Eyewear: Karen Walker
They may be oversized, but there’s no hiding behind Elisa’s “Space Bug” frames from Karen Walker. These chunky, super round frames are made from a thick acetate, then finished a subtle translucent hue and brown mirrored lenses. We love the contrast between the giant lenses and the narrow arms. Elisa liked that the rounded shape gave these frames some character. Chic, yet playful, these glasses prove that bigger is definitely better – at least when it comes to cool eyewear.
Eyewear: Oliver Peoples
Pablo is literally seeing the world through rose-coloured lenses, with these “Sheldrake” glasses from Oliver Peoples. The glass lenses are an exclusive custom colour for these frames, which are hand-sculpted from acetate, then finished with a traditional key-hole bridge. The “Buff” shade is slightly transparent, exposing a visible core-wire and rivet detailing on the temples. A signature Oliver Peoples logo is embossed at the end of the arms.
This is Pablo’s third pair of “Sheldrake” glasses and he’s put in rose-coloured lenses for each one of them. He wanted something special, and likes that they soften his features and help to tone down his outfits. We like the way he sees things!
Eyewear: Waiting for the Sun
A model, actress and former MTV Latin America VJ, Eglantina Zingg’s fun and spirited personality drew us in when we ran into her in Miami. Those limited-edition frames from Paris-based Waiting for the Sun didn’t hurt either. Designed in collaboration with fellow French brand, Le Mont Saint Michel, these sunglasses were released in 2013 as part of a series of products celebrating Le Mont Saint Michel’s 100-year anniversary.
The unisex frames are made from an Australian tea-wood, then naturally dyed to achieve its textural “Grey Oak” colour. We love the chunky half-rim design, and the way the grey frames contrast with the jet black lenses. Dubbed the “Club Vintage,” this model effortlessly merges Parisian sophistication with a Southern California attitude. Just like Eglantina, the glasses are fashion-forward yet laidback at the same time, and 100% undeniably cool.
Talk about a pair of funky frames! Khyal picked up these vintage specs from a small shop in Paris, and fell in love with their casino-inspired styling. A big eyewear fan, Khyal was looking for something fun and whimsical to add to her collection. These plastic frames were made in France and feature narrow oval lenses that stretch across to the temples. Taking inspiration from Las Vegas and rhinestones, hand-painted white dots line the top and bottom of the frames, for a billboard-worthy impression. These glasses aren’t for everyone, but with a little bit of humour – and a dash of fashion fearlessness – Khyal manages to pull it all off!
Interior designer Jon Call is a big eyewear fan, who has more than a dozen pairs of glasses on regular rotation. His favourite eyewear brands include Selima Optique and YSL, though these Moscot frames – Jon calls them his “standby glasses” – hold special meaning as well. Jon’s first apartment in New York was across from the Moscot store, and he picked up these “Nebb” frames because he wanted a pair of vintage-inspired glasses with a slightly more modern fit.
These acetate frames have a decidedly old school Manhattan feel, and feature a chunky, rectangular shape and saddle nose-bridge. Double rivets and a deep Tortoise colour add visual interest. Paired with his polka-dot blazer and tie, Jon pulls off a retro-meets-modern look convincingly, proving that his knack for design extends to his dapper duds as well.
We photographed Karl in these vintage Tura frames from the 1950s. These aluminum frames featured wide, rectangular lenses, a rounded nose-bridge, and thick, motor-inspired temples that were indicative of men’s glasses from that time. Tura is actually the company that first patented aluminum frames, bringing them to market in 1947.
Originally sold out of a dispensary on Madison Avenue in New York, Tura glasses were marketed as both “medical necessity and fashion accessory.” Their frames would often come packaged with jewelry for women, and matching cufflinks for men. Karl found this pair at Fabulous Franny’s on the Lower East Side.
Eyewear: L.A. Eyeworks
Nathaly thought these vintage l.a.Eyeworks frames were a “nasty cat-eye,” and fitting for her job of merging contemporary artists with musicians. At once fresh and classic, these “Cornu” frames were released in 1988 and made famous by Susan Sarandon, who wore a tortoiseshell pair in “Thelma & Louise.” We love the sleek black colour of Nathaly’s frames, which marry a traditional keyhole bridge with modern, sculpted lines. The cat-eye adds some glamour, without being over the top.
Eyewear: Paul Smith
We photographed Andres wearing his Paul Smith “Larkin” frames at the Alchemist x Colette Pop-Up in Miami. Andres had been looking for a pair of transparent frames for awhile, and these “Clear Crystal” specs fit the bill. Silver and black circle pins add just a touch of “colour” on the sides. We love the design of these frames, which add a touch of fun to the brand’s dapper, British-inspired style. The soft rectangular shape works on most faces, and the clear frames make these a great option for women as well. As with all Paul Smith glasses, signature details abound, from the designer’s signature printed on the inside of the arms, to the sun-shaped plaque and “Cherish the Day” quote on the interior tips.
Eyewear: Thierry Lasry
Corri usually wears all black or all white and needed some colour in her wardrobe. Enter these “Therapy” glasses by Thierry Lasry. Undeniably bold and eye-catching, these Havana-style frames feature confetti-like pieces made from sheets of rare Italian acetate. The look is complimented by the chunky design and oversized round gradient lenses.
The child of an optician and a designer, Lasry’s frames have been described as “futuristic vintage,” merging Old Hollywood luxury with avant-garde designs. These “Therapy” sunglasses are no exception, mixing modern minimalism with a fun “kaleidoscope” effect to create a new classic.
Eyewear: Claire Goldsmith
Remy liked the creativity and craftsmanship that went into making this pair of Claire Goldsmith “Carters” – one of the UK brand’s most iconic and successful models. We love the bold and sculpted look of these frames, which feature a stark and elegant simplicity: there are no logos or extra adornments, save for a couple rivets at the temples. Claire drew upon the vintage archives of her grandfather Oliver Goldsmith for these frames, and it seems as though the family connection continues: Claire and her husband both wear the “Carters” on a daily basis.