The first people to wear sunglasses could have hardly imagined that, centuries later, they would be a glamour accessory whose function often bore no relation to the presence of harsh sunlight. To cut the relentless glare of light on white in the arctic region of North America, the Inuit people carved slits in pieces of wood or bone to create snow goggles. To more opulent effect, legend has it that while watching gladiatorial events, Roman Emperor Nero shaded his eyes from the sun through an emerald. In 15th-century China, lenses were made from flat pieces of smoky quartz. Emerald-tinted Goldoni glasses were worn by gondoliers on the sunny canals of This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Four Buy Now Related Stories Design Fashion Issue 46 Samuel Ross Art, fashion, lifestyle: Samuel Ross has seen the future and it’s got his name all over it. Fashion Issue 46 Home Free The upside of downtime on a slow Sunday afternoon. Fashion Issue 46 Charles de Vilmorin Wild. Weird. Wearable: Meet the couture protégé challenging the norms of French fashion. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 46 Emanuele Coccia An interview with fashion’s favorite philosopher. Design Fashion Issue 46 Last Night What did designer Franck Gauthé do with his evening? Fashion Issue 45 Wildest Dream The case for camouflage.