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Sunglasses and Face Shapes…Get it Right Kids.

I dont know about you, but when it comes to glasses and specifically sunglasses, I have trouble gauging what I like ad what actually looks good.

I “like” a lot of styles. When I see people wearing cool shades I often take note of them and where possible try them on! However most of the time wanting to look like George Clooney or James Dean with the aid of sunnies very often makes me look like a prat. I guess it’s the same with clothes in a sense; what looks great on some people looks hideous on me, despite the fact that part of me desperately covets the garment!

So prior to summer officially hitting SA I have found a very cool site that can help us all with our face adornments. I tried writing and researching this my self but when I hit on these guys I gave up. I cant do it any better and with in minutes they can correct any of your fashion faux pas that you and I could possibly make prior to hitting the streets / beach/ Melrose Arch (for the Jozi guys and girls)…

So here it is. Face shapes 101 via NO really. You don’t need to thank me. Just get it right then toddle over to our friends at and make it happen for yourself.

How To Find Sunglasses That Actually Fit: 5 Face Shapes, Tons Of Shades




Winter Wondering….The Style of Greyness.

If you were slightly worried that nailing that winter look this year – fear not the clever folks at Sunglass Hut have got all sorted for you.

Fashion headmasters have all embraced and modernised familiar 1970s tailoring recently, heralding a new trend in menswear: Professional preppy. The look is characterised by superior tailoring, crisp shirts, bow-ties and the must-have accessory: the perfect pair of sunglasses.

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DELUXE is back with SunglassHut Joburg!

It's Back!

Leading sunglasses retailer, Sunglass Hut launches its fourth annual DELUXE experience in Sandton City on Tuesday 8 November 2011.

DELUXE, is the epitome of all things sensational in the world of sunglasses –   launching early 2012 releases available for the first time in South Africa.

The Sunglass Hut Deluxe experience showcases the best of the best in fashion, iconic designs, one off originals, limited editions and celebrates the luxury brands housed at Sunglass Hut. Locals can experience the latest in sunglass trends and be the first in the country to own the newest releases this season from brands such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Stella McCartney, Bvlgari, Tom Ford, Guess, and more.

“Our extensive travels overseas lead to sourcing the world’s most desirable pieces of sunglasses. After careful selection, we have compiled an exclusive range of sunglasses which includes 100 one-off styles available only at the Sunglass Hut Deluxe”, says Christine Thonissen, head buyer of Sunglass Hut SA.

She adds: “Let’s face it, there’s nothing quite like the perfect pair of sunglasses. But sometimes finding the best shades to suit your style can be difficult. Our expert consultants will be on-hand to help visitors as they browse our collections from Glam Dolce&Gabbana sunglasses to Prada cat-eyes and everything in between, if you can’t find it here, then you probably won’t find it anywhere”.


  • Unique shopping experience in Sandton City from Tuesday 8 November – Monday 14 November
  • 480sqm of style and sunglasses
  • The exciting re-launch of Stella McCartney
  • A chance to purchase one of the 100, 2012 releases available exclusively at the Sunglass Hut DELUXE
  • Expert assistance from Sunglass Hut style advisors

Perfectly timed in time for summer holidays and the festive season, the Sunglass Hut DELUXE is an event not to be missed.

Making the Grade This Summer!

As ever the kind people at Sunglass Hut are keeping you and I up to date and with the trends for face wear this season. This summer one of the key focusses is on graded eye-wear!

Sunglass hut recognizes that style and fashionability are a major priority in the sweltering summer months, ensuring that you look good while protecting your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun.

One of the most predominant trends this summer is gradient sunglasses. This means that the lens of the sunglasses, sometimes even the lens and the frame, gradually change shade from the top of the lens to the bottom. There are a variation of fabulous gradient lenses to choose from, the classic dark to light gradient lens in various colours, or even the gradient combination of two different colours.

There are gradient sunglasses suitable for every trend setter this summer, so don’t get left behind, make the grade this season with Sunglass Hut!

Sunglass Hut: Sunglass Hut provides people all over the world with sunglass brands and styles for every taste and wallet. Sunglass Hut is recognized as the leader in speciality sunglass retailing and has over 2000 stores around the globe, with over 100 of them being in South Africa. Like Sunglass Hut SA on Facebook, and follow on twitter @SunglassHutSA.

Good enough for Steve McQueen is good enough for me…

He is looking at you like you should should just know...

Bit of a sales job here but an easy one for me. I got introduced to the Persol brand only a few months back and its one of those icons that as soon as you are aware of it, you notice how many other people are also wearing it.

Its a very subtle brand, which I like…one of those “if you have to ask…” type of marques. My partner in crime at 2oceansvibe radio Seth Rotherham has been wearing a set of Steve McQueen Editions for a couple of months now, having found himself on the advanced list of those receiving them and I have to admit he rocked them…there is something in  retro that clearly works for the man.

The good news is us “laymen” can now also lay our hands on them too at Sunglass Hut.

