Anh-Ton Tran is the optometrist and owner of recently opened eyewear boutique, Voskins Lunetterie, located in Montreal’s up-and-coming Griffintown neighborhood. As someone who enjoys good architecture and design, it’s no surprise that he gravitated toward these super round frames from Hapter. These “BO1L” frames are inspired by a pair of glacier military goggles from WWII, and combine surgical steel with a custom-made textile similar to the material used in vintage Italian Army uniforms. Like a pair of jeans, the material on these glasses will gain character over time, giving them a nice and personal “lived in” quality.
We love the shape of these frames, with its oversized rims and curved brow line reminiscent of a gentle wave in the ocean. The clear nose bridge is also a unique design element. Based out of Italy, Hapter is the winner of the famous German Design Award in 2014. The jury recognized the company calling it “A fusion of different worlds and materials to create a new, exclusive industrial process: concise, linear and sustainable. A superb, innovative fashion look.”
Sina chose these “Caracalla” frames from RES/REI because they’re really funky and – in his words – he has “the matching funky hair to pull them off.”
Sina is wearing these glasses in a “Honey” color, which compliments the smooth curves and refined silhouette of the acetate frames. Handmade in Italy, all RES/REI frames pay careful attention to substance and form: traditional shapes are slightly modified and injected with modern finishes, while branding is purposely kept obscure. Attention is also given to the impact of manufacturing. The company sources all its materials, suppliers and labor locally, in order to cut down on transportation costs and to reduce its carbon footprint.
Toronto-based artist, musician and designer Curtis Santiago (a.k.a. Talwst) knows it’s never that fun to follow the field. So he’s been living his life and working on his projects in the most creative, sincere way he can. Case in point: these vintage Cazal frames that we photographed him in at The Power Plant’s annual “Power Ball” fundraiser. Made in Germany and first released in the late 80s/early 1990s, this “Cazal 648” model is one of the brand’s most memorable frames, with its flat-top bar slicing across the rounded rims. The style is at once avant-garde and deceptively simple. The top bar is aligned perfectly with the temples, and it’s finished with a traditional keyhole bridge, while the “Havana” color and touch of gold add some retro flair.
Talwst tells us he’s always looking to make unique and memorable statements, whether in his lyrics, paintings or with his eyewear. Paired with a suit, this look is perfectly in line with his personality: a little classic, a little eccentric, and always on point.
Eyewear: Tom Ford
Klarisse is amping up her look this summer with these “Nastasya” cat eye sunglasses from Tom Ford. The look is futuristic yet retro, with metal detailing across the top that flares out into dramatic, winged temples. The silver frame and mirrored lenses add a luxurious sheen. Made in Italy, these shades aren’t for the faint of heart. Case in point: they’re worn by the supervillain “Viper” in the 2013 film, The Wolverine.
Eyewear: Sama Eyewear
We photographed Faraz in these Sama Eyewear frames while he was visiting Toronto from San Francisco. The West Coast spirit is alive and well in these “Club 54” sunglasses, with its laidback vibe and bold, sweeping curves that bring to mind the lapping waves of the Pacific Ocean. Handcrafted from Japanese acetate (slow-cured for strength and durability), these frames feature a matte black colour on the front, and an abstract tortoiseshell print on the sides.
As with every Sama Eyewear purchase, a portion of every sale goes to the Sam Vance Foundation – a non-profit organization that assists young addicts on the road to recovery. The foundation is named after the son of Sama Eyewear founder Sheila Vance, who lost his life to drugs in 1997.
Eyewear: Lunettes Kollektion
“I choose this pair of glasses because of its boldness,” says Maxime, optician at Voskins Lunettiere in Montreal. “I like its round shape and because these are the type of glasses that will make people stop you in the street to give compliments.”
Handmade in Germany at a small, family-run factory, these “Bon Vivant” frames from Berlin-based Lunettes Kollektion merge old-time craftsmanship with modern design. Using acetate from Mazzucchelli – a company that has been producing wood and cotton fibre acetates since the 1840s – these frames drew inspiration from the classic round eyeglasses worn by the likes of John Lennon and Sigmund Freud. The flat-top bar and nose bridge bring to mind European car culture, while the thick temples and arms add flair. Maxime chose a dark tortoise colorway for his sunglasses, which are designed as unisex frames. Laidback yet aggressive, these small-batch specs don’t have to fish too hard to get that compliment.
Eyewear: Yellows Plus
The cool and modest look of Dylan’s glasses belie the finely-crafted details behind the frames. Handmade in Japan by Japanese brand Yellows Plus, these “Terry” frames were first introduced as part of the brand’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection. Dubbed by the company as “combination frames,” they’re made from a mix of acetate and titanium, and also feature a two-tone (or “combination”) colour-way. The dark brown shade on the top half of the frames blends seamlessly with the golden tone on the bottom. The frames are purposely kept simple, with no logos or extra frills. By eliminating all unnecessary add-ons, the elegance and beauty of the craftsmanship can speak for itself.
Derek is an avid collector of sunglasses, and has a big collection of old school Serengeti’s from the 1970s. His latest pair though, is a slightly more modern upgrade. These “Ciccio” shades from RetroSuperFuture are a bold and chunky take on traditional tortoiseshell, and Derek bought them after looking for an alternative to Ray-Ban Wayfarers. The SUPER frames feature a “Classic Havana” print, with a sweeping brow-line and thick nose bridge. We like the gold detailing on the temples, and the extra-thick arms. The look is cool and confident, with a touch of European swagger and flair.
Eyewear: Rapp Eyewear
Robert lives around the corner from Rapp Eyewear in Toronto, so it only made sense for him to pick up a new pair of glasses there. The aesthetics and unique use of acetate in these “Stuart” frames really resonated with him, and he liked that they were different from brands sold in other stores. Produced locally in Toronto at Rapp’s dedicated eyewear manufacturing facility, these frames feature a matte finish, with crisp edges and a pronounced, forward bridge. The warm caramel tone is subtle rather than overpowering when given a translucent finish, and we love the bold, structured square shape. They say you don’t always need to match your accessories to your clothing, but when the overall look is as dapper as Robert’s, it doesn’t hurt to be a little matchy-matchy.
Eyewear: Garrett Leight
Edan Twena is a Toronto-based jewelry designer who specializes in diamond accessories. It’s no surprise then, that his good taste extends to his eyewear. We spotted Edan in these two-tone “Kinney” sunglasses from Garrett Leight. Named after the hip Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, California – home to Garrett Leight HQ – these brown and caramel-coloured frames are one of the signature designs for the brand. Made from cured cellulose acetate sourced from Japan, the classic D-frame glasses have a breezy, West Coast vibe that works as well in Toronto as it does in L.A. Five-barrel hinges and mineral glass lenses complete the look.