notes: We photographed Jean-Philippe at Osheaga wearing a pair of H&M aviator shades that he picked up for ten bucks at the store. In his words, these sunglasses were “cheap and cheerful” and perfect for the summer music festival season. The gold frame and tinted lenses are pretty standard, but the slight bend at the nose bridge adds a nice design detail. The simple frames are perfect with Jean-Philippe’s casual outfit, but would look great dressed up with a suit as well - proving that the classic aviator styling remains as cool and versatile as ever.
notes: We spotted Shaw in Montreal, decked out in Supreme shades and sneakers. These “Frances” frames are from Supreme’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection and feature a stretched oval shape that’s not for the faint of heart. Handmade in Japan, these acetate frames feature green lenses and a deep tortoiseshell shade. An engraved “Supreme” gold plaque on the temples adds to the exaggerated, androgynous design.
As for the name? These sunglasses are named after Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of Kurt Cobain. Kurt’s signature pair of sunglasses featured the same mod-ish yet futuristic design, playing off themes of rebellion and street culture that still run through Supreme’s collection of clothing and accessories today.
eyewear: Banana Republic
notes: DL is a promoter for Osheaga and we photographed him at the music festival in these Banana Republic Johnny sunglasses, which prove that big chain stores can often offer some amazing eyewear finds as well. These sunglasses feature a plastic frame and smooth, egg-shaped lenses, which balance out the oval shape of DL’s face. The Banana Republic logo is stamped on the side of the temples. The look here is retro, California cool.
We like the contrast between the “Havana” colour and the dark gradient lenses. At $98, these are also a chic and affordable alternative to classic Wayfarers or a pair of frames from online sites like Warby Parker. Versatile and easy to pull-off, these sunglasses can be dressed up for a weekend at the Hamptons, or paired with a more casual look to take you through the summer music season in style.
notes: For David Macklovitch, half of New York-based electrofunk band Chromeo, fashion is distilled into a few timeless essentials. Among the classic staples: these black Ray-Ban Wayfarers, which are the only pair of sunglasses Macklovitch has ever worn.
We photographed the man who’s also known as “Dave 1″ before his performance at Osheaga – a homecoming of sorts for the Montreal native, who’s spent the better part of the year promoting the band’s latest album, “White Women,” which spawned the “Get Lucky”-esque hit single, “Jealous (I Ain’t With It).
Macklovitch also wears these Ray-Ban glasses as optical frames, and they’ve become his signature of sorts, along with some well-tailored blazers or leather biker jackets, paired with a T-shirt and jeans. It’s important for bands to also have an aesthetic vision in addition to a musical one, Macklovitch explains, and a great pair of specs is the perfect, finishing touch.
notes: Anh-Ton Tran is the optometrist and owner of recently opened eyewear boutique, Voskins Lunetterie, located in Montreal’s up-and-coming Griffintown neighborhood. As someone who enjoys good architecture and design, it’s no surprise that he gravitated toward these super round frames from Hapter. These “BO1L” frames are inspired by a pair of glacier military goggles from WWII, and combine surgical steel with a custom-made textile similar to the material used in vintage Italian Army uniforms. Like a pair of jeans, the material on these glasses will gain character over time, giving them a nice and personal “lived in” quality.
We love the shape of these frames, with its oversized rims and curved brow line reminiscent of a gentle wave in the ocean. The clear nose bridge is also a unique design element. Based out of Italy, Hapter is the winner of the famous German Design Award in 2014. The jury recognized the company calling it “A fusion of different worlds and materials to create a new, exclusive industrial process: concise, linear and sustainable. A superb, innovative fashion look.”