Above photo credit: CarbonNYC
Is anything truly original anymore? That’s hard to tell. But you know what they say about monkeys and typewriters. Given enough time, just about anything will get recycled or paid tribute to. Every so often a “new” version of something already established hits the market, and often that new version is less expensive. Your job is to compare & vote on whether or not the new item is an acceptable tribute you’d maybe wear, or a total rip off you’d steer clear of.
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Left: The Original. Right: The awfully blatant $10 “tribute” version. Both sold by Nordstrom. The name of the product, the arrow hinges at the temple… what’s next, a $12 foldable version with blue lenses?