New sunglasses trends rear their head every season, but more often than not it’s best to stick to the classics. Retro sunglasses take their design cues from vintage styles of yesteryear – they’re tried and tested timeless designs that work with a wide range of looks, and for the most part never fail.
We’re talking keyhole shapes, Wayfarer styles, aviators and round frames – they’re easy to wear, look great with almost anything and you won’t be embarrassed to wear them this time next year.
At OPUMO we’ve got a range of vintage sunglasses styles to pick from, so it shouldn’t be too hard to narrow down your perfect shape, but to help you on your way we’ve rounded up our favourite retro sunglasses brands for men, to see us through to summer and beyond.
Oscar Deen is a London-based eyewear brand founded by best friends Oscar Phillips and Sheriff-Deen Showobi. With its aesthetic roots in old-school frames of the 20th century, the independent label scours the streets of Europe to find classic sunglasses that it painstakingly redesigns and modernises. All of its lenses are made from organic plastic, while its frames are made from Mazzucchelli acetate.
For retro sunglasses that look just as cool today as they would have in the '80s, we can't go past Oscar Deen's Otis model. Originally sourced from a collector in London's Kings Cross, they've been given a contemporary update with a gentle trim and shape up, resulting in a perfectly chamfered bridge and brow.
London-based menswear label Wax London is renowned for its fusion of quintessential British design with Scandinavian ease and utility. With sustainability at its core, it creates the likes of workwear-inspired overshirts, essential tees and versatile, ultra-comfy trousers.
Taking their name from that '80s film icon, Wax London's Bueller sunglasses offer the perfect dose of old-school cool. Plus, the high quality acetate frame and Solid Green CR39 lense mean they're made to last. Team them with a Cuban collar shirt and breezy linen shorts for an effortless retro-inspired holiday look.
Contemporary Swedish design powerhouse Axel Arigato has garnered a cult following thanks to its innovative and on-trend sneakers, clothing and accessories, all with that highly sought after gold branding carefully stamped in. Inspired by the worlds of music, art and architecture, the world of Axel Arigato is eclectic and ever-evolving.
Trust them, then, to come up with these unique and statement-making sunglasses, which immediately recall rectangular styles of the mid-20th century. Crafted from shiny marble white cellulose acetate, they're finished with an engraved Arigato logo on both temples. Guaranteed to turn heads for all the right reasons.
Aether is changing the game when it comes to eyewear, with its super sleek sunglasses and spectacles that are integrated with open-ear audio technology. Aether’s R&D team works closely with world-renowned audio engineers and manufacturers to synthesise the requirements of two distinct industries – electronics and eyewear – into an uncompromising new category that delivers the best of both worlds.
The brand has somehow managed to combine the past and the future with its Model D1 sunglasses, which offer a unique and contemporary take on a timeless style. The sturdy frame is fitted with non-polarised, 100% UV protected and scratch-resistant lenses by Carl Zeiss, while the temples are embedded with compact open-ear speakers to deliver crisp open-ear sound with superior audibility.
FORA is an independent eyewear brand committed to creating high-quality, handmade eyewear inspired by the people, places and stories of Lisbon. FORA was born in Lisbon in 2014 out of a strong passion for vintage eyewear and sunglasses design. The label believes in combining affordable quality, style and original brand DNA into every frame it makes.
When the sun’s out we’re reaching for the FORA Rider. This striking style makes an instant impact thanks to its retro, aviator-style bridge which is updated with round lenses. The high bridge was particularly popular during the ‘70s and ‘80s but was usually accompanied by square lenses.
Our Legacy creates clothes that are typified by subtle detailing, minimalist design and a strong emphasis on quality. It's more product-focussed than most clothing brands, so its pieces are stripped of conspicuous detailing, with the emphasis instead placed on top-quality craftsmanship. The result is an effortlessly stylish selection of modern menswear that is perfect for those who appreciate minimalist design with modern character.
The Our Legacy Earth Glasses embody the label’s simultaneously retro-inspired and forward-thinking style. These minimalist unisex sunglasses are easy to style while also offering a lively pop to your ensembles. A gradient amber frame gives them a strong personality in keeping with the Our Legacy direction.
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