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.
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.
When we spotted Stephen riding his Segway near our apartment in head-to-toe Thom Browne, we knew we had to stop him for a photo. This Tb 501 model immediately sold out when it was first released, and has become somewhat of a collector’s piece for its chunky, block-like design, which is atypical of most Thom Browne frames.
These glasses are handcrafted in Japan and made from a zyl acetate, known for its strength and durability. Inspired by silhouettes from the 1960s, the oversized square frames make a bold statement. We love the contrast between the navy front and the white temples. As with all the pieces in the Thom Browne eyewear collection, the brand’s signature tricolor stripes are engraved at the temple tips.
Jason’s black Thom Browne glasses may look simple at first glance, but there’s more than meets the eye (pun intended). These rounded frames capture a unique, retro look reminiscent of professors and artists from the 1930s and 40s. Made in Japan, the acetate glasses feature a mix of Thom Browne’s All-American style, as well as Asian minimalism, with a straight bridge, clean edges and super slim arms, paired with the designer’s signature red, white and blue striped tips. The addition of nose pads help fit the frames perfectly on Jason’s face.
It’s hard to believe that Eric has only been wearing glasses for four years (he has a light prescription), since he wears them so well. This pair of Thom Browne glasses is all about contrasts: bold thick lines at the top and a thinner profile at the bottom. These “combo frames” also feature a plastic top and titanium base, giving off a look that’s at once striking and understated. This is a great alternative for people wanting to subscribe to the two-tone trend, but looking for something a little sleeker – the matte black and silver keeps it straightforward and simple, while the play on the two materials gives it just enough edge. Interesting side note: though Thom Browne is based in New York, many of his frames are hand-made by craftsmen in Japan.
Christina isn’t afraid to think outside of the box when it comes to her eyewear. Case in point: these black and gold glasses from Thom Browne aren’t your typical pair of frames. The rounded lenses widen slightly at the temples, and we love the symmetry of the golden bars at the sides and on the bridge. We haven’t seen a lot of glasses with nose pads featured on The Spectacled, but these ones are subtle enough to fit the slim profile of the frames, while also making sure that they fit Christina’s face just right! Fun fact: Christina’s been wearing glasses for three years and this is one of eight pairs that she rotates between, depending on her mood and outfit!