August 29 2014

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On Our Radar: Benjamin Montoya’s Douglas Shades


Benjamin Montoya, proprietor of L.A. spec shop City of Angels, has carved out an interesting niche for himself in the eyewear trade. Time and again, Montoya has taken classic sunglass shapes—the wayfarer, the aviator, the cat-eye—and tweaked them just enough so they look totally fresh. His latest creation, the Douglas sunglass, manages that trick nicely, riffing on the round shades that have been all the rage but making the lens un-round, detailing the frame in metal, and adding optional clip-on lenses. What with Daylight Savings Time, we aren’t seeing much sun here in New York, but these specs make me hungry for some.

$350 (without clip-on) or $500 (with clip-on), available at

Photo: Courtesy of Benjamin Montoya



  1. AbeNyc says:

    Sunglasses can be VERY sexy! Montoya’s new glasses are a must have-exsp. for these times when we are all in need of a bit of “retail therapy.” check out what else can do the trick and make you feel sexy-

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