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Defining fashion in Berlin is no easy thing…

After all, in Berlin nothing endures quite like change. In this city of borderless possibilities, historical significance dances cheek to cheek with banal concrete apartment blocks, living green spaces, and luxury boulevards.

In Berlin, subculture meets high culture; the city is a testing ground for a global assembly of fun-seekers and visionaries.

This diversity and vitality is also reflected as regards fashion: Berlin style combines the unpredictable and the creative. The city’s residents master an uncommon talent – mixing high fashion with vintage finds.

With its international reputation for vintage markets and shops, it is no wonder Berliners conjure up their future looks from past treasures.
The city’s shoppers joyfully explore flea markets, like the Nowkölln Flowmark, the infamous flea market in Mauerpark, and the vintage-focused Old Fleas as well as trendy secondhand shops around Prenzlauer Berg and exclusive antique clothing specialists on Charlottenburg’s Mommsenstrasse.
Cheap thrills and true treasures are purchased here, and by more than creative types, hippies, and vintage lovers. The dedicated can find designer pieces from all acts of history, beloved classics in a variety of colors and shapes, and of course a whole heap of retro eyewear.
And it’s not just apparel and accessories on offer – there’s also memorabilia galore, like photo albums, records, and antique toys to choose from.

Should I Really Buy Vintage Glasses from a Flea Market?

These fun and fab flea markets have their fair share of old glasses and sunglasses at attractive prices, but buyer beware – they are often quite well-worn. The frames and lenses might be scratched, or fitted with corrective lenses that shouldn’t be worn secondhand.

If you’re looking for wearable glasses or sunglasses from a particular era, you’ll definitely find them at Lunettes – with our guaranteed quality. We also offer free eye exams to test your vision. That way, an individualized prescription can be created just for you, and used to make custom lenses that truly suit.
Also, all of our frames are new – that is to say, they’ve never been worn – and have no ugly marks or wear and tear. Lunettes specializes in original glasses and sunglasses from untouched deadstock. Truly vintage eyewear that’s as good as new!

The vintage assortment from Lunettes Selection – both in-store in our Berlin boutiques, as well as in our online shop – offers variety and freedom, to help you express yourself. You don’t have to shop by trend or decade, but, rather, according to your personal aesthetic. Our stock includes Cat Eye glasses from the 50s, oversized pieces from the 80s, minimalistic models with tiny lenses from the 90s, and much, much more! Combining pieces from the last 100 years in fresh and modern ways results in timeless, one-of-a-kind looks.
Vintage fashion and eyewear deliver loads of opportunities for experimentation, while never losing sight of style. They don’t just look great; buying unworn vintage glasses are also great for the environment, with social and economic advantages, too.

These range from reduced CO2 emissions to water conservation to waste reduction –  all because you didn’t buy something that had to be produced new. The Nordic Council of Ministers estimates that second-hand clothing purchases saved 190,000 tons of CO2 and reduced water usage by about 70 million cubic liters. Buying vintage clothes means decreasing reliance on the eco-unfriendly manufacturing processes of the garment industry. And the same naturally applies to glasses and sunglasses.Even though Berlin only places 13th in the ranking of annual sunshine hours, sunglasses are still must-haves here.
Shades are also good for discreetly masking the after-effects of a long and festive night, thanks to their tinted glass. What’s more, sunglasses finish every outfit with a heaping portion of nonchalance. Even when your sunglasses spend more time on the table than on your face.

Choose your own personal pair of sunglasses – such as with mirrored lenses, UV-protection, or a colorful tint. For those not blessed with 20/20 vision, glasses are an essential element of style, and the key to creating a typical Berlin look. Big, bold, and at best – vintage!

Lunettes’ special selection of vintage glasses and vintage sunglasses is regularly celebrated by numerous magazines and bloggers. For example, our array of vintage glasses from Dior was praised by Eyestylist, vintage blog Made of Stil counts our stores amongst the top five Berlin opticians in Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg, and Monocle crowned us the “Best Eyewear Shop.”

