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A Blue Steal

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We have been fans of KBL’s affordably priced, well-built eyewear since its founders, Adam and Kara Mendelsohn and Dave Barton, launched the label in 2009. KBL kicked off with wire frames and has since expanded the offerings to include plastics, optical, and hand-finished matte patina (around $175 for sunglasses and $200 for optical). Most recently, KBL created a pair of shades exclusively for Barneys (one of the label’s early stockists), hitting stores April 1. The blue denim acetate frames have been hand-sanded to a cool matte finish, and as for the shape, it’s a twist on the brand’s classic P3 lens shape. Style.com has the exclusive first look at the shades, above.

Photo: Courtesy of KBL

Adam And Kara Mendelsohn’s Double Vision

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He’s a former director of sales at Oliver Peoples, she ran the sales and merchandising team at Thakoon. Together Adam and Kara Mendelsohn and their partner Dave Barton have launched KBL, a new line of wire-frame sunglasses that just might give Ray-Ban a run for its money. Economy-wise, experts are saying the worst could be over, but the days of $400 and $500 shades may be gone for good. At least that’s what this husband-wife duo figured. KBL’s aviators retail in that Ray-Ban/Carrera sweet spot of $110 to $135. But these sunglasses have plenty going for them beyond their nice price. They’re built like much more expensive eyewear, with milled frames and distortion-free/shatter-resistant lenses that block nearly 100 percent of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. Even better, they’re inspired by vintage guitars (Adam’s a bass player) and come in eye-catching shades of metallic candy apple red, shell pink, and our favorite, surf green. The collection will be sold at Barneys Co-op, Kirna Zabête, and Otte. For more information, visit www.kbleyewear.com. Plastic frames are on the agenda for Spring 2010.

Photo: Nicola Kast