Founded in 2009, uber-cool sunglass label Illesteva has become something of a cult phenomenon amongst shady sartorial devotees, with a loyal following amongst some of the most illustrious names in the fashion and entertainment worlds. At only three years old, the label not only boasts the ardent patronage of the style elite, but also boasts several collaborative collections with some of fashion’s great and good – including Opening Ceremony, Band of Outsiders and Annabella Dexter Jones.
Handcrafting all their sunglasses in France, Germany and Italy using the latest technology and traditional workmanship, this New York-based label draws its design inspiration from popular culture, music, photography and styles of eras past. Using the finest durable acetate and natural materials combined with a quirky design philosophy, a pair of kooky-luxe Illesteva’s are an essential purchase for warmer climes.
One of the strongest designs produced for the SS12 line are these Leonard tortoiseshell sunglasses. Reminiscent of the iconic and elegant round-frame styles of the 1930s that have been enjoying a sartorial renaissance for several seasons, these eclectic-cool accessories are guaranteed to indulge your nostalgic whims. Hand assembled in Italy by skilled artisans, these meticulously made sunglasses offer 100% UV protection and premium quality smoke-tinted lenses.
Arriving just in time for the eagerly anticipated sunshine season, these versatile glasses will transcend shifting seasonal trends and pair with everything; just remember to take them off when you’re indoors.
Get your hands on a pair over on the Mr.Porter website.