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22 SUNGLASSES BRANDS THAT WILL MAKE YOU THE COOLEST GUY UNDER THE SUN
- LAST UPDATEDWednesday 19th February, 2020
Other than simply protecting your eyes from the harm inflicted by the sun, sunglasses are a significant accessory for any man. They say a lot more about you than you think, reflecting your style, your personality, whether you’re trendy or timeless, your hobbies, and even your income. Whatever you’re trying to (or not trying to) say about yourself with your sunglasses, it’s important to invest in a quality pair that will suit your face shape, keep your eyes safe and help you look cool under bright lights.
Take your time when choosing a pair of sunglasses, they’ve been known to make or break a man, and pulling them off correctly could land you your own little slice of Steve McQueen cool. Here is our selection of the slickest sunglasses brands for men. And if these are slightly out of your budget then be sure to check out our cheap men’s sunglasses which are just as cool.
Tom Ford, a name synonymous with bold, refined pieces. Their often chunky and stylish sunglasses have become a style icon over the past few years, having literal royalty (Meghan Markle) as well as James Bond himself owning a pair. The small ‘T’ logo that wraps around the arms of the glasses to the front of the frame leaves no one wondering what brand your sunnies might be, a subtle flex if you will. Quite frankly, if they’re good enough for Bond they’re probably good enough for you.
Square Frame Acetate Polarised Sunglasses $438
New York designer Thom Browne operates in a world of anti-establishment. Their philosophy of encouraging men to dress up not down is also evident in their sunglasses. A cool mixture of timeless shapes with modern designs, Thom Browne sunglasses’ are something unique that you won’t find anywhere else.
Round Frame Silver Tone Optical Glasses With Clip On UV Lenses $1,485
A name that needs no introduction. Saint Laurent is famous for their sleek, French designs that will stand the test of time. If you’re looking for some ‘of the moment’ out these stuff, these won’t be the sunglasses for you. Instead if you’re looking for something effortlessly cool, these might be the glasses for you.
D Frame Acetate Sunglasses $403
The definition of timelessness, Ray Ban is THE sunglasses brand. Founded in 1937, the brand is famous for their iconic Wayfarer and Aviator designs. Almost anyone and everyone of note has been seen in Ray Bans including style icons like John F Kennedy, Jude Law and Don Draper. The great thing is, Ray Ban has been in style for so many decades, it’s pretty unlikely they’re going out of style anytime soon. If you’re looking for something timeless or trying to channel your inner Maverick, a pair of Ray Bans is most definitely a worthy investment.
Aviator Gold Tone Sunglasses $244
Made famous by Steve McQueen, Persol has had a strong presence in the sunglasses game in the last few years. Their iconic 714 frame is not only the coolest of cool but also folds up to be a practical item for travel, to keep you cool wherever you end up. A pair of Persols might be your ticket to channeling your inner Steve McQueen, wherever that ends up is up to you.
P09649S Blue & Tortoise Sunglasses $260
Founded in 1987, Oliver Peoples can almost be considered a newcomer to the sunglasses game. Designed in Los Angeles and made in Italy and Japan, Oliver Peoples combines cutting edge designs with impeccable build quality. Oliver Peoples has a great range of both timeless and ‘of the moment’ pieces to suit all tastes.
Ellice Round Frame Metal Sunglasses $664
This New York designer has been under the control of the same family for five generations, safe to say they know a thing or two about sunglasses. Their vintage inspired designs are sure to stand the test of time.
Glick Round Frame Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses $444
Founded in 2011, this young gun is reviving the styles and build qualities of a time gone era. Garrett Leight California Optical Accessories combines the finest craftsmanship with enduring designs.
Hampton Sunglasses $554
Since 1847, Cartier has set the standard for top-notch workmanship. The Parisian design house uses similar methods and techniques to build their sunglasses as they do for their watches. Their sophisticated designs are a status symbol and coveted by many and a handcrafted frame adds an extra aspect of luxuriousness to this already illustrious brand.
Santos De Cartier Square Frame Tortoiseshell Acetate And Gold Tone Sunglasses $1,185
Handmade in Italy, Illesteva creates high quality sunglasses with an air of New York cool that reflects the big city where they were designed.The best part, they aren’t going to cost you an arm and a leg.
Cordova II Sunglasses $315
Taking an alternative perspective on sunglasses, the Berlin designed sunglasses from Mykita are for those looking to make a statement with their eyewear. Rest assured, these sunnies are also built to an extremely high quality in a clinical German factory.
