Shwood is rightfully known for its sustainably-sourced wood-framed sunglasses. But their talents aren't tied in a single material. The new Shwood Fifty/Fifty Sunglasses are a perfect example. As the name suggests, these shades are a stylish mixture of Mazzucchelli acetate — plant-based and renewable — and fine wood inlays. And while looks are important, so is the ability to actually see out of them, which is why they sport optics from Carl Zeiss.
These days a pair of wayfarers is pretty dime-a-dozen — though that's not meant to diminish the classic style of a timeless pair of frames. Stand out the next time you want to block the sun's rays with a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarer Leather Sunglasses ($300). Made in the retro silhouette that's been around since 1956, these sunglasses have been updated for a new generation with genuine calf leather frames. Available in black or brown calf leather, with brown or green neophan polarized lenses.
What's the best way to improve on the classic look of a pair of aviator sunglasses? Wrap it them gold, of course. These Ray-Ban Aviator Solid Gold Sunglasses ($3,200) — an exclusive edition limited to only 1,200 pairs, numbered and engraved — feature frames made entirely from pure 18-karat gold. They come with polarized Neophan Green lenses that produce the most natural vision possible in a pair of sunglasses, creating clarity and comfort without modifying the way you see colors. Each pair ships with a brown leather carrying case worthy of protecting such a unique set of eyewear.
With a name taken from one of the most legendary drives in the world, Italy's Alpine Stelvio Pass, you'd expect a pair of shades made to be worn behind the wheel. And with the Hodinkee x Autodromo Stelvio Sunglasses ($350) that's exactly what you get. Each pair (limited to just 50 numbered units) is handmade from premium amber acetate, tumbled to a polished finish, and fitted with high-quality polarized lenses. They come in a quilted leather case inspired by classic car upholstery with a magnetic clasp made to open one-handed, so you can keep one hand on the wheel at all times.
Packing for a short trip can be a complete pain, especially when space in your bag is at a premium — next time you're getting ready to head out, pack a pair of Spy Fold Sunglasses ($120). In addition to being great sunglasses (they block 100 percent of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays), they fold at six points letting them fit easily into a small pocket. They are made from Grillamid, a nearly-indestructible plastic, and feature long-lasting five-barrel-and-pin hinges. Choose from two models, both with matte black frames, and either black mirror or gray lenses.
Create a pair of shades that's uniquely yours with Ray-Ban Remix Sunglasses ($160-$210). This service lets you start with a base style (choose from several wayfarers or aviators) and customize everything from the front, to the temples — including lenses, monograms, and your case. Options include tortoise, black, and various gradients for the front and temples. Lenses are available in over a dozen colors, including some polarized options. With nearly 3,000 variations possible, odds are, your pair will be one of a kind.
Maybe you're familiar with the glasses of choice for edgy intellectuals and creative-types, the Moscot Lemtosh; they're hard to miss, with their distinct rounded frame and keyhole bridge. If you're fortunate enough to own a pair, you can add on the Moscot Cliptosh ($75), their companion clip-on sunglasses. Available in matte black and gold, they come in each of the three Lemtosh sizes. Or, buy both, and step up your geek-chic game a bit.
Finding your next set of spectacles or just a sweet pair of summer shades doesn't need to involve a trip to the mall. The new collection from Steven Alan Optical ($145-$245) includes 20 different frame designs, each available in a variety of colors and finishes, giving you a huge assortment to choose from. In addition, four of the frames are available as sunglasses, and each pair of prescription glasses includes lenses. But the best part is the Home Trial Kit, which lets you select up to six frames to be shipped to you for free so you can try them out for a week and decide which one best suits you before you buy — removing the chance of accidentally ordering a pair that makes you look like a distant cousin of Steve Urkel.
The last time we heard from Shwood, they were making some pretty amazing wooden sunglasses. Now the company is moving to another natural element. Shwood's Stone Collection ($295+) includes two styles — the Wayfarer-esque Canby and the vintage-y Belmont — that are made with real slate stone that's fused with birch wood to create a pair of shades that can truly be called ruggedly handsome. They're limited to 200 pairs, and ship in a few weeks.
Warby Parker has long been amongst our list of go-to eyewear specialists thanks to their buy a pair, give a pair program, but unfortunately if you were looking for metal frames, you were looking elsewhere. Not anymore. The new Warby Parker Titanium Collection ($145-$195) is their first to feature metal, with fourteen designs combining titanium sourced from Japan, non-rocking spring hinges from France, and temples made from Parker's custom acetate. Available as regular prescription eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses and ranging from sporty to architectural, you're bound to find a pair that's right for you.
Forget "vintage-style" — if you've got the bucks, these are the real McCoy. With only five pairs currently available, these Persol Vintage Sunglasses ($1,170-$1,250) are the definition of limited — and that's not surprising, considering they hail from the '70s and '80s, and were unearthed in a French antique shop. All five pairs sport original style, but if you're looking for a recommendation, we'd roll with the Steve McQueen-approved Ratti 49 (pictured). [Scouted by Sam]
Ready to ditch your Oakleys but don't want to risk Tom Cruise-ification in a pair of Wayfarers? Check out these Ray-Ban Justin Sunglasses ($110). Inspired by the Wayfarer, they look good on basically any face, while details like a rubberized finish on the frames and colored lenses give them a style all their own. The perfect everyday sunglasses.