We spotted Jamie wearing these “Darby” sunglasses from Boulder, Colorado-based eyewear brand, Zeal Optics. The sporty shades were inspired by adventurers, though they look just as good on a lunch date or music festival as they do on a hike or run. Jamie liked the shape of these frames and the fact that he hadn’t seen a style like this before. The company dubbed this colour combination, “Colorado Tortoise/Copper.” Notice the detailing on the double bridge and the subtle, tiger stripe-like design on the arms. These unisex shades also feature the company’s signature “Z-resin” frame – an ecologically-based plastic made from the bean of the castor plant and sourced from Switzerland.
Founded by Dr. Wolf Schnuchel and based out of Hetlingen, Germany, this eyewear company specializes in custom-made frames (President Obama reportedly commissioned several pieces of handmade frames from Schnuchel just a few years ago!) Laird’s pair is the “411” – a retro-inspired pair made from laminated acetate, that features a horn-rim and classic keyhole bridge. The warm, chestnut brown colour that Laird chose appears almost translucent at certain angles, thanks to the shiny finish.
Schnuchel says their frames are available in over twenty colours and can be fitted for any face shape. The company will also do personalized engraving on the temples, for a truly customized look.
Caitlin bought these TopShop sunglasses for Bonnaroo, as she wanted a pair that she wouldn’t worry about losing or destroying. Fortunately, neither of those things happened, and she got to sport them again when we photographed her at the Field Trip Life music festival by Arts and Crafts. These funky shades feature a red tortoiseshell design, with a slight cat eye. The slimmer profile is a nice change from most cat eye frames, which tend to be on oversized and chunky side. Another nice detail: these frames feature interlocking hearts on the arm!
Eyewear: Cutler and Gross
Fitting to his name, George was decked out in all white at the recent PowerBall party in Toronto. The statement piece had to be these limited-edition Cutler and Gross frames that George bought at Spectacle. The frames have an icy, crystallized look to them, but the wide brow-line and thick temples maintain a masculine edge. And while we’ve seen a lot of clear plastic frames, these ones are slightly more opaque, elevating the look from “geek-chic” to high-end luxury. (Sidenote: George loved these frames so much, that he bought another pair in black!)
Eyewear: Paul Smith
Moya’s got our attention in these limited-edition “Seaton” frames from Paul Smith. These summery-ready shades look perfect in turquoise, and a unique rubberized finish that adds visual interest and texture. The square-shape rims and angular brow line add to the oversized look, while the polarized brown lenses give these sunglasses a retro-inspired touch.
As with all Paul Smith glasses, a “Good Day Sunshine” quote in Paul’s handwriting is imprinted on the inside of the temples, while the outside temple tip features the Paul Smith signature.
Eyewear: Berkshire Chase
We spotted Jessie wearing these Berkshire Chase Savile Row Beaufort Panto frames – famously worn by both Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and Johnny Depp in The Ninth Gate. Jessie – who owns six pairs of glasses – had these specially ordered from London. As the name implies, each pair is hand-crafted and custom-made, just like the famous men’s suits of London’s Savile Row.
As part of The Algha Group Ltd. of London, Berkshire Chase has been producing these 14KT gold-filled frames since the early 1930s. Each frame begins with a base metal which is then wrapped in a sleeve of raw gold material, to achieve the company’s signature “rolled gold” finish. Jessie’s pair features adjustable nose pads, chestnut-coloured rims, and thin, cable temples that wrap around the ear. This is definitely one of the more unique pairs of glasses we’ve seen since we started this site!
Simon owns five pairs of sunglasses, including this pair of Carrera “Champion” shades, and another pair of vintage Carreras from 1982. This pair features the classic Carrera “Pilot” shape, with racing stripe-inspired metal detailing around the plastic lenses, and the signature Carrera “C” on the bridge. In ’82 or 2013, these sunglasses are a summer staple and versatile as ever, whether dressed up for an outdoor wedding, or worn with shorts and a T-shirt like Simon for a casual day out.
Our editor Tim has made the move across the continent to sunny L.A. and at the perfect time too: summer is finally here and we’re ready to hit the beach and dive into the ocean. What better way to do that than with some fun frames from the Pantone color of the season: Monaco blue? Whether in jewel tones or something a little more subtle, the color adds a bright and majestic quality to any outfit. Here are five of our favourite “Monaco Blue”-inspired specs:
1. Emporio Armani “2003”
One of Emporio Armani’s most popular sunglasses is now available in beautiful blue. This “2003” model features a classic aviator shape with mirror plastic lenses and a dark metal frame. We love the contrast between the matte blue bridge and the shiny blue lenses. The colour contrasts continue in the arms, with a slick blue bar giving way to black at the ends. The Armani logo patch adds a nice finishing touch. This is a look that’s tailor-made for the Man About Town, who’s ready to kick off the summer in style.
2. l.a. Eyeworks “Rerun”
Meticulous in design and execution, the L.A. Eyeworks team always manages to mix architectural inspiration with a bit of frivolous fun. Case in point: these handmade plastic frames are dubbed “Snappy Blue,” and they could look as good in the pages of a magazine as they would with a pop-art inspired outfit. We love the shape of these frames, with their thicker brow line and slimmer profile on the bottom. Make sure you pick out the little details too, like the extra dip just under the temples and the rounded notch at the end of the arms.
3. Burberry “4123”
Burberry updates its popular sunglasses line with these wood veneer frames for men and women, inspired by the brand’s heritage in craftsmanship and functional design. These angular square frames have wood detailing wrapped around the temples, adding a sophisticated twist to a classic silhouette. The blue color is also a great alternative to classic black, adding some visual pop to your summer outfit.
4. Selima Optique “Claire”
Paris-based Selima Optique re-introduced its popular Claire frames this season in four “candy”-inspired colors. We love the punch of these blue frames, which feature sleek curves, a subtle cat-eye, and double rivet detailing on the temples. The frames are fun and flirty, with a bookish vibe that’s given a playful twist in this bold blue hue.
5. Giorgio Armani “Kaleidoscope”
For something completely different, we like these “Kaleidoscope” sunglasses from Giorgio Armani, inspired by the metallic hues of the designer’s elegant eveningwear. These aluminum-coloured aviators come with handmade leather and silk blinders, embellished with sequins and crystals. With its “night blue” shade, the frames suggest looking through a kaleidoscope, as it decomposes, refracts and illuminates the soft moon light in the sky. As beautiful as it is, this is definitely a look for the more adventurous type, who’s not afraid to embrace colour and a little bit of extra attention!
Eyewear: Warby Parker
Kelsea confessed that she thought these “Tenley” frames from Warby Parker looked totally strange at first. But after using the “virtual try-on” app on the website, she ended up buying them, and has worn them proudly since!
A less dramatic take on the vintage cat-eye, the “Tenley” features an oversized frame with a narrower bridge, all cut from a single sheet of custom cellulose acetate. Kelsea is wearing the “Burgundy Fade” colour, and if you’re looking for something other than black or brown, burgundy is an easy-to-wear alternative when it comes to eyewear. The rich colour and fade on this pair give off a retro-inspired vibe, which works perfectly with Kelsea’s outfit. It’s safe to say these “strange” frames, have become a fast favourite of hers!
Doug is a publisher, so eyewear is very important to him. While he typically purchases frames from Oliver Peoples and Paul Smith, this pair of SALT glasses (which he bought at RAPP Optical) is his first pair from a different company. Doug liked the interesting colour combination and gradient on these frames – and we agree! Made from a lightweight acetate in a clean, rounded shape, these glasses give off a look that’s at once relaxed and handsome.