Eyewear: Oliver Peoples
Steven’s style icon is Woody Harrelson, and he recalled seeing Woody in a similar pair of glasses in the 80s. So when he spotted these “Linus Cloisonné” frames from Oliver Peoples, he knew he had to have them.
This is a pair of vintage-inspired glasses that Oliver Peoples introduced for their 20th anniversary. Designer Larry Leight went through the company’s extensive archives to find this classic round silhouette, then took the sketches to Japan, where the frames were produced with a feather-light antique gold titanium. The frames are coated with a laminated acetate in tortoise, then combined with tortoise crystal polished acetate temples. A recessed bridge and nose pads add comfort, while the only mark of branding is a tiny Oliver Peoples logo embossed on the arms. Steven liked that the glasses are lightweight and comfortable; we like that they work equally as well on Steven in 2013, as they did on Woody Harrelson in the 1980s!
Andrew is originally from Alberta and for as long as he can remember, has only ever worn black plastic glasses. So when he moved to Toronto for university, he wanted a new pair of frames to symbolize his new adventure. What better place to find them than at Toronto’s own Rapp Eyewear – a local institution that’s been dispensing frames since 1983.
While Rapp carries a number of high-end eyewear brands, Andrew’s “Albert” frames are part of the company’s in-house line, completely designed and manufactured in Canada. Andrew liked these frames because of their unique colour combination, with an olive shade on the front and a blue tone on the back. We love the subtle stripes that run across the frames, and the thick temples and arms. We also love the bold shape of the glasses, which falls somewhere between “chunky” and “traditional.” Andrew admitted that he probably wouldn’t have gravitated toward these frames in the past, but in a new city and new phase of life, there’s never been a better time to try something different!
Eyewear: Garrett Leight
These “Hampton” frames are Garrett Leight’s take on the original P3 shape – a term opticians used to describe the preppy, rounded style of glasses made famous by people like Andy Warhol, and these days, by eyewear aficionados like Johnny Depp. The frames are distinct for the way the top is slightly straighter, following the natural arch of the browline, before curving into the exaggerated temples. Zully’s pair, in “Matte Espresso,” is made with cured cellulose acetate and mineral glass lenses, both sourced from Japan and Italy. Custom five-barrel hinges add strength and durability, with an engraved core wire detail for fit and shape. The look is traditional yet youthful – a classic style that any mom would approve of!
You may know Adriano Goldschmied from his namesake denim line “AG Jeans,” or as the co-founder of contemporary label, Diesel. These days, he’s lending his sartorial eye to the California-based denim company, Citizens of Humanity, as their EVP of Product Development. It’s clear he has a flair for denim, but when we met Goldschmied at a recent event at Harry Rosen, we also learned a thing or two about his appreciation for eyewear. Case in point: the rimless titanium Lindberg frames he wore, which are designed without any screws or rivets, to create a pair of glasses that are as minimal in construction as they are in appearance.
“I like that they are flexible,” Goldschmied told us, about these super lightweight Danish-made frames. “It’s strange because they don’t look strong [but] they are very solid; they don’t break. I’m totally not an organized person, and I put books on top of my glasses and they don’t break.”
Goldschmied says his eye for choosing the right denim also extends to choosing the right pair of frames. It has to be about what you feel, but also about what actually works. “In the end, I think it’s about the aesthetic and how good looking it is, but there is also other criteria,” he says. “With jeans, you have to like them by the wash or fabric. With glasses, it’s the same thing. I like that these glasses are very thin and flexible; it’s a sophisticated material. I need sophisticated materials.”
As for whether or not he would design an eyewear collection of his own, Goldschmied says it’s something he’s considering. “Honestly, it’s something that I would like to do,” he says. “Obviously I need help because glasses are very technical, and like fragrances or perfumes, you may have good taste, but you need to have someone helping you and then you can understand what fits into your aesthetic and into your brand.”
“You really need to have the support of someone who knows how things work,” he continues, “[but] I’d consider any kind of design object: home furniture, leather goods, glasses – they’re all things that I like.”
