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.
Spring 2013 is here and you know what that means: time to toss last summer’s fluorescent YOLO shades for something a little less Weezy. The new Stone model from Portland-based Shwood eyewear looks like a great option, it features a thin veneer of slate over birch wood plus they’ve got high-quality polarized Zeiss lenses. And those are swag.
Drift Eyewear out of Chicago has got wood. Their unique sunglass designs are made with your choice of walnut, maple or bamboo bows. By using this natural, renewable resource and donating to 1% For The Planet, wearing a pair of Drift shades won’t just look good, it’ll feel good, too. So, wood you?
Tom’s Shoes was built upon their One-for-One donation strategy. For every pair they sell, they donate a pair to a child in need. This charity outreach has now shoed literally millions of kids. Now, Tom’s is giving the hipsters something else to make them feel good about. Sunglasses. Buy any pair of these shades and help Tom’s bring vision to the world’s sightless and vision impaired.
Ever wonder why we’re all wearing the same sunglasses? The exact same frames our dad (or even grand dad) wore? Well, Oliver People’s eyewear is looking forward instead of back by creating some new styles. The Bernardo is one of them. It features a plastic frame, keyhole nose bridge and genuine silver pin accents at the temples. They’re available in colors like Tortoise Camo and Striped honey with various lens options.
Italian eyewear maker, Persol, is known for classic frames—refined styles fit for bad-ass dudes like Steve McQueen and James Bond. Hell, even little Hollywood turds like Zac Efron are hip to the Persol pedigree. Their latest collection takes design cues from classic roadsters with sweeping raked frames & metallic trims. Just the thing for weekend rides in your convertible.
An original pair of Steve McQueen’s custom Persol 714 glasses just went for 70-grand at auction. Seriously. That’s a steep price to pay just to look cool – even if you want to look like the coolest dude in Hollywood history. Luckily, Italian shadecrafters, Persol, is re-releasing the McQueen model – a collapsible acetate frame complete with blue lenses. Classic style.
It would be easy to throw a few “Spicoli quotes” your way – but, I wouldn’t want to be that guy. Just conjure up a vision of Sean Penn circa 1982. Got him in your brain? Now, get the glasses.
Inspired by a screen legend? Willem? Maybe. Yeah, I could see him rocking these. Acetate & titanium frame – rectangular & durable – giving a twist to the aviator. Salt – a coastal Socal company doing things different.