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
From left: MONCLER 0105 from Marcolin; BERLUTI 40008U from Thelios
From left: PERSOL 3230-S from Luxottica; MR TURK Mayne from The McGee Group; IZOD 782 from ClearVision Optical; BUFFALO DAVID BITTON 007 from Tura
From left: SAMPAN from Costa; BREACH from Wiley X
From left: JAGUAR 35057 from ESE International; MODZFLEX MX942 from Modern Optical International; KONISHI FLEX 8602 from Clariti Eyewear
From left: NEFF from Blake Kuwahara; IVAR from l.a.Eyeworks
Clockwise from top: PRODESIGN DENMARK 3614 from Design Eyewear Group; SPERRY Ritchfield from L’Amy America; HAGGAR 283 from i-dealoptics; COLE HAAN 4039 from Altair Eyewear; ESQUIRE 1585 from New York Eye
From left: EASYTWIST CT268 from Aspex Eyewear; EDDIE BAUER 32038 from Charmant USA
From left: TEKA 4123 from Teka Eyewear; NEUBAU EYEWEAR Markus from Silhouette; OROSHI from ic! berlin; RED ROSE Fano from Ogi Eyewear; OGA 10124O from Morel