The combination of strong black acetate frames and sleek 12-karat gold arms makes Thom Browne’s sunglasses a distinctive but luxurious choice. Expertly crafted in Japan and finished with anti-reflective lenses, this polished pair will bring your summer tailoring into focus.
Dior Homme’s Black Tie Eyewear collection for Spring/Summer ‘13 is all about the subtleties. And that’s fully defined in their dark blue that matches a solid acetate top frame with a smokey crystal bottom that makes for a beautifully understated two-tone aviator.
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With Nicoll’s first men’s line debuting this summer, its only right that the line get a sunglass collection to match. The label teamed up with Ksubi to create a six piece collection of frames that combine classic frame shapes with metal inserts that surround the lenses for a modern twist.
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Hong Kong boutique Kapok collaborates with eyewear craftsmen Smith & Norbu to create two exclusive frames. Two frames are available in thick yak or buffalo horn that have been sourced from the Tibetan plateau which are each cut, pressed, flattened, and finished by hand to craft just one frame.
In celebration of Porter‘s 50th anniversary last year, the eyewear specialists at Oliver Peoples have teamed with the Japanese label on a line of travel-appropriate sunglasses. Rendered in acetate, with titanium parts in a spectrum of five original colors, the frames are made in Japan from premium Japanese and Italian materials. More importantly, the sunglasses are all foldable, making them ideal for those on the go, and feature flattering keyhole nose bridges in a classic, minimal design. This being a joint effort with Porter, each pair also comes complete with a neoprene sleeve that can be dangled around the neck for easy access.
Shwood may be known best for its wooden frames, but the Oregon-based label ventures further into new, natural territory with the Stone Collection for 2013. Debuting with timeless styles that merge precision technology and skilled craftsmanship, the collection features updates of Shwood’s Belmont — with its classic panto-shaped frame and distinct keyhole bridge — and Canby, the label’s original flagship model. For the special collection, the Portland-based label tapped a German engineering firm to combine millimeter-thick slices of slate stone to build the frames. In uniquely rugged, yet lightweight stone makeups, each pair is handmade at the label’s own Portland, Oregon workshop and accompanied by 100% UVA/UVB protection Carl Zeiss lenses imported from Italy.
Oliver Peoples’ ‘Bernardo’ sunglasses for their sleek, clean lines, and this version adds pattern to the mix with tortoiseshell frames and transparent acetate. Featuring polarised lenses to reduce glare, this pair will keep you looking and feeling sharp on the brightest days.
The familiar silhouette of the timeless Clubmaster swaps its rounded lenses for a more angular shape with the new Squared Clubmaster. The signature half-rim maintains the classic look and details while the sharper lines bring the design into the 21st century.
Price Tag: $145-$150
With its oversized frame, metal fittings, and its deeply-hued Havana brown acetate, the new 2340/S sunglasses from YSL is the optical equivalent to a modern day Aston Martin: luxurious, loud and bold yet completely refined and sophisticated.
Price Tag: $325
Japanese eyewear label, rage eye control system or better known as recs, introduces a new model of glasses dubbed “DOUBT.” Available in both matte black/gingham or white/black color options, the frames can be worn with its pre-fitted lenses which offer 88% visible light transmittance, whilst blocking out more than 99% of harmful UV rays. Of course if you just like the way these frames look and you actually require glasses, the lenses can be removed and switched with prescription ones. Available Online
Price Tag: ¥7,350 ($94)
Although not the most substantial of lookbooks, Jil Sander today has unveiled some imagery from its Fall/Winter 2012 Eyewear ad campaign. Highlighting two of its styles, the eyewear range is showcased by model, Peter Bruder. Focusing in on two different frames, both clear and tinted lenses are accentuated through the cleanly photographed and minimalistic pictorial that is set against a white background. The visuals hint at an extremely wearable yet well-made assortment of frames.
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Square-profiled, military-inspired aviator sunglasses have been making a strong resurgence this season, thanks due in part to the popularity of a certain Mad Men character. Oliver Peoples has just partnered with American leather craftsmen at Parabellumfor this limited Lindford Aviator package. This vintage aviator comes in a black or classic gold frame and features rich handmade acetate inserts in each earstem which resemble a natural bison horn. Parabellum’s contribution to the package consists of a case handmade from supple American bison leather and lined with a soft lambskin. You can look for this collaboration from Oliver People boutiques starting on September 1, 2012.
Price Tag: $695
Inspired by the Wayfarer, they look good on basically any face, while details like a rubberized finish on the frames and colored lenses give them a style all their own. The perfect everyday sunglasses. Available Online
Price Tag: $110