Made in Shades: Finding the Perfect Sunglasses


The right pair of sunglasses can make you look infinitely more stylish than you feel, protect you from harmful UV rays and allow you to look without getting caught. It’s only natural that we scope out the top sunglasses of the season for our second installment of the Summer Style Series.

We sat down with eyewear experts Michael Tovey and Ian Farnsworth of the prestigious Luxottica Group (the world’s largest distributor of premium eyewear). These two guys have an enviable access to more frames than anyone else in Canada. While trying on more than 100 pairs, here’s three things we learned.

Heritage Rules
Über-masculine brands such as Persol and Ray-Ban have combed their back catalogues from the ‘50s and ‘60s to create a collection (think: classic Wayfarers and aviators) that feels as new now as it did then. Even Prada got in on the act with a collection taken directly from the 1930s.

Colour Is Key
Not just metal, black or tortoiseshell anymore. Today’s shades run the gamut from electric-orange to military green. Watch for blue lenses. Already a huge hit in Europe, this cool hue owes its popularity to Steve McQueen, whose preferred pair is the Persol 714s. He had his customized to include blue lenses, but since then the Italian brand has adopted them as a standard feature.

Find Your Shape
When in doubt, make sure the frame follows the arch of your brow and the arms fit comfortably at your temples – new features such as spring hinges will give more flexibility for the boulder-domed among us.

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Photos by Kyriakos.

Prop stylist Derrick Elyea. 

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