Today’s must-reads from around the Internet.
Today we come bearing great news for Angelenos in need of a new pair of shades. (On our count, that would be every last single one of you.)
Because Warby Parker is planting its first West Coast roots in a brightly lit corner of the Standard in Hollywood this weekend—according to our pals on the inside at UrbanDaddy Los Angeles.
That’s right, an honest-to-God brick-and-mortar shop that will be stocked with all of the same vintage-y, socially conscious, thick-framed handsomeness you’ve been pining for from afar… but real, graspable, set-upon-the-bridge-of-your-nose-able. Which means you can ensure the best fit without any online guessing—they’ll even take your pupillary distance measurements for you. (Think of it as a tailor for your face.)
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.
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.
We’ve filtered through all of the online sale noise and graded your best options out there, should you feel inclined to do any menswear browsing this weekend…
For Good Ol’ American Denim: The folks over at Levi’s are knocking 20% off their entire collection, with the code MAY20.
Sizes Available: A
For Style from Across the Pond: British menswear retailer Oki-Ni started their May sale today: 20% off select styles with the code SPRINGHASSPRUNG.
Sizes Available: A
For Last-Minute Derby Deals: Grab some discount pastels at J.Crew with the code SPRINGBEST, but be quick about it—the sale ends today.
Sizes Available: A
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:
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.
We like to give the micro-trends of Fashion (with a capital F) a wide berth, but we’ve been keeping tabs on the migration of the menswear set’s biannual pilgrimage through Europe—for those keeping score, they’re in Milan now and will be in Paris by week’s end—and we’re beginning to notice more and more animal prints show up on the runways. For the most part it’s been kept to the clothes, bags and shoes… until we saw these shades from yesterday’s Burberry Prorsum show with leopard print on the lenses. It’s hard to imagine it would be easy to see in those things. At this point we’re quite literally being blinded by fashion.
Just in time to ward off any snow blindness, Sunpocket has unveiled their new mirrored-lens sunglasses designed specifically for winter mountaineering/finding the steepest hill in town and sledding down it.
So if you’re planning on doing anything remotely snow-related (or skipping ahead to the lodge for some après-ski), here’s what else you need to know.
The Story: The French brand Sunpocket began making sporty foldable sunglasses in the ’70s—not unlike the Persols Steve McQueen favored—that have recently begun gaining traction in the US. This is their first model made specifically for mountaineering and glacier exploration.
Who to Channel: Jean-Claude Killy; Robert Redford in Downhill Racer; a Swiss shipping magnate who’s slope shark by day, lounge lizard by night.
When to Wear It: Skiing, snowshoeing, brunching on a particularly sunny patio (as long as said patio is within walking distance of a chairlift).
Degree of Difficulty: The hand-perforated leather attached to the temples is definitely a statement—that you should either be able to back up with stories of slalom domination or remove when not on a mountain.
There seems to be some misunderstanding when it comes to wearing sunglasses at night.
In short, you can’t. Like pony tails and scarves indoors, sunglasses at night make you look foolish. They also make your friends talk shit about you while you’re feeding the meter on your Porsche out front. It’s kind of like wearing a hat at the dinner table, if the hat read “I’M OVERCOMPENSATING FOR UNSEEN DIMINUTIVES.”
With any style rule, of course, come the exceptions. We’ve identified seven in this case, which is why we titled this post:
This week, the music video/dance phenomenon that is “Gangnam Style,” from Korean pop’s prodigal man-child Psy, has entered the record books as the most watched Internet video of all time. We’ll link it here, in the rare event you’ve just woken from a long coma, but here’s the gist: a baby-faced man dressed in a colorful assortment of tuxedos, spectators and one curiously triple-breasted button-down shirt dances amid horses, boats, lasers and explosions (usually caused by the power of dance). It’s exactly as good as it sounds.
There are a lot of reasons the video has become the most virally viral Internet sensation of all time—Psy himself cites the “strongly addictive beats and lyrics … thus certain to penetrate the foundations of modern philosophy,” which we couldn’t agree with more—but we think it really comes down to the seriously stylish undertones of the whole thing. Sure, at the video’s heart, the characters and their dress are meant to be send-ups on Seoul’s nouveaux riches, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still appreciate the style of Gangnam.
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.