After all, in Berlin nothing endures quite like change. In this city of borderless possibilities, historical significance dances cheek to cheek with banal concrete apartment blocks, living green spaces, and luxury boulevards.

In Berlin, subculture meets high culture; the city is a testing ground for a global assembly of fun-seekers and visionaries.

This diversity and vitality is also reflected as regards fashion: Berlin style combines the unpredictable and the creative. The city’s residents master an uncommon talent – mixing high fashion with vintage finds.

With its international reputation for vintage markets and shops, it is no wonder Berliners conjure up their future looks from past treasures.
The city’s shoppers joyfully explore flea markets, like the Nowkölln Flowmark, the infamous flea market in Mauerpark, and the vintage-focused Old Fleas as well as trendy secondhand shops around Prenzlauer Berg and exclusive antique clothing specialists on Charlottenburg’s Mommsenstrasse.

Cheap thrills and true treasures are purchased here, and by more than creative types, hippies, and vintage lovers. The dedicated can find designer pieces from all acts of history, beloved classics in a variety of colors and shapes, and of course a whole heap of retro eyewear.
And it’s not just apparel and accessories on offer – there’s also memorabilia galore, like photo albums, records, and antique toys to choose from.

Should I Really Buy Vintage Glasses from a Flea Market?

These fun and fab flea markets have their fair share of old glasses and sunglasses at attractive prices, but buyer beware – they are often quite well-worn. The frames and lenses might be scratched, or fitted with corrective lenses that shouldn’t be worn secondhand.

If you’re looking for wearable glasses or sunglasses from a particular era, you’ll definitely find them at Lunettes – with our guaranteed quality. We also offer free eye exams to test your vision. That way, an individualized prescription can be created just for you, and used to make custom lenses that truly suit.
Also, all of our frames are new – that is to say, they’ve never been worn – and have no ugly marks or wear and tear. Lunettes specializes in original glasses and sunglasses from untouched deadstock. Truly vintage eyewear that’s as good as new!

The vintage assortment from Lunettes Selection – both in-store in our Berlin boutiques, as well as in our online shop – offers variety and freedom, to help you express yourself.

You don’t have to shop by trend or decade, but, rather, according to your personal aesthetic. Our stock includes Cat Eye glasses from the 50s, oversized pieces from the 80s, minimalistic models with tiny lenses from the 90s, and much, much more! Combining pieces from the last 100 years in fresh and modern ways results in timeless, one-of-a-kind looks.
Vintage fashion and eyewear deliver loads of opportunities for experimentation, while never losing sight of style. They don’t just look great; buying unworn vintage glasses are also great for the environment, with social and economic advantages, too.

These range from reduced CO2 emissions to water conservation to waste reduction –  all because you didn’t buy something that had to be produced new. The Nordic Council of Ministers estimates that second-hand clothing purchases saved 190,000 tons of CO2 and reduced water usage by about 70 million cubic liters. Buying vintage clothes means decreasing reliance on the eco-unfriendly manufacturing processes of the garment industry. And the same naturally applies to glasses and sunglasses. Even though Berlin only places 13th in the ranking of annual sunshine hours, sunglasses are still must-haves here.

Shades are also good for discreetly masking the after-effects of a long and festive night, thanks to their tinted glass. What’s more, sunglasses finish every outfit with a heaping portion of nonchalance. Even when your sunglasses spend more time on the table than on your face.
Choose your own personal pair of sunglasses – such as with mirrored lenses, UV-protection, or a colorful tint. For those not blessed with 20/20 vision, glasses are an essential element of style, and the key to creating a typical Berlin look. Big, bold, and at best – vintage!

Lunettes’ special selection of vintage glasses and vintage sunglasses is regularly celebrated by numerous magazines and bloggers. For example, our array of vintage glasses from Dior was praised by Eyestylist, vintage blog Made of Stil counts our stores amongst the top five Berlin opticians in Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg, and Monocle crowned us the “Best Eyewear Shop.”