The eyewear portrayed here in the special Class of 2020 feature on Men’s Eyewear for this landmark year sorted itself into clear groupings for some very specific reasons. Men’s eyewear has come a long way in these past few years. Suspect quality is no longer tolerated by men seeking spectacles up to the refined standards and tastes of today’s modern demands. Men are looking for distinctive shapes steeped in classic frame traditions but with novel twists on legendary themes. Color has dawned anew with standards such as black, brown and tortoise now supplemented by flashes of blue (from deep to frosted) and occasional celebrations of red and even green.

Traditions of sturdy metal as a man’s eyewear mainstay that dominated the turn of the century have now been surpassed by quests for wide varieties of miracle metals and lightweight solutions as demanded by life’s dominance of a high-tech world with increasing digital face/eye time. And even though fashion might still seem somewhat distant as a daily standard for many men, style in dress and purpose in play and sport is of increasing and paramount concern. Eyewear (and sunwear) has responded with a sense of class and dressing right for the exact occasion. The eyewear pictured here is at the head of the class. Consider it a Dean’s List of well-curated choices as you assist in making focused choices for your Modern Men.

–James J. Spina

Still life photographed by NED MATURA

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