Finlay was founded in 2012 by four friends with the aim of drawing out individuality and challenging what is accepted. Eyewear, instantly apparent, is an effective tool for promoting individuality, especially when it's as comfortable, durable and effortlessly stylish as Finlay eyewear. Quality isn’t just found one day, it has to be earned through years of learning and adjusting, that’s why Finlay goes to the foothills of the Italian Alps to work with artisans on each pair of frames. With a newly opened concept store in Soho and A-list celebrity endorsements – namely Meghan Markle and Liam Gallagher – this is a label that should be more than just a blip on your radar.
One of the label’s most popular shapes thanks to its unisex, versatile shape, Percy features rounded lenses and a keyhole nose bridge. As is to be expected of the brand, this pair is handmade by artisans in Italy from Mazzuchelli acetate using 5-barrel hinges. Finished with Carl Zeiss lenses, you can expect full UVA/UVB protection.
While a similar shape to Percy, Marshall is more angular, lending the style a touch more gumption. Most striking about this pair is the patterned frame. The ‘stone’ colourway features a marbled clear and black patina that makes a statement without shouting for attention. Like Percy, Marshall uses Carl Zeiss lenses providing 100% UVA/UVB protection as well as being treated with a scratch-resistant coating to minimise the chance of you scratching your lenses.
Bowery is arguably Finlay’s most basic frame, the classic rectangular shape is handcrafted in the label’s Italian workshop. Reminiscent of iconic frames from the ‘50s and ‘60s, the simple form will work with any face shape and any outfit. We like opting for the tortoiseshell frame to add a bit of intrigue but if you’re a devout minimalist then you can’t go wrong with the all-black iteration.
There’s a reason that cultural icons are choosing Finlay over established eyewear labels, all bases have been covered – from quality to design – and the final product is a characterful range of sunglasses with something to offer for everyone.
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