Kensington Road by


Online prescription eyewear retailer 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.



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Shwood Prescott


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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Cutler and Gross English Garden Party Collection


London-based Cutler and Gross looks to the English Garden Party for its latest collection of summer frames. As you would expect, the collection is filled with premium materials such as Italian acetates and even hand-stitched leather.

The collection features a variety of pieces for every taste, from chunky acetate frames to sleek black shades to a pair of angular aviators. Our two favorite styles from the line are the round 1119s with its classic design and keyhole nosebridge and the 1084, a uniquely shaped aviator with boxy lines, handmade layer of matte acetate, and temples wrapped in hand-stitched Italian leather.



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Persol Vintage Celebration 2014


With the success of last year's Vintage Celebration collection which featured four Havana colorways pulled from the Persol archive, the company is back at it again with another set of colorways just in time for summer 2014.

Where last year's collection focused on brown Havanas, this year's lineup will get some much-needed color with four new archival hues from the 1960s. The new colors include the transparent blue Cobalto, the deep green Ossidiana, the red Granato, and Ambra (above). The colors will make their way onto a variety of styles from the classic 649 as well as a handful of optical frames.


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Native Sons Engineering Collection


High-end eyewear label Native Sons delivers their latest styles with the new Engineering Collection, a line with inspiration taken from "the laboratory, library, research center, bespoke factory, and garage."

That aesthetic is translated into three styles: the Clyde, Nelson, and Kowalski. The frames are available with a sun tint or an optical lens. All of the styles are hand-crafted in Japan and feature titanium nose pieces, a "plateau" nose bump detail, silver or gold plating accents, five-barrel hinges with star-nut construction, and diamond-tooled core wires.

$369-$378, Haven


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Steven Alan Summer '14 Sunglasses


Steven Alan adds two new sunglass styles to its ever-growing eyewear collection: The Oliver and the Cortland, two frames with a retro aesthetic, but updated with a bit of an understated, modern twist that are both great for a variety of face shapes and sizes.

The Cortland, the most compact of the two styles, comes in green and brown tortoise cellulose acetates and the Oliver (above) is a larger style that comes in brown and dark tortoise. The cellulose acetates are sourced from Northern Italy and are matched with clean metal earstems and bridges and each pair includes custom lenses.

$145, Steven Alan


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Larke x Darkroom


Design shop Darkroom unveils a limited edition collection of eyewear with their London neighbors Larke Optics. The collection joins Larke's minimalist, hand-crafted designs with Darkroom's eye for bold, graphic aesthetics.

The sunglasses, which are styled in monochromatic hues are designed with Darkroom's love for materials and finishes that are typically found in architecture and furniture design. Made in England, the frames use Italian acetates that emulate the finish of marble surfaces, terrazzo, mosaic, and resin. The sunglasses are shaped in Larke's circular and rounded silhouettes which are built using angled hand-milling techniques and feature thick rims which coupled with Carl Zeiss lenses.

$495, Darkroom

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Carrera for Kapok


Hong Kong boutique Kapok teams up with sports performance eyewear and lifestyle brand Carrera on a limited edition of their 6000 sunglass. The limited edition frame is a larger version of Carrera original and will be released in special frame and lens combos.

The styles will come in a purple-tinged, dark matte blue or a matte grey jungle (camo), both will come with mirroed lenses made from Safilo's lightweight Optyl plastic. The frames are available at Kapok's online store as well as their brick and mortar locations in Singapore and Hong Kong.


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OAMC Arc Sunglasses


If there's one thing we love about a great pair of sunglasses, it's the detail and craftsmanship that goes into some of the higher end styles that are available out there. OAMC's Arc Sunglasses checks all those boxes and more with a vintage-styled frame that complements their collection of modern workwear.

The sunglasses are Made in Japan with a thick acetate that comes in a variety of smokey, tortoise colorways which offers a view of the intricately detailed earstem that is decorated with a honeycomb pattern on the wire. The frames also come with five-barrel hinges, a hole in the temples to loop a strap through, a classic clip-on accessory, and a carrying case made of natural leather.

$656, Union

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Ray-Ban Round Folding Classic


Joining the Aviator, Wayfarer, and Clubmaster, is another new classic in their folding collection, the Round Metal. Originally releases in the '60s, the frame was an instant hit with its round silhouette that was popular with musicians of the era.

The new fold-able version updates the Round Metal design every so slightly with plastic inserts that add to the retro feel of the frame. And don't let its delicate looking frame fool you, Ray-Ban put the folding mechanisms through its paces, a mechanism which is comprised of 6 concealed hinges that folds the glass into a smaller form for easier storage on the go. The frames also come standard with polarized Neophan lenses which were originally created for the military and help to reduce glare.

$220, Ray-Ban

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