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Nearing almost 100 years in business, Persol looks to the last 99 and commemorates three of of their most famous models. Those three are the 649, the 714, and the Cellor. The three styles represent important chapters in the company's history.

First up is the 649, an iconic frame shape designed in 1957 for Turin tram drivers and quickly became a fashion staple when actor Marcello Mastroianni wore it in the acclaimed comedy, Divorce Italian Style. Next is the 714, a variation of the 649 and was a favorite of Steve McQueen and was the first folding sunglass. Both frames will also be offered in an optical version for the first time. Last but not least is the Cellor, a timeless piece from the 1950s that returns with the same mixed materials, half-rim design.

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Warby Parker Corner Collection

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For their Corner Collection, Warby Parker had some fun with a number of traditional silhouettes and added their own spin with new details and angular lines that adds a fresh new look to their stable of popular optical frames and sunglasses.

Our favorite pieces are the Quentin (above) and Teddy which takes a classic frame shape and switches it up with hard lines, bold acetate colors, keyhole nosebridges, and a stainless steel brow bar.

$145, Warby Parker

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Dita Fall '14

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It might be fall, but the sun isn't quite ready to go into hiding in Southern California. LA-based Dita has rebooted its website this season and have debuted a handful of frames to go along with it.

Bold frames and considered details are always at the core of Dita's aesthetic and their latest frames maintains that design language. Frames like the Traveller (above) mixes thick acetates and titanium to deliver their spin on a classic silhouette. Their new Mach-Four aviator is another half-rim design with diamond pattern eye rims, titanium temples, and a design inspired by speed.

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Oakley Tincan Carbon

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Oakley's Tincan Carbon is the very definition of the phrase "built to last." With a frame of stainless steel, lightweight earstems of carbon fiber, and a screwless cam hinge that holds it all together, it's definitely no ordinary pair of sunglasses.

Couple that with their proven lens technology and you have one impressive piece of eyewear, but then again, we'd expect nothing less from Oakley. Tincan also has a sibling called Tinfoil that features a semi-rimless design that allows for two-tone frame designs and a lighter overall frame.

$240-$300, Oakley

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Moscot Originals Fall '14

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Moscot pulls another great set of frames from their archives: The Avram, Ezra, Gelt, and Yona, each representing the most popular styles of frames in the '30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s and are available as both prescription frames and sunglasses.

Every piece in the collection has an important place in history, from the Avram which was the result of LBJ's social reform act in the 60s to help those in need with prescription glasses to the Yona which is based on the original 3D movie theater glasses from the 1950s.

$240-$270, Moscot

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Smith and Norbru for Kapok

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HK-based retail chain Kapok is getting a very special pair of sunglasses this season. They've commissioned Smith and Nobru to craft a frame from buffalo horn found in the Tibetan plateau.

Using 50 separate operations to create each frame, the horn is cut, pressed, and flattened and is then finished by hand. Definitely something to think about when you're throwing down a nice chunk of change for that mass manufactured piece that you can grab at any sunglass shop in the mall.

$450, Kapok

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Retrosuperfuture Optical F/W 2014

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After making a name for themselves in sunglasses, RETROSUPERFUTURE makes a play for the optical market with their debut F/W 2014 collection. Keeping within the RETROSUPERFUTURE aesthetic, the frames are bold, but casual with refined yet statement-making shapes.

The company definitely hit it a home run with their inaugural styles bringing a strong mix of acetates and metals that come in a variety of shapes, from teardrop aviator styles to a timeless P3 shape in an ultrathin package. More highlights from the collection after the jump.

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GLCO FH/14

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LA-based eyewear favorite, Garrett Leight California Optical, unveils their Fall/Holiday '14 lineup and introduces a new set of opticals and sunglasses as well as size and colors extensions to their most popular styles.

Since LA is sunny for most of the year, GLCO grows it's sunglass collection with new styles that take advantage of layered mirrored lenses while collaborators and menswear designers Mark McNairy (above) and Robert Geller introduce new frames of their own. Also look out for a number of new optical frames, larger sizes, and new sun clip additions to existing styles. Available October.

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Tender Flattened Sunglasses

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Even though the summer is slowly coming to a close it's never the wrong season to grab a great pair of sunglasses. Tender's Flattened Sunglasses is based off of eyewear from the '50s with holes at the end of the earstems that are inspired by the way frames were manufactured in the 18th century.

The clear frames are made from cotton pulp-derived acetate and feature ribbing on the ear stems to grip your temples, wide chenier hinges, and a removable leather neck cord. The frames are also presented in a cotton satin handkerchief that is woven in England.

$668, Unionmade

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Raen Optics Washed Ashore Collection

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We love tortoise and black as much as the next guy, but if that's what you've been sticking to when it comes to eyewear, you've been missing out. Eyewear brands have been having a field day with a rainbow of acetates and premium materials and while tortoise and black will always have a special place in our hearts, its the strong combos like Raen's Washed Ashore Collection that has got our complete attention.

The handmade frames are finished with a green or clear matte acetate front and temples in matte rootbeer or a black matte pebble tortoise. The frames evoke old glass bottles that have washed up ashore, perfectly weathered and worn after years in the sea.

$100-$135, Raen

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