The Best Sunglasses in Toronto
The best sunglasses in Toronto are found, by and large, at specialty optical stores who have sifted through the most fashion-forward shades the world has to offer. Cheap pairs are a dime a dozen in this city (or three for $10 in Chinatown), but Toronto's best sunglasses purveyors stock quality brands, tint lenses to order, and generally treat them like what they are: A perfect mix of fashion and function.
Here are the best stores to buy sunglasses in Toronto.
In addition to the exceptional selection of vintage frames at this Junction shop, there's a selection of shades lining the right-hand wall that ranges from classic to high-fashion, including some European brands like Dzmitry Samal and Matttew you won't find anywhere else. A little closer to home, there's cheerful frames from an in-house collab with Philip Sparks.
Whether you're shopping on Queen West, in the Distillery, or at Yonge and Lawrence, Toronto's premier luxury eyewear chain will have you (and your eyes) covered. Their stock encompasses a couple dozen brands, from household names (Lanvin, Prada) to eyewear legends (Oliver Peoples, Persol) to cutting-edge brands (Starck, Thierry Lasry) - they'll even get rare and limited-edition models.
In 2014, the British eyewear brand landed a few doors down from Spectacle on Queen, singlehandedly making that block the city's best hunting ground for high-end eyewear. Plenty of their acetate frames are designs held over from the brand's swinging-'60s origins, with the construction to match (you might even pick up an authentic vintage pair, if you've got dough to spare) while newer items include designer collabs with the likes of Margiela and Erdem.
This funky frames at this Cabbagetown optical shop are a little out of step with the neighbourhood, but they like it that way. Their selection, which offers colours and patterns to spare, include sunny-day frames from Mykita, Salt, Lindberg and Bevel, in addition to a few hand-picked vintage selections.
They love the classics at this friendly shop on College - they've even got the Oliver Peoples shades Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's, and four-eyed folks on a limited budget love their $99 all-in deals on vintage glasses. But if your style's a little more contemporary, they showcase some of the latest and greatest in the eyewear world, including hard-to-find Aussie company Pared or wooden Capital shades from California.
Oakville-born and Yonge and Eg-based, this eyewear company does glasses for men, women and kids. Their selection of non-sunglasses is a little stronger, but they still carry some fabulous finds from Dita, Etnia and Oliver Peoples, and the staff have a strong eye for finding a perfect frame for any face.
Though they've had a rep for flash and designer names over the years, this Chinatown shop mixes in some bona fide eyewear-nerd favourites with the brands (Mosley Tribes, Salt, Orgreen, Mykida, Lindberg and Gold & Wood, to name just a few). The staff are also old hands at helping shoppers find their perfect-fitting frame - if you don't know what you're after, they'll help you find it.
We can only assume that the rather icky name of this West Queen West boutique refers to their fun, colourful selection of frames, which features top eyewear designers from all over the world. On top of rarer finds like Gambini frames from Germany or Masunaga shades from Japan, you'll find current-season eyewear designs from names like Burberry and Stella McCartney.
Con - this Church St. shop is on the tiny side. Pro - the management keeps the selection rotating constantly, bringing in unusual and one-of-a-kind pieces to create some major variety. Recent additions include eye-grabbing styles by Thom Browne and Tom Ford, but they also feature Alain Mikli, Cazal, Claire Goldsmith, and countless others.
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