Eyewear: See Eyewear
We spotted David riding his Brompton Bike in these aviator-style sunglasses from SEE Eyewear. David is an actor and currently resides in Toronto, but found these frames during a vacation in Fort Lauderdale. The boxy, oversized shades were perfect for the beach, and double as a great everyday pair as well. Dave liked the clean, matte black styling, which goes with everything in his wardrobe. These frames read a little more casual and masculine than traditional aviators, thanks to the thick acetate (as opposed to metal) construction. The straight brow-line and linear edges call to mind action sports and racing, without losing its fashionable appeal.
Kareem owns a lot of circular glasses, including a pair of Oliver Peoples’ frames and a pair of matte black LGR frames. He picked up these circular Prada sunglasses recently, after being on the hunt for something metallic. Made in Italy, these rounded, aviator-style frames feature smaller lenses and a curved double bridge, which mirrors the natural arch of Kareem’s eyebrows. Nose pads help the glasses sit perfectly on his face. Seen in a “silver demi shiny” colour way, the retro-styling of this “PR69OS” model is similar to the sunglasses worn by Jamie Foxx in the movie, Django Unchained. While those ones were custom made for the film, these Prada shades are just as cool, and a worthy new addition to Kareem’s collection.
Eyewear: Theo Eyewear
Miet Vaes is the PR rep for Theo Eyewear and met us in Antwerp a few months ago when we stopped by for a quick visit. We love these TB106 frames from Theo’s “Eye-witness” collection, which incorporate textile-inspired patterns with bold, avant-garde designs. The company’s been known for their forward-thinking ideas, and this is no different.
These cat-eye glasses draw inspiration from houndstooth, with a black metal frame mimicking the traditional checked pattern. The sweeping brow-line is painted in a striking red colour, playing up the butterfly shape of the silhouette. If this is the eyewear take on textiles, we want to cozy up to these frames all day long!
Eyewear: Thom Browne
By now, we’ve all seem Thom Browne’s round-frame sunglasses, with the mesh side panels that are meant to block out sunlight, but have become a memorable style statement all on their own. This pair is a fresh take on the the now-classic shades, re-imagined by Thom Browne for Dover Street Market. Kash spotted these at DSM New York. “I went in to buy a cardigan and left with sunglasses,” he told us, when we photographed him at The Wynwood Walls in Miami.
Handcrafted in Tokyo, these shades update the traditional square-shaped frame with the light-filtering side panels and sloped, mixed material arms. Made from acetate and metal, and finished in a “gunmetal grey” colour, the glasses were inspired by businessmen and creative professionals – think bankers, architects and interior designers. The side panels collapse inwards, so the glasses can be folded flat. Thom Browne’s signature rounded arms tuck comfortably around the ear, finished with the brand’s red, white and blue striped logo.
Eyewear: Etnia Barcelona
We met Ximena Caminos at an Argentine Asado in Miami, celebrating the new “Faena District”, which will open up over the next few years. Ximena is the Chief Curator of Faena Art, and Partner/Executive Creative Director of Faena Group. She oversaw the creation of Faena Art in Buenos Aires and will see the development of a similar facility in Miami.
Ximena was the perfect host and we knew we had to photograph her in her bright Etnia Barcelona sunglasses, and matching Chanel trainers. These “PT JL406” frames are a whimsical take on the classic square-shaped silhouette. A contrasting colour stripe runs along the browline, which butterflies into a slight cat-eye at the temples. The key hole bridge adds a retro feel to the overall look. Fitted with Glass Barberini lenses, the sunglasses are finished with the Etnia Barcelona logo, printed on the inside of the arms.
Craig picked up these vintage sunglasses at a thrift store in Miami and knew he had to snap them up. These oval, gold-rimmed frames feature a super straight nose-bridge and squared-off temples. Notice the cut-out detailing in the temples, as well as how they almost sit detached from the rest of the frame.
These sunglasses draw influence from mod culture and steampunk style, and are reminiscent of vintage Fendi and Versace frames from the 60s and 70s. With their unique look and construction, they’re definitely one to add to Craig’s collection.
Eyewear: Louis Vuitton
We noticed Omar’s brown and gold Louis Vuitton frames while visiting the Wynwood Walls in Miami. “All gold everything!” Omar said about how he chooses his glasses. These iconic, “Petit Soupcon Cat Eye” frames are made from three layers of acetate, with metal temples and accents. The frames are then hand-polished for a smooth, glossy finish.
Louis Vuitton signatures are all over these sunglasses, which feature a distinctive metal hinge inspired by the S-lock on LV trunks. The Louis Vuitton name is engraved on the temples, and there is a flower and LV monogram on the temple tips. Though the chunky cat eye is traditionally more of a feminine style, Omar rocks the look by pairing the shades with a baseball cap, tailored sweats and Doc Martens. It gives the frames a whole new dimension and look.