Channel your inner Maverick with these Ray-Ban Folding Aviators ($155). A new twist on an iconic style, these folding aviators have eight hinges that conveniently fold up into a pocket-sized case. Considering it is the first innovation of the style since 1937, we think Mr. Cruise would be proud.
It looks like Warby Parker isn’t the only company entering the affordable eyewear market. Bonlook Eyewear ($99) is a new startup that brings European style eyewear (both eyeglasses and sunglasses) to your doorstep. Most of their frames have a retro flare to them, and at less than $100 a pop you should have no qualms trying out a new look.
Another Kickstarter project, another genius product. We have seen bottle openers incorporated into shoes, belts, hats, but never before have we seen bottle opener sunglasses. The JackHawk 9000 – Titanium Bottle Opener Sunglasses ($90+) are exactly what you think they would be: sunglasses with bottle openers on either arm. The frame is made from the same material as the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, and the polarized lenses are coated with Iradium to reduce glare and improve scratch resistance. Essentially, these sunglasses are indestructible and will ensure that you alway have a means to open your cold brew.
We have a great deal of appreciation for young entrepreneurs who choose to pursue a cool company over getting a desk job. Pepsi Refresh winners Verde Styles might be one of the best stories we have heard thus far. What started with the “1 Tee = 1 Tree” project (they have planted over 4,500 trees!), has now evolved into a slew of earth friendly products, like Maboo Shades ($85). These hand crafted bamboo sunglasses come complete with 1.1 polarized lenses, an awesome bamboo case, and personal microfiber pouch. Support young entrepreneurs AND stay stylish this Summer. One last thing, we should warn you (by their suggestion) to stay clear of panda bears while wearing your Maboo Shades, lest you get mistaken for an afternoon treat.
Sometimes we feel like everything should be made out of carbon fiber, it’s lightweight and super-durable, which is why carbon fiber sunglasses are a brilliant idea. The Kolstom Classic ($150) is the newest sensational Kickstarter project, and these sunglasses are as awesome as they look. Holding the title as the “World’s First Molded Carbon Fiber Sunglasses,” these shades have a unique locking hinge, thermally fused 9-layer scratch-free polarized lenses, and a frame style that is complementary to almost any face shape.
Go against the grain (pun intended) with Bonnie/Clyde wooden sunglasses ($95) from Capital. Handmade in the USA using vertically integrated manufacturing, domestically sourced cherry hardwood and Optics by Carl Zeiss Vision. Wood is treated to bond natural fibers, making the frames strong while maintaining the character of natural wood.
College football is in full swing, and we couldn’t be any more excited. Step up your school-spirit, or at least your gameday getup, with some ShadyPeeps Collegiate-Themed Sunglasses ($20). These polarized shades will help you bring your team the W, while making sure you don’t miss a single play to the sun’s glare. Each pair includes a soft cloth transport bag with team logo and features 100% UVA and UVB protection, flex-fit comfort hinges, reflective metallic coating, and 20% light transmission. Now just see if you can go through the entire season of tailgating without losing or breaking them.
Bring summer style into Fall with Knockaround Sunglasses ($14-$34). These shades offer classic design and quality product for a very reasonable price, hence the name “Knockaround.” Keep a few pairs around for an emergency style booster in a pinch, your eyes will thank you.