notes: We spotted Josh in these vintage Ray-Bans, which were produced in the late 1970s when the entire frames were still made in the U.S.A. The sunglasses are engraved with the words “B&L Ray-Ban” on the inside of the temples, the letters standing for Bausch & Lomb, who owned Ray-Ban until it sold the brand to Luxottica Group in 1999. Once they were sold off, the company began manufacturing its frames in Italy.
We love the inspired styling of these glasses, from the angled frame – which adds visual interest – to the retro-hued shade. Do you love these shades on Josh as much as we do?
eyewear: Hackett London
notes: Looking good doesn’t always require a lot of flash. Take Duarte for example, who paired a simple henley top, slim-fitting chinos and loafers with a great pair of rectangular frames from dapper British brand, Hackett London. The look is casual, but there’s been some thought put into the details: contrasting stripes on the henley placket, a pop of colour in the pants, and a rich dark tortoiseshell shade in the glasses. Sometimes, you don’t need to go too loud with your eyewear; instead, choose a nice pair of frames that will work with the clothing in your closet, and you’ll end up making just as strong an impression.
notes: Nicole’s ready for the weekend in these classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers. One of the most iconic eyewear styles of all time, the Wayfarer was first introduced in 1952, as a casual alternative to the more “stuffy” thin metal frames. More than half a decade later, they’re still as cool as ever, and have spawned a number of Wayfarer knock-offs from companies big and small. Still, nothing compares to the original, with its distinct shape and signature Ray-Ban logo on the sculpted temples. Nicole bought this pair a year ago, but it’s safe to say she’ll be wearing them for many more years to come.
notes: Jennifer had just purchased these Prada sunglasses in Seattle the week before we snapped her photo in Toronto. These glasses are classic Prada: sexy and feminine with just a hint of mystery. The curves on the frame are strong and sophisticated, and the detailing on the corners of the temples add an elegant touch. Oversized frames can sometimes veer on the overly-trendy side of things, but when paired with classic stripes and black pants like Jennifer, they’ll never look out of style.
notes: Cara-Joy caught our attention with her unexpected pairing of a fur trapper hat and these vintage frames (circa 1950) from Toronto’s 69 Vintage. These sunglasses are unusual for the 50s, as that decade was largely defined by the rise of the cat-eye silhouette, inspired by style icons like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. These frames are closer in shape to aviators: note the wide bar across the top and the army-inspired styling. We love how the rims sharpen at the bridge, and it’s interesting to note the lower placement of the arms. Fashion has come a lot way since the 50s, but seeing a pair of glasses like these ones remind us that designers had some pretty unique ideas back then too.