Call it blatant materialism. But materials do make all the difference. What a frame is made of determines function and fashion. Frame—and lens—materials provide both the substance and style for sunglasses. These new zyls rise to the occasion, brimming with zest and
zeal. We will say it again. You’ve got Zyl... You’ve got Style.
Photographed by Ned Matura
From top: ADIDAS ah28 from Silhouette Optical; RVS by V Sun from RVS;
KENSIE Dress Me Up from Kenmark Group; NORMA KAMALI 04 from Avalon Eyewear
Zyl, also called zylonite or cellulose acetate, is the most popular plastic used for eyeglass frames. It’s comfortable and lends itself to an almost limitless variety of styles and colors, especially as laminates and intricate patterns continue to forge colorful new frontiers.