Eyewear: Warby Parker
Not everyone can pull off super-round frames like these “Begley” glasses from Warby Parker, but Sam makes it look effortlessly cool. These vintage-inspired frames are made from custom cellulose acetate, with teflon-coated screws for durability. Fun fact: these are the same frames seen on Joaquin Phoenix in the recent film, Her.
Sam picked out these frames because of the “Midnight Blue” colour. “I really like the subtle hue,” he says. “It only gets picked up in the right light and I’ve never gotten more compliments on any of my other glasses!”
Eyewear: Oliver Peoples
The “Afton Sun” frame is one of the iconic sunglass styles from California-based Oliver Peoples, combining a laid-back West Coast vibe with a sporty, retro aesthetic. We typically see these frames in a matte black, which makes Steve’s “Taupe Gradient” pair that much more special. With a chunky outline and slightly deeper-set lenses, these acetate frames are crafted to be both bold and timeless. We love the triple-pin detailing on the temples, and the way the arms mirror the custom, amber photochromic glass lenses. A 7-barrel hinge adds durability.
Ryan Guldemond is the lead singer and guitarist of Canadian indie rockers Mother Mother, and we spotted him in Toronto in these rock-and-roll worthy shades. Ryan picked up these aviator sunglasses at a London Drugs store, after leaving his usual pair of Maui Jim’s behind at the studio. Though he calls these his “no name glasses,” we’re digging the classic look of the metallic frame, while the double bridge and tortoiseshell tips add a little bit of edge. Paired with a leather bomber, it’s a cool and confident look whether you’re on – or off stage.
Eyewear: Joe Fresh
Jeff liked these Joe Fresh sunglasses so much that he bought four pairs! With a sporty, flat-top design and a cool animal print, these shades look just as good for a casual stroll through the park as they do on the beach. The wide rectangular shape, meantime, works well on round faces, balancing out the jawline and adding contrast (Look for a pair of frames that end just past your cheekbones, which will add angles to your face instead of blending in). The best part of these frames: Jeff picked up these glasses for only $14 each! It’s not wonder he wanted to stock up!
Eyewear: Theo Eyewear
Jan liked the stylish and sporty look of these “James 7” frames from theo eyewear. These metal frames, done in collaboration with designer James Van Vossel, feature an “Electric Blue” colour that draws attention straight to the eyes. Take note of the architectural shape – at once curved and jagged, and incredibly forward-thinking in composition. The frames are also unique for their integrated nose pads – made by bending a thin metal plate backwards into the shape of a nosepiece.
The manager of Optiek Somers in Antwerp, Jan is the son of theo eyewear co-founder Wim Somers, who launched his first collection in 1989.
Eyewear: Selima Optique
Narayan is a true eyewear connoisseur – and we’re not just saying that either. Case in point: these “Lucas” frames from Parisian brand, Selima Optique. These retro-inspired frames were the first pair that caught his eye at the Selima Optique store in New York, and he knew he had to have them. We love the “blue horn marble” colour way, which is an artistic and luxurious take on the traditional tortoiseshell. Make sure to also take a look at the exaggerated nose bridge and temples, which add flair and visual interest.
Narayan has been wearing glasses for as long as he can remember, and loved going into stores as a kid and trying on every pair. His favourite memory? As a kid, he had a favourite pair of bold-colored frames and was once asked why he wore these, “purple glasses.” His response: “They’re not purple – they’re wine.”
Eyewear: Drift Eyewear
Jon’s glasses are from Drift Eyewear – a Chicago-based company that manufactures eco-friendly frames from sustainable wood and hardware. This “Atticus” model is in a “Crystal Matte” colour-way, with a custom-made rivet hinge and walnut temples. Jon like that these glasses were unique, yet still complimented his everyday wardrobe. “When I wear light blues or red, the frame subtly picks up those colours,” he says.
Part of the company’s limited-edition “Delta Blues” collection, the frames are inspired by the classic P3 shape, and feature an M49 acetate from Italian company Mazzucchelli. This traditional cellulose acetate is known for its warm and silky characteristics, while also being strong enough to fit both prescription and sunglass lenses. The “Delta Blues” collection, meantime, pays homage to loggers of the past, whose work and music continue to leave a legacy today. The wood used in this collection is milled from a century-old sunken Cypress, exhumed in Louisiana. A portion of the proceeds from each frame goes to The Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Harvey Moscot is the great-grandson of Hyman Moscot – an Eastern European immigrant who set up a pushcart selling eyeglasses on the Lower East Side, shortly after he arrived in New York City in 1899. From that first stand on Orchard Street, to its current retail store just a few steps away, MOSCOT has established itself as the go-to eyewear brand for New Yorkers and visitors alike. And, just like his father and grandfather before him, Harvey is keeping it all in the family, working with his son Zack to keep the MOSCOT legacy alive and well.
Harvey’s frame of choice over the years has been the “Lemtosh” in “Sage” – a mossy green colour that’s slightly transparent. Classic and timeless, the “Lemtosh” has been made the exact same way for more than 50 years. It’s a universally flattering stye, that fits almost every face shape. Harvey had his pair fitted with tinted brown lenses, that give the glasses an old school feel. It’s a look that Hyman Moscot himself would be proud of.
Eyewear: Theo Eyewear
Music producer Sabrina Iyadede loved these bright pink theo eyewear frames, which just so happen to look like the logo on her blog. She imagined them before she even found them! These super round metal frames are part of theo’s “Mille” collection – a play on the word “millennial” and a celebration of the confident, expressive style of Generation Y. This pair is the Mille+34, and was inspired by vintage Japanese glasses, rendered anew in simple, monochromatic fashion. We love the whimsical rounded nose bridge, and the colour contrast at the temple tips.
It took Sabrina a while to find a pair of theo frames that were perfect for her, but once she put these on, she didn’t ever want to take them off. Sabrina says that these glasses “make people happy” – which in turn, make her pretty happy too.
Eyewear: L.A. Eyeworks
A true artist and visionary in the eyewear industry, l.a.Eyeworks co-founder and co-designer Gai Gherardi is known as much for her inventive eyewear as she is for her – quite fabulous! – sense of personal style. From her early days working at an optical shop in Orange County, to opening the first l.a.Eyeworks boutique on Melrose Avenue in 1979, Gai has long encouraged customers to have fun with their glasses, with bold, futuristic designs inspired by art, fashion and the city of Los Angeles.
Gai’s current go-to is the “Silverman” – a statement frame made from etched stainless steel. The frame features a wide brow-line, curved, square-shaped lenses, and thick temples. Gai told us she designed the “Silverman” frame as a way to unite the ideas of nostalgia and the future. We think they look perfect in the current day as well!