Cop It, Then Rock It

Mogul talk. It’s a phrase that’s made regular appearances in conversations over the past 18 months thanks to the inimitable DJ Khaled and his ever-increasingly gifted protegé, Asahd. If you build it, they will come. Think it. Do it. Be it. Motivational speakers are normally pretty polarizing figures, but when it comes to Khaled Mohamed “Don’t ever play yourself,” “We the best” “I’m so serious” Khaled, it’s hard not to feel charged up.

But you know what they say, actions speak louder than words. And nowhere is this more evident than in the one-man mogul machine that is Sean “Diddy” Combs. Recently crowned the richest man in hip-hop (again) by Forbes magazine, with a cool net worth of $820 million, Diddy is the epitome of the mogul life, quietly closing business deals left right and center – even enlisting 2017’s viral star of the year, Salt Bae, to appear alongside him in a commercial for Cîroc vodka. The man might have barely been near a microphone in recent years, but he’s got this mogul thing on lock.

Sadly, we don’t all have a few hundred million lying around the apartment, so the Diddy lifestyle will have to remain a pipedream for now. You could, however, grab a small slice of the action with a pair of appropriately luxurious sunglasses. German eyewear manufacturer Cazal has long been the sunglasses brand of choice for many of our favorite artists. Run D.M.C.’s Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels famously made a pair of Cazals one of his signature accessories. Spike Lee’s love affair with the luxury eyewear manufacturer goes all the way back to his debut film, She’s Gotta Have It. Rick Ross even has the label’s logo tattooed on his face.

With that in mind, here’s a quick shopping guide to some reassuringly ostentatious sunglasses for the mogul-in-waiting. Don’t worry, the millions can come later.

Cazal Vintage 607

Lightly-tinted lenses and a (relatively) understated frame. You can practically smell the apartment full of rich mahogany from here.

Cazal Vintage 607

I can see clearly now the frame has gone. Good, right?

Cazal Vintage 623

Some nicely squared-off frames countered with some flamboyant temples. Business in the front. Business in the side too, just flashier. Hey, you’re a mogul now. It’s ALWAYS business.

Cazal Vintage 955

Famously seen on the face of Doug “The Head” Denovitz in Guy Ritchie’s Snatch, think of these as the choice for the mogul who makes their millions in, shall we say, less savory dealings.

Cazal Vintage 650

Remember Dexter, from Dexter’s Laboratory? These are the glasses he wears now. Feel swagless yet?

Cazal Vintage 607

And these are the ones he wore in the cartoons. Sigh, nostalgia.

Cazal Vintage 163

Look at how many angles there are on these things. And we all know what more angles means – more business deals. That’s just science.

Cazal Vintage 650

Add some sophistication to your life with these tortoiseshell frames. They’ll go great with your breakfast bowls made from real tortoise shells, you outrageous mogul, you.

Cazal Vintage 644

“The Batman has until midnight to reveal his identity, or I will unleash a fury upon Gotham the likes of which this city has never seen.”

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Words by Gregk Foley

Gregk Foley is a writer based in Berlin whose work explores the intersections of style, culture, politics and identity.

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