Get to Know: Sunday Somewhere

Sunday comes and Sunday goes
Sunday always seems to move so slow
To me, here she comes again
A perfect ending to a perfect day
A perfect ending, what can I say
To you, lonely Sunday friend?
With you, Sunday never ends.
– Sonic Youth

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It would make sense that eyewear brand “Sunday Somewhere” was inspired by a Sonic Youth song. After all, the Sydney-based company makes glasses that – like the band – are a little bit rebellious, a little bit nostalgic and unquestionably stylish.

The brain-child of eyewear aficionados Dave Allison and Carlos Aviles, “Sunday Somewhere” was founded three years ago, based on the principles of detail, quality, simplicity and originality. Referencing both classic vintage frames and futuristic materials, the result is a collection of glasses that is distinct in both look and finish. No one else makes glasses quite like this.
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We love the mix of fun colors and subtle details, which provide a nice contrast with the glossed Italian acetate and brushed metal finish of many of the frames. The shapes, meantime, are bold and adventurous but more wearable than you’d think. The goal, the designers say, is to create something original, while maintaing the easy, laid-back vibe of a Sunday morning.

With music, we’re constantly searching for something fresh and different, but there’s also something to be said about a favorite, familiar band. The same applies to eyewear: it’s nice to take risks with a new pair of glasses, but you also want a pair that’s tried and true. “Sunday Somewhere” manages to find that balance between retro and modern, avant-garde yet accessible. These are glasses you’ll want to wear and show off, not just on Sunday, but all week long.
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Jonathan Cherry

Jonathan is an actor and he picked up these Kliik “453” frames from a gifting suite (as actors are wont to do). As someone who usually wears contacts, Jonathan gravitated toward these glasses because he loved the modern and functional design. Kliik is known for taking the architectural and whimsical qualities of Danish design and applying it to eyewear, resulting in collections that are as innovative as they are stylish. These frames, in a “Black Smoke” colour way, are made from a translucent acetate and feature a slightly raised brow, thick temples and thick arms. Though they appear to be two-toned frames at first, there’s a subtle caramel gradient that’s seen between the black half of the frames and the bottom half. We also love the slight break at the temples, where the clear acetate pokes through. It’s these little details that truly make these glasses gifting suite-worthy, and part of our eyewear A-list!

Heather Toskan

Heather had been looking for round glasses for a few years, but never quite found a pair that she liked. So when she spotted this pair of round Joe Fresh sunglasses (for $15!), she promptly snatched them up, took out the shades and swapped in her own prescription lenses! The retro styling, slightly lower nose-bridge, and subtle tortoiseshell help make these glasses a true attention grabber. In fact, a few months after buying these specs, Heather ran into Joe Fresh designer Joe Mimran and his wife Kim, who both commented on how great her glasses were. Imagine the couple’s excitement when Heather took off the frames to reveal the Joe Fresh logo! As it turns out, Joe had a similar pair of glasses, that he had also customized with prescription lenses. Looks like great minds – and great eyewear lovers – think alike!

 

Kirk Barrie

We photographed Kirk at Rethink Breast Cancers’ annual fundraiser, Boobyball, and couldn’t help but notice his stylish blue and red frames. Kirk was traveling in Milan and searching for a souvenir when he came across an eyewear shop in a back alleyway. Wanting something bright and bold, he gravitated toward this “European” style, and literally saw these hand-made frames produced in front of him. We love the Rocket Pop-like colors and the abstract quality to the arms. The frame, meantime, features a classic shape – in between round and square – with thicker temples and a higher bridge.

Kirk says he loves wearing something a little different and likes the fact that he can pull off a more artistic frame like this, even in North America. Another sign that he likes the frames? He got another pair that’s equally eye-catching – in royal blue and neon green!

Vicki Nguyen

Vicki’s rocking these stylish shades, which reminded her of an equally-stylish pair she spotted in Acne’s latest collection. These chunky black frames feature thick rims and arms, a concave bridge, and a brushed matte finish. Like the Acne pair they were inspired by, the frames take from the brand’s Scandinavian roots, with cool and minimalist styling.

Vicki liked the exaggerated shape of the glasses and the almost wood-like material. She also liked how simple they are. The clean lines and dark colors would look equally at home on a fashion-forward guy as well. Acne released these sunglasses as part of their spring/summer 2013 collection, while Vicki found her pair at a vintage store – proving that good looks and good glasses will always come back around.

Peter

Peter’s Buddy Holly-esque glasses are part of the limited edition “294” frame that British designer Paul Smith did for Oliver Peoples. This unisex style may channel an indie hipster look, but it was actually inspired by a pair found in Smith’s first collection in 1994. A modified version of the frame was introduced into Smith’s “Spectacles” collection in 2006.

This pair, made for Oliver Peoples, features a thick and bold design made from high-quality acetate. Peter is wearing the “Cobalt” color, with hints of dark navy and black, and a subtle tortoiseshell front. A great pair of quintessential, everyday glasses, this is also the pair that Smith wears himself!

Kate Gadiyeva

Kate bought these Stella McCartney “4006” sunglasses in New York last September because she wanted something that was “cat eye-inspired without being too catty.” These frames are from McCartney’s spring/summer 2010 collection and feature a sporty design, with a ski goggle-inspired shape and sharp red detailing that extends across the arms and down the sides of the temples. The v-shaped nose bridge helps the frames fit comfortably on Kate’s face, while also extending the chic athletic motif.

Kate says she normally gravitates toward more classic styles and that this pair was definitely unique for her. Judging by the way she put the rest of the outfit together (we love the leather jacket!), we think the shades will fit into her wardrobe just fine!

Alice Reddick

Alice’s vintage glasses are reminiscent of plastic Cazal or Christian Dior frames from the 1970s and 80s, with their extra-large rounded shape, high bridge and translucent finish. Alice got this pair from Black Market in Toronto and liked that they were “gigantic enough” that she could see right through them, without noticing the edges of the frames. Normally a fan of black, Alice also liked the earthy brown tone of these specs, which also hark back to the 70s and 80s influence.

Caitlin Wright

Caitlin works as a stylist and liked the classic appeal of these “People” frames from RetroSuperFuture. Handmade in Italy, these acetate frames feature a retro, “butterfly-style” silhouette, along with a metal bridge and arms. We love the contrast between the black and gold, and the way the glasses fit the “oversized” trend without being too clunky. A true eyewear fan, Caitlin has a sunglasses stand in her room that holds more than 40 pairs of shades – and that doesn’t even include the boxes of glasses she has in her closet! Her advice: don’t be afraid to be as expressive with your eyewear as you are with your clothes. Judging by her outfit here, it’s safe to say Caitlin’s leading by example!

Damien Veran

Damien’s Masunaga glasses were purchased at Colette in Paris and were a gift from his wife. As someone who’s found it difficult to find frames that shape his face, Damien was so thrilled with these “018” frames that he also got them as regular non-tinted prescription glasses.

Made in Japan from hand-polished acetate, Masunaga is one of the oldest eyewear manufacturers in the country, having first premiered the line in 1905. While some companies out-source different parts of the production process, Masunaga’s factory in Fukui produces everything in-house, from sculpting of the raw materials, to the hand-finishing of each frame. Damien’s frames feature clean, curved edges and a modern finish. We love the two-tone “Demi Brown” pattern, with tortoiseshell on the top and a warm chestnut colour on the bottom. Silver rivets, seven barrel hinges and slightly transparent arms add to the hand-crafted and distinctive nature of these glasses.

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