Mylon Masao Sunglasses $610
Looking for sunglasses larger than life? Almost all of Dita’s sunglasses features their signature big size. To really pull of the look these glasses have to offer, you’ll need an equally large head.
Flight.004 Sunglasses $700
SUPER by RETROSUPERFUTURE
If you’re a fan of Ray Bans but would like something a little less traditional, SUPER by RETROSUPERFUTURE might be your solution. Their frames emulate some iconic shapes but add they add their own twists in the shape of changes to the frame or use of of exciting materials.
Classic Sunglasses $218
More famous for their traditional English clothing are Belstaff, you should not be surprised to hear they make some killer sunglasses. With a range of different shapes and materials, you’re bound to find a pair of sunglasses to suit your tastes.
Archer Aviator Sunglasses $530
The famous Italian design house produces great sunglasses to complement their iconic clothing. Combining both traditional and modern aesthetics, Gucci is at the forefront of sunglass design and has graced the face of many icons of the modern era. Our advice, steer clear of Gucci’s more out there designs as they’re unlikely to stand the test of time.
Square-Frame Striped Acetate Sunglasses $353
Eyevan is known for being Japan’s first fashion eyewear brand. Inspired by the tranquil Japanese lifestyle, Eyevan’s frames are slim, clean cut and minimalistic. They aim to complement your face as opposed to some other sunglasses which are a huge statement in and of themselves.
Round Frame Acetate And Titanium Sunglasses $782
Monokel eyewear is built around producing sustainable, unisex designs. Believe it or not their frames are primarily made out of a plant based acetate with recycled acetate used when and where necessary. These simple and functional sunglasses will keep you looking great whilst also saving the planet.
Aki Sunglasses $190
Linda Farrow is at the forefront of sunglass fashion. All of those sunglasses you see of the noses of Instagram famous bloggers at Coachella are probably either a pair of Linda Farrow’s or a rip off of the same design. Whether you’re heading to a festival or not, they have some great, bold sunglasses. Just make sure you’re ok with making a statement, a bold one.
Aviator Sunglasses $1,765
Designed in New Zealand, Karen Walker produces designs like no one else. Their sunglasses are unique and don’t copy design cues of anyone else, refreshing, especially in a industry where everyone copy-pastes the same designs with different logos.
Voltaire Sunglasses $327
Celine is possibly one of the most famous names in sunglasses. Designers Michael Kors, Phoebe Philo have had stints at the Paris design house producing some of the best looking sunglasses known to man. Famous for their bold, black designs, Celine is a safe go to for the more fashionable man.
Square Sunglasses $743
Cutler and Gross
Founded by one Mr Cutler and one Mr Gross, for more than 40 years the pair have been bringing flair the to glasses game. Their paired back, logo free, often minimalist look lets these quality glasses do the talking.
Round Frame Tortoiseshell Acetate And Gold Tone Sunglasses $495
Five Times Sunglasses Ruled the Tom Ford Runway
From Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent to his eponymous label, we chart Tom Ford’s fascination with eyewear – the one thing the designer says you should never leave home without
JUNE 19, 2018TEXTJack Moss
Chief among the 15 commandments that Tom Ford gave men – not limited to owning a pair of tweezers and having good teeth (“if you don’t have them, save up and get them fixed”) – was to purchase what the American designer deemed the “perfect pair” of sunglasses. Presumably this edict applied to his woman, too: fashion’s current propensity for barely-there sunglasses can surely be traced back to the slimline frames he presented whilst at the house of Gucci in the 1990s.
Now, as Ford releases his Blue Block collection – a suprisingly practical set of optical eyewear designed to block out the damaging light that a computer, or other digital devices, emit – AnOther looks back at five times Ford has celebrated shades on the runway, from stints at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, to his own eponymous label.TOM FORD EYEWEARTOM FORD EYEWEARElise cat-eye frame sunglassesTOM FORD EYEWEARSquare-frame acetate sunglassesTOM FORD EYEWEARAnouk irregular square-frame sunglassesTOM FORD EYEWEARJulia square-frame sunglassesTOM FORD EYEWEAROversized cat-eye acetate sunglasses
1. Gucci S/S01 (above)
If Tom Ford is known for being well-versed in the age-old idiom “sex sells”, one should not be mistaken in thinking – even if one of his erotically-charged campaigns for Gucci might have seen the house’s double-G logo shaved into a patch of pubic hair – that his women are simply play things. His S/S01 collection for Gucci was his most overt assertion of this yet: here, Ford’s early tendency for sexually explicit clothing was tempered with a renewed sense of toughness, which seemed to channel The Matrix’s PVC-clad and martial arts proficient computer hacker Trinity. (The first in the film’s trilogy was released a year prior.) Carrie-Ann Moss’ character was most readily evoked by Ford’s model muse for the season, the sharp-jawed and cropped-haired Eleonora Bosé, who wore the designer’s take on the rimless sunglasses central to the movie. Bosé herself was a new type of model – as Guy Trebay wrote of her in the New York Times:“Where the other models in Mr Ford’s cabine sauntered and sashayed in a way that muted the fetishistic edge of his corsets and conical bras, Ms Bosé stalked the runway with a defiant gravity that, to paraphrase Hemingway, was never far from disdain.” Bosé would go on to front that season’s eyewear campaign, coming to define a newfound spirit of the time.
