Rest assured gents, those hot sunny afternoons aren’t going anywhere just yet — and that means more time to upgrade your summer eyewear arsenal.
Even the most conservative blokes tend to agree that sunglasses are an approachable prism through which to channel a little personal style. Now more than ever, there’s bound to be an option to suit your personality. From modern classics from some of the biggest designers in the world to cultish brands favoured by those in the know, here are 8 of our favourite sunglasses which you can buy right now.
Additional reporting by Charlotte Lau.
Amongst cognoscenti, rectangular frames have always been a bold way to assert one’s style credentials. British glasses maker Kirk Originals know this better than most, which is why they make imposing square styles like the ‘Donovan’. The model combines a frame of waxy black acetate with brown-tinted lenses; and offers wearers effective UVA and UVB protection to boot. A subtle notch motif has also been to the model’s bridge, making for an even more striking silhouette when worn. Designer Mark Brown was reportedly inspired by footage from New York’s iconic CBGB club — so you know it’s the perfect accent to any ensemble which channels the angry energy of proto-punk.
HK$3,050 from Kirk Originals
Nackymade is a collaborative effort between husband & wife duo Naoki and Tomoko Nakagawa. Operating out of Kobe, the designer couple are renowned for their irreverent silhouettes — Naoki is especially partial to novelty arms. While the duo visit Hong Kong to take bespoke orders several times a year, their RTW designs are equally commendable. The ‘Taka Tie #2’ for instance combines a comfortable keyhole bridge with rounded lenses and vintage silver pin hinges: making for sunglasses that are durable, versatile, and ideal for a range of settings.
HK$3,836 (approx.) from The Armoury
For wearers really looking to put the “statement” in statement eyewear, Tom Ford remains the unequivocal gold standard. This season’s ‘Palmer’ model — manufactured by Veneto-based Marcolin group — are bound to leave an impression: channeling riotous rock’n’rolla appeal with their tinted blue lenses, oversized shape and signature T detailing. For maximum visual impact, we recommend dressing these down with a henley and worn-in denim.
HK$2,400 from Farfetch
This season, Italian tailoring giant Ermenegildo Zegna looked to vintage references for an eyewear shape which combines comfort with plenty of sartorial style. These square frames (cut from ever-classic tortoiseshell) sport dark gradient lenses, a straight brow and arms that are curved for a more precise fit. Opt for a simple ‘sportcoat & trouser’ combo and let this style’s mottled hues of gold, orange and brown do the heavy lifting.
HK$2,373 from Farfetch
Championing technical innovation and thoughtful manufacturing processes, it’s no wonder that Mykita have earned a loyal following amongst design heads and other creative types. One of their signature styles is the Cayenne: a simple square frame made using ultra-light, aerospace grade stainless steel and the house’s proprietary spiral hinge. Among the most dynamic sunglasses on the market, the experience of putting these on is enough to convert even the most ardent sceptic. Light, flexible and liberatingly comfortable, say goodbye to heavy plastic frames with the Cayenne.
HK$4,255 (approx.) from Specs Collective
Among the most recognisable sunglasses ever produced, the Persol 649s — often nicknamed “the Mastroianni” — are a testament to the enduring power of cinema. Originally intended for wear by tram conductors in Turin, they attained global desirability in 1961 following an appearance in the Pietro Germi comedy Divorce Italian Style. The model consists of a reddish brown acetate frame, complemented by smoky grey lenses which are treated for a striking gradient effect. Redolent of Italian cinema’s Golden Age, a pair of 649s is a confident statement — as much about the wearer’s artistic predilections as their aesthetics.
HK$1,897 (approx.) from Mr Porter
For 2020, Parisian leather artisans Berluti have created a riff on the traditional ‘Pantos’ eyewear style with the new Equinox. An experimentation in materials that uses a metallic front, enriched with a layer of semi-transparent acetate. True to the roots of the Maison, the style’s rim and temples are decorated with ‘Scritto’ elements — an idiosyncratic detail that has to be laser applied. To ape the renowned Berluti patina, chromatically treated lens are used, making for a style that’s striking, fashion-forward and bound to stand out in a crowd.
Following an ethos of sourcing raw materials from a variety of the most eccentric sources (such as vintage telescopes, mirrors and new old optical stock), every pair of Eyevan 7285 sunglasses is the result of a meticulous 400-step process, sometimes overseen by up to 50 artisans. The Japanese eyeglass maker — based in Sabae, Fukui Prefecture — shape vintage materials using state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, giving rise to designs like these rectangular titanium sunglasses. The lightweight gold-tone frame is fitted with Eyevan’s signature screw-less nosepad, making for a sunglass that is unrivalled in both its comfort and reliability.
HK$4,355 (approx.) from Mr Porter