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The Endorsement: Tortoiseshell Sunglasses

Brad Pitt rocking his tortoiseshell shades, setting a good style example.

This column has discussed sunglasses previously and since that time even more shapes, sizes and styles have hit the men’s market. However, with spring making its comeback, it seems an appropriate time to revisit the topic once again.

Today we are talking about tortoiseshell, a look that is as smart now as it was 30 years ago. Complimentary with nearly all complexions, skin and hair types, and providing a little “boost” to your look, they can be paired with both conservative looks or those qualified as more “outlandish.”

Favored by artists, movie stars and fashionistas the world over, the idea is to find a shape and style that you like, and then source them in a varying shade of tortoiseshell.

And this should not prove difficult. From Ray-Ban to YSL, Oliver Peoples to Warby Parker, Persol to Burberry, everybody seems to be getting into the tortoiseshell game and you should too. And don’t worry, they’re not made from actual tortoises anymore (they are grossly endangered and the sale of their shells in illegal in the US), so your eyewear choice is safe from becoming a fashion and humane “faux-pas.”

Peruse or shop online at the Solstice website:

Or visit a Solstice location in NYC, two of which are located at:

Solstice - SoHo
107 Spring Street
New York, NY

Solstice - Fifth Avenue Flagship
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

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