The 7 trendiest places to shop for sunglasses in Toronto this summer

It’s about that time of year when you realize you’ve misplaced those $20 sunglasses from the Circle K. Or, you’ve miraculously had the same pair of Ray-Bans for ten years and you think it’s time for a change. Luckily, Toronto shops have you covered for new sunglasses this summer, ranging from vintage finds to brand-name showstoppers. Here are our seven favourite local shops that will get you right this summer.

Opticianado 

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Helping The Junction turn into one of Toronto’s trendiest areas, Opticianado has an eclectic selection of both vintage and fine frames for all. They carry a slew of brand names, including some off-the-beaten-path brands with shapes you won’t believe exist. If you take a step into Opticianado, expect to leave with a pair of bright, funky shades.

Spectacle Loves You

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Falling on the more reserved side is Spectacle Loves You. Although they don’t offer the wackiest of frames, the store carries a refined selection that suits all scenarios. The brand is focused on finding sunglasses that suit your face shape first, and your aesthetic second.

Courage my Love

Since 1975, Courage My Love has been dropping some of the coldest vintage finds. If you were blown away by their selection of boots, wait until you see their sunglasses. Their selection is best described as the sort of frames you’d buy in order to cultivate an immaculate day downtown. 

Zane

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Their slogan is “Comfort in Motion,” when in reality, it should be, “Where the It girls go for frames.” Zane offers a ton of sunglasses to help you block out the negative energy this summer, making sure you’re catching absolutely zero evil eyes.

Eyes on Church

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Eyes on Church takes a more luxurious approach to sunglasses. The store was founded by Farhad Ghahremani in 1997 as a way to merge a man’s lifestyle with his fashion choices. They’ve since expanded into selling eyewear for all, boasting brands like Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen and Matsuda.

Vijan Vision

Drake wore these sunglasses from Vijan Visions in the “Churchill Down” music video. Courtesy @maybacheyewear/Instagram

If you’ve ever seen a pair of Cartier sunglasses on your favourite Toronto rapper, it was probably sold to them by Vijan Vision. The brand caters to the new generation of streetwear lovers who are influenced by rap. They’re authorized dealers of Cartier and Maybach, accept cryptocurrency as payment, and have remained exclusive by meeting on an appointment basis. 

Public Butter

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To complete your vintage looks this summer, head over to Public Butter where you can find some of the oldest pairs of sunnies in the city. The vintage spot sources sunglasses from just about every major decade, finding success with small, round or bodacious, square frames.

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