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 www.leeleelu.com.