Where stylish men buy their glasses

From heavy tortoiseshell frames to spectacles on strings, here are seven excellent eyewear recommendations

Erdem Moralioglu’s trademark black, square-lens frames are by Oliver Peoples
Erdem Moralioglu’s trademark black, square-lens frames are by Oliver Peoples | Image: Kate Martin

Erdem Moralioglu, fashion designer

“My glasses are by Oliver Peoples. I had an unfortunate pair of wire-rimmed glasses when I was at school but have worn this square-lens style in black ever since.” From £248; oliverpeoples.com.

Adam Nathaniel Forman in his handmade glasses with yellow leather rims by Savile Row Eyewear
Adam Nathaniel Forman in his handmade glasses with yellow leather rims by Savile Row Eyewear | Image: Rick Pushinsky
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Adam Nathaniel Furman, artist-designer

“I have a pair of glasses that were handmade by Savile Row Eyewear, the company that makes glasses using machines from 1932. We sourced some leather that was bleached and dyed bright yellow, and they wrapped and sewed the leather around the rims of the glasses. I wear them on special occasions.” From £1,500 for bespoke eyewear; savileroweyewear.co.uk.

Pierre Hardy has his glasses made-to-measure by Hervé Domar
Pierre Hardy has his glasses made-to-measure by Hervé Domar | Image: Stephanie Jayet
Ben Evans wears Cubitt’s Belgrove frames in amber, £125 (including lenses)
Ben Evans wears Cubitt’s Belgrove frames in amber, £125 (including lenses)

Pierre Hardy, accessories designer

“I have my glasses made-to-measure by Hervé Domar. I think there are two schools of thought with glasses: either you change them every day like an accessory, or, like me, wear the same pair and they become part of your face.” Hervé Domar x Pierre Hardy collection, from £325; hervedomar.com.

Rafael Viñoly likes Lunor glasses, sometimes wearing more than one pair for different purposes
Rafael Viñoly likes Lunor glasses, sometimes wearing more than one pair for different purposes | Image: Weston Wells
John Ray wears handmade tortoiseshell glasses by EB Meyrowitz, from £10,000
John Ray wears handmade tortoiseshell glasses by EB Meyrowitz, from £10,000 | Image: Richard Grassie

Ben Evans, director of the London Design Festival

“Reading glasses have become part of my life. I’ve managed to break or lose several pairs, so when I noticed Cubitts had opened in my neighbourhood, I went in for a look. I was delighted to discover that the glasses cost much less than my previous brand and still met my high standards. I bought two pairs on the spot.” Belgrove in amber, £125 (including lenses); cubitts.co.uk.

Pierre Yovanovitch likes the “ultra-light” Mylon glasses by Mykita, from £495
Pierre Yovanovitch likes the “ultra-light” Mylon glasses by Mykita, from £495 | Image: Emmanuel Fradin
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Rafael Viñoly, architect

“I wear multiple pairs of Lunor glasses at the same time. This has become an affectation of sorts, but each pair serves a different purpose: I wear one for distance, one for playing the piano and others for reading and drafting. I’ve been faithful to these very expensive German frames for the past 10 years and keep them on strings around my neck so as not to lose them. They’ve become part of my anatomy.” Lunor A8 283, $595; lunor.com.

John Ray, creative director of Thomas Pink

“My specs from the charmingly bonkers EB Meyrowitz are stunning. They are heavy-framed and handmade in tortoiseshell.” From £595; tortoiseshell glasses from £10,000; ebmeyrowitz.co.uk.

Pierre Yovanovitch, interior architect

“I’m a low-key person, so my clothing and accessories tend to be fashionable yet classic. My Mylon glasses by Mykita are the first item I put on in the morning: they’re ultra-light and the matte finish is in keeping with my simple aesthetic.” From £495; mykita.com.

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