A true artist of the frame, Cari Zalloni has been designing eyewear for more than 30 years, following his simply stated design philosophy, “Good design must be thought provoking. A designer eyewear line that pleases everyone is unlikely to inspire.” Nowhere is this statement more clear than in his legendary Cazal collection, which has inspired legions of fans worldwide since its debut in 1975. Now Cazal Legends, a selection of the original styles, authentic down to the last details, have been released by Eastern States Eyewear and Ultra Palm Optical.

Below are several of Zalloni’s original sketches drawn more than 25 years ago together with “Zalloni-isms” spoken by the designer. Zalloni did the adjacent composite sketch recently in conjunction with the Legends launch.
—Gloria Nicola