2. Tom Ford A/W18
Though Tom Ford’s latest eponymous collection might have been presented in New York’s Park Avenue Armoury, it was an ode of sorts to America’s other coastline – the west, and the city of Los Angeles. “These clothes were most definitely in the business of SHOW!, and they were all the better for it,” wrote critic Tim Blanks of the occasion. Quotidian items were transfigured into anything but – leggings were made over in lamé, or dipped in crystal (so too pointed kitten heels); an exuberant colour palette evoked 1980s Stephen Sprouse and sweatshirts were embellished with ‘Giorgio’s’ in sequins, a reference to the 1980s legendary Rodeo Drive store. Of course, in the spirit of any Los Angelean worth their salt, there were sunglasses here too: namely, those large enough to block out the year-round California sunshine – or the pesky flare of the paparazzi’s bulbs.
3. Yves Saint Laurent S/S01
The turn of the millennium felt ripe for a reinvention of the Yves Saint Laurent woman – after all, a shift in mood in the early aughts saw designers channelling a newly energised, and empowered, consumer. (One only needs to look at Nicolas Ghesquière’s early Balenciaga shows of this period to find her.) Saint Laurent himself had long made power women his trade, liberating their wardrobes decades before, but Ford’s debut collection for YSL attempted to channel this without being oppressed by the rich annals of the house. So he did what he did best – a collection that was unabashedly ‘Ford’ – taking Laurent’s Le Smoking, and making it streamlined and sexy, in a colour palette of black and white. “By avoiding colour, Mr Ford not only removed the most obvious point of comparison to Mr Saint Laurent, he also gave himself a blank slate on which to propose a different proportion,” wrote the New York Times of the show. Accessories were largely absent, models carrying only a small, hard cigarette case in lieu of a handbag (an apparent ode to the house’s creator) – though some models did wear rimless black sunglasses, impenetrable to light, with their gowns, slicing through the glamour with a newfound modernity.
4. Gucci S/S97
You will likely know this show already, though perhaps not for what the models were wearing, rather, the lack of. In what has become part of fashion’s hallowed pop culture iconography – find it on a Pinterest board near you – the final slew of looks saw Ford’s Gucci women (and men, too) sans trousers, wearing simply G-string underwear, held in place with a metal Gucci logo. Though reviews of the time may have been predictably sniffy – “his soggy bra and pants – G-printed, of course – did nothing for anyone’s bottom line,” wrote the New York Times – then little has dampened the appeal of the barely-there collection. In fact, much of the desire it has provoked is from the feel that it might all slip off at a moment’s notice – including the shoes, which actually did come loose mid-catwalk. “It wasn’t meant to happen that the shoes came off – but then it’s sexy to have your clothes come off at any point in time,” Ford said, in typical style, backstage. Firmly in place though were the sunglasses – Ford’s take on the aviator – which, alongside the skimpy undergarments and tousled wet hair propositioned a bold new take on beachwear.
5. Tom Ford A/W12
If Tom Ford’s return was triumphant, it was made all the more so by the fact so few people got to see it. His first own label show was presented in S/S11, and saw Beyoncé, Daphne Guinness and Julianne Moore walk in an intimate salon-style presentation in London. Few images remain – save for a film of the evening on Ford’s YouTube channel – though A/W12, two seasons afterward, continued the contemporary Fordian mission in a similar vein. Here, he propositioned a grown up, Park Avenue-cum-days of disco brand of excess, which spoke of sex and hedonism more the spirit of Nan Kempner than the pleasure-seeking up-all-nighters of Tom Ford yore. “His clothes used to wear his women,” Tim Blanks wrote of the collection. “Now he’s got it the right way round.” Ford described it himself as “Russian spy”, so naturally his woman came replete with sunglasses – this time, XXL and worn with a leather trench and matching knee-high boots for full covert intelligence fantasy.