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Australia’s Best Sunglasses for Travellers


Bags packed and passport in tow, no holiday is ever complete until you find that perfect pair of sunglasses to match your destination. Besides being a great fashion statement and an even better way to hide jetlag-ridden eyes, a pair of good designer sunglasses means you can have a sense of intrigue and style while you soak up the sun wherever your travels may take you.

To help you find the perfect pair of shades that best complements your features and accentuates your individual style while on holiday, we’ve compiled a list of Australia’s [leading] designer eyewear brands and stockists. Sophisticated and original, their designs will keep you on trend no matter where you are in the world.

SUNDAY SOMEWHERE

Who they are: Designed and made for those who are in a constant state of wanderlust, SUNDAY SOMEWHERE’s trendsetting sunglasses boast aesthetic clean lines, signature details and unique quirks.

What inspires them: Dave Allison, Founder and Creative Director of SUNDAY SOMEWHERE draws inspiration from the ‘70s and wherever his many Sunday travels takes him.

Why they’re perfect: If you’d like to fit right in amongst Hollywood celebrities as soon as you touch-down at LAX, join SUNDAY SOMEWHERE’s clientele of A-list superstars by wearing any of their frames. With star-studded names like Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner and Adam Levine already sporting his designer sunglasses, it’s hard not to feel and look like a celebrity yourself.

Oscar Wylee 

Who they are: Contrary to how most eyewear brands are run, there are no head designers at Oscar Wylee. Instead, everyone from head office meets a few times a week to collaborate on the de-signs. They pride themselves on craftsmanship and premium products rather than easily passé pieces.

Why they’re perfect: Ever wished a pair of designer sunglasses could accommodate personal re-quests? Wish no more as the team at Oscar Wylee makes it a point to listen to their customers’ needs and design their frames accordingly. If having to switch between your glasses and sunglass-es whilst on holiday is getting you down, then say hello to the life-saving Rocket sunglasses, Oscar Wylie’s first clip-on style.

Just Sunnies 

Who they are: Proudly Australian owned and operated, Just Sunnies stocks high-quality authentic sunglasses from major brands across the globe, so it’s no surprise they’ve easily become one of Australia’s favourite sunglasses stockists.

Who they carry: Renowned brands like Ray-Ban, Oakley, Spotters, Prada, Oroton, Celine, Le Specs, Cancer Council and many more.

Why they’re perfect: Put your trust in their three favourite brands, Maui Jim, Le Specs and Ray Ban. Maui Jim delivers amazing clarity through polarised lenses that’ll help you gaze upon sun-drenched beaches and Le Specs lets you keep up with ever-changing trends especially in major fashion scenes across Europe.

Bailey Nelson 

Who they are: If you’re looking to empower your individuality, be self-expressive and meet some incredibly passionate people, you’ve found the right place. Bailey Nelson is set on changing the sunglasses industry positively and permanently by creating eyewear that’s both beautiful and affordable.

What inspires them: Ryan Nix, Head Designer, says “I’m drawn to countries off the beaten path; adventure and an underlying sense of discovery are the things I find most inspiring when travelling” when it comes to finding an inspiring gem or two when he travels.

Why they’re perfect: Suitable for both work and play, Baily Nelson provides cost effective everyday staples for those who still call Australia home whist globe-trotting for business or pleasure. For in-stance, their Bronte design is a beautiful vintage pair of shades that incorporates a classic brow line construction and coloured lenses.

Hungry Eyewear 

Who they are: Independently born and bred in Melbourne, Australia, Hungry Eyewear speaks to those who pride themselves on individual expression, adventure seeking, style and technology.

What inspires them: Hungry Eyewear looks to the land of the rising sun, Japan and reinvents classic silhouettes to achieve a look that’s youthful, vibrant and dynamic.

Why they’re perfect: If you’re someone who loves trying new things, doesn’t conform to the norm, and has an affinity with Japan’s superior craftsmanship, then their The Mad Dans shades are right up your alley. Just like Japan, where Hungry Eyewear designers gravitate towards for inspiration, these frames are edgy and bold.

Sunglasses Warehouse 

Who they are: Sunglasses Warehouse is a global leading online store for designer eyewear that’s styled and shaded over 20,000 happy customers across the globe.

Who they carry: It’s a who’s who of sunglasses brands, Sunglasses Warehouse carries Ray-Ban, Prada, Coach, Marc Jacobs, Versace, Burberry, Tom Ford, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Emporio Armani, Hugo Boss, Dolce & Gabanna and Roberto Cavalli.

Why they’re perfect: With their range of over 7,000 different models, their personal favourites include Ray-Ban, for that classic timeless look that’s perfect for shopping in New York, and Dolce & Gabanna for those Italian getaways, which call for a little more pizzazz.

Spotters 

Who they are: Established by husband and wife team, Frank and Kim, Spotters combines performance, technology and integrity to deliver eyewear that’s built to withstand the extreme conditions Australia has to offer.

