Mosley Tribes, Summer/Fall 2009

flynn_lifeKyle Demers of DQM rocks his own Bean Boots. The frames are Flynns by Mosley Tribes.

Saturday, I had the great pleasure of hanging out with Patrick Torres-Wright, brilliant art director for youth-inspired eyewear brand Mosley Tribes. At a show for parent company Oliver Peoples, he walked me through Mosley’s offerings. A true gentleman, kind and courteous, he took a lot of time and care in showing me what’s coming for Summer/Fall 2009, and I can’t thank him enough.


The Bromleys feature lightweight metal encased in thin polished plastic on either side of the lenses. They have a modified aviator shape which sports a double-bridge brow bar. The understated MT logo is laminated in complimenting silver or gold at the temple tip. Of all the color options available, I like the oak gold/brown combination. They reminded me of the marbled, knobby wood interior of an old Range Rover.


The name “Mosley” coined by Oliver Peoples’ founder and Creative Director Larry Leight alongside his son, Garrett, is meant to elicit a feeling of euphoria that only Venice Beach can provide. And “Tribe,” well, the “Mosley Tribe” is a band of brothers, of like-minded individuals who adhere to a certain skate-rat mentality, brother for brother, in creative ventures big and small. The hope is to keep Mosley Tribes a brand run by creative individuals who are as close to the consumer as possible.


As Kyle demonstrates, the sleek unisex design of the Flynn, hand-crafted of polished acetate, is a classic shape. This frame features tapered temples and an eye frame so thin it almost appears non-existent. If I were to buy these, I’d stick with the classic matte black metal on black acetate temples with some grey lenses polarized by Barberini of Italy for superior UV protection.


This­ double-bridge aviator looks good on everyone. Mosley’s aviators always kill it, and the Raynes are no exception.  These high-quality, lightweight metal frames with their handsome teardrop shape boast a pair of miraculous Air Tech nose pads which automatically adjust their volume of air for a snug fit. I had to try it to truly appreciate how cool this technology is. The temple tips are silicone. I’m partial to the forrest-colored frames with the peridot photochromic lenses (this means they darken on exposure to UV rays), but it’s definitely worth it to check out every option MT offers.

For more of Paul Sun’s photography, see the Mosley Tribes look book which features Central Park’s literary walk or check out his site, The Social Trust.


Special thanks, again, to Patrick and everyone at Mosley Tribes for your wonderful hospitality Saturday.