Li Edelkoort is one of the world’s most prominent trend forecasters, so when we spotted her in these Ray-Ban Wayfarer frames, we had to know all about them. “They’re a classic,” she said, “and I’ve been wearing the same pair for years!”
Li’s not the only one who feels that way. Ray-Ban has sold millions of pairs of their now-iconic Wayfarer frames since the style was first introduced in 1952. Though they’ve since introduced a number of variations (in both color and silhouette), Li’s “Original Wayfarer Classics” are based off that very first design. Commonly seen as sunglasses, Li has turned the specs into optical frames that wrap perfectly around her face. The full-rim frame is made from acetate and features the brand’s iconic temple rivets and raised Ray-Ban signature on the sides. Li may spend her days searching out the latest trends, but as we’ve all learned, it’s hard to mess with a classic!
Eyewear: Garrett Leight
We caught Sean on Queen Street West in Toronto debating the merits of tortoiseshell glasses with a friend. These “Wilson” sunglasses from Garrett Leight feature a “Tokyo Tortoise” colour – a term typically given to a tortoiseshell print that is highly marbled, with blond tones mixed in with the traditional black and brown. These glasses feature a stainless steel metal frame, with acetate temples and round, windsor rims. The green lenses add a nice contrast to the flecked amber and honey tones in the tortoiseshell. Based off a vintage silhouette, these sunglasses are relaxed yet undeniably cool, not unlike Sean himself!
Eyewear: Westward Leaning
Marc Yuquico is a buyer at Holt Renfrew, so he knows a thing or two about being stylish. He fell in love with these aviator sunglasses from Westward Leaning, thanks to the bronze tint on the lenses. “Not many people have bronze lenses,” he told us, “so these sunglasses are definitely unique.”
Inspired by one of history’s most famous airplanes, these “Concorde 7″ frames are Westward Leaning’s take on the iconic pilot’s glasses (a.k.a.”aviator” shades). These glasses combine a shiny “Tokyo Tortoise” acetate with a black metal frame. Walnut side inlays and bronze ceramic nose pads add to the unique materials used. The tint on the mirrored lenses is actually labeled “Rose Gold,” though in different lighting it can project hues of brown, orange and red as well.
Westward Leaning is known for donating $10 from every sale towards supporting education. Proceeds from the Concorde Collection support the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), whose mission is to make excellence in science education a reality for all students.
Eyewear: Thom Browne
Sometimes love at first sight isn’t so simple. Case in point: Andrew was looking for new sunglasses and saw these Thom Browne aviators at a trunk show at Spectacle in Toronto. He loved them almost as soon as he put them on but had to go home to digest the price. A few days later, he went back to buy them.
Hand-crafted in Japan, these sunglasses feature a gold-plated frame wrapped in acetate. We love the double bridge design and the modified oval shape, which is a slightly wider take than the traditional aviator silhouette. As with all Thom Browne frames, the temple tips feature the brand’s signature tri-colour stripe. Whether on a private jet or paired with a casual outfit for errands around the city, it’s not hard to see why these sunglasses are easy to fall in love with.