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Go Beyond the Acetate with Metal-Framed Sunglasses

  • Najib Benouar


For past couple of years, acetate-framed sunglasses have been thick on the ground. (In fact, you’re probably on your second or third pair by now.)

And sure, there’s good reason for the acetate renaissance—Persols and Wayfarers are undeniably timeless—but they aren’t the end-all, be-all of eyewear. Which is why we’d like to draw your attention back to the metallic end of the sunglass spectrum. The sorts of wire-rimmed shades that were championed by the likes of industrialists and John Lennon. In other words, it’s time to go beyond the acetate.

Here are the metal-framed sunglasses that will help you do it.»

Sunglasses for Your Summer Plans

  • Najib Benouar


Next weekend marks the unofficial start to summer—which means it’s time to kick your summer preparations into high gear right now.

And above all else, you’re going to need to pick up the right pair of shades for wherever it is you plan on summering—because the sun in Cannes requires a different UV protection than the sun you’ll encounter on the music festival circuit. So we put together a handy guide for your summer’s eyewear-related needs.

Choosing your sunglasses according to your summer plans.»

Your New Sunglasses for S/S 2013

  • Kempt Staff


While you’ve probably got a trusty pair of shades tucked away from last summer, it’s always nice to have another pair to reach for in the event of the inevitable... Forgetting them in a cab. A tragic kayaking mishap. Accidents happen.

Luckily, a handsome new crop of sunglasses has landed on the market just in time to have you fully equipped to keep your eyes stylishly protected from the harmful effects of the sun—and the occasional morning after—when you’ll need them most. Even luckier: we’ve rounded up your best options, from new-age club masters to good old aviators. So, without further ado:

All of the UV-rated dapperness your face requires.»

Sunglasses for Any Season

  • Najib Benouar

Moscot glasses

It’s been hard to get excited about some of the early spring and summer gear that’s begun trickling into shops when it still feels like winter out...

But here’s something you can actually start wearing now: the new collection of sunglasses from NYC’s retro opticians at Moscot. The designs are all based on archives from their heyday in the earlier half of the century (they’re coming up on their 100th anniversary in a couple years) and have been inspired by the stories of their neighborhood’s denizens—our favorite pair of the bunch, shown above, was named for the family lawyer, Zev.

More looks at the rest of the new ocular offerings from Moscot, after the jump.»

The Sunglasses of Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Now that we’re firmly in sunglasses season, we thought we’d turn our attention to one of the men who established shades as the effortlessly cool item they are today. Andy Warhol, take a bow.

And on the off chance you need to pick up a pair for this summer, we thought we’d run down a few of the man’s favorite frames, with a few glasses frames thrown in for good measure. And naturally, you'll want to know where you can get them...

A tour of Andy Warhol’s favorite frames, and their modern equivalents»

The Best New Designers of 2011

A lot of great new labels arrived on the scene in 2011—the most we’ve seen in recent memory—so we thought we’d give a much-deserved victory lap to our five favorites. They range from homegrown Italiana to biker-tough outerwear, and they’ve been pulling together some of the most exciting ideas in menswear and making clued-in gentlemen look like rock stars from February on. If you were waiting for a chance to get acquainted, now’s the time.

Ladies and gentlemen, the class of 2011»

The New Frames


Previously the patron saint of nebbish frames, Moscot’s put together a pretty impressive catalog over the past few years—including a few frames that are a good deal more sleek than the thick black squares you’re used to. Case in point: these newly released Grovers. It’s a shape that’s surprisingly hard to come by these days: a little less boxy and a little more goggley than the sharp corners Moscot built their name on. It’s the same hazy, bookish acetates, but a little more adventurous and a whole lot less professorial. Which, all told, is probably a good thing.

