It’s the season for heading south and for wearing sunglasses all day long. For something beautiful and unique, look to EB Meyrowitz, the Mayfair-based heritage opticians renowned for peerless one-off designs and handcraft, which has produced 30 pairs of “Sicilian” sunglasses, going on sale (from £2,700 each) this week at its London Royal Arcade store.
The style, as the name suggests, takes inspiration from the landscape of Italy’s southernmost outreaches. The limited edition comes in a variety of different shades of horn, offering something more chic and interesting than the run-of-the-mill all-black frame or mirrored aviator. The frames mix a dark lens with natural earth tones and would be the perfect accompaniment to an off-white double-breasted linen suit and a pair of nubuck driving shoes worn without socks. “With the Sicilian, we were looking to create something earthy yet wholly elegant at the same time,” says Jamie Davison-Lungley, director at EB Meyrowitz. “We wanted something suitable for exploring the wilds of the Riserva dello Zingaro by day yet still altogether appropriate within the walls of the magical Villa Sant’Andrea come evening time.”
Each of the 30 frames has been crafted from individually selected pieces of buffalo horn, chosen for the richest and rarest of grain, while the construction – finished in the optician’s specialist ateliers across the UK, France and Germany – includes intricate double-bar bridge work. They are available exclusively from the London store, which is also home to the optician’s archive for bespoke commissions and basement eye-testing facility.