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!
We snapped Noe at a Garrett Leight party in Paris wearing the brand’s popular “Wilson” frame. This vintage-inspired look features a stainless steel metal frame and rounded lenses, with authentic windsor rims and contrast gold detailing. Noe chose a pair in matte black, with “matte, spotted tortoise” arms. It’s a delicate, lightweight silhouette that’s great for guys (or gals) with smaller face shapes or a longer face profile. “It wears the face,” is how Noe described this pair, which perfectly compliments not only Noe’s facial structure, but his cuffed shirt and shorts combo too.
We photographed Eddie at the opening of the Maison Kitsuné store in Paris, where he was sporting these vintage-inspired “Wilson” frames from Garrett Leight. The frames are a contemporary take on the classic “Windsor” design – named after the town in England where this round, wire-rimmed style was first popularized. The iconic look has been seen on everyone from Ernest Hemingway to John Lennon.
Garrett Leight’s version is made from a stainless steel metal frame, with acetate temples and gold-engraved metal arms and bridge. We love the unique combination of tortoiseshell, with a “bourbon tortoise” on the front, and a “matte spotted tortoise” on the sides. It’s an antique design that still feel relevant and wearable today.
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.
These “Hampton” frames are Garrett Leight’s take on the original P3 shape – a term opticians used to describe the preppy, rounded style of glasses made famous by people like Andy Warhol, and these days, by eyewear aficionados like Johnny Depp. The frames are distinct for the way the top is slightly straighter, following the natural arch of the browline, before curving into the exaggerated temples. Zully’s pair, in “Matte Espresso,” is made with cured cellulose acetate and mineral glass lenses, both sourced from Japan and Italy. Custom five-barrel hinges add strength and durability, with an engraved core wire detail for fit and shape. The look is traditional yet youthful – a classic style that any mom would approve of!
We spotted Chris in these Garrett Leight glasses during a TIFF screening at Toronto’s David Pecaut Square. Chris says he chose these square-shaped “Westminster” frames because he wanted something that fit his minimal, classic style. He chose the “Champagne” color way, meantime, for something that was a little different, without drawing too much unwanted attention.
These frames are made from cured cellulose acetate from Japan and Italy, with stainless steel, bi-color gold and silver barrel hinges and rivets. The exposed core wire detail helps perfect the fit and shape. It’s fitting that we photographed Chris at TIFF – he says another reason he bought these glasses was because he saw Bruce Willis wearing a similar pair in a Wes Anderson film!
We met Teddy at the Gogosha Optique store in Silver Lake, where she told us that her signature style revolves around a great pair of glasses and a bold-colored lipstick. These chic and sassy Garrett Leight “Louella” frames, and her magenta lips seem to fit the bill. Designed in Venice Beach, California, these frames are handcrafted from a cured cellulose acetate from Japan and Italy, along with stainless steel gold and silver hinges. Though this model was originally designed as sunglasses, Teddy swapped out the plum gradient lenses on the frames for clear optical ones. We love the mix of acetate and metal, which lend a sophisticated and delicate touch to the oversized frames. The slight cat eye and narrow bridge add further visual interest. And while we’ve seen a lot of tortoiseshell this summer, this soft taupe presents a nice and neutral alternative, complimenting the shape of the frames without taking away from its uniqueness.