What's New In Sunglasses
New Sunglasses Launched In The Costa+OCEARCH Collection, Benefiting Shark Protection Efforts
January 2018 — When Lisa Mondy was bitten by a shark in 2011, she probably had no idea that someday she'd be protecting sharks.
But she and other shark attack survivors are doing just that. They are supporting OCEARCH, an organization that captures and releases live sharks so researchers can tag and study them.
Above: The OCEARCH Half Moon style, with a tiger shark-inspired frame and polarized lenses. Purchases of sunglasses and accessories in the Costa+OCEARCH Collection help to fund OCEARCH efforts. Below: Watch the video to learn why shark attack survivors like Lisa Mondy are helping to protect sharks.
We humans kill sharks relentlessly — and needlessly — at the shocking rate of about 190 per minute. But OCEARCH and long-time supporter Costa are spreading the word that if we lose sharks, we lose the oceans. As apex predators, they keep larger fish from eating all the smaller fish.
In other words, sharks help maintain a balance that is vital for the future of our planet.
Costa has released new sunglasses and gear in its OCEARCH collection to raise funds for this important conservation effort. Shown here is the OCEARCH Half Moon style for men, with a tiger shark-inspired frame pattern and green mirror polarized lenses.
OCEARCH sunglasses, hats and tees are available for men, women and children, on the Costa website.
Consider a purchase today, to help save sharks from extinction.
Special-Edition Sunglasses By TommyXGigi Are A Major Fashion Statement
January 2017 — These new styles from a collaboration between Tommy Hilfiger and supermodel Gigi Hadid are a cool take on the oversized sunglasses trend.
The TommyXGigi collection includes seafaring references, like the naval-style button on each temple of the double-bridged aviator style. This design comes in brown tortoise with brown-gray lenses and light gold-toned frames or brown tortoise with pink lenses and copper-toned frames.
The circular-lens thin-metal style also has a double bridge, and it comes in black with dark gray lenses, silver with silver-gray lenses or white and gold with pink lenses.
Vuarnet On The Edge
Fall/Winter 2016 — If you're a Vuarnet fan, you know and appreciate the signature rounded-off shapes, deep rims, thin temples and mineral glass lenses.
The brand has released a new Edge collection that incorporates all those features, using stainless steel and updated colors for a more modern sporty look.
The collection comprises three silhouettes: Round, Pilot and Caravan.
A standout is the Round Edge shown here, with a matte black frame, amber acetate rims and gray lenses.
Snap Spectacles: A Sunglass/Video Camera
That Captures Your Memories On The Fly
Fall/Winter 2016 — Did Snapchat get right what Google Glass didn't? We'll find out soon when the app company, now renamed Snap Inc., launches its video camera sunglasses.
Snap's new Spectacles contain a tiny camera that, when you tap on the frame, takes 10-second videos in a new circular format and connects directly to the Snapchat app via Bluetooth or wi-fi.
The company says the videos play full screen on any device, in any orientation, with a 115 degree field of view.
The sunglasses come in three colors, with round lenses — we haven't heard yet whether more style options will be available.
Unlike Google Glass, they look like fairly normal eyewear, though lights will come on when you're recording a video. They charge in their case, and it's rumored they will sell for $129.
Is This The Weirdest Sunglass Frame Material?
October 2016 — One man's trash is another man's ... eyewear?
That's the idea behind Norton Point's new Ocean Plastic collection, a line of sunglasses with frames made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), one of the most commonly used plastic materials.
The company uses only HDPE that has been recovered from the ocean. It partners with the Ocean Conservancy and the Plastic Bank, who encourage people in underdeveloped areas to collect plastic for recycling — so they can earn a living as they clean up the oceans. With 8 million metric tons of plastic entering the oceans each year, they have a big task ahead of them.
For every product that Norton Point sells (even if not made of ocean plastic), it removes one pound of plastic from the ocean. And it devotes 5 percent of net profits to global clean-up and education.
The Ocean Plastic collection includes three styles, all with a choice of polarized blue mirror or dark gray lenses with anti-reflective coating. The cases are made of ocean plastic, as well. The finish is distinctively textured, a reminder that this is a recycled material. Perfect for your beach-combing walks!
Currently Norton Point sunglasses are available from a few retailers in New England, as well as online.
DiorUmbrage Features Eccentric Styling With Patterned Lenses
September 2016 — The DiorUmbrage sunglasses featured in the Winter 2016 Dior fashion shows have a unique mixture of patterns and details that make them a standout.
That's why we've named them our September Sunglasses of the Month.
The frames include havana acetate in various tortoise colors, along with thin metal temples in rose gold, gold, silver or gunmetal.
The round lenses come in gray or blue, or you can choose a model with foliage mirrored lenses in pink, violet or blue. The effect is rich, exotic and stunning.
Page updated May 14, 2018