It’s been a weird summer this one – between fires, smoke and flooding across the Australian eastern seaboard, it might not be until the upcoming long weekend that we’ll truly get into the swing of the sunny season.
And what better way to celebrate than with a cheeky investment in some fresh seasonal shades. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to collate a list of the best eyewear on the market this summer – which you can check out below.
Kiwi 004 by Chimi
The boxy emerald frames from Chimi are a certified statement piece, handcrafted with glossy green Mazzucchelli acetate and paired with 100% UV (400) Protection. A relatively cheap option for those keen to channel the style of top designers like JacquesMarieMage (also on this list) without the accompanying price-tag.
Shop now: AU$159
Greta by Sun Buddies
These thick square frames are handmade of Italian acetate and are perfect for the man who likes a bold statement. The black Carl Zeiss lenses offer 100% UV protection for those days soaking up the harsh rays and come in a luxurious sliding paperboard box and an orange faux leather case.
Shop now: €130
M3058 by Matsuda
At the punchier end of this list in price and build quality are the M3058 frames from Matsuda, masters of the eyewear game for over five decades. Entirely handmade in Japan, these titanium sunglasses feature a classic P3 shape featuring a wide rim with Matsuda’s signature M+N engraving.
Shop now: AU$1,000
Kinney Champagne by Garrett Leight
Straight from Venice Beach, these Garrett Leight creations capture the very essence of summer with its Californian-inspired design. They’re timeless, tasteful, and oozing with cool – perfect for a sunset session on the sand.
Shop now: AU$480
CHAMP DE MARS by AHLEM
From Parisian born, LA-based designer, Ahlem Manai-Platt, AHLEM showcases an ever-evolving collection of trend-agnostic frames. Handcrafted in France from the finest Italian Mazzucchelli acetate they’ll have feeling like you’re being snapped by Slim Aarons poolside at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. The CHAMP DE MARS, offered in four colourways, is our pick.
Shop now: AU$455
Marshall II by Ray-Ban
A new player has entered Ray-Ban’s classic rim game. The hexagonal-shaped metallic frame on the Marshall II is a strong summer addition that’ll hold its effortless style well into the colder months. A worthy inclusion in any eyewear ensemble.
Shop now: AU$215
Hanalei S by Mr. Leight
Mr. Leight, a collaboration between father and son, Larry and Garrett Leight bridges multiple generations of design and craftsmanship to deliver superlative contemporary eyewear. Their Hanalei S frame is a lesson in finesse, inspired by the iconic 60s mod optical shape and crafted from Japanese acetate, titanium accents and 3-barrel custom hinges. Sunglasses don’t come much better than this.
Shop now: US$645
Nomad II by L.G.R.
Preferred by six-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, L.G.R. by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone channels the merging of two worlds; the adventure of Africa and the glamour of the Riviera. These contemporary gold shades are handmade in Italy, incorporating gradient blue mineral glass lens and hand-polished acetate frames. Subscribe to their mailing list for 10% off.
Shop now: €445
Ari by JacquesMarieMage
Set sail this summer in these sculptural ‘60s-inspired spectacles named after shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. Equipped with voluminous temples, hand-polished soft edges, and a custom 9-barrel hinge, you’ll feel like a true Mediterranean mogul and will require deep pockets to match.
Shop now: US$695
Felix by Oscar Wylee
A perfect hybrid of an Aviator and circular frame design, the versatility of this particular aesthetic from Oscar Wylee means where there is sun, there is always an opportunity to whip out a pair of these slick sunnies. ‘Nuff said.
Shop now: AU$169
Now it’s just a matter of taking your pick.