Five independent brands add a unique frame of mind to the wardrobe essential.
Dom Vetro / Morgenthal Frederics / Jacques Marie Mage / Mykita / Salt
For the classic guy, there are few better ways to claim a signature style than with a key accessory. Consider then, the unique pair of shades. While the options might seem endless, though, the vast majority of the $13 billion luxury eyewear industry sits under the umbrella of two powerhouse companies: Marchon and Luxottica. What does that mean for your Top Gun–inspired aviators or your scholarly horn-rimmed spectacles? Shared manufacturing facilities lead to uniformity, making a distinctive pair harder and harder to find. To get the sunnies you can truly call your own, we suggest looking beyond the monopolies to the few independent brands making a name for themselves with their original designs, unique materials, and excellent quality. From the up-and-coming Dom Vetro to the tried-and-true Morgenthal Frederics, we’ve got the key to your next wear-everywhere pair.