Maxime Leblanc

“I choose this pair of glasses because of its boldness,” says Maxime, optician at Voskins Lunettiere in Montreal. “I like its round shape and because these are the type of glasses that will make people stop you in the street to give compliments.”

Handmade in Germany at a small, family-run factory, these “Bon Vivant” frames from Berlin-based Lunettes Kollektion merge old-time craftsmanship with modern design. Using acetate from Mazzucchelli – a company that has been producing wood and cotton fibre acetates since the 1840s – these frames drew inspiration from the classic round eyeglasses worn by the likes of John Lennon and Sigmund Freud. The flat-top bar and nose bridge bring to mind European car culture, while the thick temples and arms add flair. Maxime chose a dark tortoise colorway for his sunglasses, which are designed as unisex frames. Laidback yet aggressive, these small-batch specs don’t have to fish too hard to get that compliment.