If there’s a man that clearly knows his way around his wardrobe, it's Samuel L Jackson. Whether he’s chowing down on tasty burgers, hitting a few holes with his buddy Jack Nicholson, or mercilessly executing some bumbling bad guy in one of the dozens of films he’s starred in, Samuel L maintains some serious on-and-off-screen steeze. And do you know what we love most about his style? Bingo. His seemingly endless selection of top-notch glasses.
To celebrate Samuel L’s mastery of both acting and choosing superb eyewear, we thought we’d have a flick through his Instagram, pick out some of his sharpest looks, and pair them up with some of his most memorable characters’ quotes just for good measure. Samuel L Jackson, you are officially an eyewear icon. We salute you!
LOOK: Suited and Booted
"Honey, where is my super suit? WHERE IS MY SUPER SUIT?!" - Frozone, The Incredibles (2010)
Few things are as ice cold as a double-breasted, cream flannel suit, are they? Ok, except for maybe Frozone’s ice flow that is. But the ice-cool icing on the top of this sweet, sharp get-up is that pair of oh-so-dark, thick shades. Slipped on when you head back inside, they let everyone in the room know you’re not giving nothing away. Keepin’ it mysterious, Mr Jackson. We likey.
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LOOK: The Master
“But which was destroyed, the master or the apprentice?” - Mace Windu, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (2001)
Maintaining that stylish demeanour at the front of the class was never going to be easy. Do you go hard in, a suit and tie maybe? No, way too flashy. You need to look laidback, approachable, but still very, very wise. Yes, a flat cap is a good start. And a smart-but-casual jacket will work too. Now it just needs that edge. Of course, some vintage-referencing round spectacles will do nicely. You know what you're doing Samuel L Jackson. You know.
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Nothing says Fountain of Knowledge like some rounded titanium frames with acetate inserts. Honestly, nothing does. The TB 911-01 in Black/Gold from Thom Browne is just the ticket for your masterclass teaching needs.
LOOK: Cool it, Kermit
"You shut your face! If we want to hear you talk, I will shove my arm up your a** and work your mouth like a puppet." - P.K. Highsmith, The Other Guys (2010)
At the top of your game, you’ve still got to up your game, but fear not, you can keep your cool in a pair of clear frame glasses even when you're rubbing shoulders with the likes of puppet frog superstars. It’s not easy being green with envy, is it Kermit?
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In case you didn’t get the memo, we’re huge, massive fans of clear frame glasses. If you find yourself booked for a meeting with Kermit the Frog and want to emulate the S.L. Jackson style, we suggest giving the Garrett Leight Kinney in Champagne a try.
LOOK: Double Trouble
“A Royale with cheese! You know why they call it that?” (As Jules, Pulp Fiction )
Who was it that said you shouldn’t relive the good times? When you still look just as good as you ever have, who cares? You may have lost the fro and the handlebar moustache, Samuel L, but even after all this time, it's pretty clear the years have been good to you. And what better way to look back on it all than through one of the best eyewear wardrobes in the biz? Nice work, Samuel L.
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Whether you're ageing gracefully, disgracefully, or somewhere in between, an oversized P3 style is probably just the tonic. We'd recommend trying these Marmont C from Mr Leight in Black Pewter on for size.
We’re very proud to showcase the finest eyewear on the planet here at Seen and it's reassuring to see that Sam Jackson shares our outlook. If you fancy a piece of that classic SLJ for yourself, come and see the team at our Manchester store for some fine eyewear styling. Find out how to get to us, and how to book an eye test if you need one, by clicking on this link, here.