7 Spec-tacular Eyewear Brands To Set Your Sights On

Posted on December 22, 2013


If you’re going to wear something on your face, it better be something pretty spectacular. With that sentiment, here’s a roundup of eyewear brands that have won my attention. Each has a little something more than just cool-factor that I admire and applaud, whether that be a responsible approach to material use, revival of craftsmanship, innovative design, or a company ethos that gives back.

Warby Parker

Warby Parker’s new Winter Collection 2013 is just too special not to be noticed. Both festive and understated, at first these frames might make you want to curl up by the fire and catch up on your hardcovers, but the introversion wouldn’t last. If you’re wearing the Durand in Saddle Russet, they’ll likely start begging you for a gathering of good friends. For every pair purchased, another is provided for someone in need. View more at warbyparker.com.

Warby Parker

Durand in Saddle Russet by Warby Parker, $95.

Proof Eyewear

Proof Eyewear is a Boise, ID based brand with a wide range of options featuring unique silhouettes and sustainable materials. These shades are handcrafted and a part of Proof’s Eco Collection with a 100% renewable and biodegradable frame. View more at iwantproof.com.


COSMO in Flat Tortoise by Proof, $115.


Shwood designs and handcrafts wooden eyewear out of their Portland, OR workshop. They have a strong focus on creativity over trend and create pieces that are quite timeless as a result. View more at shwoodshop.com.


Canby in Zebrawood / Grey by Shwood, $145.

Dead Men’s Spex

Dead Men’s Spex is the place to go for vintage spectacles, frames, and retro eyewear. This family run business based in Norfolk, England personally dismantles, cleans, polishes and re-assembles every piece in their workshop before sending them to you. They have a wide selection for men and women, and you can search by style or decade. View more at deadmensspex.com.

Dead Men's Spex

Unusual Wood Effect Acetate 1950/60s Cat Eye Glasses by Dead Men’s Spex, $98.


iWood frames are made domestically in the Midwest with reclaimed exotic woods once used to decorate the interiors of private luxury jets! The glue and protective coatings used are formaldehyde free and emit no VOCs. You can view their full collection by downloading an order form at iwoodecodesign.com.


302W in Teakwood by iWood, all styles are $370.

Eco by Summer Rayne Oakes

Summer Rayne Oakes’ partnership with Modo has resulted in a line of eyewear made from recycled plastics and metals with the first-ever third-party certified recycled claims. View more at summerrayne.net.

Eco by Summer Rayne Oakes

ECO 302 in Purple Gradient by Summer Rayne Oakes, $175.

Tommy Owens

Tommy Owens is the king of customization. Each pair of frames is crafted completely by hand and takes roughly 32 hours to complete. In addition to the quality, this brand allows you to create your own design by choosing frame shapes, wood and lens colors, hinge styles, and more. Build your own pair at tommyowenseyewear.com.

Tommy Owens

Nomad / Skateboard Shades by Tommy Owens, $580.

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