Writer Carole Sabas wanted something that matched her obsession with Terry Richardson, and while the Moscots were too big and Balenciaga didn’t quite fit, these vintage YSL frames proved to be just right. Creator of the popular “Fashion Guides” series, Carole found these 80s, aviator-style frames at Parisian boutique Marc Le Bihan. In related news, Carole recently collaborated with Oliver Peoples on a pair of rainbow-coloured sunglasses, inspired by her love of LA and the eyewear brand’s Wayfarer-style “Braverman” frames. The collaboration is also available at Marc Le Bihan – proof that the writer, and the store, have great taste in glasses.
Eyewear: Entourage of 7
When Marion bought these Entourage of 7 frames two years ago, she admits the boyish, oversized design caught a few people off-guard. But c’est la vie in Paris, where Marion works at chic cafe, Hugo & Victor , and taking fashion risks is as common as well, ordering a café au lait.
These “Frank” frames are designed in California and manufactured in Japan, handcrafted from zyl acetate that’s made from cotton fibres. The stark black color belies some luxurious details, like 10 kt gold-plated rivets and a 10 kt gold-plated logo on the inside of the temples. The flat brow-line and teardrop lenses add visual interest, making these unique glasses something that will take you by surprise at first, before capturing your full attention.
Eyewear: Oliver Peoples
Jasmine only wears black, so these Oliver Peoples “Jacey” frames are the perfect pair of sunglasses to fit her wardrobe. Handmade in Italy, these oversized plastic frames feature an elegant design inspired by Hollywood style icons like Audrey Hepburn. The sculptural curves and exaggerated temples flatter almost any face shape, while a 7-barrel hinge adds durability. Gradient CR39 lenses – in black of course – add a nice finishing touch.
Eyewear: William Morris London
Jean owns more than 30 pairs of glasses from around the world; her favourite souvenir, she says, is a pair of new frames. This pair is from UK brand, William Morris London, and Jean gravitated toward them for their simple shape, which “has a little gravitas but isn’t too heavy.”
These acetate frames are preppy with a bit of flair, reminiscent of Swifty Lazar’s glasses but less outlandish. William Morris London is known for their attention to detail: notice the pin detailing at the temples, and the sliver of silver where the arms meet the front. Jean’s playful wink and inspired outfit add a touch of fun to these otherwise classic, British specs.
Eyewear: Cutler and Gross
We loved seeing Judy in these vintage-inspired sunglasses from Cutler and Gross. The wide rectangular shape and exaggerated edges give these frames a distinct, retro look, perfect to fill out a fuller face. The narrow profile, meantime, keeps it soft and feminine. These black acetate frames are all hand-made and then hand-polished for a subtle sheen. We love how they add a touch of whimsy to Judy’s oufit – fun and funky, without going over the top.
Soraya’s glasses are from Hungarian brand, Vinylize, and are a nod to her aspiring DJ-brother. Though they may look like regular frames, these stylish specs are actually made from vintage vinyl records, salvaged from flea markets in Budapest.
The up-cycled vinyl is first cleaned, then fused to biodegradable cellulose-acetate to insulate it from the effects of heat. The grooves in the original record can still be seen in many of the frames – a reminder of the material’s musical past. To extend the environmentally responsible theme, old records are also melted down and molded into eyeglass cases, and the company ships everything in old boxes (so don’t be surprised if your frames arrive in a cereal box!). The company adopts a paper-free policy, and encourages all its employees to ditch the car and take public transit to work.
Materials and eco ethos aside, we really like the shape of these glasses too: a boxy rectangular design with rounded edges and thick temples. They make a bold statement even before you find out what the story behind them!
Eyewear: Linda Farrow
Tracy Sedino is the marketing director for Linda Farrow, and her go-to pair of shades are the “LFL 38” frames from Linda Farrow Luxe. These bold, cat-eye sunglasses are wrapped in watersnake skin and finished with titanium hardware and 24kt gold-plated accents. The dramatic silhouette is chunky yet elegant, and flatters her style perfectly. Though the Linda Farrow brand now has more than 150 styles of sunglasses available – not to mention rotating collaborations with everyone from Jeremy Scott and The Row, to Prabal Gurung and Oscar de la Renta – Tracy says she’s been wearing this same model for the past eight years. It seems as though everyone has a favourite pair of Linda Farrow glasses – now we know which one is at the top of Tracy Sedino’s list!
Eyewear: Gold and Wood
Pascal’s casual outfit belies the fine details of his handmade Gold and Wood frames. This “H27” model is the Luxembourg brand’s version of the classic Wayfarer shape, crafted in marbled Buffalo horn, rich wood and metal. Though the materials are pricey, the frames are not pretentious, presenting instead a laidback elegance fit for everyday wear. The brand is also conscious to use sustainable woods, and horn from animals that have already been used for meat.
Pascal works in the eyewear industry and says he appreciated the quality of these frames, which are all made in-house. He also liked that they were a “fancier” take on the Wayfarer shape, allowing him to present a slightly more refined version of his casual self.
Eyewear: pq eyewear
We were thrilled to meet Artsee Eyewear owner Carlos Venegas during our recent trip to Miami and equally thrilled to see him in a pair of pq eyewear frames by our friend Ron Arad. Like all the frames in his collection, these “Tottenham Court Road” sunglasses were named after a stop on the London Underground, and feature Arad’s signature A-frame silhouette. The construction of these frames reveal Arad’s experience as an architect and industrial designer. Crafted from high-quality acetate, the unique spring hinges and temples are made of nickel silver alloy. This pair of glasses also feature gold transition mirror glasses that Carlos did in-house. We love how the combination of gold and tortoiseshell makes them both sporty and formal.
It’s nice to know that Carlos is actually a fan of eyewear – in fact, that’s what inspired him to open up an eyewear store, to bring new and under-the-radar brands to the masses. In addition to pq eyewear, current brands at Artsee include Theo, Rolf Eyewear, Claire Goldsmith, Frency and Mercury and an exclusive for Christian Roth. If you’re in Miami, make sure to stop by the store and say hi!
Eyewear: Hakim Optical
There are many reasons why a pair of frames could speak to you; for Larry, these white Hakim Optical frames just matched really well with his white hair. Larry purchased these glasses in Toronto, while visiting from his native Connecticut. Aside from the colour, Larry liked the unique striped design, which lends a modern and artistic sensibility to an otherwise classic frame shape. Clear frames can be hard to pull off, and the white lines not only enhance the look of these glasses, but actually enhance their wearability as well.