“Putting on a new pair of glasses or sunglasses is a simple way to completely transform your look – just like a new hairstyle.”

Brad Goreski


As Spring fast approaches, we find ourselves daydreaming about trips to exotic beaches and beginning to gear up ready for the warmer weather and the sunnier skies. It’s time to dust off the shorts, dig out the suncream and invest in one key piece. The sunglasses.

Take a look at our favourite European sunglasses brands and strengthen your summer armoury.

Ace & Tate Sunglasses

Ace & Tate are a fantastically innovative eyewear brand, hailing from Amsterdam, NE. The brand combines slick design with excellent craftsmanship in order to produce modern and fairly priced glasses and sunglasses. They even boast the option to add your prescription.

Ace & Tate also run a creative fund, with every pair of frames purchased contributing to help realise a creative project for emerging artists to bring their ideas to life. Like we needed another reason to snag a pair!

www.aceandtate.co.uk

sunglasses
Ace & Tate – Turner – £98

Sunspel x Cubitts

Sunspel is a traditional British brand dating back to 1860, focusing their work on subtle designs and high-quality materials. The quality brand has partnered with fellow British brand, Cubitts, to create their very own, limited edition range of sunglasses.

The handmade frames are constructed from premium cellulose acetate from Northern Italy and high-grade metals, with Zeiss lenses that are individually cut and glazed for each frame.

www.sunspel.com

Sunglasses
Sunspel x Cubitts – Cavendish – £175

Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta is a luxury goods and high fashion brand that values its quality craftsmanship, design and its heritage. For example, its prized leather workshops remain rooted in a restored villa in Montebello Vicentino, in the Veneto region of Italy.

The brand’s Creative Director, Tomas Maier, said that “Luxury is a point of view which is more about what you hide than what you show.” As a result, every last detail is considered, ensuring each piece is both practical and beautiful.

The brand was picked up by Tom Ford when he was the Creative Director for Gucci, and remains part of the Gucci group to this day.

www.bottegaveneta.com

Bottega Veneta – Bronze Metal – £335

Finlay and Co.

Finlay is a British eyewear brand born with a rebellious spirit when it comes to designing frames. The collection is inspired by a desire to create frames which celebrate the individuality of its wearers.

Adopting the long-established techniques of eyewear artisans located in the foothills of the Italian Alps, Finlay work with expert craftsmen to ensure their frames are both elegant and stylish.

Like Ace & Tate, Finlay and Co. are an eyewear brand and offer prescription and personalisation options.

www.finlayandco.com

Finlay Sunglasses
Finlay and Co – Brunswick II – £140
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