notes: We spotted Gideon at the MoMA Store in New York wearing these super limited-edition Prada SPR 25PS “Poeme” glasses. Originally designed as sunglasses, Gideon swapped the black gradient lenses for optical ones, which add to the intriguing look. Handmade in Italy, these acetate frames feature an in-your-face design, with a bold square shape and hand-painted flowers on the browline and temples. The frames exude lightness, nobility and amusement all at once. Produced for Prada’s spring/summer 2013 collection, these glasses almost immediately sold out and are considered extremely rare. They were the most whimsical pair of frames Gideon could find that told a story. “When you need optical frames, it’s hard to make a statement without being too crazy,” he told us. “These nailed it!”
We were lucky enough to be among the first people to preview a new collaboration last week, as SALT. Optics and outerwear company AETHER, teamed up on a new, limited-edition collection of sunglasses. The two Southern California-based companies combined their aesthetic and passion for the outdoors by creating a pair of cool, motorcycle-inspired frames. Meet the “SCOUT” and the “EXPLORER.”
Combining technical elements and a laidback California style, the unisex frames feature a super lightweight, beta-titanium construction. Flexible temples that let you take the sunglasses on and off easily while wearing a helmet. Titanium nose pads keep the glasses in place.
The best and most intriguing part of these glasses are their side “windshields” and extended frame-top, which add a racing-inspired look to the frames, but also help with reducing wind flow and peripheral sunlight by more than eighty percent. The side windshields feature tiny, calibrated “holes” that ensure peripheral vision is not obstructed (I.e. You can ride your bike and still check your blind spot).
Aside from their technical design, the glasses look pretty darn good too. They’re stylish and sporty without veering into athletic gear territory, and we can see them paired as easily with a leather jacket as with a bathing suit on the beach.
The frames are available in four different colors (we’re partial to the black-on-black aviator styling of the “SCOUT”) and four different lens options as well. Check out the SALT Optics x Aether collaboration exclusively at www.aetherapparel.com.
notes: Li Edelkoort is one of the world’s most prominent trend forecasters, so when we spotted her in these Ray-Ban Wayfarer frames, we had to know all about them. “They’re a classic,” she said, “and I’ve been wearing the same pair for years!”
Li’s not the only one who feels that way. Ray-Ban has sold millions of pairs of their now-iconic Wayfarer frames since the style was first introduced in 1952. Though they’ve since introduced a number of variations (in both color and silhouette), Li’s “Original Wayfarer Classics” are based off that very first design. Commonly seen as sunglasses, Li has turned the specs into optical frames that wrap perfectly around her face. The full-rim frame is made from acetate and features the brand’s iconic temple rivets and raised Ray-Ban signature on the sides. Li may spend her days searching out the latest trends, but as we’ve all learned, it’s hard to mess with a classic!
eyewear: Garrett Leight
notes: We caught Sean on Queen Street West in Toronto debating the merits of tortoiseshell glasses with a friend. These “Wilson” sunglasses from Garrett Leight feature a “Tokyo Tortoise” colour – a term typically given to a tortoiseshell print that is highly marbled, with blond tones mixed in with the traditional black and brown. These glasses feature a stainless steel metal frame, with acetate temples and round, windsor rims. The green lenses add a nice contrast to the flecked amber and honey tones in the tortoiseshell. Based off a vintage silhouette, these sunglasses are relaxed yet undeniably cool, not unlike Sean himself!
There’s been a resurgence of sorts in recent years of cool, edgy fashion coming out of Los Angeles, and that wave has extended to eyewear as well. Case in point: LURA Eyewear, a collection of moody, minimalist frames handcrafted in Italy and finished in downtown L.A.
Founded in 2014 by designer Gavin Lura, the company treats sunglasses as bold works of art, taking avant-garde, sculpted shapes and turning up their wattage with sterling silver, black rhodium and 24kt gold accents. The metallic accents are LURA’s signature: taking fashion-forward silhouettes and adding a jolt of punk-infused energy. The CR39 smoke lenses are made by renowned optical manufacturer, Carl Zeiss, while the acetate used is by Mazzucchelli. The stark black aesthetic – black is the only color in the LURA palette – is hand-painted by Lura himself.
Though they’re bold in design, the unisex frames are also surprisingly understated when you put them on. The frames themselves are unfussy and easy-to-wear, and will fit most face shapes. The metallic bars add visual interest, but don’t overwhelm the look either. The vibe is a little underground, a little rock-and-roll, but decidedly chic.
“The glasses are all named after the last names of people who have inspired me in my life,” Lura tells us, “or people who have been really influential in this sunglass vision becoming truth.”
Printed on the inside of the arms are LURA’s motto: “Vision Becomes Truth.” The idea, Lura explains, is that your best ideas are often in your mind, and it takes someone with vision and passion to make these ideas come to life. He may be quoting his business mantra but it’s clear he’s walking the talk pretty well too.
For more about LURA and to check out all their latest styles, check out www.lura.us.