• Nov 14, 2009

Porsche Design P'8479 Yoko Ono sunglasses – Click above for high-res image gallery

While the Porsche 911 stands as one of the most ubiquitous and storied sports cars of all time, another Porsche design was made popular by one particular individual.

Throughout the Eighties, Yoko Ono wore the original Porsche Design shades so often they became known as the Yoko Ono sunglasses. She wore them at press conferences, for photo shoots (including the cover of Rolling Stone magazine) and on the covers of her albums. Now the German carmaker's Austrian product design studio has brought the design back back as the P'8479.

The shield-style visor is supported by a Beta-Titanium frame secured by visible screws for an iconic retro look that may not be our cup of tea exactly, but we just hope their presence doesn't break up the VW merger like Yoko broke up The Beatles.



[Source: Porsche Design]

PRESS RELEASE
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Reissue of a Porsche Design Classic
Yoko Ono Sunglasses available again


Stuttgart/Munich. Porsche Design stands for functional, timeless and purist design. Since the brand's foundation in 1972 it has created countless products that have gone on to become classics. One particular milestone is the sports sunglasses from Porsche Design, available again from now as the P'8479. State of the art modern materials have been used for the new edition, with Beta-Titanium, a favourite material for space travel technology, ensuring lightweight flexibility.

The sporty, 80s style shield sunglasses were made famous by Yoko Ono. The artist wore them for the first time at a press conference in 1979. After that, Ono was seen in the Porsche Design glasses so often that the P'8479 is now primarily known as
the Yoko Ono sunglasses. Among other appearances, the singer was pictured wearing them on the cover of "Rolling Stone" magazine as well as on the record sleeves of "Yes, I'm a witch" (2007) and "It's alright" (1982). In addition, Yoko Ono wore the sunglasses on a photo shoot for the fashion magazine, "New York".

Porsche Design is a luxury brand with particular focus on technically inspired products. The brand was founded in 1972 by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, and since then its products have stood for functional, timeless and purist design. The product
portfolio includes classic men's accessories, a sport and fashion collection as well as electronic products and a men's fragrance range. The products are designed in the Porsche Design Studio in Zell am See, Austria, and sold worldwide in own stores, shop-in-shops, high quality department stores and exclusive retail outlets.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      They look like McGiver put a frame around the roll-out UV blocking lens the eye doctor gives you when they dilate your pupils.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Porsche design is not affiliated with Porsche motorcars. They are not one and the same.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Porsche, instead of wasting your resources and marketing on this, why don't you put more effort into making SUV's and sedans that don't look like mutant 911s.
        • 5 Years Ago
        S---, I was worried I'd stuff that up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. This is a part of retro that should be left dead as it was originally.
        • 5 Years Ago
        MacGyver
      • 5 Years Ago
      first of all, Yoko did NOT break up the Beatles. second of all, the sunglasses ARE iconic and hot beyond belief. i just wish i could afford even a cheap knockoff version. and lastly, Yoko has more artistic and musical talent in her little finger than any of the craptastic 'talents' out there today like Kanye, the Simpson sluts and 99% of the 'Top 100' listened to today.

      Yoko rules and so do these sunglasses.
        • 5 Years Ago
        whatever dude
        • 5 Years Ago
        Co-Sign.

        Especially this gay-unit garbage which is the absolute worst, out of all of the crapfest today, this has got to be the most painful to endure.
        • 5 Years Ago
        He is right, that the glasses are iconic and may be right that Yoko did not break up the Beatles. But as far as Yoko having talent, aw HELL no!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Crack is good for you too, keep snorting and posting!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those are a Yoko No No... kidding aside, maybe those glasses will break up the merger. One can hope, I am sad enough that there is one Porsche that has Volkswagen genes, I can not stand to think of others to come.
        • 5 Years Ago
        without VW there would be no Porsche, except the Lohner Porsche cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not gonna lie...I really like these.

      Size-wise, they're just on the cusp of what's acceptably large (like traditional aviators), and they're reserved enough that the vast majority of people would most likely look good in them - even the guys/ladies scoffing at them in the previous comments. These glasses, jeans, a stylin' leather jacket, and you're good to go. That being said, they don't really go with any of the current Porsche line-up IMO; one would have to bite the bullet and go the "vintage" route....

      ...A Singer Vehicle Design 911 fits the bill nicely, I think 8-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why...... just simply why?
      Somethings Retro should just stay dead!
      • 5 Years Ago
      To quote one of my favorite bumper stickers, "I still hate Yoko."
      • 5 Years Ago
      it's kinda sickening these days how everything "new" is just a rehash of something retro.

      They look ugly and cheap, but I'm sure the price tag will be $500+ dollars just because there is a sucker born every minute.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll wait a year and buy a pair at the dollar store.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why wait? I know I've seen these on those stores already.
      • 5 Years Ago
      These glasses should come with a warning: "Wearing these glasses may cause one to go bat$!t crazy and sing very, very poorly."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kool Moe Dee used to sport these too - I feel like that deserves a mention:

      http://stylordz.com/OLDSITE/koolmoedee.jpg
        • 5 Years Ago
        This convinced me to buy them more than effing Yoko Ono. Nicely linked, sir :-D
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is who I think of wearing these faster than I think of Yoko.

        I can see the edge cutters wearing these now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would you happen to carry these glasses? No? Go away.
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