In the wake of Prince’s untimely passing last week, people have been discussing everything from his impact on gender, sexuality, and black masculinity to his legendary guitar skills. He was also known for his constantly evolving sense of style. For his most recent incarnation, he donned an Afro and ’70s-futuristic garb along with a pair of “3rd Eye” sunglasses, a nod to his one-time backing band 3rdeyegirl as well as the spiritual concept of the “third eye,” which is said to provide perception beyond ordinary sight. Though he was a practicing Jehovah’s Witness, the “third eye” seems to have represented another side to Prince’s spirituality.
He tapped identical-twin designers—and Apple Valley, Minnesota, natives—Coco and Breezy (né Corianna and Brianna Dotson) to design the infamous shades for his 2014 appearance on Saturday Night Live. (He also wore the glasses while presenting an award at the 2015 American Music Awards and on the album art for his 2014 release, Art Official Age.) While the shades, which are officially called “Tres,” have been available for purchase in Coco and Breezy’s online shop, they haven’t been available for purchase locally—until now. The W Minneapolis at the Foshay Tower managed to get ahold of a couple of pairs (one black lens, one silver), which are currently being showcased in the hotel’s retail cabinet next to the welcome desk. They’re on view and available for purchase for a cool $499.99.
Coco and Breezy’s “Tres” sunglasses in silver
Courtesy Coco and breezy
Coco and Breezy’s “Tres” sunglasses in black
Courtesy coco and breezy
Coco and Breezy wearing the “3rd Eye” sunglasses.
Nick Onken, courtesy coco and breezy