Sunny days ahead

Hope­fully by now you’ve got­ten good wear out of your favourite pair of sunglasses this sum­mer, enough to jus­tify in­vest­ing in a new pair. And if not, well, these ones are all by Cana­dian brands, and sup­port­ing lo­cal is al­ways a pretty good rea­son to shop

Montreal Gazette - - WEEKEND LIFE -

GO­ING ROUND AND ROUND

Based in Toronto and de­signed in Brook­lyn, N.Y., Cal­lula Co. sunglasses are made es­pe­cially with a pe­tite fit, mean­ing you can avoid that awk­ward bug-eyed look and frames that al­ways slip off your nose and ears. We love this Sugar Beach sil­ver pair for their mir­rored lenses and de­cid­edly cool Socal vibe.

Cal­lula Co., cal­lu­laco.com | US$135

NEVER SHORT-SIGHTED

Founder Har­bir Sian started Ox­ford & Kin (first named Kings­ley Eye­wear but re­cently re­branded) in 2017 and quickly be­came known for his do-good part­ner­ship with Op­tom­e­try Giv­ing Sight, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that ed­u­cates and trains peo­ple in ar­eas of need to pro­vide eye care. Each pair of glasses is hand­made from Ital­ian ac­etate and named for a sig­nif­i­cant re­gion. These retro-tinged Hudson sun­nies were in­spired by the Hudson River and New York busi­ness­men of the 1950s and 1960s. Ox­ford & Kin, ox­for­dand­kin.com | $195

HERITAGE CRAFTS­MAN­SHIP

In the 1980s, there was a small fac­tory named Tan­ner­eye on Prince Ed­ward Is­land that spe­cial­ized in mak­ing leather-cov­ered frames for com­pa­nies like Ray-ban and Ralph Lau­ren. The re­main­ing stock, in­clud­ing original pro­to­types with hand­writ­ten notes, was found in a base­ment in 2016 and is now avail­able through Fel­low Earth­lings, an­other spe­cialty eye­wear com­pany on P.E.I. The Ranger Pre­mium pair fea­tures English bri­dle leathers and metal frames cov­ered in at least two mi­crons of cor­ro­sion- and tar­nish-re­sis­tant gold elec­tro­plat­ing. Cana­dian Sunglasses, thecana­di­an­sun­glasses.com | $650

CALL­ING ALL EARTH­LINGS

Christo­pher and Syd­ney Seg­gie are the duo be­hind Fel­low Earth­lings, a Prince Ed­ward Is­land out­fit that spe­cial­izes in hand­made-to-or­der sunglasses that are truly some­thing spe­cial. Case in point: this An­nie style from their RE: FE col­lec­tion, made en­tirely from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als. Fel­low Earth­lings, fel­lowearth­lings.com | $450

LEMON DROP

Bon­look was cre­ated in Mon­treal in 2011 by So­phie Boulanger and her brother, Louis-félix, to fill a gap in the mar­ket for high-fashion glasses at less-than-de­signer prices. The fam­ily-run com­pany now has 300 em­ploy­ees and more than 30 lo­ca­tions across the coun­try, where fun, trend-led styles like this Fever pair, also avail­able in black and warm toffee, fly off the shelves.

Bon­look, bon­look.com | $149

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