Rebecca May or May Not Be Art


The Hipster Museum: Ryan McGinley (who you might remember) gets upscale with a black & white portrait series. [The Moment]

Robot Love: Spike Jonze new short lands online. Good stuff, if you’ve got some time. [/Film]

Surprisingly, Not Thirteen Years Old: Sitting down with Moot, the head of 4chan and one of the rulers of the net’s seedy lizard brain. [Bits]

It’s a Frame-Up: Moscot’s latest offering lands somewhere between Fidel Castro and Marcello Mastroanni. [Cool Hunting]

Natasha Poly is Briefly Distracted


Behind You!: This is by far the least revealing photo in the decidedly NSFW spread. [Fashion Copious]

Wild Eyes: Complex talks their way into a Moscot factory tour. Our jealousy, as always, is thinly veiled. [Complex]

Don’t Fuck Around With Love: Unearthing a lost, dirty-mouthed doo-wop track. [BlackBook]

Book ‘em: Bruce McCall ponders how to make use of the world’s books. Options include skeet shooting and ritual immolation. [Vanity Fair]

The Official Glasses of Metaphysical Crisis


A Serious Man, the Coen Brother’s latest, hits theaters this week, and if you’re a frames nerd like us, you’ll notice one sartorial item getting an unusual amount of screen time. In addition to a shlubbified Mad Men closet and a truly impressive selection of early 60s ties, Larry Gopnik spends the film sporting an enviable pair of Moscot Lemtoshes. In fact, it may be the only enviable thing about him.

Gopnik also spends the movie being pummeled by metaphysical torment, which is probably why the Coen connection hasn’t found its way into more press releases. As a costume, it’s pitch-perfect: Moscot’s such a beloved brand because people like your dad wore them—or at least the better dressed version of your dad who ends up in movies—but mortgage payments rarely find their way into that particular pitch.

Personally, we came out of the movie with a greater desire for nebbish frames…but results may vary.

ScarJo, Junya, and Mr. Hamm


New York Cheesecake Factory: Vanity Fair confirms its relevance in these troubled times with a slideshow of some of their best pictures. [Vanity Fair]

Eye Spy: Complex catches on to our second favorite optician. [Complex]

Up Close: Interview sits down with Junya Watanabe, and tries to figure out what’s up with all those inside-out jackets. They do not succeed. [Interview]

Happy Birthday: Jon Hamm, better known as Don Draper, turns 38 today. We wish him the best of luck with his acting and bathroom-based-meat-product careers. [TakePart]

The Loafers


Collaborations between classic masters and younger brands are thick on the ground these days—yes, Moscot, we’re looking at you—but there aren’t many as well suited as Duckie Brown and Florsheim.

Duckie Brown has been mining Savile Row-style classicism for a while now, so it’s no surprise they finally brought some real cobblers on board. The real surprise here is the subtle shifts they bring in, like adding blues and greens to the leather-dyeing palate, matching the sole rubber to the color of the shoe, and putting out a whole line of cap-toes fastened with metal studs.

Best of all, they’re pricing the bulk of the line at $295, as a gesture to modern times.

See the shoes up close»

Half a Ban


We love a good pair of shades, but unfortunately it’s too easy to mess up a good thing. For instance, let’s take an icon, known for its classic simplicity and connection to the past. And then we’ll fold it in half!

They even throw in a hardshell case, which almost makes up for completely missing the point.

Saks Fifth Ave [via Uncrate]

Kenneth Cole, Topcoats, and Victoria’s Twinkie


Bitterness in Print: The Times tears into *Victoria’s Secret*’s Herald Square outpost. Apparently one of the perfumes “smells like an alcoholic twinkie.” [NYT]

Tartan Life: Pondering the subtle charms of the plaid topcoat. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

Arms Race: Kenneth Cole prefers tattoos to guns. [Racked]

Sounds Familiar: Our favorite sunglasses get a little more recognition. [Refinery29]

Bespoken: The national press catches on to the LES tailoring boom. Even if they do call it “Mark Andrews Bespoke.”[DNR]