The first thing we reach for as soon as the days transition from mostly cloudy to gloriously clear this time of year is a pair of sunglasses. But with the onset of summer, we like to have at least one new pair to complement our new spring threads.
Of course, sunglasses make a strong style statement in their own right. As Lauren Goldstein Crowe writes in her cool book 50 Shades, nothing else "tells you as much about who a person thinks they are on sight alone then a pair of sunglasses." So here are five to make sure you're sending the right message:
T.B.D. stands for The Bespoke Dudes, a top-drawer Italian blog about craftsmanship and bespoke tailoring, so naturally these timeless tortoise frames are made in Italy. These are designed "in praise of tradition" and as "an ode to the charm of vintage goods."
Finlay & Co. is a British eyewear brand with a "rebellious spirit" making frames by hand in the Italian Alps. The Archer's mix of angular lines and rounded shapes give it great versatility while the smoked Carl Zeiss lenses are the very best you can get.
This classic silhouette is universally flattering – not too square or too round – while the he frame is handmade of acetate with nickel free hinges. Legends hails from Copenhagen and focuses on delivering great design at affordable price points.
Handcrafted in Italy, Quattrocento frames are made to the highest possible standards. These Pilots in bespoke bright yellow are not for the faint of heart, but if you're bored being one of the herd these will make you stand out for sure.
Darkside Orion Orange, $225
Darkside's shades are made by hand in Portugal seeking inspiration in minimalism and urban culture with the lofty mission to "give elegance to everyday life." These round orange architectural frames say you're the creative type and aren't afraid to express an opinion.