The Steve McQueen Persols have that definitive ‘cool factor’ generated by the legendary actor and the fact that these were his favorite sunglasses. If it isn’t the magnificent retro style, or the fold up element of the sunglasses that wins you over, it surely is the fact that they are more than just a fashion accessory, these sunglasses made history!


It was 1968 when an already famous and charming Steve McQueen™ appeared on a motion picture set wearing for the first time the Persol PO 714 model. The film was The Thomas Crown Affair (directed by Norman Jewison) and elevated both Steve McQueen™, anti-hero by nature, and his sunglasses, inseparable allies in on-set adventures, to legendary status. McQueen™, a fan of the brand and the PO 714 model, owned a personal collection, and in 2006, one of his pieces was auctioned for approximately $70,000. Wearing Persol PO 714 off screen played a role in making them a legendary style icon. The indomitable and passionate, free spirited and offbeat actor said: “I don’t believe in that phony hero stuff”™ remaining true only to himself and his Persols.


Persol celebrates the actor by re-launching his favourite model in a limited edition of just 10,000 handmade pieces, to be sold worldwide. New PO 714 differs from the original version for a series of small but important details:

  • the return of the blue lens – the favourite of Steve McQueen™ ;
  • a folding closure at the back end of the temple arm – no longer top to bottom, but now from outside to inside;
  • the Supreme Arrow, Persol’s distinctive mark, is the functional element enclosing the hinges. Here, it is mounted both on the temple arm and front of the frame – as in the classic model – as well as on the folding hinge and middle of the temple arm, with a total of four arrows. This design choice clearly accentuates the identity of a model that is already iconic;
  • the Steve McQueen™ signature emblazons the inside of the temple arm as well as the elegant leather case.


The long and painstaking production of the special edition PO 714 SM must go through ten additional phases compared to the original model. The folding frame begins as a single piece of acetate, an then is broken at three points, on both sides and at the bridge. Housings are created in the upper and lower parts to accommodate the hinges, while all folding areas are filed till smooth. After fitting the core, the hinges are attached and the frames go through a finishing process to produce a seamless silhouette for maximum comfort. To top it off, each blue-tinted crystal lens is hand fit into a classic PO 714.

The color palette includes 3 versions, all in acetate with neutral glass lenses made from very pure silica: the model worn by Steve McQueen™ in light Havana with blue lenses (PO 714SM 96/56); Havana with honey lenses (PO 714SM 24/33), and black with grey smoke polarized lenses (PO 714SM 95/58).

Craftsmanship is on equal footing with technology in this model that offers a version with polarized lenses, a Persol exclusive that incorporates a polarizing filter into glass lenses, providing clear and well defined vision while blocking out reflected light. An icon is reborn in this limited edition, designed for those who appreciate its quintessential quality: true aficionados and collectors.



Shaun White & I finally have something in common.

I have never claimed to be a sportsman. I hit the gym when my stomach requires it. Generally 3 months prior to summer arriving and the inevitable lure of the Cape beaches. That said whenever possible I like to get on my longboard (read very big water bus) and go for the odd splash here and there. My point is that I have never had the need for a set of sports sunglasses.

You know the type. The ones that Lance Armstrong rocked when crossing the finish line at the Tour de France, or the sort that you see sported by very fit looking people on the Promenade on any given morning in Sea Point.

They come in many forms. Reflecting different colors, futuristic frames that make you move faster through the wind and built in extra strength so that they can survive been hit by a peloton and its backup crew.

The thing is though you have to be an athlete or at least act vaguely like one, to get away with wearing them. Confidence is key and I just don’t have it when it comes to this style of facial fashion.

That is until SunGlass Hut sent me a pair of Oakley Holbrook’s in mat black . Even the name is cool. And they work just as well as the cool, carefully-carefully-sculpted-to-you-face versions of the sports brand but have a strong retro feel to them.

I picked up my second pair yesterday from the waterfront branch – my first pair, as resilient as they are (truly they take a beating) ended up on the wrong end of a wave in Arniston – long story involving New Years Eve, a firework and a missing pair of someone else’s sunglasses. This time I went for the shiny black polaroids – why am I telling you this?

Well two reasons really. Firstly Oakley are some of the best sunglasses you can get and they are also possibly some of the most well priced out there. They last a long time, and even your kids wont be able to destroy them.

Secondly though, if your anything like me and want to avoid looking like a cyclist with no tour to go on, then the HOLBROOK range might be what you are after. The are designed by sports extremists Shaun White, so they have instant coolness built in and they have a throw back to the 50’s and 60’s “Endless summer” feel that makes you feel like a cross between Californian beach bum and Jack Nicholson. Check it out and see what I mean here and here

June arrives with Dolce & Gabbana at Sunglass Hut

I think if there was ever a cool gift for Fathers Day this year, some D & G’s from Sunglass Hut may just beat that Soap-on-a-rope or Socks experience…

You can thank me later 😉



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