What inspires them: Staying true to their Aussie roots, Spotters draws inspiration from Australia’s vibrant landscape and ever-changing conditions where exceptional visual performance is combined with beautiful design.

Why they’re perfect: For the sports fanatic and the thrill seeker, these sunglasses can weather any harsh conditions. Their personal favourite is the Grit Nexus design that will allow you to enjoy visual performance and style whether you’re skiing in Thredbo, strolling through the Daintree or exploring the outback.

Oroton Eyewear 

Who they are: Founded in 1938, Oroton has evolved and grown from a modest importer of luxurious European textiles to a now offering a stylish range of eyewear to complement and complete its impressive fashion line-up.

What inspires them: Drawing from past travels across modern city landscapes of Australia, Europe, Los Angeles and Hong Kong contribute towards the brand’s timeless vintage glamour and classic styling.

Why they’re perfect: Whether you’re planning a European tour, hitting the beach at Santa Monica or exploring the colourful city lights of Hong Kong, Oroton offers accessible luxury and casual glam-our. Delivering piercing looks and set in a classic cat’s eye tortoiseshell frame, Oroton’s personal favourite is their Madeline design.

SōLEURS 

Who they are: “We believe a great pair of sunglasses is the perfect blend of practicality and artful-ness” introduces SōLEURS. An independent eyewear creator that puts eye protection first and de-sign in a close second, you’ll get to enjoy a pair of sunglasses that’s both functional and stylish.

What inspires them: For understated elegance and considered simplicity, Japan ranks as SōLEURS’ top inspiration point that’s prevalent in its clean and minimalist designs.

Why they’re perfect: Stemming from a simple desire to create beautiful designs and quality sun-glasses at a fraction of the price of big-name brands, SōLEURS works directly with some of the world’s best manufacturers. As an introductory pair, try the ALICE Topaz on for a simple, elegant look that’s robust enough to withstand any overseas adventure.

Hush Grandpa 

Who they are: Founded along the eastern shores of Sydney’s beaches, Hush Grandpa is an inde-pendent eyewear company that’s dedicated to creating eyewear with a different look and feel from the average frame.

What inspires them: Their ideal ingredients for inspiration include reinventing the styles of sunglass-wearing actors from ‘60s and ‘70s films, along with the quiet solitude of the Maldives.

Why they’re perfect: Those who have a fine appreciation for detail and love paying homage to movie stars of the past, will find Hush Grandpa’s limited edition Feffs 100, that are modelled around optical frames dating back to 1965, a perfect fit.

Topheads Eyewear 

Who they are: First assembled in a humble garage on Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, Topheads Eyewear has grown to be an all-Australian made and owned company that offers fresh looking sunglasses, free from standard plastic materials.

What inspires them: Made by beachgoers for beachgoers, Topheads Eyewear borrows its inspiration from the beaches of Indonesia, Fiji and Mexico to create eyewear that’s both stylish and comfortable to wear.

Why they’re perfect: If you’re a laid-back surfer or skater, who’s into using eco-friendly materials like wood, bamboo and even recycled skateboard decks, then Topheads Eyewear’s unorthodox designs will fit you nicely. With their timeless circle design in wood, the recent Slick Mick sunglass-es are perfect for getting you into a beach-holiday mood.


THE ICONIC 

Who they are: THE ICONIC is set on creating an online shopping experience that’s both effortless and enjoyable by bringing trendsetters closer to the latest range of Australian and international designer eyewear.

Who they carry: From Australia’s favourites like Cheap Monday, Local Supply and Quay Australia to internationally renowned brands like Emporio Armani, Illesteva, Kate Spade, Ray-Ban and many more.

Why they’re perfect: Offering the latest in designer eyewear, it’s hard not to find a pair of sunglass-es that’ll have you looking extra stylish whilst travelling. When it comes to one pair fits all, Category Manager of THE ICONIC, Robert Moore recommends going with the Classic Ray-Ban Folding Polar-ised Wayfarer that makes for a fashionable yet practical travelling companion.

Bupa Optical 

Who they are: Bupa Optical specialises in eye health and are leading professionals in Optometry. With outlets in major cities across Australia and housing a wide range of designer eyewear, seeing better on your travels while looking trendy has never been easier.

Who they carry: From timeless classics like Ray-Ban, Bill Bass, Carrera, Marc by Marc and Furla to beautiful fashion statement pieces like Face A Face, Cutler and Gross, Jimmy Choo and Vivienne Westwood, there’s a pair of frames that’s perfect for every kind of traveller.

Why they’re perfect: Bupa Optical’s comprehensive eye examinations, useful guides in helping you find the perfect shaped frames to suit you and tips on choosing the right sunglasses for the right kind of weather will help you achieve your picture-perfect holiday.

Whether you’re planning a beach trip to the Sunshine Coast, cruising in a gondola down a Venetian canal, or thrill seeking in the French Alps, finding the perfect pair of sunglasses that are both stylish and functional will help you see the world in a totally different light while on holiday.