Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but if the California sun is blocking your view, it’s time for a new pair of sunglasses. Finding the chicest and most efficient ways to shield eyes from UV rays can be a fashion quest. Whatever catches your eye, Los Angeles’ shade shops will protect your baby blues from the summer sun.
7625 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
With boutiques in New York, Tokyo and Los Angeles, Dita Legends thrives on international fashionistas influenced by culture, couture and the runways. From fashion models to musicians to Hollywood’s hottest (including Amanda Seyfried, Avril Lavigne, Brad Pitt and B.O.B.), Dita Legends vintage-inspired shades are a must-have accessory. The A-lister covet list includes the brand’s newest styles, including Granmdmaster-Two: black and smoke with matte black, The Vault Sloe: Dark Green Crystaline and the signature Dita Sunglasses. Can’t get to the shop? The Dita Legends online store offers customers its exclusive Dita accessory line, limited release styles and Dita Archive “Vault” styles.
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8500 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90048
SEE Eyewear brings an eclectic range of fashion-forward and trendsetting sunglasses to its discerning Beverly Hills clientele. With decades of experience, SEE uncovers hidden treasures from all over the world, including France, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Spain and Germany, to create a selective inventory that includes one-of-a-kind designs that are made especially for SEE’s boutique. Check out the company’s shades collection including the SEE 1966 in black/gray, ivory/pearl or dark tortoise/brown and the SEE 3935 in crystal/blue. Once you buy from SEE Eyewear, you might become “one of those” chi-chi peeps wearing your new sunglasses indoors.
Hotel De Ville Eyewear
11307 Mississippi Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
As one of the first eyewear boutiques to create a niche for vintage spectacles, Hotel de Ville Vintage Eyewear fuses classic, avant-garde and contemporary sunglass styles to offer its customers a twist on today’s (and tomorrow’s) accessory trends. Sunglasses are like any other fashion accessory and should complete your outfit and strike your mood. Hotel de Ville Vintage Eyewear has shades from all over Europe as well as the company’s signature line, which includes the Newmar Cat Eye style (hand-crafted in France) and the Dr. Atl in matte black. In addition, Hotel de Ville Vintage Eyewear provides services for prescription lenses, custom sunglass tints, vintage glasses repairs and frame adjustments.
Ilori Optical Shop of Aspen
3835 Cross Creek Road
Malibu, CA 90265
What started out as a small optical shop in Aspen in the 70s has transformed into an exclusive eyewear fashion house. Featuring sunglasses from top designers including Cartier, David Yurman, Chanel, Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, Tom Ford, Tory Burch and Stella Mccartney, this shop is known for selling limited editions and cutting-edge styles. Ilori Optical Shop of Aspen gives eyes their own red carpet as the brand has a selective celebrity following. Most recently, Ilori Optical Shop of Aspen debuted the Bvlgari LeGemme collection, an exclusive line of sunglasses featuring exquisite gems that turn a same old-same old pair of shades into a trend-setting work of art.
5622 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
From couture to extreme sports, Eyelab has been servicing its North Hollywood clientele for more than 18 years. With an optometry lab on the premise, Eyelab’s experts will help you choose the best sunglasses for your lifestyle and pop your prescription into the frames so your peepers don’t miss a thing. Eyelab features an extensive sport line including the exclusive Wiley X Street Series with the company’s “proprietary polarized lens technology” that offers the highest UV protection and everyday sun wear from designers William Rast, Vera Wang and Ray-Ban.
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