The Spectacled

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Salt Optics x Aether Apparel Launch Moto-Inspired Sunglasses Collab

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.”

SALT. Optics x Aether - "EXPLORER"

SALT. Optics x Aether – “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).

SALT. Optics x Aether – “Scout”

SALT. Optics x Aether - "SCOUT"

SALT. Optics x Aether – “SCOUT”

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.

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Get to Know: LURA Eyewear

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.

LURA Eyewear - MCINROY

LURA Eyewear – MCINROY FOUR

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.

LURA Eyewear - ALEGRE ONE

LURA Eyewear – ALEGRE ONE

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.

LURA Eyewear - ALEGRE

LURA Eyewear – ALEGRE TWO

“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.”

LURA Eyewear - MILLER HIGHBROW

LURA Eyewear – MILLER HIGHBROW

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.