15 Sunglasses Brands You Might Not Know Yet, But Definitely Should

While we love our designer sunglasses, these lesser-known brands are worth discovering too.

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Tommy Ton

No matter what the season, we’re always looking for new sunglasses to top off our look. But now that summer’s quickly approaching, that gives us all the more reason and excuse to amp up our shade collection. While we love our classic designer frames from Celine to Tom Ford and Ray-Ban, it’s always fun discovering more under-the-radar accessory brands too. From the cool new designers taking over Instagram to the smaller labels continuing to rise, these are the lesser-known sunglasses brands to shop in 2019.

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1
Lapima
Oversized Aviator Acetate Sunglasses
modaoperandi.com
$469.00

From oversized geometric shades to bright colors and materials, Lapima was made for those who like to have fun with their accessories. Founded by husband and wife duo Gisela and Gustavo Assis, this Brazilian brand's sunglasses are all handmade by local artisans in São Paulo, which makes them feel just as special as their bubbly, avant-garde designs. 

2
Westward Leaning
Angular Cat-Eye Sunglasses
westwardleaning.com
$195.00

Putting a philanthropic twist to your sunnies, this San Francisco-based brand often partners with non-profit organizations to donate a portion of proceeds to a cause. With a range of classic styles benefitting Teach for America, a collaboration with Olivia Palermo benefitting Dress for Success, and a SPORT line that supports the Ladies First organization, these are sunglasses you can feel good about shopping.

3
Carolina Lemke
Chaotix Sporty Black Sunglasses
Carolina Lemke x Kim Kardashian West modaoperandi.com
$90.00

If you hadn't heard of Carolina Lemke before, chances are Kim Kardashian West's collection likely put the brand on your radar with its futuristic and sporty styles. The Berlin-based designer has a mix of trendy, sporty, and classic shades that are affordably-priced, with most styles ranging from $80 to $100. 

4
Féroce
Natural Claudine Sunglasses
feroceeyewear.com
$110.00

Féroce just launched in April, but it's already catching our attention with its cool, yet minimal styles. The new direct-to-consumer brand (which literally translates to "fierce" in French) offers up high quality handmade materials from Italy, with all styles retailing at $110. 

5
Roberi & Fraud
White Geraldine Sunglasses
farfetch.com
$219.83

There’s a reason this brand has quickly become a favorite amongst fashion's It girls. With ultra-tiny '80s and ‘90s-inspired frames and a range of playful colors, Roberi & Fraud has some of the coolest frames of the moment. 

6
Krewe
Cohn Wire Sunglasses
shopbop.com
$315.00

Launched in 2013, this New Orleans-based brand uses its native Southern city as inspiration for its eyewear. Featuring 24K gold detailing, handmade frames, and a lifetime guarantee policy, the quality of Krewe's sunglasses is next level. Its frames have been spotted on a growing list of celebrities from Selena Gomez to Gigi Hadid, Blake Lively, and even Beyoncé.

7
Andy Wolf
Oversized Cat-Eye Tortoise Sunglasses
net-a-porter.com
$450.00

This '90s-inspired brand counts Rihanna as one of its biggest fans—and for good reason. Its oversized cat eyes and cool color combinations make it a playful choice for any fashion risk-taker.

8
Poppy Lissiman
Skinny Mandarin Sunglasses
poppylissiman.com
$95.00

Offering a range of eccentric and unique frame options, Poppy Lissiman is a rising accessory designer to watch. The Australian brand's pieces are all handcrafted from vegan or faux leather materials and already count both Gigi and Bella Hadid as fans.

9
Komono
Lucile Sunglasses
barneys.com
$120.00

Komono takes a minimalist approach when it comes to sunglasses. The brand is worth checking out for its sleek and streamlined styles that are chic without trying too hard—or feeling too trendy.

10
Sunday Somewhere
Mother of Pearl Sunglasses
sundaysomewhere.com
$270.00

From ultra-feminine cat-eye sunglasses to retro round frames, Sunday Somewhere's range of sunnies are effortlessly cool. The brand offers both men and women's along with optical styles as well.

11
Le Specs
La Dolce Vita Octagon-Frame Sunglasses
net-a-porter.com
$129.00

You've likely already seen the Adam Selman x Le Specs cat-eye sunglasses that have taken over Instagram time and time again. But the brand's range of cool sunnies goes way beyond that—and its styles all range under $130. 

12
Smoke x Mirrors
Comic Strip Sunglasses
barneys.com
$295.00

Although Smoke x Mirrors was launched out of New York in 2014, all of its frames are handcrafted in France. With a variety of frames, color options, and playful prints, this brand doesn't follow the trends but instead, creates its own.

13
Garrett Leight
Morningside Round-Frame Sunglasses
matchesfashion.com
$266.00

With Oliver Peoples' founder Larry Leight as is father, it's no surprise that Garrett Leight knows a thing or two about good eyewear. This quality crafted brand is based out of Venice Beach, California and also allows shoppers to customize their own pair of sunglasses from frame to lens and finish. 

14
Quay Australia
Black Empire Aviator Sunglasses
quayaustralia.com
$60.00

After collaborations with everyone from J.Lo to Kylie Jenner, chances are you've probably already heard of Quay sunglasses, or at least scrolled past them on your Instagram feed. But if you've yet to try the Australian brand for yourself, it's time. Boasting a range of both ultra-trendy and classic styles at surprisingly affordable price points, Quay is quickly rising as the next big brand in the sunglasses industry.

15
Gentle Monster
Afix 02 (K) sunglasses
matchesfashion.com
$312.00

Gentle Monster fuses classic shapes with risk-taking design details, making for a range of unique (and oft slightly over-the-top) specs. Most recently, the avant-garde Korean brand collaborated with Fendi on a collection of sporty frames. 

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