You’ve stocked up on shorts, tee’s and printed shirts for the summer season, holidays are booked and your ‘big coat’ now lives at the back of the wardrobe, hopefully for a very, very long time. The next thing to tick off your summer checklist should be your shades, the pair you won’t be leaving the house without throughout the sunny season and for that reason, should be an investment you give some serious thought. Before you pick your perfect pair, take a look at our selection of top-quality eyewear brands and styles below.
Featured (left-right) – Ray-Ban Black G-15 Lens Classic Clubmaster Sunglasses, Persol Calligrapher Edition Spotted Havana Blue Acetate Sunglasses, Monokel Eyewear Barstow Crystal Acetate Round Sunglasses
The timeless super-brand of sunglasses and the original creators of the Aviator and Wayfarer – styles that will forever be imitated but never matched. Ray-Ban was founded in 1937 when they created the first Aviator, a style that was designed for US army pilots to reduce the distraction caused by the intense blue and white hues of the sky. Their shades have since been worn by many an on-screen superstar including the king of cool, James Dean, who favoured the classic Wayfarer frame. The brand continues to create their time-honoured classics as well as continuously designing new, trend-led styles.
Persol are one of the oldest and most respected makers of eyewear, the original creators of the collapsible frame and the sunglasses brand favoured by Steve McQueen. Founded in 1917 in Italy, where their eyewear is still hand-made today, Persol find the perfect balance between aesthetics and technology and should be the shades of choice for lovers of excellent craftsmanship and sophisticated style.
Monokel eyewear are a modern and stylish sunglasses label based in Stockholm, Sweden, designing and producing eyewear that is handcrafted from premium, plant based acetate. Their simplistic, Scandinavian designs are finished with details inspired by Nordic mid-century modernism, created to satisfy their wearer’s need for creative expression.