We spotted Franck in Paris wearing these super chunky faux-wood frames. Franck purchased these glasses in Hong Kong for about 30 Euros, and gravitated toward them for their sense of humour. From the faux-wood finish (the frames are actually made of plastic), to the block-like shape and purple putty colour, these glasses are perfect for someone who likes to inject a dose of fun and flair to their everyday style.
Eyewear: Tom Ford
Nico’s girlfriend chose these frames for him as she liked the shape and the way they fit his face. These Tom Ford 5289 frames are all about contrast. For starters, the retro-inspired shape is given modern styling with a thinner profile. A metal nose bridge meantime, provides contrast with the bold, acetate top bar. We also love the gold detailing, which lines the inside of the frames, and shows up on the temples through Tom Ford’s signature, wrap-around “T” logo. It’s a nice contrast with the all-black frames and Nico’s all-black ensemble.
Eyewear: Thom Browne
When we spotted Stephen riding his Segway near our apartment in head-to-toe Thom Browne, we knew we had to stop him for a photo. This Tb 501 model immediately sold out when it was first released, and has become somewhat of a collector’s piece for its chunky, block-like design, which is atypical of most Thom Browne frames.
These glasses are handcrafted in Japan and made from a zyl acetate, known for its strength and durability. Inspired by silhouettes from the 1960s, the oversized square frames make a bold statement. We love the contrast between the navy front and the white temples. As with all the pieces in the Thom Browne eyewear collection, the brand’s signature tricolor stripes are engraved at the temple tips.
Eyewear: Barton Perreira
We noticed Sebastien because of his Carven sweater, but it was his Barton Perreira frames that really drew us in. These Wayfarer-style frames feature a two-tone pattern, with matte black front and tortoiseshell temples. The acetate frames are free from any branding or logos, and riveting is kept to a simple gold plaque on the temples. We love the clean shape of the frames, which work well for men and women, and as optical or sunglasses. Just like Sebastien’s outfit, these are the type of specs that get your attention – casual yet refined, with little details that keep you looking.
Eyewear: Cheap Monday
Klaartje only started wearing glasses this year, so she knew she had to pick a pair of frames that would not only be stylish, but would also be comfortable enough for her to wear every day. When you’ve gone through most of your life frame-free, it’s important to find something you’ll actually want to put on.
It ended up being between these Cheap Monday frames and a pair from Chanel. Klaartje loves Scandinavian design and decided to go with these streamlined specs. Photographed in Antwerp outside of the store Verso (which we visited on recommendation from Gemma), Klaartje looks chic and smart with the square-shaped frames. The burgundy color adds a nice touch – not too boring but not too out there either, ensuring that this will be a pair of glasses that she can wear for years to come.
Fashion is all about contradictions and the same thinking can be applied to eyewear. Case in point: we spotted Lucas on his motorcycle in Paris, injecting a preppy punch to his streetwear look with these nerdish, oval frames. A student at the Paris College of Art, Lucas likes having a juxtaposition of styles, which extends to the glasses themselves. The traditional tortoiseshell color is wrapped around a whimsical, slightly stretched-out silhouette. The acetate frames also feature sharp temples with metal rivets, creating a retro yet modern look. Another juxtaposition: Lucas purchased these frames from General Optique (think a French version of Lenscrafters), proving that a cool pair of glasses don’t have to cost a fortune to look good.
Gemma made a statement on the streets of Antwerp in these sleek and sultry Valentino sunglasses. Gemma had just picked up these shades the day before from Verso, a fashion boutique inside a restored, 16th century bank building in Antwerp, and was wearing them for the first time when we spotted her.
At once glam and chic, these plastic frames feature oversized lenses and a bold cat eye shape. Elevated silver studs replace the normal pins and rivets on the temples. The Valentino logo is imprinted on the arms. Paired with a leather jacket, ripped jeans and boots, the look is rockstar through and through. Like Gemma’s outfit, the Valentino frames are aggressive and in-your-face, yet retain a soft femininity. They’re the perfect new frames to show off and wear – and it’s safe to say Gemma won’t be taking them off anytime soon.
When we met Ambrosius Smets the other week in Antwerp, it was as if our random rendezvous was meant to be. We walked into his oh-so-delightful accessories shop, Made by Hand, and immediately noticed his sharp, monochromatic style – and those big, can’t-look-away glasses. Ambrosius found these vintage Rodenstock frames at a market in Brussels, hidden among tables and tables full of dead-stock specs. The large, “bug-eyed” shape and brown-hued “Tabac” color are staples of 1970s and 80s design. This pair, believed to be the “E584” model, was first released in the early 80s, and features the company’s “Rodaflex” spring hinges, which were quite innovative at the time.
Ambrosius loves big chunky glasses and has multiple pairs of vintage frames in his collection. When he found these frames, the prescription inside was an exact match to his! Like we said – it was all meant to be.