The relationship between Detroit residents and Cartier glasses is full of romance, luxury, extreme violence, and bloodshed. They have motivated countless robberies, shootings, and killings. Even people wearing fake sunglasses are victims to crimes. How can it be that an expensive pair of sunglasses can cause such hysteria to an entire city.
Detroit is a city plagued with poverty and violence. Most of its population is living below the federal poverty line. Big Sean, a contemporary rapper from Detroit, says that because people are so poor in the city, the Cartier sunglasses are a symbol of wealth and prosperity amidst a city full of struggles and prosperity. Having a pair of Cartier sunglasses shows that you have surmounted the hard obstacles Detroit has to offer.
People who wear Cartiers understand the risk involved with owning and wearing the glasses, but the symbol and attention it generates is worth putting your life on the line. To many outsiders, this may seem quite ridiculous, but this is just the Detroit way.
The holy grail Cartier sunglasses are the White Buffalo Horn or “white buffies”. The whiter the Buffies, the more sacred they are. How these sunglasses became so important to Detroiters is still a mystery, but the myth and power it holds over its people is very real