For the July issue of the Eyeconomist we rate our favourite Aviator sunglasses.

Not the traditional metal aviators, that are admittedly, popular the planet over, but a more charismatic type, crafted from acetate. You can tell a lot about an individual that wears this type of style. It takes near on forensic approach to differentiate from the billions of metal aviators out there, and once in a while a truly stunning version appears. The acetate version however, comes in many silhouette variations and acetate colours, suiting a vast array of characters, who all have one thing in common – making a shady statement!

Check out our favourite 6 options ready for take off right here…

Number 1 by Hyde’s Spectacles

Hyde’s Spectacles, the self proclaimed kings of the party, have collaborated with NYC DJ & & producer Eric Duncan aka Dr Dunks, on this stunning, matte black acetate, oversized aviator. An absolute must for the after party, the No1’s full face vibe masks a multitude of sins. All frames buy this Stockholm based brand are hand-crafted in Italy. Check out the smily-face detailing in the temple tips.

Shop the No1 by Hyde’s Spectacles HERE.

Bruno by Stussy

Stussy, one of the most iconic brands of the modern skate and surf era, produce one of the best accessible sunglass collections around. The Bruno is a hybrid of an aviator and a racer, with it’s flat top silhouette. Our pick here is in a deep glossy Havana acetate with a key hole bridge and detailed metal temples. The deep green lens finish makes Bruno a timeless classic of a sunglass for Californian dreamers everywhere.

Shop the Bruno by Stussy HERE.

Alfred by TYG Spectacles

Italy’s TYG Spectacles (Three Young Gentleman) collection is inspired by the iconic German Bauhaus design movement. Fusing classic design with contemporary materials, the Albert is a modernist aviator that incorporates metal layering over acetate. The perfect sunglass and indeed brand, for all those dedicated techno and design enthusiasts that obsess over form, structure, architecture and, probably, Kraftwerk.

Shop the Alfred by TYG Spectacles HERE.

Venus by Saturnino

This Italian brand is the brain child of famous musician Saturnino Celani, and inspired by his own obsession with eyewear and his travels around the world. What we call a classic D frame, the Venus is the most fun we have seen in an aviator for ever. With it’s over-sized and accentuated frame shape plus gold bridge bar detailing, this luxurious looking sunglass is surprisingly affordable, offering superb value considering it’s Italian heritage.

Shop the Venus by Saturnino HERE.

St. Tropez by Sheriff & Cherry

Croatia’s finest Sheriff & Cherry are a brand dedicated to our cause. Fashionable shades made for the party. The St Tropez is the ultimate retro acetate aviator. Disco vibes and 70’s tones all over, this slightly sleazy looking sunglass with it’s lightly tinted lenses has all the character of the cartel and it’s crew. Check out the two tone temple tips on this style, lovingly hand-crafted in Italy.

Shop St. Tropez by Sheriff & Cherry HERE.

Leonard by Andy Wolf

Hand-made in Austria is not something you hear regularly, but Andy Wolf are one of the most authentic brands in the independent eyewear sector. The Leonard is something of a bubble aviator, with it’s rounded shape. Sporty and contemporary in it’s character, this sunglass in it’s champagne tone of acetate makes a perfect luxury fashion statement or glamorous party shade. Unique design and precision craftsmanship.

Shop the Leonard by Andy Wolf HERE.