If eyes are the windows into a person’s soul, then sunglasses’ importance lies not just in their bright-light dimming functionality, but also in their ability to creat a barrier between you and the world, with an accompanying aura of cool that no other item of clothing does as universally. It may be grey right now, but – according to the calendar, at least – summer is coming so whether you’re after some vintage cat-eyes a sculptural statement pair, here’s five of the best London stores to check out…
Camden Town studio dedicated to luxury eyewear with a historical collection with frames from 1810-1995.
A South East London vintage clothing and accessories store stocking items from the 1930s-present.
Dedicated solely to eyewear, the Shoreditch store specialises in independently-owned brands.
The Knightsbridge-based luxury brand founded in 1969 has been in at the fore of cutting-edge eyewear style for more than 40 years.
Boasting unworn and rare eyewear from the past century, Lunetier individually sources and handpicks each of the frames it stocks.