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The Emergency Summer Guide to Sunglasses

The Emergency Summer Guide to Sunglasses

If Spring made you forget why sunglasses existed, we have some suggestions. 

You've probably been taken unaware by the sudden appearance of that strange yellow orb in the sky. No problem, these three classic styles won't let you down:

1 Persol
We all know Persol by now. And if you don't then the company's popularity and status can be explained with two words  - Steve McQueen (above).

The company's forever linked with him after he wore the Persol PO 714, making them one of their most successful models.

This pair (£230, ASOS) are foldable, which saves you the hassle of holding your glasses whenever the sun dies down. FYI: hanging your glasses off the front of your shirt never, ever looks good.


2 Garrett Leight

Coming from an optical background (his parents founded Oliver Peoples), Garrett Leight knows a thing or two about sunglasses.

His company has an optical lab in Venice, ensuring that they use the best materials and techniques. So to sum it up, they make a good pair of sunglasses. This simple style (£270, Mr Porter) is a good example of what they do best.

 

3 Cutler & Gross

Founded in 1969, British optical brand Cutler & Gross are well known for their quality. All their frames are handcrafted in Italy using fancy techniques (including hand polishing, something most companies don't bother doing) to create a unique pair of frames.

The Italian hand-stitched leather on these frames (£350, Cutler and Gross) will make you look like an extra in a Fellini film. Or just a bit of a poser.