But then it became yet another wry hipster nod to authenticity and retro style, along with Converse sneakers, Brooklyn, heavy black eyeglass frames and numerous other odes to irony.
Like all fashions, there is a time and a season for everything from truckers' hats to Gucci bags. And the data are beginning to suggest that the hipster moment may be peaking.
As the following article points out, Brooklyn may be the least affordable urban neighborhood in the US. Basketball star Lebron James has sported eyeglasses without lenses as a personal statement and there are now so many knockoffs of Converse All-Stars that parent company Nike is suing everyone who produces them.
This will entail some uncertainty and insecurity. After all, what's going to be next? JL
Lauren Laughlin reports in Fortune:
For a trend nominally premised on anti-consumerism, the signs of overkill are clear. Sales of eyeglasses are now at their highest in 15 years. RealtyTrac recently cited Brooklyn as the least affordable place to live in the country.