5 Gorgeous Pairs Of Tortoiseshell Sunglasses

A well crafted pair of tortoiseshells can make a man. If you're feeling like treating yourself this summer, here are five pairs to get you going.
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A well crafted pair of tortoiseshells can make a man. If you're feeling like treating yourself this summer, here are five pairs to get you going.

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Illesteva Lenox Detachable (above)

£195 exclusively from Mr Porter

A New York based brand who've already notched up a host of celebrity fans (not that that means much, granted, but one of them is Elton John, and there's a bloke who's had a few bins in his time). The detachable lenses on these are perfectly suited to the British summertime, where sunshine may appear unexpected in short, sporadic bursts rather than committing itself to the whole day.

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Han Kjobenhavn Ed

£125 from Oi Polloi

Han Kjobenhavn began making beautifully designed clothes and accessories in Copenhagen in 2008, nestling nicely into the military/workwear market. They also make lovely sunglasses, as these brow-line efforts prove. They're hand painted and finished with Carl Zeiss lenses, for that added bit of luxury.

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Black Eyewear Erroll

£157 from Black Eyewear

Black Eyewear is the brainchild of Robert Roope, a lifelong music fan whose glasses aim to recreate the timeless style of jazz. Each frame is influenced by and dedicated to a musician, this particular pair are an homage to Erroll Louis Garner, the pianist and composer who wrote the brilliant Misty. Wearing these does not give you permission to start speaking in scat, however.

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Persol Foldable 714

£265 from Mr Porter

You can't have an article on sunglasses and not mention Persol, and the frames immortalised by Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair. At over £250 I'm not going to pretend these are cheap, but if they've looked consistently good for forty-five years I think it's safe to say they're an investment piece. Just don't bloody sit on them.

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Triwa Horn Ernest 

£115 from Triwa

Transforming the industry of watches (which is where the slightly tenuous acronym 'TRIWA' stems from) the Stockholm based company also make very decent shades.

Perfect for taking in some clean Scandanavian architecture on a cold, bright morning (or trying your best to look like somebody who does that kind of thing while you sink your fifth pint of the day in the beer garden)

Each pair is made from hand cut acetate and fitted with Carl Zeiss lenses. Top drawer.