We all know that sunglasses are essential when you live in Australia – our harsh sun, glorious though it may be, can take its toll on our eyes. But sunglasses have become more than just a way to protect our eyes; they are also a fashion statement, an expression of our style, and with so many brands out there it can be hard to find the perfect pair to suit you, so we’ve put together a list of the top 10 Australian sunglasses brands.
Featured many times across Man of Many and even Vogue, Pacifico Optical is the ultimate designer brand for beach-loving Aussies. Their premium handmade sunglasses are designed here in Bondi, using the finest quality German and Italian materials and featuring Carl Zeiss Vision lenses (basically, the best of the best). If you’re a Bondi local, you can pop down to their pop-up store on Roscoe Street, otherwise you can shop their collection online here. With prices starting from just $159 and free shipping and returns in Australia, it’s hard not to be tempted.
Another Bondi-born sunglasses brand, Local Supply is worn and loved by home-grown celebs, including Olia Burtaev, world-famous synchronized swimmer, and Genesis Owusu, one of Australia’s hottest hip-hop artists. Using the world’s best designers and high-tech manufacturers, Local Supply pride themselves on creating strong yet lightweight frames with polarized lens. But that doesn’t mean they come with an outrageous price tag – in fact, all of their glasses can be snatched up for under $100. If you’re after cheap Australian sunglasses that don’t compromise on quality or style, it doesn’t get much better than Local Supply.
Cool and affordable? Quay is a Melbourne-born Australian sunglasses brand that manages to be both, and they’ve built a loyal following (#QUAYSQUAD) not only in Australia but around the world. Their men’s collection features a range of styles, from oversized aviators to classic shapes to sports-inspired looks, all for less than $70. These high-performance sunnies are inspired by the ultra-cool music artists and festival goers of Melbourne, so you know you’ll stand out in the crowd. Made from quality materials that last, these sunnies provide a flexible and lightweight fit, so they’re comfy as well as cool.
Dot Dot Eyewear is an Australian-owned designer brand known for their effortlessly chic, selfie-ready sunglasses collection. Handcrafted by expert craftsman in Japan using first-rate materials, these high-end sunnies exude quality and classiness, and they have both contemporary styles and classic looks on offer, so you’re bound to fall in love with at least one of their sunnies! Dot Dot is on the more expensive side with prices starting at around $350, but if you check out their collection (exclusively online), you’ll quickly see why.
AM Eyewear don’t sell your run-of-the-mill shades – no, these babies are handcrafted Australian sunglasses that have an element of individuality that not many other brands can boast. Top quality Carl Zeiss nylon lenses with Gold ET AR back coating are set in unique frames to offer your eyes protection and style. Each frame is carefully crafted using premium materials, so you be confident that they will last. AM Eyewear was founded in 2003, with the mission of creating unique handcrafted frames in Australia, and it’s now a global favourite. Get yourself a pair today with free worldwide shipping!
Le Specs is a well-established Australian sunglasses brand that’s been around since 1979, so if there’s any brand that knows their stuff when it comes to sunnies, it’s these guys. These Australian designer sunglasses manage to be fresh and modern, while also offering a hint of retro, whether it be swinging 60s or grungy 90s. It’s the brand of choice for many stars, including Lady Gaga and Zayn Malik, and for customers of popular retailers like David Jones and Nordstrom.
Bailey Nelson are an Australian designer sunglasses brand that do it all – optical glasses, contact lenses and, of course, sunnies. They have a great range of unique, fashion-forward shades to suit every style, whether you prefer a classic look or something a little edgier. Bailey Nelson boutiques are scattered around Australia, with one in every major city, but if you prefer to do your shopping online you can simply jump onto their website. Bailey Nelson was founded in 2012 in Bondi Beach and have been so successful that their beautiful, affordable sunglasses are now sold in London, New Zealand and Canada, too.
Chronicles Of Never
Chronicles of Never sunglasses are pretty much as cool as they sound. This Australian designer sunglasses brand was started in 2006 by Gareth Moody, one of the original founders of clothing brand Ksubi. Chronicles of Never originally started as a clothing brand itself, with the collection soon expanding to include high-end sunnies that are timeless and classic, yet effortlessly sophisticated with their signature black frames and lenses. You can score a pair at David Jones and other boutiques around Australia.
This brand may be inspired by the beautiful beaches of South California, but don’t let that fool you – they are designed right here in Australia. With polarised lenses and a protection rating of UV-400, you can be assured that South Cali sunnies will do a great job at shielding your eyes from the harsh Aussie sun. These affordable sunnies reflect the carefree vibes and trend-setting styles that the world’s sunniest state is known for. Named after the beaches of California, many of these sunnies feature dreamy blue lenses that remind you of the ocean, in a variety of shapes and styles.
With trendsetting styles that are always current, Soda Shades sunnies are as refreshing as an icy lime-spritzed soda on a summer’s day. It’s what all the hip young people are wearing, so if that’s your crowd (or if you want it to be), then go check out their collection, available online only – for now, at least. These Instagram-worthy shades are all about making a statement without breaking the bank, and this Aussie brand uses premium polarized lenses, so you know you’ll be protected.