All polarized sunglasses are not created equal. Kaenon Essentials’ handcrafted sunnies are clearer, lighter, stronger, and extremely hard to scratch, thanks to their resin-based lenses from a 150-year-old Japanese optics factory. Style standouts include Avalon, Arroyo, and Venice, each in 8+ cool frame and lens color combos.
Eyeglass wearers know it’s important to carry a cleaning cloth to keep lenses clear and scratch-free. This handsome brass capsule from Banton Frameworks is perfectly-sized to hold a microfiber lens cloth, and includes a custom printed cloth with a giant eyeball on it. It’s also available in stainless steel.
If you’re like us, we need to take our glasses off to work on the computer screen. You could leave your eyeglasses on the desk to get scratched up, or you could place them on one of Craighill’s handsome metal eyewear stands. They hold any kind of glasses and come in cast brass or stainless steel.
Sunlight is proven to boost your mood. Now sunglasses can make you happier, too. Twelve styles of SPY+ eyewear feature Happy Boost, an innovation that enhances color without dulling the white balance. It’s the first therapeutic lens tech to let long-wave blue light through while blocking detrimental short-wave blue and UV rays.
Timberland’s Earthkeepers eyewear collection introduces frames that integrate bio-based materials made from renewable castor oil instead of petroleum-based plastics. Temple detailing is inspired by Timberland’s original yellow boot, and sunglasses are polarized with an anti-reflective coating on select styles.
More than basic sunglasses, Helm Tech by SPY+ is an active multitasker. Its Happy Lens tech is designed to boost mood, alertness, color, and contrast, with polycarbonate lenses that follow the curvature of the eye to reduce eyestrain and distortion. Removable side shields and 100% UV protection block out the sun.
JBuds Frames are tiny Bluetooth speakers for your eyeglasses that direct sound to your ears. Twin attachments slip onto almost any frame to provide wireless sound as an open-air option to earbuds and headphones. Switches between music modes and calls with a built-in mic. Side benefit: makes you look like a spy.
Go big and bright or go home. Monolith 50/50 sunglasses by Spy+ Optic deliver bold style in a rainbow of colors. The large, polycarbonate single lens is curved for distortion-free panoramas, while Happy™ lens tech scientifically boosts mood. 100% UV protection reduces sun damage and the frame’s ventilation system reduces fog.
Artist and designer Jonathan Schipper created these unique eyeglass frames after being bored by the sameness of storebought glasses. They’re machined from billet 6061 aluminum with a subtly grooved texture that comes from the milling process. Available in silver, black, gold, or rhodium finishes.
Ombraz solves the biggest gripes about sunglasses: slipping off and breaking. Instead of sidearms, Ombraz uses an adjustable nylon cord that doubles as a lanyard. The lightweight frames have no hinges to bust, and German-engineered optics offer UVA/UVB protection. For every sale, Ombraz plants 20 mangrove trees.
Shady Rays’ HighRise offers a modern take on a classic sunglass shape. They feature a single-piece lens with UV protection and polarization to reduce glare. They come with black, brown, blue, or rose gold mirror lenses, and include a microfiber pouch. Each order provides 10 meals to those in need, via Feeding America.
No more summer bummers losing shades that sink to the bottom. Rheos Nautical Eyewear collaborated with Southern Tide to create the preppy clothier’s first sunglass collection… and they float. Six frame styles (men, women, unisex) pair with polarized nylon, shatter-resistant lenses that are clearer than glass.
Digital eye strain is a given for those of us who stare at computer screens all day. Kudos to Gunnar for designing gaming and computer eyewear to battle blue light. The limited-edition Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Enigma has wide lenses for panoramic views and Gunnar’s signature amber lens with a blue light protection factor of 65.
Do you enjoy the distinctive color palettes of Wes Anderson’s movies? Live every day like you’re in one with these special color-enhancing sunglasses, which feature a custom filter lens inspired by the cinematography of the director’s films. Now if only they could make everything symmetrical and fastidiously organized.
Performance car expert McLaren is now applying their design and engineering to eyewear. The sleek glasses are made using titanium. Higher-end models are 3D printed from the material, and can be custom printed to fit the wearer’s face. They’ll also offer a new Leica sun lens, with types for driving, skiing, sailing, city life, or golf.
How many times have you been off on an adventure only to realize, “Shoot, I forgot to take a picture!” Snap Spectacles are the solution. These camera glasses remove the barrier between you and your subject so you can snap first-person HD photos and video.
Man of Many teamed up with Pacifico Optical to create these sweet round lens unisex frames. Each pair features Carl Zeiss polarized lenses, and sturdy 5-joint rivet hinges. Just 100 of each style are being made, in either Amber or Shiraz. Price on purchase page is in Australian Dollars.
The Hilx Unfold are folding sunglasses with spring-loaded hinges. You can unfold them with a flick of your wrist and with just one hand. Their lenses offer UV protection and are resistant to water, dust and scratches, while their frame is made from flexible TR90 plastic.
The Panther has a pair of bone conduction speakers that send sound to your inner ear through your skull for a discreet and safe listening experience. It connects via Bluetooth and lasts up to 4h per charge. It also has five different frames and replaceable lenses.
Shwood’s latest collection uses a resin-casting process to encapsulates elements of nature, including feathers and flora set into wood and acetate frames. Because of these natural elements, each pair is unique, with a design inspired by the striated rock of the Badlands.