The Quintessential Gent’s Guide to Sunglasses

Its slightly ironic just as I finished writing this piece, its starts to rain. Oh well I guess welcome to England. You would think that by now I would be used to the unpredictable English weather. But guess what? If like me you would wear your sunglasses, come rain or shine than here is your guide to  my top five. Unique, stylish and most of all, they all get The Quintessential Gent’s approval.

Orlebar Brown

Teal Acetate Round

Orlebar Brown is my go to brand for tailored mens beach and swim shorts. So when I saw these Teal Acetate Round sunglasses I had to include them in my guide.  The round frames with the coloured acetate frames combine a retro ‘50s feel with a more modern look.

Oliver Peoples 

Gregory Peck Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses

Exclusive to Mr Porter  these Oliver Peoples sunglasses were created in collaboration with the Peck estate. Paying tribute to one of the most stylish actors of all time, Mr Gregory Peck, in the iconic movie To Kill A Mockingbird.  The vintage-inspired round frames are rendered in transparent acetate, with dark-grey lenses to keep your eyes protected.



The Palm Sunglasses by Spanish clothing brand Scalpers, are extremely classic, plus they won’t break the bank.  A bit of a newcomer in the UK this Spanish brand whose name and logo is inspired by Native American Indians, is known for its tailoring and quirky accessories.  Its collection is focused on three tenets; design, detail and “quirks”. And these glasses represent the best of the quirky nature of Scalpers. Check out the Scalpers store on Carnaby Street.


Bailey Sunglasses

Tens is one of my new favourite sunglasses brands (To find out why, check out  my previous article called Filter your World). Started by three friends,  who as photographers and filmmakers who added  rich, warm colours to their work. It was only natural to bring this process to the real world. A simple ambition to make everyone’s day look & feel ten times better. The Bailey sunglasses features a playfully rounded frame divided by classic keyhole bridge geometry, and definitely represent the brand’s ethos of making everyone’s day look and feel ten times better


MAISON MARGIELA + Mykita Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses

Uber-hip Berlin brand Mykita’s collaboration with Maison Margiela to create a limited edition of sunglasses has go to be one of the best collaborations so far.   Handmade in Berlin from matte-acetate, giving them instant contemporary industrial appeal. The olive-green hue is subtle and suits all complexions.  Dressed up or dressed down. You choose.

So there you have it my Guide to my top 5 sunglasses this summer. Come rain or shine.


Filter Your World

Tens, the filter sunglasses brand, have just opened their first pop-up store in Covent Garden, London for the month of July. The brand which, was founded in 2014 through a highly successful Indiegogo campaign that achieved almost £400,000 in pre-orders. The campaign remains one of the most-funded fashion projects on any crowd funding website globally.


To top it off the brand has just received a significant investment from businessman Richard Branson. Richard Branson discovered the brand through a friend commented “Kris, Marty and Tom have shown tremendous entrepreneurial spirit to get where they are today; they’ve done an amazing job bringing their ambition to life. Tens have come in and disrupted the sunglasses market, a tactic I’m all too familiar with! And I love the product, no matter where I am in the world I can stick on a pair of Tens and feel like I’m right back on Necker Island.”


The current SS16 collection comprises eleven styles priced from £60, each boasting Tens’ Instagram-style filter lens that transforms the users view into a vivid experience, full of clarity and colour. The sunglasses work with the warm colour palette of the sun to enhance everything you see; making everyday life looks and feel ten times better. For decades, ordinary sunglasses have deprived the world of the sun’s natural glow, replacing its bright and beautiful rays with cold and lifeless shade. Using custom filtered lens that works with natural sunlight, with Tens – the world around you is transformed into a vivid experience full of clarity and colour.


The latest Tens collection is available online from and from the Tens pop-up store on 10 Earlham Street by Covent Garden, London. Exclusive ranges are also available from the Necker Island Store and from throughout SOHO House locations across North America.

Product photography by BERT SPANGEMACHER fotografiert for TENSLIFE.COM