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Silver Lining Opticians Goes Back to the Future

  • Najib Benouar

Shades

Perfectly timed for the bright summer ahead, New York’s beloved vintage eyewear shop Silver Lining Opticians has launched their first-ever line of brand-spanking-new shades.

While spending the past half-dozen years becoming the go-to throwback opticians for everyone from wardrobe designers to NFL players, they’ve taken their intimate knowledge of all things UV-rated to create seven unisex frames—leaving no face shape unflattered. We’re digging the flat-topped, keyholed Phosphorous in tortoise (each frame comes with the option of five different finishes), but there’s plenty more handsomeness to be had.

Take a look at a few more of our favorite shades, after the jump.»

Artisanal Shades

  • Najib Benouar

We’ve already found the sunglasses of fall.

They arrive courtesy of New York’s beloved throwback opticians Silver Lining, who’ve made a limited-edition run of shades, 50 in all, that leave no detail unperfected (hat tip). They’ve collaborated with Lee Allen Eyewear, which essentially took over Yankee Eyewear when it folded, and have been honing their craft on the factory’s old-school equipment ever since. The results are the sort of shades you can pair with anything from hopsack to tweed. Fall is looking better already.

Private Eyes: Vintage Sport Shades

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In our all consuming quest to keep you looking your nattiest, it’s once again time for our monthly look at your face. Or at least the glasses sitting on it. With the help of our good friends Jordan and Erik from Silver Lining Opticians—our vote for the best specs shop in all the land—we’re going to bring you the vintage shades you should be wearing, one category at a time. And if something catches your eye, just shoot Silver Lining an email and they’ll set you up.

Whether they were skiing in the Alps with a pack of wild bunnies or playing a few sets of tennis with unthinkably small rackets, the athletes of the 70s lived it up pretty thoroughly, and they looked damn good doing it. Their gear can be hard to come by nowadays, but not if you’ve got a few friends in the business…

Ladies and Gentlemen, the best of vintage sport shades»

The Aviators

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As we’ve noted before, aviators are in the midst of a serious revival. When well executed, the effect is something along the lines of an iconoclastic French novelist. When done with less skill, it’s easy to get into trouble, so allow us to steer you towards the correct path.

These frames (via SwipeLife) aren’t quite the glorious 58256s we gushed about before, but it’s hard to go too far wrong with Persol. Naturally, you can get them as shades too…but not without cutting into your French novelist cred.

Pies, Marriage, and the Best Opticians in the Country

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Throwing Pies: Mary-Louise Parker is one of our favorite people…and apparently an accomplished drunken pastry chef. [Esquire]

Condolences are In Order: Ladies and Gentlemen, Gisele is off the market for real. And this Brady character sounds highly suspect. [People]

Individualism: ACL unearths yet another quality domestic shirt-maker. [A Continuous Lean]

Keeping an Eye Out: The Times catches on to our favorite opticians, thanks to a few well-selected collabs. Congrats, fellows. [The Moment]

Private Eyes: Square Frames

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In our all consuming quest to keep you looking your nattiest, it’s once again time for our monthly look at your face. Or at least the glasses sitting on it. With the help of our good friends Jordan and Erik from Silver Lining Opticians—our vote for the best specs shop in all the land—we’re going to bring you the vintage shades you should be wearing, one category at a time. And if something catches your eye, just shoot Jordan an email and he’ll set you up.

Frames have been getting pretty round lately, but by our lights, the angular style of sunglasses is due for a revival, and the second time through should be a touch more accessible. Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to present…square-frame sunglasses.

The best square-frame sunglasses money can buy»

Private Eyes: Plastic Aviators

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In our all consuming quest to keep you looking your nattiest, it’s high time we address your face. Or at least the glasses sitting on it. With the help of our good friends Jordan and Erik from Silver Lining Opticians--our vote for the best specs shop in all the land--we’re going to bring you the vintage shades you should be wearing, one category at a time. And if something catches your eye, just shoot us an email and we’ll point you in the right direction.

One of the secrets of vintage gear is nailing down a specific place and time. In the case of the plastic aviator, it’s the late seventies, when muscle cars, eight tracks and unreconstructed rock could all still pass as unironic. And, now that it’s being sported by celebs from Kanye to Tom Ford, the plastic aviator is enjoying a much deserved revival. Ranging from high-tech to faux-cheap, we’ve put together a list that can see you through beach weekends, skiing, and your usual daytime adventures. And, of course, they all look good with a mustache.

After the jump, see our favorite plastic aviators»