Shutter Shades are a version of louvered sunglasses designed by Shutter Shades, Inc. in 2007.
Instead of having lenses, the design is characterized by its "shutter" motif, which is part of the frame. The shades are marketed as suitable for both men and women and are available in an assortment of styles and colors. Depending on the design, Shutter Shades may not function as sunglasses; although some models contain UV resistant lenses, many do not, and only feature a series of horizontal plastic "shades," which neither provide protection for the eye from UV light nor prevent a substantial amount of light from entering the eye.
Previous designs of louvred eyewear had been in existence as early as the 1950s, nicknamed "Venetian Blinders." A then-popular design of Venetian Blinders were featured in the music videos for "Glittering Prize" by Simple Minds in 1982 and "Obsession" by Animotion in 1984. They were also popularized by professional wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage, which he wore before many of his matches, as well as in his promos. Alain Mikli made a contemporary custom design for Kanye West, again influenced by the fashion of the 1980s. West popularized Mikli's design in the music video for "Stronger." In 2007, Shutter Shades, Inc. released the current sleeker plastic design, which they also patented with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and coined the term "Shutter Shades," which they also trademarked with the USPTO. Over the next several years, many celebrities were photographed wearing the Classic edition Shutter Shades, establishing Shutter Shades as a pop culture fashion fixture. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup many fans were seen wearing shutter shades with the design of their respective flag pictured on the glasses.
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