I don't mind revealing because pop-culture-at-large has made the name Cazal viable again, and this particular frame -- the 905 -- is one of the harder models to locate, in my experience. Plus, not everybody can pull them off, so if you find a pair, you'd be better served to unload them on me.
What is your earliest memory of a pair of frames that stuck in your head until today:
I can't say it was a particular frame; it was a person. And that man is legendary movie producer and cocksman Robert Evans. During the era in which he oozed panache (he still does actually), he was never without a pair of appropriate sunglasses. And that certainly made an impression on me. I yearned then learned to recreate it as I came into my own. Oliver Peoples released an official Robert Evans frame a few years ago, but they don't have that same appeal.
If you could stumble upon 1 pair of Vintage Frames, what would it be:
It is possible to get your hands on a Cartier Santos frames, but I wouldn't complain if I stumbled upon the very pair that Max Zorin dons whilst wetting-up mine workers with his Uzi. I like to believe those were Christopher Walken's own pair, or if they weren't, that he pocketed them after filming "View To A Kill," but I'm sure they are buried in a costume warehouse, forgotten, just a stone's throw from United Artists.
About how many Vintage Frames do you have in your collection:
This would require a trip down memory lane, involving not just the time it takes to count, but the subsequent moments of awe and reminiscing and peacocking.
Why do you choose Vintage Frames instead of new eyewear:
Simply put, I have been collecting since before anybody had the bright idea to reintroduce fresh design into eye wear. There are a handful that do a decent job nowadays, but I am content with what I've got.