Interview: The Monocle Order

The duo behind innovative sunglasses club talks about going brick-and-mortar while staying original

Frustrated with losing their sunglasses and also spotting the same styles on faces around them in New York, Holland-born Alex van Klaveren and Washington native Zoe Nightingale took their mutual obsession with shades, entrepreneurial know-how and knack for throwing parties to launch The Monocle Order, an online eyewear club, in 2011. Departing from the usual sunglasses-of-the-month model, it exclusively carries independent designers and coveted vintage …

Designer Baseball Caps

Your favorite flat-brim hat gets a high-end makeover this season

Whether it’s box-fresh with the stickers on or a trusty worn-in snapback, there are a million beloved ways to wear a baseball cap. Fitted or adjustable? Flat- or curve-brimmed? The rules go on, but this season’s batch of designer caps break as much as they follow them—focusing on innovation, but never straying far from tradition. From futuristic plastic to vintage logos, established and emerging fashion …

Gentlemonster

Classic vintage shades get a refreshing modern twist

Vintage-inspired eyewear isn’t a new concept by any stretch of the imagination, but Gentlemonster reworks the classics with an emphasis on innovation. Buddy Holly specs and brow line glasses take on a modern edge with sleek angles whereas changeable faceplates give Wayfarers a much-needed update. Frames from the ’50s to ’70s serve as points of reference, but strictly in a design sense. “We actually don’t …

Collaboration Sunglasses

Nine pairs of new shades from international designers both known and new

This season’s round of eyewear collaborations has brought some of the brightest yet. Well-crafted frames with distinct fashion sensibilities are coming down the pipeline, along with unexpected but welcomed creative match-ups and revivals of yesteryear’s iconic brands. Whether straight from the runway or made for fun in the sun, these nine pairs capture the essence of sunglasses and the upcoming summer season. A Bathing Ape …

Title of Work

A new collection of handcrafted menswear combines style, art and sophistication

If designer Jonathan Meizler had his way, subtle elements of couture would be a part of every man’s wardrobe. In Title of Work—Meizler’s new menswear label—opulent beadwork, Swarovski crystals and black diamonds embellish English wool crepe, Italian cashmere and silk twill ties and bowties. After studying art and design in Vienna and London, the Massachusetts native returned to the States where he co-founded JonValdi to …