Many sunglasses are made for sports – fishing, cycling, snowboarding, you name it – and very much look the part, with reflective lenses, wrap-around frames, oversize nosepieces, and all manner of useful but not necessarily flattering design elements. Every man should also have a go-to pair of quiet, well-proportioned shades that offer a lot of form and a little function. The object is to go for a classic shape that offers lifetime credentials, so look for one with top-quality construction.
Our pick is the Garrett Leight Hampton frame in simple, straightforward black. Garrett Leight may seem like a newcomer – his optical line only launched in 2010 – but as the son of Oliver Peoples founders Larry and Cindy Leight, he’s got the business in his bones. His company sources the best components from around the world (think German hinges, Italian lenses, Japanese plastic) and puts them to use across a surprisingly broad range that goes from basic to as wild as you’d like. The Hampton is the brand’s take on the original acetate “P3” design (one of the first standard shapes in modern eyewear, and still one of the most recognizable). We like that the Garrett Leight frame is a tad weightier than some P3s, but not too heavy – call it Gregory Peck handsome, with a pragmatic bent. [$310; garrettleight.com]
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