Unique sunglasses designed for home improvement


Photo: Courtesy of Gentle Monster

In April, I moved into my first solo apartment, and decorating quickly took over my life. The days (and days) of working from home have been interrupted by browsing and buying art online. But once New York City reopened, around the beginning of June, everything was left on the floor, waiting to find a home on my bare walls. See, I was too busy. My attention was only focused on looking cool and sexy in public as I resumed my life as a fashionable socialite before the pandemic.

Then, a collaboration between designer Heron Preston and South Korean eyewear brand Gentle Monster took me out of my narcissistic efforts to make my apartment a residence.

How, exactly, does a sunglasses collaboration reignite a home improvement crusade? The answer is that each pair has a built-in level – like in the tool you could use to, uh, hang the art neatly on your walls – that was introduced for the first time like a heel on a womens boot from Preston’s eponymous label, which often uses streetwear elements to remix classic American workwear.

“Given the success and enthusiasm for this idea, we challenged ourselves to think about other ways to apply the level to different product categories,” the company press release explains. “The shape and construction of the sunglasses are the perfect platform for this idea. The horizontal line that creates the branch on the side of the glasses is directly related to the line of a level. It was the perfect fit.

The collection includes three sunglasses priced at $ 350 in different color variations: black, transparent, and navy gradient. Rectangular lenses and frames are accented with a bright orange branding and tiered detailing on each temple. Despite having this new handy tool in my possession, my art is still leaning against my walls. But at least I know my ears are equal. Buy the collaboration here.


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