Street Style Icon Josh Peskowitz Schools Us…

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 something new. 

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

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