We’ve Partnered With Dom Vetro On These Classically-Styled ‘Petrolista’ Sunglasses
Ashley Bézamat began designing and producing sunglasses under the Dom Vetro name in 2012, and two years ago he relocated the budding operation from the Veneto region of Italy back to his hometown of Los Angeles. The workspace is only a few stoplights away from the Petrolicious headquarters in Culver City, CA, so it was only a matter of time before our two brands became friends (businesses being people and all). Dom Vetro is a company with values that map all but directly onto ours; aesthetics are paramount, and although “the way it used to be” often trumps the way it’s done now, there is plenty of value to be found in mixing accumulated know-how with vintage inspiration.
Like the rest of the brand’s sunglasses, the exclusive “Petrolista” edition of Dom Vetro’s popular F-36 frame is handcrafted on a made-to-order basis, and the completed pieces channel the style of the 1960s without any of issues of period-correct levels of quality control. The idea of high-end semi-bespoke sunglasses is not a new one in and of itself, but the fact that Dom Vetro uses a small team employees to produce its frames right here in Los Angeles makes this a rare participant in a market that’s increasingly going the way of Luxottica monopolies and mass production. Ray-Ban Aviators will never not be cool, but they’re churned out at conveyer belt rates and it’s only a matter of time before the upcoming Top Gun film necessitates even more shelf space.
The F-36 “Petrolista” frames are currently available in three styles—vintage tortoise, maple tortoise, and quartz—and all are constructed from imported Italian acetate. The lenses are constructed from UV400 protection-rated CR-39 allyl diglycol carbonate (ADC), and have anti-reflective coating on the backside.
The fit is snug to the face, the design is sleek and pared-down, and they look downright at home dangling from the spoke of a wood-rimmed Hellebore. Each pair also has an optional removable clip for additional sun protection, which also adds an extra layer to the overall look.