Allan Siu

Allan liked the look and design of these Carrera sunglasses – and we have to agree. Like the Ray-Ban Wayfarers and Aviators, these Carrera shades are a classic, and continue to look good years after they were first introduced.

Founded in 1956 and inspired by the launch of the Carrera Panamericana – at the time the longest, fastest and most dangerous road race in the world – Carrera was one of the first eyewear brands to draw influence from the worlds of sports and fashion. At once functional and stylish, the sunglasses continue to be popular today, whether worn on stage like Rihanna, or for a casual day out like Allan. The unique square-shaped rims and racing-inspired stripes are a Carrera signature, and Allan’s black and white pair shows off the details perfectly.

Pamela Wong

Pamela is a huge fan of sunglasses, with more than ten pairs currently on rotation. She purchased these animal print shades at Bungalow in Toronto’s Kensington Market. A little animal print goes a long way, as seen on these frames. It’s a great way to subscribe to a trend without over-doing it. The bold top styling and square-shaped rims on these shades would look just as good on your boyfriend, but Pamela owns the look with her laid-back vibe and cool girl style.

 

Vesna Vuksan

Vesna is a personal shopper at The Room at The Bay and has been wearing this pair of glasses from Parisian brand Face à Face for the past two years. Face à Face refers to these “Ebony” frames as being “butterfly” shaped – a less severe take on the cat-eye, with sweeping curves and soft, rounded edges. Handmade in France, the glasses play off the popular two-tone trend with rich, translucent colours, while the contemporary lines keep the look nicely refined. Though they feature a sharp and graphic design, there’s a sense of refinement to these frames; and paired with Vesna’s black-on-black look and minimalist accessories, well, as the French would say: “c’est parfait!”

Eric Moe

It’s hard to believe that Eric has only been wearing glasses for four years (he has a light prescription), since he wears them so well. This pair of Thom Browne glasses is all about contrasts: bold thick lines at the top and a thinner profile at the bottom. These “combo frames” also feature a plastic top and titanium base, giving off a look that’s at once striking and understated. This is a great alternative for people wanting to subscribe to the two-tone trend, but looking for something a little sleeker – the matte black and silver keeps it straightforward and simple, while the play on the two materials gives it just enough edge. Interesting side note: though Thom Browne is based in New York, many of his frames are hand-made by craftsmen in Japan.

Alexander Josephson

We photographed Alexander at the Luminocity cocktail, which served as a kick-off for the 2013 Luminato Festival. Alexander, an architect who recently re-designed one of Josephson Opticians’ locations in Toronto, purchased two pairs of these vintage l.a Eyeworks frames: the tortoiseshell pair he’s wearing, and another in black with polarized lenses. We love the shape of these frames, which curve inward toward the exaggerated bridge, drawing attention straight to the eyes. It’s the perfect complement to Alexander’s dapper style!

Chip Kidd

Chip Kidd is a renowned art director, author, and illustrator, whose C.V. reads like a best-sellers table at Barnes & Noble: cover designs for David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs and Haruki Murakami (among others), co-author and designer of “True Prep” (the sequel to the beloved “Official Preppy Handbook”) and an original graphic novel published by DC Comics. He’s also an award-winning photographer and a highly sought-after lecturer. Oh – and he loves glasses.

We were lucky enough to meet Chip at the recent Toronto Comic Arts Festival, where he was sporting a pair of smart and savvy Giorgio Armani glasses. Though they give off an “old school” vibe at first glance, the slim profile and detailing on the temples give these frames a sharp, modern twist. The egg-shaped rims frame Chip’s eyes perfectly and serve to compliment his whimsical outfit. The look is casual and confident with a dose of good, old-fashioned fun.

Candice Chan

Luxury event planner Candice Chan owns more than 15 pairs of sunglasses (seriously, she’s counted!) but took these ones out for a spin while biking around Toronto (She decided it was safer to leave her favourite Alexander McQueen sunglasses at home). This super fun pair of shades are from Anthropologie and play up the printed eyewear trend to the max, while also giving off some big and bold bursts of colour. The retro-inspired shape keeps it grounded and ties all the visual elements together.

GET TO KNOW: Pared Eyewear

Allow us to introduce you to Pared – a new Australian eyewear line launched for spring/summer 2013 by Samantha Stevenson, who previously designed eyewear for ksubi.

Based on the word “pared” (i.e. to clip or cut down), the line features unique, sculpted silhouettes with layered acetates and refined shapes. The brand name is also a play on the word “paired,” exploring the idea that everything works better in twos. The unisex collection plays on the dichotomy between masculine and feminine, old and new, classic and modern.

Pared Eyewear - Salt&pepperST
Salt & Pepper in tortoise

For spring/summer, Stevenson chose the theme “Now and Then.” The idea, she explains, is to preserve old-time quality while creating “new classics” with fresh techniques and designs. The collection takes inspiration from classic shapes (rounded, cat eye), while playing up a more modern colour palette of bright blues and tangerine orange to contrast the classic black, tortoiseshell, and nude. Always one to push herself, Stevenson also experimented by injecting some interesting materials like metal and leather into some of the sunglass frames. And there are subtle details as well, like the small “p” engraved on both arms, thereby creating another pairing.

Pared Eyewear - Puss & Boots
Puss & Boots in tangerine
Dollars & Cents Black/orange
Dollars & Cents in black/orange
Bread & butter Nude
Bread & Butter in nude
Bigger & Better Navy
Bigger & Better in navy

We had a chance to see the frames up close and they definitely stand out. The glasses are made for people who want something different from the norm, and aren’t afraid to get a little extra attention. Check out www.pared.com.au to learn more about the company and to see where the brand is sold.

Christie Hill

We spotted Christie and her dog Ruth out at the Toronto Flower Market, where Christie explained her criteria for picking out the perfect pair of shades: they must be sexy and stylish, and be big enough to cover her face. These Chloe sunglasses seem to fit the bill. The oversized frames feature smooth curves juxtaposed by a rock and roll-inspired silver top bar. These glasses also play into the two-tone trend, with a chocolate brown colour on top and a tortoiseshell print on the bottom. And while they’re definitely big, the glasses don’t completely overwhelm her face – proof that Christie definitely knows how to pick ’em.

Josh Cressman

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?

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