Monday, January 30, 2012

When Earth’s axis tilts the way of winter, you can’t be faulted for leaving your candy-colored summer wayfarers at home. After all, daylight is seriously short, and the damaging rays of the sun are surely less direct. But make no mistake about it: Whether you’re hitting the slopes or the streets, powerful UV light is still ready to wreak havoc on your eyes. Unfortunately, the number of sunglass options out there can be blinding. And that’s exactly why we’ve whittled down the ones you need to nab this season to a tolerabl

Born from their boredom with the current state of eyewear, design duo Daniel Silberman and Jus Ske created Illesteva, a collection of handcrafted Italian frames made with modern shapes and materials. The rounded lines of their iconic Leonard sunglasses carved from rich brown wood (yes, as in from a tree) are timeless yet fresh and innovative. We suggest matching the frames' minimalism with something equally simple and straightforward, like cords and a cardigan.

Browline glasses -- made popular in the 1950s by everyone from Malcolm X to Colonel Sanders -- have lately been in the shadow of other retro-revival styles. That is, until now. The love child of the wayfarer and the aviator is back in business these days, and when paired with a Mad Men-style suit or James Dean-ish denim look, it isn't hard to see why.

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