PUBLISHED January 28th, 2021 06:00 am | UPDATED February 9th, 2021 05:00 pm
Geek-chic is just one way to pull off the bespectacled look – these days, you can jazz up your look with anything from avant-garde shapes to retro frames. Planning to ditch the contact lenses and make a statement? We’ve sussed out the most stylish eyewear labels in Singapore that don’t skimp on functionality either.
This South Korean cult label is known for eye-popping colours and frames that cut quite the unusual figure – no wonder they’ve been seen on celebs from Gigi Hadid to Billie Eilish. Their 2021 collection promises more of the futuristic style they’re famed for – we’ve got our eye on Sailor M01, an aviator-style number with striking red gradient lenses, and Chilly Chilly, which features wavelike temples and intricate silver details. Even the stores themselves are a treat for the eyes, with each decked out in startling, large-scale art installations.
Gentle Monster has outlets in Marina Bay Sands #B2-103/104/105, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972, p. +65 6688 7257, and ION Orchard #01-13, 2 Orchard Turn,
Singapore 238801, p. +65 6634 1580.
Classic styles get a contemporary makeover with homegrown label O+. Helmed by optometric veteran David Hwang and his sons, this family business ensures quality by overseeing every step of the process from design to handmade touches. Among their timeless-with-a-twist glasses, standouts include the Mia+ (S$199) – round 1900s-style frames with an ombré gradient – and Evans (S$249), 1950s-style medical frames available in rose gold. Note that they don’t produce prescription lenses, so you’ll need to get yourself fitted at an optician if necessary.
O+ has outlets in Mandarin Gallery #02-04, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238897, p. +65 6219 3615, and OUE Downtown Gallery #01-07, 6A Shenton Way, Singapore 068815, p. +65 6224 2277.
A luxe label by eyewear specialist Essilor, Bolon likes playing around with their polygons. Their frames are ultra-slim and minimal, but cut all sorts of quirky geometries – Mira (S$199), for one, features a waved butterfly-shaped frame, while Clay (S$199) goes subtly octagonal. Using premium materials like Italian acetate-resin, TR-90 memory resin, and precision laser-cut steel, each piece of eyewear is crafted to be featherlight and flexible – you’ll barely feel it on your face.
This spectacles maker from Japan has quirky eye candy for the young at heart. While Disney and Peanuts-themed collections might sound kitsch, their designs are understated enough to match any outfit. Think temple tips moulded to mimic Snoopy’s paws, Pooh-inspired honeycomb studs, and cowboy-brown frames in tribute to Toy Story’s Woody. They’ve got a range of glasses for you to play up that romantic retro look too – yellow-tinted lenses, olive-hued rims, and more.
Oblique hits the sweet spot of trendy and budget-friendly, with frames starting from S$90. Their sprawling range runs the gamut from sleek, clean lines to bold, chunky rims – you’ll find the right pair for every occasion here, and amassing a collection won’t break the bank (probably). They often post updates on limited-time promos on their Facebook page as well, so be sure to keep a sharp eye out.
Oblique Eyewear is located at The Cathay, #01-07, 2 Handy Rd, Singapore 229233, p. +65 9118 2433. Open daily 12.30pm–9pm.
New China Opticians
Tucked away in Peninsula Shopping Centre, New China Opticians is one of Singapore’s oldest opticians – nearly a century old! This unassuming store is a treasure trove of vintage glasses from designer labels to bling up your look. Have a hunt and you might just find gems like a golden, fabulously chunky Vintage Limited Edition Fendi (S$180), or a marvelously slim Vintage Limited Edition Christian Dior (S$250).
New China Opticians is located at 3 Coleman Street, #01-11 Peninsula Shopping Centre, Singapore 179804, p. +65 6337 8441. Open Mon-Sat 11am–7pm, Sun 12pm–6pm.
Owndays is pretty much, well, owning the eyewear game with over two dozen branches across Singapore. If you’re looking for that fine balance of fuss-free and fashion-forward, this Japanese chain does it right. There’s no rivalling its gargantuan range of glasses, from the AIR FIT collection designed to be weightless, to the Sen-Ichi Saku frames handcrafted by a Sabae spectacle artisan, to the sustainably produced ECO2XY range. The best part? You’ll only need to wait 20 minutes to receive your new eye candy upon payment.