Ray-Ban Wayfarer Denim

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Ray-Ban has been having a field day with materials lately. We've seen everything from solid gold aviators to leather Warfarers and even an aluminum take on the always-classic Clubmaster. So what's next? How about some denim on your face?

Now, it might sound like an odd fit for a pair of sunglasses, but take a good look at the frame and you'll have to agree that it makes for a good pair of shades. They've taken the Wayfarer shape and swathed strong layers of denim with polypropylene and acetate that are fused in a stratification process that reaches temperatures of up to 200 degrees to create each frame.

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ETQ Eyewear

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After quickly making a name for themselves with their premium sneaker line, Amsterdam's ETQ expands into a full collection of eyewear for the summer.

Comprised of four styles, the frames are a perfect complement to their footwear with clean and classic designs in two colors that go with everything: black acetate or brown tortoise. Each frame is handmade in Portugal and is matched with dark green, black, or mirror tint lenses. All frames include a light grey nubuck leather soft case.

$175, ETQ

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Dom Vetro for Club Monaco

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The latest partnership in Club Monaco's Makers and Muses series is an exclusive collaboration with Italian sunglass maker Dom Vetro who worked with Aaron Levine, the head of Club Monaco's men's design.

Crafted in the small Italian town of Cadore, the Arpetto is inspired by "driving on the open road in a '68 Charger after a long weekend in a worn linen shirt, the only missing piece was the perfect sunglasses." The frames come in three colors with polarized lenses in a bold, squared-off frame with thick temples.

$295, Club Monaco

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OTIS Summer '14

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With all the sun they enjoy year-round, its a pretty safe bet that they Australians know their way around a good pair of sunglasses. Meet Otis, an Australian eyewear brand that recently launched stateside with a focus on all-mineral glass lenses in every one of their frames.

Why mineral glass? Mineral glass is optically-correct for distortion-free optics and it just so happens to be the most scratch-resistant lens material in the world. Otis just debuted their summer collection keeping it timeless with silhouettes like the "Nowhere to run" (above) which features their mineral glass lenses in a handmade Italian acetate frame.

$180, Otis

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Warby Parker x Into the Gloss Aviators

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Designed in collaboration with Into the Gloss co-founders Emily Weiss and Nick Axelrod, Warby Parker introduces an aviator collection for both sun and optical wear.

A year in development, the glasses are designed to be the ideal aviator, not too big or too small, but just right. It's a silhouette that should be flattering on every face so getting it right had to be paramount. The end result was two aviators: The 10-01 which is their sunglass style which comes in a medium-sized shape with acetate brow bar detailing and matching temple tips. The 10-02 is their optical style that is a tad bit smaller than the sunglass with a swooping brow and a choice of silver or gold titanium.

$145-$195, Warby Parker

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Oliver Peoples Summer '14 Benedict Mirror

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Just in time for the holiday and the bright summer sun, Oliver Peoples launches an exclusive set of mirrored lens styles for their popular Benedict aviator.

The classic teardrop shape is one that is looks great on all face shapes and as we all know, until the sun dies out a gajillion years, the aviator will never, ever go out of style. Oliver Peoples customized the aviator with red, blue, and silver mirrors that are a great set of bright colors and mirrored lenses are ideal when the sun is beaming at its brightest.

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Super Andy Warhol Portraits Sunglasses

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Retrosuperfuture and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts have joined forces to bring some of Warhol's artwork to the brand's popular sunglass line.

Available in four of their signature frames (the America, Ciccio, Classic, and Drew), the sunglasses will be decorated on the inside with a collage of Warhol's Self Portraits which gives a unique and subtle pattern that can be seen through the semi-transparent metallic grey acetate of the frames. The glasses also come equipped with Zeiss ultra black lenses and to mark each limited edition, Andy Warhol's signature is signed across the inside of each frame's earstem.

$244, Super

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Ksubi Ara

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Ksubi's is known quite well for their bold statement pieces when it comes to eyewear design and even when they exercise just a little bit of restraint, the frames maintain their confident styling that stays true to the brand's signature aesthetic.

For their new Ara, the sunglass is a bit more subtle and more of a traditional wayfarer-like frame shape, but makes its presence felt with thick cuts of acetate and interesting lens combos. The frame is blocky and oversized with a high gloss black finish, military green temple tips, and matching lenses in a mirrored military green flash colorway.

$180, Eyegoodies

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Kensington Road by Glasses.com

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Online prescription eyewear retailer Glasses.com is launching its first exclusive line of frames, the British-inspired Kensington Road Collection.

The frames won't come with luxurious European prices either, the frames are priced to beat at $79 bucks a pop (frames and lens) and with over a dozen choices to choose from you're bound to face a pair that suits your melon. A couple of highlights include the Harrington wire frames (above) with its timeless shape and the half-rimmed Wellington. As for lenses you can get your glasses setup with a clear prescription or you can get them with sun lenses.

$79, Glasses.com

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Shwood Prescott

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With summer in full effect and the sun beaming at its brightest you might be in the market for a new pair of shades. If you're looking for something a little different than your usual plastic frame or aviator, you can't go wrong with these wooden frames from Portland, Oregon's Shwood.

They've just released a new frame for their "Wood Original" line called the Prescott which is a wayfarer-like frame with with a raised browline and your choice of walnut or a dark walnut finish. You can also equip the frames with Zeiss lenses or Japanese polarized grey lenses to cut down the glare.

$145-$185, Shwood

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