This doesn’t happen too often: Ray-Ban just released a new frame. The Clubround is fresh but looks familiar, based on the classic Clubmaster silhouette, with a slightly more rounded outline. Available now in black and tortoise.
With styling inspired by the ’50s & ’60s—the heyday of the typewriter for which the new Persol collection is named, it features refined, period-correct details & premium materials in 4 styles; available with sun or Rx lenses.
Persol has just released a new collection of their most iconic classic frames. The Icon collection includes the 649, the foldable 714, and the half wire-frame Cellor in new colors and updated versions including optical-lens options and thinner, lighter weight frames.
Wearing these new sunglasses will make your world look like one of the 70s-style Instagram filters. Warmer, more saturated, and more, well, classic. The trick is a tint in the lens that instead of blocking out the sun’s rays, adjusts them to look just a bit better, same as the ’Gram does to those dull photos you shoot out the car window.
SoCal-based Salt Optics is ready for the Spring sunshine. Their new collection of shades and prescription frames feature clean, simple designs in a variety of lens options and colors. A personal favorite.
Stretch pants and bump skiing may have died thirty years ago but one staple of early 80s ski style has returned. Vuarnet has just re-released their model 002, the classic cat-eye shade that became their signature style. It’s a complete replica of the original, right down to the Skilynx glacier lens and molded nylon frame.
Lots of younger sunglass brands have carved out a comfy little spot in the market by doing nothing but biting classic designs from Persol, the original purveyor of cool, Italian acetate frames. Next, they will copy these: Persol’s new Film Noir collection perfectly captures their classy vintage vibe in four new styles, all featuring clean lines and their 50s-era Phoenix Arrow hinge detail.
Why look forward when looking back looks so good? Smith Optics agrees. They’ve just revived a classic collection of their late 70s/early 80s styles in the new Archive Collection. These are exact replicas of their original, sport-inspired frames like the cat-eye Cheetah, cops-style Delano, the Cornice, Marvine, & more.
Current sunglass styling can be broken down into roughly 2 main themes: vintage-inspired & stupid. But southern California-based Salt Optics, being naturally averse to trend chasing, produce neither type. The clean & simple designs of their RX frames and sunglasses stand out for their sharp, sophisticated styling and high-quality optics. Above are two new offerings for Fall 2013.
Even if you have no clue that John John Florence is the greatest surfer to come along in a generation, you’ll appreciate the clever fold-up design of his signature shades from Spy Optic. This classic Wayfarer-style frame also features Spy’s Happy Lens tech. It blocks out bad UV rays, but allows healthy, long wave blue rays to reach you.