We spotted Gideon at the MoMA Store in New York wearing these super limited-edition Prada SPR 25PS “Poeme” glasses. Originally designed as sunglasses, Gideon swapped the black gradient lenses for optical ones, which add to the intriguing look. Handmade in Italy, these acetate frames feature an in-your-face design, with a bold square shape and hand-painted flowers on the browline and temples. The frames exude lightness, nobility and amusement all at once. Produced for Prada’s spring/summer 2013 collection, these glasses almost immediately sold out and are considered extremely rare. They were the most whimsical pair of frames Gideon could find that told a story. “When you need optical frames, it’s hard to make a statement without being too crazy,” he told us. “These nailed it!”
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.
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.