notes: Evan liked the gold and tortoiseshell mix on these aviator sunglasses, which he calls his “go-to frames.” And why not? The classic aviator shape fits almost any face shape, and flatters any look, whether casual or professional. Evan’s pair has a slightly oversized lens shape, that almost appears rectangular from certain angles. They add structure to the face, while the built-in nose pads help the frames rest comfortably away from the eyes and stay well-balanced at the bridge of the nose. (Note: If your eyelashes are touching the lenses, your glasses are sitting too tight on your face!) Unlike some titanium frames, Evan’s pair is thick and weighty enough to handle his custom prescription lenses. The brown gradient tint is classy and understated.
notes: Morgan Bogle is the founder of accessories label, Freedom of Animals, which is known for their luxe collection of sustainably-made and cruelty-free bags. We spotted Morgan carrying the label’s “Boromo” circle bag in New York. The bag is made from a vegetable-dyed, faux-snakeskin. Morgan finished off her look in Illesteva “Leonard 2″ sunglasses, which feature a “Half/Half” colorway of black and tortoise. The shades were given to Morgan as a birthday present and she found that the shape worked well with her square jaw. Eyewear is all about contrasts, so the super round shape of these Illesteva frames definitely suit someone with a square face, by drawing attention to the eyes and balancing out the proportions. We love the whole look here – and we love Morgan’s bag line as well. For more about Freedom of Animals, check out freedomofanimals.com.
notes: Victoria is a producer who works in the theatre and music scene in New York, so it was no surprise that we snapped her photo at the Governors Ball Music Festival last month. Victoria loved the colour and asymmetry of these Burberry sunglasses, which feature a feminine oval shape and a slight yet elegant cat-eye. Made from acetate, these Burberry BE4187 shades are seen here in a “Light Horn” colour, that mirrors the signature colours of the Burberry tartan pattern. The muted tones of the frame are a nice contrast to the brown gradient lenses, and they add versatility to these glasses – they’ll look at good whether you pair them with a tank top and jeans, or with that Burberry trench.
Utter the words, “Scandinavian design,” and chances are, you’ll be served back with words like “minimal” and “quiet” and “simple.” Sure there’s a lot to love in streamlined designs, but wouldn’t it be great to break out of that box sometimes, and maybe have a sense of humor about it all? Enter Vasuma – a Stockholm-based eyewear brand that celebrates its 10-year anniversary this summer.
Founded by three friends in 2005, Vasuma Inc. embraces eyewear like a best friend, offering a novel collection of frames inspired by music, movies and the designers’ decade-long bromance. The look is fresh and forward-thinking, with an element of whimsy, while still retaining the clean, thoughtful lines that Swedish design is known for.
But it’s their spirited and enthusiast take on eyewear that makes Vasuma stand out. Each style in the collection is named after a snake – it’s a sort of take-back-the-power move inspired by the Swedish slang for glasses-wearers, which roughly translates to “eyewear snake.” Rather than let the bullies win, Vasuma Eyewear is all about helping the “eyewear snakes” get the last laugh.
For their 10th anniversary, Vasuma is unveiling a limited-edition “Anniversary Collection,” dropping in August. Handcrafted in Japanese acetate and beta titanium, only 150 pieces will be produced per color.
Our other favorites include the “Tokara” – a smart, modern frame that looks great as a pair of sunglasses as well. The jet black color keeps things classic, while the slightly wider, rounder silhouette will garner it – and you – a well-deserved second look.
The “Water” is a super round pair of sunglasses that comes in this “retro honey” shade. Like the name suggests, it’s sweet and charming, with a seductive quality as well. Paired with these green lenses, it’s an ideal frame to carry you from summer to fall.
For something a little different, we like the “Indian” (remember, everything is named after a snake so don’t get held up on the name). The “Indian” is a new take on the classic aviator frame, with an “Eggeater” shape that is less drop-shaped than a traditional aviator and easier to wear. Made from Swedish surgical steel and acetate, the frame features a sweeping saddle bridge and thin brow-line that matches the slim, sweeping style of the temples. The company sells clip-ons in various colors, that allow you to turn these frames into sunglasses… walk into any room wearing these shades and you can be sure that you’ll only get the best kind of attention from here on out!
notes: We snapped New York-based producer and DJ Christian Matias Cortes (a.k.a. MICHE) in a pair of these brand new sunglasses from the RetroSuperFuture x Andy Warhol collection. These “Velvetdarling” shades were inspired by Warhol’s extravagant and glamorous lifestyle, with a nod to his days of disco and over-the-top parties. The retro design features rectangular, aviator-style lenses held up by a gold brow-line that’s fashioned in the shape of a serpent (note the black crystal eye sitting atop one of the lenses). The frames are lavish and eye-catching; works of art that we could picture Warhol wearing were he still alive today. The fact that only 200 pieces were made of this style makes the glasses even more covet-worthy!