Josh Peskowitz is the men’s fashion director at retail
giant Bloomingdale’s, but a title doesn’t even begin to describe his stature
within the industry. A street style icon, recognizable for his playful layering
of exotic prints and with tailored clothes—and, of course, his Oliver Peoples
Vintage sunglasses—Peskowitz is famously encyclopedic in his knowledge and
study of garments and accessories. He is also one of our favorite people, so,
on a recent stroll through the park on his birthday, we asked the director for
some notes. Here they are: Pekso’s definitive list on the appropriate
application of sunglasses.
1. You should always wear sunglasses: do you know how bad them
UVA and UVB rays are for your eyeballs? As bad as for your skin. Always wear
sunglasses, even when it's cloudy.
2. Except for when you shouldn't wear sunglasses: sunglasses at
night? In the club? Don't do it.* You can't make eye contact with the bartender
and there's no telling what you'll trip over. Also: What's the only thing worse
than beer goggles? Tinted beer goggles.
3. Different sunglasses are good for different stuff: polarized
for fishing or golf, amber or gradient lenses for driving and hanging out,
and mirrors for hard days nights.
4. Shape matters: some frames look better on some faces. When
you find something that works stick with it, but don't be afraid to try
5. Size matters: just as much as shape for your face. Many
frames come in different sizes, but what I mean is how they fold up. For me the
most important thing is can they fold up and fit in my jacket's breast pocket,
but to each their own.
*Note: This particular bit of advice was dispensed while
wearing sunglasses, inside, at night.
- Interview by Christopher Wallace