Why every man needs some wooden sunglasses

Our style blogger's pick of four wooden frame brands, when to wear them and why.

August 19, 2015

Nothing says summer better than wooden sunnies. Imagine walking on the beach with your feet in the water or just chilling on a sunbed – wearing a pair of organic glares just really completes your water-bound look.

They are part of the entire proper swim attire. In the same way that you’re not supposed to wear everyday clothes within the vicinity of a pool or beach, you’re also advised to keep those acetate Wayfarers for city strolls where they belong.

I’ve scoured pretty much the entire web for the best brands of wooden sunglasses, and here are my top picks. 

EQO Optics 

Not all wooden sunglasses are the same. Some are well-made and handcrafted, others not so much. The thing that really stands out about EQO is that all their products come from recycled skateboards.

Using bio-degradable material is one thing, but repurposing old decks into sunnies is a whole other level of eco-responsibility. Go to weareqo.com.

Karmawood 

This German artisanal label is up there with the Luxottica brands in terms of craftsmanship. My favourite design of theirs is the derogatorily named Airhead, which features a retro shape with matching old-timey degradé lens tint. Go to karmawood.de. 

Finlay & Co. 

This list wouldn’t be complete wihout the renowned London brand. In fact, the first wood sunglasses I came across were Finlay & Co., so they definitely deserve a mention. And of course, its global reputation is well-deserved, as the company comes up with the most elegant, obviously English looking woodies. They’re the most expensive in this round-up too. Go to finlayandco.com.

Canopy 

If you want your stuff handcrafted, there’s no better name to look out for than Canopy. The design philosophy of this British brand is driven by equal parts rebellion and nostalgic style. Each piece gives an air of refinement without forgetting the essence of defiance in wearing such sunglasses. The lenses on Canopy products are crazy dark as well, at least those on the two I have are, so they’re great to wear on sunny Dubai days. Go to canopysunglasses.com.

Jim Joquico is founder & editor-in-chief of La Moda Dubai and Fashion Chameleon. Visit lamodadubai.ae and fashionchameleon.ae