A new statement-making eyewear range

Inventive designs from menswear maverick Thom Browne

The Eye Company prides itself on selling top-end, rare and sought-after glasses, and its founder, Stephen Hudson, is adamant about what constitutes quality frames. So when he saw menswear fashion designer Thom Browne’s eyewear collection (from £350), made by Dita of Los Angeles, he couldn’t resist it.

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“Dita’s Japanese factory is the best in the world,” he says. “You can’t get better.” Browne has been very inventive, using, for example, unusual meshed side-protectors, tempered by the use of confident lines. Understated frames make strong statements too, however (example pictured, £450). “The awesome thing about Japanese manufacture is the materials,” says Hudson. “They only use pure titanium, and acetates that have been ‘time-cured’, producing harder finishes, and then polished to achieve a deep black piano-key lustre.”

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