Matt’s philosophy when it comes to fashion is “black on black on black,” so it’s no wonder he gravitated towards these shades from RetroSuperFuture. This pair of matte black flat-tops is one of SUPER’s signature styles, with a look that’s clean, unfussy and undoubtedly modern. Once considered a pretty bold silhouette, the flat-top now appeals to a wide audience, with a shape that’s flattering to most faces and versatile enough for any occasion (or outfit). SUPER even started making this pair in three sizes – small, regular and large – proving that the flat-top isn’t just for hipsters anymore.
Emily Ramshaw is the Assistant Fashion News Editor at Flare Magazine, and we asked her to try on these “Powell” frames, from Dan Levy’s new collaboration with Toronto boutique, Spectacle. The “D.L. Eyewear x Spectacle” collection features four of the brand’s signature frame styles, available in different lens combinations. Our favorites: the chunky “Whitehall” tortoiseshell frames with bright blue mirrored lenses, or a matte black pair of “McKenzie” frames with a unique “greenbird” gradient. Only 100 pairs were manufactured in total, making this a truly limited-edition collaboration.
Emily was skeptical at first about pulling off these Clubmaster-inspired “Powell” frames, but she quickly realized how stylish they could be. The “silver tortoise” colour is a muted yet refined take on tortoiseshell, while the grey gradient lenses complete the elegant look. Designed to be unisex, the “Powell” also has a retro feel, injecting a little bit of nostalgia mixed with a dash of sophistication and personality.
Want your own piece from the new collection? 48 pairs from the collaboration are available at Spectacle’s three locations in Toronto. The rest are available for purchase online at dleyewear.com.
Eyewear: Leisure Society
Jade purchased these Leisure Society sunglasses at Sundance because she loved the detailing on the arm and the vintage feel. Part of Leisure Society’s luxurious yet accessible line of eyewear (inspired no doubt by creative director Shane Baum’s stints working at Paul Frank and Louis Vuitton), these “Harvard 51” frames were modelled after a pair of glasses issued to troops by the military in WWII. We love the higher bridge and slight butterfly shape along the brow line, not to mention the contrast of the tortoiseshell and gold. At once preppy and feminine, the glasses are made from 100% pure titanium plated in 18k gold, then combined with Japanese cotton-based acetate temple tips & hidden spring hinges. Everything is done by hand, with craftsman reportedly spending up to six hours per frame! As collectible as they are wearable, these are statement frames through and through – a mix of good design and quality craftsmanship.
Eyewear: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Jeremy bought these sunglasses because he wanted a rugged pair of shades that would be versatile enough to wear with any outfit. He found these Marc by Marc Jacobs frames at Holt Renfrew a few years ago and they have been his go-to ever since.
These dark tortoiseshell frames feature square aviator lenses, with a cutout double bridge and wrap-around piping. The glasses are made from a matte plastic on top, with brown, gradient lenses. Little details like the engraved temples and the striped arms add visual interest. These frames work on almost any face shape, providing a cool, confident, and masculine look. Whether paired with a tank-top and shorts, or with a suit, they’re as versatile as Jeremy wanted, with style and swagger to spare.
Eyewear: Tom Ford
Randi has been eyeing these Tom Ford sunglasses for a while, and she originally wanted them in black or tortoiseshell. But when she spotted this ivory pair in her friend’s kitchen being unworn, she decided they would work just fine, and promptly made them her own (read: she took them home).
This “Nikita” frame features a dramatic, retro-inspired cat-eye, that starts out slim on the bottom, before curving into wide, pointed temples. A saddle nose bridge and thinner arms adds contrast. The Tom Ford logo, meantime, is etched onto the left lens and inlaid on both temple tips. It may not have been the color Randi originally wanted, but the ivory shade works as a great, soft neutral, adding a certain allure and feminine touch to any outfit.
Fabiana bought these Acne sunglasses as she loved the quality of the material and the beautiful, paint-inspired print. These “Frame” sunglasses are handmade in France, using an 8mm thick acetate, and lightweight matte plastic. The chunky glasses feature a slightly arched brow, a thick bridge and wide temples and arms, but it’s the pattern that really grabs our attention. Acne calls this their “brushed leopard print” and we love the shades of purple and black that sweep across the frames. The color contrast and lines almost lend a textural quality to the frames. It’s modern, urban and feminine all at once. This is a gorgeous print that would look just as chic on a flowing dress down the runway, as it does on a pair of statement sunglasses on the street.