You want the best. And heck, you deserve the best. But there's a lot of choice out there, and sometimes the best is hard to find. Fortunately, we know where to find it. Every week, the Esquire editors reveal their favourite brands, from under-the-radar steals to luxury loves, so you can invest in the best clothes, watches and accessories that money can buy.
This week, the accessory that signals the most wonderful time of the year: sunglasses.
Cutler & Gross (but for Paul Smith)
Charlie Teasdale, style director
"Admittedly, my favourite sunglasses aren’t Cutler & Gross, they’re byim电竞官网- Cutler & Gross for Paul Smith, but I figured that still counts. Last year, I went through a phase of looking for the perfect black acetate frames, and when I happened upon Smith’s Aubrey frames, the search, I’m thrilled to report, was over.
im电竞官网-"They are perfect; at once unremarkable and statement-making; Sixties-ish, sleek and hefty, and big enough to hide even the bleakest of hangovers. C&G frames offer world-beating hand-made build quality, characterful design and a style heritage few can match. I dread the day when they will inevitably tumble free from a pocket and crack out of shape, but until then, I will cherish my perfect bins and pray for sun."
Finlay Renwick, deputy style editor
"Inspired by the shades that Cary Grant wore in North by Northwest, so you already know that they come with style pedigree, my favourite sunglasses are the Oliver Peoples (you guessed it) Cary Grant Sun. Mine are in the washed teal colourway with grey lenses (the best lenses I’ve ever used), made out of a heavy handmade acetate and with a shape that is both squared off and rounded off in all the right places.
"They’ve even managed to withstand my full weight sitting on them recently, so I can personally vouch for the brand’s build quality and idiot-proofness."
Nick Pope, deputy digital editor
“Everybody needs a pair of Ray-Bans. Well, maybe you don’t need them – stare directly at the sun through the Hubble telescope for all I care, mate – but I highly recommend the investment. An American-founded Italian brand launched in the Thirties by a US Army Air Corps Colonel, Ray-Ban has long been synonymous with Hollywood cool. We’re talking Peter Fonda in Easy Rider. Tom Cruise in Top Gunim电竞官网-. Me, in my dressing gown, right this very second.
“The list goes on and on. The iconic Aviator and Wayfarer lines are by far their most popular – the latter recently receiving a nice foldable refurb. This summer I’ll be channeling Ray Winstone in Sexy Beast on my balcony. I suggest you do the same.”
Olivia Ovenden, senior digital writer
im电竞官网-"For the last five years my tortoiseshell Leonard Illesteva sunglasses have survived being dropped, squashed and scratched with remarkable grace. They have kept their cool as sunglasses have gotten wider and flashier, and were quietly smug when the trend for tiny lenses ceased.
"They're from Illesteva. Designed in New York and handmade in Italy – the fusion of the two results in something that's both classic and modern. Their frames are stylish but flattering whatever your face shape, the reason I know this to be true is that my boyfriend and I wear the same pair and my head is three times the size of his. Whenever I spot one of their stores in a trendy enclave of a foreign city I pop in to ask them to reshape the legs to make them feel brand new again: a request which they always agree to without making me feel bad for my massive cranium.”
Murray Clark, digital style editor
"I have a really big face: big eyes, big head, big nose, big mouth, all of which are very useful for spotting me in a crowd. But another bonus of my XL gene code is the inherent ability to wear big shades, mad shades too – the ones that veer a bit unusual but look perfectly at home here.
"I'll take my blessings wherever I can, and in this instance, I'll take them to Lunetterie Générale: a top level optic brand that has rejigged the classic eyewear of Seventies Hollywood for a neo-noir set in 2043. They're a cut above the usual pricetag of designer shades. But if I've learnt anything in my 29 years, it's either go big, or go home."
Ace & Tate
Dan Choppen, fashion assistant
"Ace & Tate were founded to fix a problem hundreds encountered. Founder Mark de Lange went to New York and realised how horrible the process of buying sunglasses was. So he made it better, and Ace & Tate had me hooked early doors.
im电竞官网-"They design, produce and sell their own glasses, cutting out the middle man to offer a lower price without compromising quality. That makes buying sunglasses less of an investment process, and more fun. And I am all for more fun."
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