Everyone needs a pair of killer dark glasses. Some sort of statement is unavoidable, even if it is that you don't care; that's a statement in itself, albeit a bad one. As Jack Nicholson once said: "With my sunglasses on, I'm Jack Nicholson. Without them, I'm fat and 60."

 

RAYBAN

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Yes, every Tom, Dick and Harry in the Western world wears Ray-Ban Wayfarers. But they're a fashion staple that's about as classic as a white T-shirt, so don't let it put you off. And there's a reason why they're so popular: they go with everything and give any outfit a slick element of cool. Go for a vintage pair if you're after a larger lens, or choose from dozens of new colours and styles if you want something a little different. Polarized lenses are an option too for added eye protection and anti-glare clarity.

 

 

 

RETROSUPERFUTURE

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Since their launch in 2007, everyone from Kanye to The Kills have been seen in Supers. Handmade in Italy, they utilise the colour and effects of acetate and take the best of retro design and fuse it with ultra modern eye protection in the form of Zeiss lenses. Retrosuperfuture make big sunnies for a big look, but one that's effortless to pull off. Probably nothing sharper in the sun right now.

 

 

 

 CUTLER AND GROSS

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A staple on the fashion circuit, this brand are always collaborating with talented designers such as Meadham Kirchhoff and Giles Deacon for the catwalk. Cutler and Gross have been making high quality sunglasses for 40 years and are still gaining new fans every season. There's no logo across the whole range of shapes, colours and styles. It's the quality of their rims that does the talking.

 

 

 

MOSCOT

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It was over a century ago when Hyman Moscot started pushing a cart around New York selling ready made eyewear. Moscot is still a family business today and still has its finger on the pulse, not to mention a downtown New York attitude that hasn't changed. The brand has survived many fashion eras, but maintained a constant fan base with their no-nonsense, wide range of styles. Andy Warhol and Buddy Holly are just two iconic Moscot wearers.

 
 
 

RARE VINTAGE SUNGLASSES

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If you want to get really serious, or are already a collector, then Rare Vintage Sunglasses is for you. A huge investment - don't leave them in the back of a cab, and definitely don't sit on them - but the chances of you spotting someone else strutting about in the same shades are slim. Stocking vintage sunglasses from the 30's to the 90's, they have a huge collection of rare pairs, both classic and avant garde.

 

 

Text: Polly Braithwaite


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