The right pair of shades can transform a mere human into an icon. McQueen is his folding Persols, Cruise is his Wayfarers, Dwayne Wayne is his… Dwayne Wayne glasses. When your eyes are covered, the only things projecting your innermost soul are a frame, lenses and a healthy dose of attitude.
The sun’s showing no signs of letting up in the next month or two, so we were pleased to see this new line of sunglasses finally hit the webshop of cutting-edge Italian label Stone Island—their Tron-esque “liquid reflective” treated jackets are a sight to behold. (Actually, these Zeiss-lensed shades would come in handy when laying eyes on one.) Our favorite of the bunch is this equally futuristic pair with a wire-rim frame attached to the front, splitting the difference between the next Pitti Uomo staple and A Different World’s Dwayne Wayne.
Yesterday’s sunglasses post reminded us that our brethren in style over at UrbanDaddy Perks have got a handful of handsome shades from the eco-friendly folks at Modo Eco Eyewear for 52% off. Which should make a midseason addition to your UV-rated arsenal a bit easier on the wallet. Or you could buy double the shades. Your call.
This time of year, Wayfarers and aviators are thick on the ground… So here’s a pair that just landed at Need Supply in a demi-blonde Japanese acetate and polarized lenses that split the difference between Dickie Greenleaf and Gregory Peck—which should have you traveling in the right company. Plus, for some additional street cred, they’re made by Garrett Leight—the son of the optics guru who founded Oliver Peoples. Now all you need is a train ticket to Positano.
Now that we’re unquestionably into sunglasses season, you’ll want to brush up on our Icon’s Guide to Sunglasses. Then you’ll want to turn your attention to this new line of shades, Westward Leaning. They only make one style—a classic keyhole Wayfarer that splits the difference between McQueen and Cruise—but they keep things interesting by slotting different, unexpected materials into the temples.
Our favorite pair has been outfitted with antlers shed by elk in Wyoming and harvested by a local Boy Scouts troop allowed to auction off their findings in return for a donation toward preserving the herd. It’s all very Teddy Roosevelt (the sunglasses’ namesake) and makes for a great backstory. One best told while speaking softly and carrying elk antlers.
With all the mudslinging happening in Wisconsin this week, we couldn’t help but think of all the other Scott Walkers out there in the world. Their name being cursed by thousands if not millions of Americans, through no fault of their own.
And one especially stylish and enigmatic Scott Walker came to mind: the Ohioan-turned-Brit singer, bass player and songwriter who was on track to be a superstar before leaving it all behind in the ’60s.
He made waves overseas with his band, the Walker Brothers, and later on, as a solo act, gaining notoriety from the likes of David Bowie just before disappearing entirely from the spotlight. Before walking away, he spent a few dapper years in the limelight. There were scarves indoors, corduroy blazers and almost always a pair of sunglasses. It’s the stuff ’60s rock star legends are made of.
Here we are. Wet hot American summer, day one. First order of business: shades. This won’t be our last recommendation for the bright summer to come, but a good place to start would be the old-school opticians over at Shuron. They’ve been making spectacles for Americans since the late 1800s (when people were still calling them spectacles), and they’ve just released a new iteration of their classic Freeway glasses, the Freeway 2012, with opaque frames in root beer and lenses in a green bottle tint. It’s a retro look for sure—something we’d imagine Truman Capote wearing poolside while “writing” at his Hamptons hideaway…
But that’s how you planned on spending your summer anyhow.
Today, our comrades over at UrbanDaddy hipped us to the launch of Stag’s webshop. For some time now, the Austin shop has been a staple for rough-and-tumble Texan dandies—trading in everything from chinos to blazers to one-off vintage finds. For the launch, they’ve focused on the clothes, but we’ve got it on high authority that the turquoise belt buckles and rattlesnake skins are not far behind. So keep your eyes peeled. And in the meantime…
LinksUrbanDaddy DRIVEN A Continuous Lean A Headlong Dive A Suitable Wardrobe Archival Clothing Art of Manliness Blackbird Blog BULLETT The Choosy Beggar Coolhunting Cool Material DETAILS Die, Workwear! FashionBeans Four Pins GQ Hypebeast The Impossible Cool Jake Davis The Midwestyle Mister Mort The Moment Put This On Racked The Sartorialist The Selby Selectism Valet Vanity Fair Daily Vulture Wax Wane What I Saw Today Well Spent