Vu Sunglass: Making a statement with your sunglasses

Montreal native Marie Philippe Lebel had been in a part of her family’s eyewear business, Vu, since birth. But after witnessing evolutions in eyewear and sunglasses, Lebel decided it was time to branch off from bricks and mortar to launch her online designer boutique Vu Sunglass.

Officially open since May 11, 2014, Vu Sunglass caters to the individual who wants to make a statement.

“I think sunglasses are part of making your personal style stand out for anything and everything,” explains Lebel, “kind of like great accessories, like a bag or a good pair of shoes, I thought why not go into something that’s really crafted, inexpensive and cool.”

Focusing on the importance of eyewear that is equal parts protective and stylish is the driving force behind Lebel’s work.

Focusing on the importance of eyewear that is equal parts protective and stylish is the driving force behind Lebel’s work.

With the colder season upon us, Lebel lists her top three types of sunglasses trending this Fall/Winter 2015 season. Whether you’re protecting your eyes from the gusty winds, or shielding them from the afternoon sun, these three styles will have people stopping you in your tracks to ask, “Where did you get those?”

Brand: Illesteva

Brand: Illesteva

Coloured lenses // No more hiding behind black, dark brown, or even silver mirrored lenses. This season it’s time to break out some colour to not only shape the face, but add some uniqueness and fun to your fall/winter attire. “I feel green and grey lenses would come back. Not your typical tortoise shell, but quality that is worked in. PRISM is one of my go-to [types] in terms of texturing because all the front of their frames are always different. It’s really good for mixing up texture and colour.”

Brand: Garrett Leight

Brand: Garrett Leight

Less oversized frames // Less pre-Madonna and more Van Gogh. Minimalism is in when it comes to wardrobe, so why not with sunglasses? Opting for a minimal lens also means the freedom to accessorize your outfit with different jewelry and/or headpieces. “Smaller and minimal, more into detailing than having your whole face covered, I think that’s a really cool vibe. And I like the fact that some designers are starting to make flat lenses. It’s a really cool look. Elizabeth and James just relaunched their fall collection and it’s absolutely breathtaking in terms of flat lenses.”

Acetate

Brand: Valley Eyewear

Acetate // Your frame quality should complement your attire, and there’s no cheating in that department. Experimenting with different acetate textures in terms of frame quality could really set your eyewear apart from the rest. “Colouring that you’re not used to seeing. Like how matte kind of happened in the business and usually it was really ‘lustrey’ in terms of lasting, and I think a different texture of acetate or plastic could be cool. I think rubber has been done, but leather is something that hasn’t been really worked on and should definitely be pushed a little more. And someone that does that really well is Valley Eye Wear, they work a lot with leather and great forms.”

Photos supplied by Marie Phillipe Lebel