Who says sunglasses are reserved for summer? Blogger Sharad Mohan‘s vintage shades look just as cool on the street in the fall, paired with an oversized scarf and patterned sweater. Sharad found these Clubmaster-like frames during a trip to Montreal and promptly added them to his collection of sunglasses.
These vintage specs features a slimmer and more compact shape than similar glasses that have this style. We love the contrast between the rounded black top and the silver rims, not to mention the winged temple. The etched detailing on the arms adds texture and a subtle, yet ornate touch.
Rachel is the second person to own these fun and funky vintage frames, which she bought on Etsy. The first person to own the specs? The seller’s grandmother.
These cat-eye “Marine”-brand frames are the perfect accent to Rachel’s retro and whimsical sense of style, with their triangular rims and brow-line detail. Handmade in the USA, these glasses date back to the late 1940s and early 50s, with art deco-inspired styling and a mix of aluminum and plastic construction. Rachel has always had black glasses and wanted to stay with a classic look while having something that jazzed up her style. This pair definitely fits the look – and fits the bill!
Eyewear: Dolce & Gabbana
Rachel gravitated towards these Dolce & Gabbana frames for men because she liked the way they fit her face. The masculine shape of these glasses is slightly boxier, with squared-off rims and a thicker bridge. Yet on Rachel they manage to look soft and feminine. Chalk that up to this fiery, “Red Havana” colour, which is D&G’s take on the traditional tortoiseshell. The red and gold undertones compliment Rachel’s skin tone beautifully, and work with her hair colour as well. These acetate frames are made in Italy and feature a metallic Dolce & Gabbana logo on the arms.
Rod Andrade is a local artist from Toronto, and we snapped him while he was selling some of his silk-screened wood pieces at the Queen West Art Crawl in Trinity Bellwoods Park. It’s clear that an artist needs an equally artistic pair of glasses, and these frames fit the bill. We love the bright red and orange tones, reminiscent of a lava lamp or abstract painting. The rectangular shape is a classic silhouette, but the metal accents on the temples add a modern, industrial twist. Between the bold colors and details, this is not an easy pair of glasses to pull off, but Rod does it effortlessly. Oh and that handkerchief scarf and the blue sneakers: a fashionable – and yes, artistic – touch.
We’re throwing an exclusive party with our friends at Squint Eyewear in Toronto and we want YOU to be there! To celebrate the GRAND OPENING of Squint’s new location at Yonge and Eglinton, we’re giving TEN lucky readers a chance to attend a private, invite-only event at Squint on Thursday, November 21st. You and a friend will be among the first to see Squint’s new digs and have first dibs on their new collection of frames. Plus, you’ll enjoy a night of music, free drinks and goodies!
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We’ll select ten winners at random and add them and a guest to the list! Good luck!
We’ve got another pair of “Supers” on the blog this week, this time spotted on Mike in Toronto. These “Classic” sunglasses were the the first silhouette introduced by RetroSuperFuture in 2007. The coloured acetate and bold lines have become the company’s signature, and they now have more than two dozen styles, ranging from flat-top frames to full metal shades. This pair features a translucent “Ruby Red” shade that’s a nice option if you’re looking to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe without going over the top. Mike’s outfit is relatively muted, but the glasses inject some visual interest and flair. A man can dress casually, but a cool pair of shades lets people know that he’s put a little bit of thought into his style.
Eyewear: Cheap Monday
It takes a brave soul to pull off an all-leather get-up, but Kaleigh’s clearly got a flair for fashion – something that extends all the way to her Cheap Monday sunglasses. Kaleigh bought these frames in Milan because she was drawn to their sleek black colour and dramatic cat-eye. These oversized shades feature a butterfly-shape, thick rims and pin detailing on the temples. At once sexy and mysterious, they’re the perfect finishing touch to her fall outfit!
One of our favourite new eyewear lines comes out of the UK, where craftsmanship and tradition have long been at the forefront of the country’s uniquely British design sensibilities. LARKE Optics takes these age-old production methods and applies a healthy dose of modern flair, resulting in a collection of glasses that is driven by nostalgia, but sartorially progressive at the same time.
Founder Laura Nicholson started the company after deciding that she wanted to explore her love of fashion and eyewear, and the name, LARKE, plays off the idea of “embarking on an adventure.” With a skillful, carefully crafted aesthetic, LARKE frames are handmade in England and celebrate “minimalist form and understated style.” All the hinges are hand-riveted and constructed in-house. There are no logos in sight, save for a subtle “LARKE” engraved on the inside of the temples. Extraneous details are non-existent.
The frames, meantime, are hand-carved from rare Italian acetate, then finished in chic, enduring patterns and colours. We love the “Horn” finish of these “GILL” glasses (above), which reflect in the light like a beautiful abstract painting. The retro-inspired styling of these frames is brought to life with its thick, round lenses and distinctive keyhole bridge.
These “HORNE” frames, meantime, feature a limited-edition cobalt blue “Midnight” colour that is an exclusive for Fall/Winter 2013. The camo-inspired print adds fun and texture to the classic, oversized specs.
A curved triangular acetate frame and delicate keyhole bridge, form the basis for these “Locke” frames (seen below). The soft, romantic, “smoke” color adds to the unique look, at once mod-ish and futuristic.
And we could totally picture ourselves wearing the Alden frames – a strong, angular design that features a wide bridge and dipped brow-line. The square-shaped rims and exaggerated temples add to the sculptural quality of these frames – a new classic in this rich “redwood” print.
The debut LARKE Optics collection consists of seven frames in total, all of which can be customized for prescription lenses and sunglasses. At £275, they don’t come cheap, but these are handmade glasses that you’ll wear for a long time – and wear proudly. After all, British style has endured through the years, and the frames from this London-based brand have an enduring quality that will carry it through the years as well.
Eyewear: Face a Face
The lady who sold Ayana these Face à Face glasses told her she had “amazing cheekbones,” and suggested these cat-eye frames to accentuate her features.
These “Ebony 1” glasses feature soft, oval lenses set against a sculptural and dramatic frame. The translucent colouring is highlighted by a dark red strip along the brow-line, followed by a berry red, and then crystal gradient rims. A layered acetate and integrated hidden spring hinges ensure that the construction of these frames is as strong as its design. This retro-inspired look would fit right in with the ladies of Mad Men, or the British mod subculture of the 60s, but Ayanna’s all-black ensemble takes it firmly into 2013 and beyond.
Eyewear: Oliver Peoples
HGTV host Tommy Smythe loved his “Tycoon” glasses by Oliver Peoples because of their vintage-inspired look. And he’s not just saying that either – his father wore a similar pair of frames in the 1960s, and since they looked good on his dad, Tommy knew they would look good on him too. The retro design extends throughout the frames, from the thick nose bridge and wide temples, to the “Mahogany Tortoiseshell” colour. The look is a mix of literary chic and dapper gentleman, with just enough flourish to make it thoroughly modern as well.