We photographed Business of Fashion founder Imran Amed in these Illesteva sunglasses during Paris Fashion Week last fall (The New York Times photographed him the same day for a feature in their Sunday Styles section). For Imran, who was born in Canada but has lived in South Africa, Australia and, most recently, the UK, his choice of eyewear reflects his love for design as much as his diverse travels. These Illesteva frames hit the mark on both counts.
Dubbed the “Leonard,” these rounded frames are a signature silhouette for Illesteva, and combine a retro-inspired shape with a cosmopolitan flair. Designed in New York and handmade in Italy, the acetate frames are luxurious yet casual and urban at the same time. We love the “matte tortoise” colorway, that almost looks like animal print. The matte finish tones down the look, making the sunglasses an easy pair to wear every day. The frames are finished off with a classic keyhole bridge, slightly wider temples and metal rivet detailing at the corners. Smart and fun, they’re the perfect pair for Imran, no matter what he’s wearing, or where he’s headed to next.