The Hottest Shades

The Hottest Shades

Our top 10 eye-popping designer sunglasses by Marc Jacobs, Illesteva, Leisure Society and more.

1. Balmain 2 by Oliver Peoples

Christophe Decarnin’s runway designs for Paris fashion house Balmain inspired this limited-edition collaboration with L.A.-based Oliver Peoples. Their take on the classic double-bridge aviator is available in four combinations of silver or gold. $595

2. Earth Bears Metal by Chronicles of Never

Perhaps Le Corbusier vacationing at his Cote d’Azur Cabanon inspired Australian designer Gareth Moody’s perfectly rounded, polished black peepers. $300

3. Frieda and Gramercy by Illesteva

The New York company Illesteva, founded by Daniel Silberman and Jus Ske, regularly collaborates with edgy fashion labels, such as Band of Outsiders and Opening Ceremony.  These sunglasses are comprised of titanium and wood, respectively, and both are available in bamboo and natural buffalo horn. $180

4. This Is Not A Mountain by Janz & Cooper

Brits Till Janz and Benjamin Cooper’s combined backgrounds in photography, digital media, music and crafting resulted in a new artisnal line of shades. Handmade in England, these frames are comprised of crystal brown and white acetate with grey graduated lens. Also available in black, white and tortoiseshell combinations. $400

5. Sky Bar by Jérémy Tarian

After this Paris-born, NYC designer’s award-winning 2008 collaboration with ic! Berlin, he developed a solo collection handmade in France. Son of Alain Mikli – who created Kanye West’s famous shutter shades – Tarian proves the seed doesn’t fall far from the sunglass tree. $375

6. Luanda by L.G.R.

Designer Luca Gnecchi Ruscone’s inspiration came from wandering through his grandfather’s warehouse of Italian imports in Africa. Handmade in Italy, these simple acetate frames are suitable for the coasts of Madagascar or Amalfi. Available in nine colour combinations. $265

7. Brighton by Leisure Society

An angular take on the traditional aviator shape, these titanium frames feature “windsor rim,” a technique applied to the rim-wire to create a dual-toned effect. Each pair is individually numbered, handmade in Japan, and available in silver or gold combinations with the latter plated in 12, 18 or 24-karat gold. From $702

8. 344S by Marc Jacobs

Nothing says summer like a pair of white sunglasses. These transluscent acetate aviators with amber lens by the American fashion designer convey effortless cool. $330

9. Lemtosh by Moscot

This New York company was born four generations ago, when it was selling eyeglasses from a pushcart on the Lower East Side. The acetate Lemtosh shades, with diamond-shaped rivets, are named after a word used in the Moscot household to describe a “sophisticated but eccentric” individual. Also available in black, blonde, brown crystal and tortoise. $255

10. Mykita x Agathe Snow

The Corsica-born, New York–based artist Agathe Snow collaborated with the German eyewear brand Mykita on a line for the “All Access World” exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim. The Cyrus model is handmade in Berlin with a hand-painted skyline or pyramids, making each pair unique. Available in two finishes with mirrored black lenses. $510

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